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Photos: 3D printers, a tour of the top models

MakerBot Replicator Mini

The MakerBot Replicator Mini is the cheapest of the versions at $1,375. It's designed for home use and only weighs 18 pounds. Download the designs on the tablet app, connect the Mini to a USB cable, and print. The machine is optimized for PLA filament.

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6 comments
la.hines
la.hines

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.

bestbenwade
bestbenwade

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]) 

mriggs
mriggs

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.

Jftr

Thx

jasonhiner
jasonhiner moderator

@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. 

countgreen
countgreen

@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.