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When it comes to ordering online, Amazon is one of the top choices for users- it references thousands and thousands of products. This can be a downside though, as having too many options makes choosing more difficult (just as it can be hard to choose a dish from a restaurant menu with too many pages). This is even more true when users need to consider specs and features.

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To satisfy users appetite in 3D printers, weve created a reliable list of the best 3D printers that are available on Amazon. Unlike other websites easily do, we did not simply take the best-selling or top-rated 3D printers on Amazon. The selected 3D printers follow the criteria below:

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The shape of things to come A consumers guide to 3D printers

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The shape of things to come: A consumers guide to 3D printers

CES 2013 proved to be something of acoming out partyfor consumer-facing3D printers. SureMakerBotearned a fair amount of attention at last years show with the announcement of theReplicator, which snagged its share of awards from various press outlets. This year, however, saw a relative deluge in 3D-printing representation, with strong showings from3D SystemsFormLabs, MakerBot and the cloud-based 3D printer,Sculpteo. Even with so many companies rising to prominence, the dream of truly mainstream 3D printing still feels a ways off — if that is indeed where were inevitably heading.

These nascent days are an exciting time, with a diverse array of companies and organizations vying to be the first to bring the technology to our homes. In a sense, many roads lead back toRepRap, the open-source, community-fueled project aimed at creating a self-replicating machine. As such, the same basic technology underlies many of these devices. At their core, these 3D printers are not unlike their 2D counterparts, offering a way to translate images on computer screens into real-world analogs — only in this case theyre objects you can hold in your hand.

Most of these work by melting plastic (largely Lego-like ABS or biodegradable PLA) and squirting it out through extruder heads. The heads operate along the X and Y axes, while the build platform (generally heated in the case of ABS and unheated for PLA) moves downward, allowing the glue gun-like extruders to build up the thin layers of plastic. Some printers rely on other technologies, many of which are rooted in the world of rapid prototyping, a category of fabrication that has been around for decades and used by companies like Boeing and Ford to created scale models of concepts.

There are a surprising number of companies and organizations currently invested in the space, be it through pre-fabricated models, kits or open-source, downloadable plans. We pulled together a list of some of the most prominent, which you can check out after the break.

The Features:Up to three colors, up to 10.8 x 10.45 x 9.5-inch build volume, up to 125-micron resolution, touchscreen interface

3D Systemshas been in the 3D-printing game since before the term was coined. The companys CTO, Chuck Hull, invented stereolithography back in the early 80s. Hull helped co-found the company in 1986 and it has since become one of the dominant forces in the world of industrial rapid prototyping (we saw some of those devices in action whenwe visited Laika Studiosduring the production ofParaNorman). Last year, the company released the portable Cube printer, an officially branded entry in the consumer space (which coincided with the end of the consumer-facing Botmill line it also owned). AtCES this year, 3D Systems offered up a one-two punch, with the release of a fasterversion of the Cubeand themassive CubeX. The latter can do three-color prints and create objects up to 1,070 cubic inches — or as the company puts it, as big as a basketball. The CubeX can use either PLA or ABS and runs you $2,499.

The Features:Up to three extruders, 10.8 x 10.8 x 8-inch build volume (for single extruder model), up to125-micron resolution.

Another member of the ever-expanding 3D Systems family,Bits from Byteswas acquired by the company in late 2010. It was founded in 2008 by Ian Adkins with the noble mission statement of democratizing 3D printing for everyone. Like so many others in the field, BFBs models are based on the pioneering work of the open-source RepRap Project. On the low-end, the company offers a fairly barebones kit, primarily aimed at education (it sort of looks like something built with a Capsela set), which starts at $1,390 and runs up to $2,170. The more polished 3DTouch features a touchscreen and, on the high-end, three extruder heads — a luxury that costs $4,370

The Price:Assembled unit price TBD, $885 pledge on Kickstarter (now closed)

The Features:Low cost, streamlined at-home assembly, 10 x 8 x 6-inch build volume.

ThisKickstarter-backedproject is the brainchild of Illinois-based Duy Dang, who claims its the perfect beginner 3D printer, thanks to its low build cost and the relatively few parts required to assemble it. At its center is a single square tube that hides most of the wires. As with the open-source RepRap, many of the Eventorbots parts can be printed on the device itself, making it possible to continually upgrade the device

The Price:Assembled unit price TBD, $499 to $1,099 pledge on Kickstarter

The Features:Delta robot platform, 9-inch diameter x 11-inch build volume, 100 micron resolution

Why should a 3D printer look like a microwave oven?DeltaMakersnot the first 3D printing company to ask the question (in so many words), nor is it the first to adopt this form factor. Still, we wont begrudge anyone looking to break out of the classic 3D printer style, and certainly anything that makes the experience if watching the act all the more interesting is worth a look. The Florida-based team is around half the way to its $100,000 goal, promising a printer with a 9-inch diameter x 11-inch high build volume and a 100 micron resolution.

