MakerBot Replicator Mini
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The Indiegogo Fabutotum Personal Fabricator will potentially surpass many 3D printers in that it not only performs 3D printing, but also will do milling and scanning. The current Indiegogo pledge for the kit is $999 and is due to be delivered in April 2014.The "FAB UI" runs
on a Raspberry Pi's Raspian Linux Distribution.
This has to be one of the most superficial, poor written and poorly researched articles (I use the term loosely) I have seen to date on Techrepublic. Only three companies' products are presented, no reason is given for why these models were chosen (printer capacity? printer speed, other printer features? a kickback from the manufacturer? [most likely])
You could have at least put the filament /price/print size of each model instead of comments that are meaningless. It would have been a good initial guide for people to get their feet wet.
@bestbenwade This includes about 10 different brands and all kinds of different technologies, sizes, and approaches. We thoroughly researched this one (we've been writing a lot about 3D printing lately) and it was aimed at giving readers a look at the wide diversity of options currently available in the 3D printing space.
@mriggs It is clear to me they go from small to large. Prices will vary by country. It was only a tour, not a replacement for research and due diligence. See the Compare graphic.