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More information and resources for 3-D printers

A quick overview of 3-D printing, including information the types of plastic filaments used to print objects, the costs of various available printers and where to find designs.
by Lillie-Beth Brinkman Modified: July 10, 2013 at 2:09 pm •  Published: July 10, 2013
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/articleid/3860719/1/pictures/2155123">Photo - Jeff Davis, CEO of Maker's Tool Works, with the 3D printer manufactured at Makers Tool Works in Oklahoma City Wednesday, July 3, 2013.  Photo by Paul B. Southerland, The Oklahoman
Jeff Davis, CEO of Maker's Tool Works, with the 3D printer manufactured at Makers Tool Works in Oklahoma City Wednesday, July 3, 2013. Photo by Paul B. Southerland, The Oklahoman

Cube 3D

Cube 3D printers are available beginning at $1,299 at Staples.com, but they are not yet in stores in Oklahoma City. It works out of the box and can print different colors of figures that are less than 5.5 inches cubed. PLA filament cartridges available in 16 different colors cost $49.99 and each can print about 13- to 14-midsized creations, the website says.

Makerbot

One of the early pioneers in desktop 3-D printing, Makerbot, has a robust website about 3-D printing at makerbot.com. Its Replica 2 printer costs about $2,200 and has a 16 cubic-inch build volume.

Makerbot also launched the Thingiverse website where people can download designs for their own 3-D printers. Check out the possibilities at www.thingiverse.com.

Thingiverse is the best way currently to find ready-made designs to print, although people with knowledge of computers can use software like AutoCAD, Blender or Google SketchUp, among others, to design their own objects.

by Lillie-Beth Brinkman
Lillie-Beth Brinkman is a Content Marketing Manager for the Greater Oklahoma City Chamber of Commerce. She was previously an assistant editor of The Oklahoman
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