The Machine:Delta Micro Up! Plus / Afinia H-Series

The Features:Prints in ABS / PLA, 5.5 x 5.5 x 5.3-inch build volume, 150-micron resolution

This Beijing-based company has taken to calling its products micro factories. Delta Micro offers a couple of devices, including the $900 Up! Mini. At the high-end is the $1,500 Up! Plus [pictured], which, at least from an aesthetic standpoint, is the picture of minimalist simplicity. It has a build volume of 5.5 x 5.5 x 5.3 inches and can print in both PLA and ABS plastic. The latter is available in the US under the Delta Micro name or, with the Afinia branding, carrying the H-Series name (under which it took home a Best Overall Experience award fromMake Magazine).

The Features:Streamlined building process compared to Model 1, printing in any number of materials: including frosting, clay and rubber caulk

More of an ongoing, open-source collaborative project than a company, out ofCornellsComputational Synthesis Laboratory (now the Creative Machines Lab) way back in 2006 in order to build a machine that can make real objects. The result is a device that can print in an astonishing number of materials, including frosting, rubber caulk, ceramic clay, chocolate andice. The Cornell team has most recently unveiled the Model 2, which offers improvements to the hardware and software as well as cheaper, easier builds and lower skill-level demands. nt actually sell the printers, but there are ways of getting your hands on one, if you email the right people.

The Price:TBD, $490 pledge on Kickstarter (now closed)

The Features:Not a 3D printer per se, rather a device that recycles plastic into filaments for prints

The Filabots not a 3D printer, but its certainly worth mentioning in a roundup like this. The crowdfunded device aims to address one of the fundamental concerns of consumer 3D printing: waste. The machine (awarded to investors who pledged $490 or more) grinds, melts and extrudes recyclable plastic into a 1.75 or 3mm spool that can be used with at-home 3D printers. Filabot will work with a number of plastics, including ABS, HDPE and nylon (the company is in the process of testing a number of others, including PLA).

The Features:Utilizes stereolithography printing for more precise prints, 4.9 x 4.9 x 6.5-inch build volume

The grad students at theMIT Media Labshared the dream of bringing the professional quality of their schools rapid prototyping machines to consumers.Formlabsrealized that goal by eschewing the plastic extrusion technology found in most hobbyist devices for the far more precise stereolithography wherein a tray of liquid resin hardens when exposed to a laser, until the desired object is fully formed. The process is quieter than much of the competition and the resulting prints achieve a level of detail that blows away what weve seen even the most high-resolution consumer printers accomplish. Co-founderMaxim Lobovskyshowed us a highly impressive Eiffel Tower print. At $3,300, theForm 1isnt the cheapest consumer-facing printer around, but given the quality its capable of printing, its a downright steal.

The Price:$1,683 (single extruder), $2020 (dual-extruder)

The Features:ABS, PLA and PVA printing, aluminum body, 9 x 10.6 x 8.7-inch build volume, 200 micron printing

The Creatr certainly looks the part of a semi-pro printer, but with a starting price of 1,250 ($1,683), the aluminum-encased the device clearly has consumers in mind. The tree frog-emblazoned box has a build volume of 9 x 10.6 x 8.7-inches, can print in ABS, PLA and PVA and comes with one or two extruders. Leapfrog, which was formed last year, also offers the Xeed, which carries a far pricier 5,460 ($7,353) price tag, has a tablet interface built in, to help you nab your models without the use of a computer.

The Features:Rugged build quality, 7.9 x 7.5 x 3.9-inch build volume, 200-micron resolution

If you can get around the meme-centric name for a moment, youll find that LulzBot is a fairly serious company with some straightforward goals. As with so many others, this Aleph Objects brand took inspiration from the open-source RepRap project — in fact, the company produces hardware, tools and electronics with RepRap makers in mind. Those less interested in the construction part of the process, however, can pick up a prefab AO-101 printer from the company for $1,725. LulzBot calls the AO the workhorse of the 3D-printing industry, thanks to its rugged design. The testing process for the printer reportedly involved standing on it, making it print upside down and printing while strapped to the back of a truck driving down dirt roads. If youre looking for a consumer 3D printer to bring on your next space flight, this might be the bot youre looking for.

