3D printers: How soon can I buy one?

The FORM 1 3D printer

If you keep up on the latest in technology, you might have heard some of the cacophonous buzz surrounding 3D printers and the amazing things people are making with them. So far, 3D printers have been far too expensive for home use leaving fans to send out for costly third party services.

Thanks to the popularity of crowdfunding sites like Kickstarter and Indiegogo, cutting edge technology you thought would take years to hit store shelves is now becoming a reality sooner rather than later.

Formlabs is one company who has successfully developed and built the FORM 1 3D printer through the crowdfunding movement. The printer costs a hefty $3,299 (£2,085) and prints with a specially formulated resin purchased separately. Formlabs start shipping pre-orders in April with more coming in May.

To prove the popularity in 3D printing, at the moment there are 11 3D print projects on Kickstarter that are in the stages of raising funding or have gone above and beyond their initial target. Indiegogo has quite a few projects, also.

FORM 1 samples

With the power of creating models, jewellery, demos, toys and whatever else your imagination can conjure up, wouldn’t you like to have a play with a 3D printer for yourself? We know we would!

If you like what you see, why not find a 3D printer project to get behind and get the revolution rolling?


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