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3D Printers

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And now, for something totally different.

As somebody who's always been interested in building physical and electrical things in addition to software, I've been following the 3D printer industry for quite a while now through the crowd-funding website, Kickstarter. It seems there is a new 3D printer on the market every week which attempts to be cheaper, easier, and/or better than the previous generation. I've always wanted one for myself, but didn't want to spend the ~$1000 to get a half-decent one from Kickstarter (or elsewhere even).

For those who don't know, a 3D printer is essentially a very precisely controlled hot glue gun, where the hot glue is replaced by a very precise amount of melted plastic. The printer prints one layer of plastic at a time, building up a 3D object in a matter of minutes/hours (depending on the size of the piece). This allows you to create tangible plastic versions of whatever you want (with some limitations such as size).

I've finally decided to take the plunge and get a 3D printer of my own. I saw this one on Kickstarter and backed it almost immediately. It's certainly not the most feature-rich printer out there, and may turn out to suck. However, the price is very good, the software seems very well thought-through, and I'm planning on hacking it myself anyways, so as long as the basic structure is decent (which it appears to be), I'll be happy.

Anyways, just thought I'd share. I'll be sure to write a follow up when I get it early next year.