The Features:Easy-to-load extruder, two extruders, 9.7 x 6 x 6.1-inch build volume, 100-micron resolution

In terms of sheer exposure,MakerBotis the company to beat. Founded in 2009, the Brooklyn-based organization currently seems best positioned to help consumer 3D printing go mainstream. As with so many others, MakerBots roots are firmly planted in the RepRap scene, with co-founder Zach Smith having been heavily involved with the project. In spite of those roots, theres little doubt that MakerBot is a firmly commercial venture. Its even found itself mired in some controversy after appearing to turn away from the open-source community with the release of the Replicator 2, causing Smith, among others, to critique the companys business model.

MakerBot made a splash at last years CES with the announcement of thefirst-generation Replicator, which featured an increased build volume (8.9 x 5.7 x 5.9 inches) and dual-extrusion (two-colors). This year, the company showed off its recently releasedReplicator 2and thenew 2X, the latter of which features dual-extrusion and a heated build platform, optimized for ABS plastic. Both of the second-generation Replicators also feature a number of tweaks to their predecessors body, including further increased build volume (11.2 x 6.1 x 6.0 inches for the Replicator 2) and the ditching of the more DIY-looking wooden aesthetic. The 2 and 2x run $2,199 and $2,799, respectively.

The Features:8 x 10 x 8-inch build area

Rick Pollack founded MakerGear in order to supply home fabricators with the necessary tools, after attempting and failing to prototype a product of his own at home. Fittingly, the site is a resource for all sorts of 3D printer bits and pieces, like platforms, motors and extruders. The company started life in 2009, creating extruders for MakerBot Cupcake printers, because the MK4 extruder was not reliable and caused endless problems and frustration for users, as Pollack tells us. The shipment of those extruders lead other industrious folks, including RepRap community members, to start utilizing the service. The company also offers the plans for a number of kits, including the M1 (Mosaic), M2 [pictured] and Prusa Mendel.

The Features: 7.9 x 7.9 x 6-inch build volume, 200-micron resolution

A company inspired by the open-source community that has given rise to so many 3D-printing companies, Metamquina developed out of the Garoa Hacker Clube, the first hackerspace in Brazil, where its founders Felipe Sanches and Rodrigo Rodrigues da Silva started hacking a MakerBot printer. Now the company is prepping the release of its second-generation device, set to ship this April. The Metamquina 2 features a build volume of 7.9 x 7.9 x 6 inches — more than double that of its similarly named predecessor. It will run R$3,300 ($1,614) when it hits in a couple of months.

The Features: Portability (folds up into a briefcase), battery-powered, 7.9 x 7.2 x 5.9-inch build volume

Heres yet another in the long line of consumer-facing 3D printers brought into the world with a little Kickstarter love — well, more than a little. Printrbot creator Brook Drumm managed to raise a staggering $830,000-plus after setting a $25,000 goal. The company designed the device to be the simplest 3D printer yet. A small kit can be assembled relatively quickly by beginners — a sort of IKEA-esque approach to the world of 3D printing, if you will. The company also has affordability in mind, with the low-end, foldable Printrbot Jr. running an astonishingly low $399. That price helped the foldable device snag a Best Value from our friends over atMake Magazinelate last year. The companys line tops out at $1,500 for the moment, which will get you a Printrbot GO [pictured], a portable 3D printer that fits in a briefcase for the traveling maker. That one was created with help fromBen Heck, of course.

The Price:$1,330 (estimated assembly price)

The Features: Powder-based printing, refillable cartridges

Another attempt to bring pro-level 3D printing to the home hobbyist, Pwdr uses powder-based rapid prototyping, rather than the plastic extrusion at the center of most commercial entries in the space. Developed though the University of Twente in the Netherlands, the vowel-hating hardware is currently in its early stages (Model 0.1), but the open-source plans are currently available online for early hackdopters. According to the site, building one of these should run you around 1,000 ($1,330).

The Features: The open-source original, 5.5 x 5.5 x 4.3-inch build volume, more portable than other RepRap devices

The project that launched a million 3D printers,RepRap(thats short for replicating rapid prototyper) began with the fairly noble, awesome and vaguely terrifying intention of developing a self-replicating machine. Spearheaded by Dr. Adrian Bowyer, a University of Bath mechanical engineering lecturer, the open-source, non-profit project has given birth to a number of 3D printing machines, including, most recently, Huxley, named for biologist Thomas Henry Huxley.

Consistent with RepRaps initial mission statement, Huxley can print a good chunk of itself, as well as its predecessor, Mendel (and vice versa). Zach Smith would use much of the knowledge he gained from the early days of the project to help found MakerBot. In spite of, or perhaps because of, the success of commercial successors, RepRap is still going strong, working toward the goal of complete self-replication and espousing the open-source philosophies on which it was created.

