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What would you do with a 3D printer?

MakerBot, manufacturer of desktop 3D printers, today took another step toward what it calls the “Next Industrial Revolution” by authorizing Ingram Micro Inc., the world’s largest wholesale technology distributor, to sell its products. The partnership will make 3D printing products like the MakerBot Replicator 2 Desktop 3D Printer, the recently released MakerBot Digitizer Desktop 3D Scanner, and MakerBot MakerWare Software, available in more resellers’ storefronts.

In our October issue we wrote about how farm machinery companies already are using 3D printing to make rapid prototypes of parts. The companies use professional-grade printers, like the ones made by Stratasys, the company that trademarked the term 3-D printing. Stratasys bought MakerBot this year to extend its reach to the consumer through mass retailers like Amazon and Staples. This latest agreement with Ingram Micro extends that reach even further.

Here’s my question to you. As access grows, do you see yourself as a potential buyer of a 3D printer? If so, how might you use it? Or, maybe you’ve already bought one. Either way, I’d love to hear your comments and whimsies on the topic. Let’s get an idea list going and do a virtual run on the best concepts.   

I’ll start: a workbench. Your turn. . .





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Ghost (not verified)
on Oct 15, 2013

I'm a carpenter as well as inventor of handheld tools.
I used to make all my prototypes by hand until I found out about these 3D printers for the home.
Now I use Alibre 3D software, I use to use Autodesk inventor but the license was to expensive.
I started out with a MakerBot duel and found myself expanding to a leapfrog creatr, my girl got into these bots as well and started inventing her own products which we sell on etsy and eBay. So as a present I bought her the new MakerBot replicator 2.
These bots have opened up a New way if thinking and designing.
Just the thought of designing and actual product and then holding it in your hands in a matter of minutes or hours is overwhelming and exciting at the same time.
We have these printers on almost 24 hrs a day none stop.
The more I use these bots the more ideas I get.
I see a great future for our children through out the world in expanding there creative ideas.
I love this new era.

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