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MakerBot Thing-O-Matic 3D Printer Kit

By: on September 16, 2011
$1,299
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If you're not familiar with 3D printers yet, it's time to start familiarizing yourself. A 3D printer actually "prints" an object you design on your computer by laying down successive layers of material. This offers the possibility of manufacturing products in the home almost as easily as printing a document with an inkjet printer.

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LIX 3D Printing Pen

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Paperless pens and drawing in 3D. True, we've seen it in the 3Doodler, but LIX is the first 3D printing pen to condense this technology into a writing instrument of normal proportions. You know, rather than one that looks...

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3Doodler - 3D Printing Pen

$84.95 from Amazon »

Bring your doodles to life. Well, except for the animation and biological functionality parts. So more like, give your doodles 3 dimensions, without the added concern of feeding or sending them to private school. WobbleWorks'...

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Robo R2 High Performance Smart 3D Printer

$1,499.99 from Amazon »

As you'd imagine from their similarity in name, the Robo R2 3D and the Droid R2-D2 have much in common. While the former cannot boop-beep-beep-bee-boop and engage you in deep conversation like the latter, both printer...

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$100 3D Printer

Discontinued

July 2016 Update: I received the following email from a Dude reader this week: "Hey, just a heads up, I just checked their page and the inventor says that the business partner stole people's money whom invested in this...

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Teslasuit - Full-Body Haptic Suit

$1,100 - $3,665 from Teslasuit »

No, the Teslasuit is not for racing your Tesla. Or, more realistically, the Teslasuit is not a 3-piece Armani with embroidered logos and a gold-threaded pocket square to wear while cruising your Model S around the suburbs....

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T-Rex Skull Shower Head

$20 from Etsy »

He may be dead and decomposed, but that doesn't mean T-Rex isn't still capable of spewing the stink off you. Roman Mirskiy creates his T-Rex Skull Shower Heads on a 3D printer. They're all made from high-quality ABS plastic...

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3D Printed Cat Armor

Now that the dog is Kevlared, spiked, and pokey bristled to the hilt with a CoyoteVest, it's time to turn your attention to armoring the cat. True, you've had the leather Cat Battle Armor option for a couple of years...

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Moby Whalers

$145 - $225 from Moby Whalers »

This Moby looks like it wants to chow down on some bottle caps with a quickness. Wonder if the whale's stomach is big enough to hold as many caps as mine is to hold the beers they unleash....

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Shark Hologram LED Night Light Lamp

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If they'd given Joseph an Amazing Technicolor Dream Shark instead of a Dream Coat, this holographic LED lamp is probably what it would have looked like. It would've been a way better gift too--I bet Joseph's brothers...

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Structure - 3D Sensor for Mobile Devices

$349 - $379 from Structure »

Occipital believes the future of computer vision is mobile. That means the company's forthcoming Structure Sensor for iPad has 3D depth--the camera attachment captures accurate, all-dimensional measurements and models...

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Orbit1 Electroplater - Coat Anything in Metal

$1,999 - $2,199 from Orbit1 »

The Midas Touch: now available for as little as $2 per gram. 3D printing is still cool and all, but in technology years it's getting to be an old man. Between hobbyists being able to print their trinkets on desktop models...

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Kodak Photo Printer Dock

$139.99 from Amazon »

Uh, a printed 4 x 6 selfie on the fridge where only me and my 3 friends who come over will be able to see it, rather than a digital selfie posted to Instagram where all 976 of my "friends"--plus maybe millions of other...