The Features: Low cost, PLA / ABS plastic, 10 x 10 x 8-inch build volume, 100-micron resolution

Yet another Kickstarter success story — and a fairly healthy one at that; San Diego-based RoBo 3D has achieved more than eight times its $49,000 Kickstarter goal with about a week left. Price is the big selling point here — at around $520 for an assembled printer, its expected to sell for a fraction of the competition. The open-source RoBo 3D has a build volume of 10 x 10 x 8 inches and prints in PLA (though a $99 bump in price will get you ABS). Keep in mind, these arent actually shipping yet — the company expects them to go out in March.

The Features: Metal body, 8 x 6.3 x 6.2-inch build volume

Yet another RepRap-inspired company, Romscraj describes itself as a little shop set in the mostly sunny little red dot known as Singapore. The company currently has three models available. At the low-end, the unassembled Portabee kit will run $490. The high-end M.O.B. cube [pictured] features a build volume of 8 x 6.3 x 6.2 inches, a heated platform and a metal body. That one runs $960 fully assembled — and, interestingly, ships with a free BeagleBone development board at the moment.

The Price:$1,000 starting (non-assembled kit)

The Features: 11-inch (diameter) x 13.8-inch (height) build volume, 50-micron resolution

Another 3D-printing company thats sought a bit of help from thecrowdfunding community, SeeMeCNC began life in late 2011 in an attempt to broaden the maker communitys toolkit. The companys first 3D printer, the H-1, was firmly rooted in the RepRap community, based on its Huxley design. These days, the site offers a number of build-at-home kits, including the $1,000 cylindrical Rostock MAX [pictured], which features a truly impressive advertised 1,300-cubic-inch build volume. The companys also working on an LCD panel and SD memory card input to let users control printing on the machine itself.

The Features: Low cost, rugged metal case, 8 x 8 x 8-inch build volume,100-micron resolution

Back in the fall of 2011, former MakerBot COO Sam Cervantes started work on his own desktop 3D printer, with the aim of taking the space to new levels of affordability. The resulting company isSolidoodle. While the name is arguably unfortunate, the product is anything but. By its second iteration, the company gave the world a remarkably low-priced device, at $500, featuring a 6 x 6 x 6-inch build platform and a rugged body that built upon its founders engineering past. We recently got our hands on the companysthird-generation printer, which ups the build size to 8 x 8 x 8, a scale that also brings the price up to $800. Its a sizable increase, but it still comes in well below the industry standard for consumer 3D printers. And just to show he wasnt joking about the whole rugged thing, Cervantes took a moment to stand on the printer, when the company came by our office, taking the whole concept of standing by a product to new levels.

The Features: Metal case, massive 23.6 x 23.6 x 23.6-inch build volume

This printers namesake, UK-based Richard Sum, took toIndiegogowhen it came time to fund his labor of love — multiple times, in fact. The printer now comes in three flavors, the original Basic [pictured], Aluminum and Mega (the Aluminum version with an increased build volume), ranging in price from 300 ($476) to 1,600 ($2,539) to start.

The Features: Steel frame, up to 16 x 16 x 21-inch build platform ($3,650 model), optional dual extrusion ($450 extra)

One of the odder names in an industry full of odd names, The Future is 3-D is also quite likely the only company with an origin directly involving a Jay Leno show. Inspiration arrived when founder Jeff Christiana saw 3D printing in action onJay Lenos Garage. From there, Christiana made a jump over to the RepRap community for months of frustration that channeled their way into a company that now sells 3D printer parts. It also sells its own printers, like the metal-framed Glacier Steel and the forthcoming Avalanche, which promises to be the companys largest and most advanced printer yet. That ones roughly half a year away, however.

The Features: 9 x 9 x 9-inch build volume, standard resolution as low as 100 microns.

Maintaining the familiar plywood aesthetic, the Series 1 printer offers up a 9 x 9 x 9-inch build volume and standard resolutions as thin as 100 microns, using the standard software. Though its creators add that, with some tweaking, theyve managed to get it down to an impressive 50 microns. Released by San Francisco-based Type A Machines, the boxll run you $1,400.

The FeaturesPLA / ABS plastic, 8.3 x 8.3 x 8.1-inch build volume

Yet another 3D-printer maker born out of the RepRap legacy, this Netherlands-based outfit is committed to making 3D printing better, faster and simpler. Ultimaker offered up its first product in May 2011. The current iteration ships as a complete kit for 1,194 ($1,594), featuring a nice build volume of 8.3 x 8.3 x 8.1 inches, without taking up too much space on your desktop. Late last year, the company also entered the pre-built game, with fully assembled printers that run 1,699 ($2,269), a price that includes a free roll of PLA plastic.

