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Live demo by MakerBot shows the Force of 3-D printing

Source:  Brenda Cole

Attendees at Inside 3D Printing got to see not just finished products but the 3-D printing process itself in action. Vendors such as Brooklyn-based MakerBot an industry heavyweight, had printers running throughout the three-day show to demonstrate how they work.

In the photo above, a MakerBot Replicator 2 model printer works on a figurine of Star Wars character Yoda. Fine polymer filaments are laid down and fused together by the printer head, starting from the bottom up, layer by layer, until a solid form is created. The process can take hours or days, depending on the size of the item. And the sizes on display varied widely, as the next slide illustrates.

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