By Steve Woodfield
The global DIY revolution is in full swing thanks to the latest developments in affordable 3D printing technology. From manufacturing shoes to artificial hearts, the possibilities for this new desktop technology are endless. Are you the next worldwide innovator? Check out these four printers and start planning your future.
For a more complete list, head over to Digital Trends. Here’s the rundown:
MakerBot Replicator 2 (store.makerbot.com): As one of the bigger names in 3D printing, the MakerBot is a powerful machine. With the capability to print at 100 microns, the Replicator 2 can create designs as thin as a standard piece of paper.
FlashForge 3D Printer (http://ff3dp.myshopify.com/products/creator): For a large printer at a lower price, consider the FlashForge 3D printer. Utilizing a dual extruder, the FlashForge allows for the printing of two colors as opposed to just one.
3D Systems Cube (cubify.com): As one of the easiest to use 3D printers, the Cube is a great entry level printer for adults and children alike. The Cube is also Wi-Fi compatible, allowing you to print without connecting directly.
Afinia H-Series (afinia.com): Weighing in at just 11 pounds, the Afinia H-Series is a space saving and portable option for 3D printing. The H-Series is also bundled with easy-to-use 3D software that allows you to easily manage your project from conception to printing.