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If you thought you and your RepRap were safe from posers, youre sunk: Amazon has just opened astore for 3D printers and printer accessoriesthat seems to, at the very least, allow smaller manufacturers to get a foothold in an increasingly tight market.

Available on the pop up web store or whatever you want to call it are printers from Afinia and Flashforge (which, as youll notice, is a literal rip-off of theMakerbot) as well as offers fromMakerbotowners who are selling used machines. In short, the store consists of smaller fry attempting to sell directly to a less educated consumer which is fine.

Withand Toys R Us sellingpersonalized ducks in Hong Kong, its clear were reaching the point when 3D printing is beginning to interface with the culture. Its still cool enough to be cutting edge yet its lucrative enough for behemoths like Amazon to throw it a bone with this store.

And what of the folks who want their 3D printers to be the hardware equivalent of underground prog rock? Well, were probably out of luck. Ill know its gone mainstream when my Dad asks for one and, the way things are going, that should be some time next week.

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Amazon launches new 3D Printers Suppliessection

There is no way to stop 3D printers home invasion. Though Amazons CEO Jeff Bezosbelieves 3D printing will not change the distributionof products anytime soon, the company sees also the explosive growth of 3D printing.

Amazon decided to seriously involve in the 3D printing market by launching a new section for3D Printers & Suppliesunder Industrial & Scientific Additive Manufacturing Products category.

The 3D printers included in the list are MakerBot Replicator 2, Afinia 3D Printer H-Series, 3D Systems Cubify (not available), fabbster 3D Printer, Airwolf3D and a few Chinese brands.

Also included in the category are 3D Printing Materials – ABS and PLA filament – as well as parts and accessories, a selection of 3D printer books and CAD software.

Amazon starts it pretty simple, and very little information are provided with the 3D printers. It probably will take a while before all the features, descriptions and reviews being filling in. But as Amazons 3D Printers & Supplies section grows, it will be another good channel to shop online for 3D printing hardware and supplies.

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Ouch – the first featured product on the 3D Printer homepage is Chinese Makerbot knockoff. No wonder they went closed source.

Ivan Pope wrote at 6/8/2013 11:26:24 PM:

We dont have that in the UK yet. And Ive just discovered that you have the most incredible Amazon imaginable – we dont have any of the funky stuff here!

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10 Best Rated 3D Printers Available on Amazon Fall Winter 2017

This is a list of the 10 best rated 3D printers that you can buy on Amazon (Fall / Winter 2017).

The selection we made follows a few criteria. All 3D printers listed here are available on Amazon and have an Amazon buyers rating of 4 stars or higher. They must have at least 50 buyer reviews.

Following these rules, we ended up with ten 3D printers. Do you know of a 3D printer that is not on the list and should be added? Please let us know in the comments orcontact us.

We constantly update this list, so you can always check back to find out what the best 3D printers in each category are.

The sturdy metal frame and reinforced printing platform of the Creator Pro contribute to a good and stable print quality.

It has an enclosed printing chamber which makes it safe to use and makes it easier to print ABS.

It is equipped with two extruders so the Creator Pro can combine two materials and/or colors in one print.

It comes pre-assembled and is ready to go straight from the box. Checkour pricewatchfor more info, specs prices.

We use the Taz 6 on a regular basis. Its a reliable printer that just always works. Its not fast, and below 140 Microns layer height the results can be a bit disappointing but the fully automatic bed leveling and modular toolhead totally make up for these cons.

Its very easy to swap the toolhead, but dont forget to update the firmware after youve done so. Aleph Objects recently launched v3 of the dual extruder toolhead (which is not included extra toolheads are optional).

Theres also a toolhead called theMOARstruder. It has a 1.2mm nozzle, an extra-long heater block and dual print cooling fans. These features enable high-speed printing and tough 3D printed objects.

Read ourfull review hereor check its specs pricesin our pricewatch.

We love our DP200 and use it on a regular basis. Its reliable, easy to control and has great print quality.

The biggest drawback is the closed material system. You cant print with 3rd party materials

This 3D printer comes fully assembled, has bed leveling assistance and remote monitoring.

Read ourfull review hereor check its specs pricesin our pricewatch.

This is the little brother of the Taz 6.

The MiniĀ is a great one for beginners. Easy set up and easy to use. The Lulzbot Mini is equipped with auto bed leveling, auto-nozzle cleaning, and a low maintenance PEI print surface.

It has a modular tool head carriage design that allows plug-and-play with different print heads.

For more info check its specs pricesin our pricewatch.

This is version 2 of Qidi Tech X-One. It has a full metal double layered frame that makes the frame very stable. It also has a 3.5 inch touchscreen with simple to use interface.

In contrary to version 1, the v2 comes pre-assembled. You can start printing right away after unboxing.

