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3D printers remind you of Star Trek replicators, and could be a first step in the development of that wonder.
3D printers have been around for a while, but mostly in the hands of hobbyists and developers. But now, the first 3D printer, 3D Systems' Cube 3D printer, will be the first to go mainstream when it hits the shelves of Staples and other stores in late June. This $1,299 printer could be a sign of things to come.
The big questions is what will this printer be able to do? Will it work for business? Or is it an expensive toy for Dad or Mom? Mother's Day and Father's Day are coming up. In this gallery, we'll take a look at what it comes with, and also see what bigger 3D printers can really do.
The Cube 3D printer works with Mac and Windows, and prints objects up to 5.5x5.5x5.5 inches. The Cube uses both PLA and ABS plastics, and prints in higher definition, featuring 16 colors including glow in the dark.
3D printers can print just about anything that fits in the 5.5-inch cube, with the right software, of course.
3D Systems also provides CAD modeling, reverse engineering, and inspection software tools and consumer 3D printers, apps, and services.