30 Jun '12, 9am

Great 3D printer for $500. Makes it cheap enough for home use.

If you are like me, you have been watching the 3D printer space with much enthusiasm in anticipation of the moment when consumer-friendly 3D printers make their way to market at a price Joe Public can truly afford. There has definitely been some traction in achieving that goal. Makerbot, the best-known maker of 3D printers for enthusiasts, has been steadily releasing models that raise the functionality and appeal more to the mainstream. And we recently reported on 3D Systems putting its stake in the ground with the Cube , its $1,299 consumer 3D printer offering. Now there's a new kid on the consumer 3D printer block: Solidoodle , founded by Sam Cervantes, a former aerospace engineer who served a stint at MakerBot. His startup has just released its self-named printer, with a base price of $499. The $499 Solidoodle is fully assembled and supports a slightly bigger build area...

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