The Qidi Technology X-ONE 2 comes with side panels to create a closed print chamber which is great for printing ABS.

Check more info and prices inour pricewatch.

This open source 3D printer is based on the Prusa i3 model. Its all metal frame, MK2 extruder and T-Type threaded rods make sure you get great print results.

Checkour pricewatchfor more info, specs prices.

This is the second version of XYZprinting da Vinci Jr. 1.0 Pro. It has a new wind duct extruder design and you can now use 3rd party filaments.

It has assisted bed leveling and the closed print chamber makes it safe to use.

The Athorbot basically has 4 print modes. Single material / color, two materials / colors and also a mode where it mixes colors to get a gradient like effect.

It comes semi-assembled but it only takes a few minutes to assemble.

More info, specs and prices inour pricewatch.

The BIBO is what they call a hybrid it can print and engrave.

The laser is extremely good at engraving objects such as wood, plastic, leather and paper.

This 3D printer has filament detection: if the filament spool runs out during printing, the machine automatically pauses so you can load a fresh spool.

It has Wi-Fi Control: the included networking feature enables you to control the printer via a phone or PC.

With its touch screen display, auto resume feature and auto bed leveling, the Anycubic i3 Mega is one of the more user friendly 3D printers in its price range.

More info, specs prices inour pricewatch.

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Amazon wants to curb warehouse clutter by installing 3D printers on trucks

Amazon wants to curb warehouse clutter by installing 3D printers on trucks

Amazon wants to curb warehouse clutter by installing 3D printers on trucks

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More than anything, logistics are the biggest hurdle for retailers like Amazon. Managing stock, maintaining warehouses, and shipping orders is a constant juggling act. What if you could cut out all of the hassle, make an item on demand, and deliver it directly to the consumer? A recent patent application from Amazon has that future in mind, but is this doable? Can 3D printing replace the old warehouse model?

Recently, a patent application surfaced showing howAmazon could implement 3D-printing on demand. Roughly, the idea is this: a consumer orders an item on Amazon, the printing instructions are sent to the closest 3D-printing device, and then shipped out to the consumer when its complete. Most interestingly, the 3D printer itself could be in a warehouse or on a truck. If Amazon moves forward with these plans, your widgets and thing-a-majigs could theoretically be produced in the same truck that delivers it to your home.

This isnt the first futuristic (and slightly dystopian) retail concept to come out of Amazon in recent years theinfamous delivery droneandhousehold one-click buttonsstand out as some of the crazier ideas. And it shouldnt be any surprise that Amazon is continuing to research the realm of 3D-printing: Last year, it begancollaborating with Mixee Labsto deliver 3D-printed goods, and that partnership hascontinued to flourishinto 2015.

Keep in mind, this patent application isnt proof thatAmazonactually intends on making a huge move into 3D-printing. Large companies frequently file patents that they never intend to use as a way of exploring concepts and keeping their options open. And even if Amazon does implement these 3D-printing stations in a meaningful capacity, it would have limited utility for the foreseeable future. The patent application lists numerous methods of additive and subtractive manufacturing, but I find it hard to believe Amazon will be able to offer complicated 3D-printed items quickly and affordably in the near future.

For the most part,3D-printinghas been kept to the realm of plastics. Other materials and complex assemblies are possible, but its not particularly quick or cost effective as it stands. Fact is, Amazon isnt going to be 3D-printing an internal combustion engine for you anytime soon. If youre thinking more along the lines of a cutting board or backscratcher, that seems more plausible. And whether or not Amazon ever mounts 3D printers inside of its delivery fleet, theres no doubt the core 3D-printing technology will continue to grow in importance.

Everything wrong with our patent system is on display here.

Have an idea, write it up, get protection before someone else comes along and has the idea? Its first come first serve, how else would it be?

Perhaps that people could use common sense to say this concept is too vague in its definition therefore it shouldnt be allowed a patent. With only patents of acceptable quality being issued the cost and overhead associated with patent searching and defending ones patent would result in a system that actually encouraged innovation rather than being a tool of large companies to stifle it.

How large is large? The rules are the same for all sizes of person or corporation. Honestly they could fix half the searching issue with a better database. The whole system is antiquated, I wouldnt be surprised if they used index cards or something. People can innovate regardless of patents though, this is just an argument people use when they think that all the good ideas have been had already and that all the corporations or the man are sitting on them. Ideas are endless. Software patents can be sketchy I agree, and I dont know how I feel about the idea of patenting sections of DNA or Living Beings though.

The rules are the same but if the process is reliant on the ability to fund legal sorties then it discriminates against those with limited means and the result is that the overall progression of knowledge in society is retarded.

