Quick and easy guide to understanding how 3D printing works

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With 3D printers, the power to create any 3-dimensional object from a multitude of materials is at your fingertips. Personal 3D printers like Cubify (available at Staples starting at $1299) are poised to become the next essential adult toy. Industrially, they may even revolutionize manufacturing as they offer a less expensive route to DIY prototypes. While the printers come in a variety of models, all of the machines share the same basic process. We’ll break it down for you here in 6 simple steps.

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