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Friday, April 11, 2014

3D Printing for the Masses with Makism

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Makism for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine.
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Did you know the 3D printing market is already a multi-billion dollar industry? I've been reading more and more about them lately and toying with jumping onto the bandwagon. I think it would be cool to be able to create models with my son and press "print" or, even better, download other people's models to print. I certainly can't design something like the colossium in Rome, that others already have.

Makism 3D Corp is looking to bring this reality to more users ready to use straight out of the box with little setup. The Makism 3D Printers line is called Wideboy and starts at just $1,500. Okay, still not yet priced for the masses, but they hope to make 3D printing as easy as printing a document on your inkjet printer.

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The Wideboy line of Makism 3D Products includes three different models. Besides price point, their basic differences are height and materials to use for printing. The A4/150 is the basic $1,500 model that can print 297x210x150mm with PLA and PV materials. Maksim is a UK company, so 150mm is just shy of six inches. The A4/200 goes for $2,500, supports a height of 200mm and can print with ABS, NYLON, PC, and HIPS. The A4/250 goes for $4,000, supports 250mm, and prints with the same materials as the A4/200. Learn more about the materials at http://www.makism3d.com/products/materials.

Growing up, I remember creating 3D models with popsicle sticks (or toothpicks). While it was fun to have to eat all the popsicles to get the sticks, using a 3D printer like one from Makism would be a big improvement. Just think of the dioramas you can create with something like this.
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