Meanwhile the world of patent attorneys and lawyers prey on the naive and inexperienced and a particular type of venture capitalist is always hovering to pick up the remains of anything of value.

In what I see now, many people who once would have filed a patent for their advancement are sometimes redesigning their thing with additional complexity or if they can, tying it up as a service. In both cases knowledge is no longer being openly shared which is to the detriment of everyone. All of which I take as evidence that the patent system is not serving its purpose because it is being abused by those with the most money and most motivated lawyers.

Just as a follow on, this Amazon patent application is a perfect example of the abuse I was mentioning. Amazon are very publicly going out and declaring their intent on a type of application which is putting a 3d printer in a truck. This sends the message that they are going to use their resources to defend what is a spurious claim. To the common man out there who may actually find a valid reason to put manufacturing equipment in a truck, he now has the shadow of future legal engagement with Amazon should he seek to expand his business. This does not innovation and creativity make.

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Its more of a pervasive issue with our whole corporate society. The idea is sound, but the patent trolling is obviously abusive. I agree with your complaints in general.

Ooo,, They will 3D print a new Hard Drive for my computer..

I wish I could live for another 100 years, just to see all the cool stuff coming down the pike.

You might very well be alive in 100 years time the way technology is going. Potentially even immortal.

people said the same thing back in the 60s. Since then life expectancy has actually gone down a year or so. Well not down from the 60s, but down from its peak around the mid 90s.

People in their 20s all think they will live forever. People in their 40s know they wont.

So far gene therapy, stem-cell research, cloning, genome sequence, its all done very little or nothing. That doesnt mean it wont ever change, but its moving a lot slower than anyone imagined 20 years ago.

Lets talk hair cloning, in 1995 they said hair cloning would be available in 5 years.. Today they say maybe never or maybe in 15 years. Its depressing.

The technological singularity was not foreseeable in the 60s. AI is actually within our grasps, perfect human brain simulation and brain content uploading means artificial immortality. 30 years. Tops. Even if its not for the masses, I.e only really rich people will have this available to them, the technology itself already exists.

Quantum computers, advanced 3D printers(capable of printing human organs), IoE, AI superintelligence, advanced nanotechnics be it via drug delivery or as a implant allowing us to have Microsoft HoloLens like capabilities built right into our brain You name it, its come, within our life times.

ah yes the singularity of course. We cant see it because we are in it right I remember it now.. the singularity.

Hey bro, I got some land in Florida just for you. You cant see it because.. well thats the way this land is, but you can own it.

As soon as you upload your brain youre already deadIt wont be you, just an image of you.

If its a perfect replica, I.e 100% data transfer with nothing missing and the AI has a flawless human brain emulator that is custom built around CT scans of your brain and nano bots readings etc etc

Its you. I dont believe in a soul, I dont believe in any life after death. Itll just be you in a new form.

the way things are going in 100 years the earth will be a desolated radioactive desert lol, you will need to buy stuff from couriers like in fallout

Its a little late for me, I fear. Perhaps my grandchildren

Cant wait to order plastic figurine and have them make it in front of my apartment.

I find it disturbing that the truck you picture in the 3D printed goods story is the one that delivers food. šŸ˜‰

What could I possibly buy on Amazon that would created on a 3D printer? Plus, wouldnt that create a huge legal issue between Amazon and the companies that actually design the products that Amazon sells?

Theres those 3D printed selfies that are catching on quite well. ASDA supermarket have a walk in 3D printed selfie booth. Theres some info about it here wouldnt mind them coming to my road to do it but it all depends on what the price will be if it will catch on or not.

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Amazon has filed for patents on a system that would use truck-based 3D printers to quickly deliver customers bespoke orders, theWall StreetJournalreports. Such an idea could help the company more quickly deliver customers orders, assuming theyre able to be 3D-printed.

Time delays between receiving an order and shipping the item to the customer may reduce customer satisfaction and affect revenues generated, wrote Amazon in the patent applications. A move to these tech-filled vehicles, in turn, would also decrease warehouse and inventory storage space needed, the application continued.

Of course, just because the e-commerce giant submitted the application doesnt mean the idea will ever come to fruition. The patent may not even be accepted, writes theJournal. In the past, Amazon filed for a patent on anticipatory delivery in which merchandise would start being delivered to customers ahead of purchase. But that idea hasnt been put to use, the newspaper notes.

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17 Best Kids 3D Printers for Home (Updated for 2017

Printers are one of the most unloved tech tools around. Paper jams, low toner errors, and simply connecting to a printer are headaches weve all faced at one time or another.

So, how can we make printing fun again? With a kids 3D printer for home!

