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These Days, 3D Printers Come in All Shapes and Sizes

By: Donna Chaffins | Date: January 15, 2015 | Categories: Gadgets, Technology
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The early days of bulky, boring 3D printers are over. Today’s printing technology can be tweaked to harness more than a hundred different materials, but it all depends on what you’re using it for.

The smaller-sized printers are perfect for home use, letting you and your family craft toys, jewelry, household items, and custom accessories for your camera. On a grand scale, the machines can take up an entire house and are capable of printing 10 houses in a day, which could help immensely in developing nations.

Some of the printers are expressly built for the kitchen, allowing you to employ sugar, dough, and chocolate to make tasty creations. Finally, you’ll find specialty printers in some laboratories and hospitals, giving doctors the ability to fabricate skin for burn victims, print affordable prosthetic limbs that can be used immediately, and even create special crutches that allow a handicapped dog to walk freely for the first time.

Here are just a few of the variables that make 3D printers stand out:
World of 3D printing

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25 Responses to These Days, 3D Printers Come in All Shapes and Sizes

  1. mai tran says:

    I’m very interested in this printer and wonder how it works for real. I’ve only read / seen on the internet and it’s been quite fascinating. Hope to see the action in real life soon.

  2. veronica lee says:

    I’ve never seen a real 3d printer before! Sounds really awesome! Would love to see one in action.

  3. Tania B says:

    Isn’t it amazing how far we have come with 3D printers? I remember first hearing about them years ago and thinking, ya right. But wow, there are so many things that are being made by 3D printers including things in the medical field.

  4. I saw one on Greys Anatomy, lol. They look really cool.

  5. Kelly says:

    I need one! OMG it would be so much fun. I would make so many things. All pointless, but it would be super fun.

  6. md kennedy says:

    So cool! I was watching a story on the tube today about how you can print custom hearng aids with 3D printers. Would love to try one with chocolate in my kitchen.

  7. HilLesha says:

    I have never seen one in person before, but they sound pretty neat!

  8. Colleen says:

    It is amazing what they can do with a 3D printer, I still have a hard time believing it.

  9. molly c says:

    wow i would love to see this in person

  10. Kait says:

    I have never even heard of one of these before! They look super cool and I’d love to see what I could make on one!

  11. Jenn says:

    It is so amazing seeing how technology has advanced.

  12. Billie says:

    This is so cool! My husband just told me that he read an article where a young boy had a prosthetic arm made with this type of printer, in the shape of a Storm Trooper, how awesome!

  13. I’m amazing at how mainstream 3D printers are these day. I even saw one at a recent auto show making parts!

  14. I want a 3d printer so badly. I was hoping Santa would bring me one last year, but it didn’t happen. Maybe this year!

  15. Raijean says:

    I keep hearing about 3D printers, I can’t wait to give it a try.

  16. HilLesha says:

    Printers have definitely come a long, long way. I’d love to get rid of my bulky printer and opt for something small and compact like the 3D printer.

  17. Judith Asuncion says:

    3D sounds like fun to have!!!

  18. Judy Thomas says:

    These could be an awful lot of fun!

  19. lola says:

    omg it is crazy cant imagine how it works
    really good product

  20. Penelope says:

    Holy cow, really? That is so cool! I always figured that fancy stuff required pros, but I love that 3d printers are available now to make big stuff, multi dimensional stuff, etc…so cool!

  21. Sue M. says:

    I’ve heard so much about 3-D printers, I’m really interested in learning more about them and how they work and hopefully get a chance to get one some day!

  22. Crystal says:

    We are just beginning to see all that 3d printers can do. I have seen some in action, but would love to have one to play with!

  23. Tammy says:

    We saw one of these in action at the museum last year. It was so cool. They were making so many neat things with it. I can’t wait until they become affordable for the every day person to have in their homes.

  24. Ty says:

    I can’t wait to finally give one of these a try!

  25. Marcie W. says:

    I have heard amazing things about 3D printing like creating prosthetics. I look forward to seeing where this new technology takes us next!