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Company Announces Inexpensive, Compact 3D Printer

A company is preparing to take orders for one of the first small, inexpensive 3D printers.Typically, 3D printers are large and costly. However, MakerBot’s Replicator Mini retails for $1,375—about $1,000 less than comparable printers the company offers —and measures 3.9 × 3.9 × 4.9, or about 75 cubic inches.  By comparison, the company’s Replicator 2 desktop 3D printer is 19.1 x 16.5 x 14.7 and capable of making products 410 cubic inches in volume. Its features include an onboard camera and Wi-Fi connectivity. The printer could be used with a scanner, which lets users scan objects they want to reproduce. Market-research firm IDC anticipates 3D printer shipments will grow about 10 times between 2014 and 2017, while market-research firm Gartner Inc. predicts 50 of the largest multinational retailers will sell 3D printers by 2015. (Tech Times)(Tech Crunch)

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