2LulzBot Taz Costs $2,195
Taz is one of the desktop 3D printers that can print with more than just your run-of-the-mill plastic. Create with ABS (acrylonitrile butadiene styrene), PLA (polylactic acid or polylactide), PVA (polyvinyl alcohol), high-impact polystyrene and wood filament. But don’t stop there. With add-ons, you can print with nylon and more.
3Afinia H-Series 3D Printer Offers Portability
For $1,599, Afinia offers an array of plastic filament colors, including natural, black, red, blue, yellow and green, and the printer weighs just under 11 pounds, making it easy to transport. Design files for 3D printing can be created using online software, professional software such as SolidWorks, or by downloading from the extensive online 3D printer community for free.
4Cubify CubeX Trio Prints Three Colors at Once
5MakerBot Replicator 2 Features 100-Micron Layer Resolution
6MBot Cube 2 Runs for Less Than $1,600 on Amazon
7UP! Mini 3D Desktop Printer Sports All-Metal Enclosure
8Bits From Bytes 3DTouch Offers CAD Platform Freedom
9Solidoodle 3D Printer Starts Under $800
10Sculpteo Offers Designers an Online Resource
If you’re still not sold on dropping a grand or more on an emerging technology, businesses like Sculpteo can make your designs into a 3D reality. A Web portal team designs and operates online services; it is in charge of promoting the Sculpteo brand and enhancing the customer relationship. The workshops perform the actual printing of 3D designs and handle all shipping aspects.
11MakerBot 3D Printers Land in Microsoft Stores
“The MakerBot Experience,” the company’s in-store 3D printing demonstration at the Microsoft retail store, is expanding from its roots in Seattle and in San Francisco and Palo Alto, Calif. Stores across the country will offer customers the chance to see 3D printing in action as well as purchase a Replicator 2 desktop 3D printer and PLA filament right in the store.