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.
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.
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