3D printing is already changing the way that we produce objects, from clothing and appliances, to tools and toys. Almost anything can be printed with these new gadgets. This is why getting an affordable 3D printer for home or school could be theĀ coolest thing for kids to experimentĀ with. KidsĀ canĀ develop skills such as moulding, sculpting, and creating a blueprint, which requires planning and creativity.

By connecting to mobiles and tablets, kids can download STL files and easily print out objects to play with, share with friends, or even sell online.

3D printers for kids encourageĀ creativity and imagination, as well as giving them an opportunity to produce their very own 3D printed toys. With lots of new 3D printers on the market, there is something for every budget and skill level.

Here are 17 of the best 3D printers for kids.

This article was originally published in 2016 and was last updated December 2017.

Best 3D Printers for Kids1. FlashForge 3D PrinterCheck on AmazonTheFlashForge 3D Printeris another amazing 3D printer that creates almost anything from a small elephant to a more complex figurine such as head statues. The printer offers WIFI, USB, and smart phone integration to control and create numerous designs and projects.

2. FlashForge Inventor IICheck on AmazonThe next generation of the FlashForge Finder is theInventor II. Designed for children and beginners this 3D printer features a special automatic door sensor that pauses the print job for extra security. It uses a biodegradable material and is a great3D printer for classrooms.

3.Ā New Matter MOD-t 3D PrinterCheck on AmazonTheNew Matter MOC-t3D printerĀ is one of the most elegant 3D printers for kids on the market. Kids can start printing within 20 minutes of set up, with no assembly required, and its wireless capability makes printing from any device a breeze. The printer comes with a clear cover allowing kids to see the printing process while keeping their fingers safe from moving parts. One to keep in the living room to show off your kids 3D printing creations.

4. XYZprinting da Vinci Jr. 1.0Check on AmazonTheXYZprinting da Vinci Jr. 1.03D Printer is one of the more affordable 3D printers for home and school. The printer has a very easy to configure interface andĀ would be a great starter printer for anyone who wanted toĀ get into 3D printing.

5. Micro 3D PrinterCheck on AmazonTheMicro 3D printeris anotherĀ easy-to-use 3D printer for home. You canĀ access multiple downloadable models that allow you to create high quality projects at efficient time rates. It also comes with an online application that is suitable forĀ most smart phones, tablet and iPads.

6.Ā XYZprinting da Vinci Jr. 1.0 3-in-1Check on AmazonSome 3D printers offer more than just creating objects, letting kids go even further with their innovations. Theda Vinci Jr 1.0 3-in-1not only prints 3D objects, but also works as a scanner and laser engraver. The engraver allows kids to etch on wood, leather or cardboard, and the scanner captures 3D images in just 7 minutes. This 3D printer for kids is a great option for schools or more advanced 3D printing fans.

7. XYZprinting da Vinci miniMakerCheck on AmazonThe XYZprintingda Vinci miniMakeris a safe kids 3D printer that uses non-heated PLA filament to create projects. A lightweight 3D printer, justĀ 18lbs in weight, makes it easy toĀ transport and share with other kids. With over 5000+ 3D models available to download, including everything from toys to educational items, there is something for every kid looking to create and innovate using 3D printing. The printer comes with access to an online course made for STEM learning; kids and teachers can make learning fun by bringing 3D printing into the classroom.

While we were waiting for the ThingMaker to arrive theToyBoxprinter has taken its place. Designed for kids, this little 3D printer is named appropriately. Simply pick a toy from the app and start printing! The toys that can be printed are already designed and sized, and developers have optimized each item for detail and speed when printing. The printer uses non toxic, biodegradable PLA material and kids can choose from over 500 toys to get started. Available for pre-order through their crowdfunding page.

9. UP mini 2 3D PrinterCheck on AmazonFor parents and teachers who are searching for in-built HEPA air filtration in their 3D printer at a cost effective price, theUP mini 2is the way to go. The 3D printer is easy to carry and lightweight, and unlike some of the other 3D printers, has an LCD touch screen control. Bonus parts include a tool box and a spool holder. With wireless capabilities and a sleek design, this is a great addition to any kids home.

10. Robo C2 Compact Smart 3D PrinterCheck on AmazonTheRobo C2is a stylish modern 3D printer that looks great in any home or classroom. A large LCD screen makes it easy to control and configure, and a fast print speed lets kids create 3D printing projects quickly. The printer connects wirelessly to your phone, and with access to the Robo app, kids can access a library with thousands of 3D models.

11. MakerBot Replicator Mini+Check on AmazonLooking to build bigger and more impressive 3D projects? TheMakerBot Replicator Mini+is the 3D printer for you. Kids can use their phones and MakerBot software to wirelessly create 3D projects, and the printer is cloud enabled making synching and saving designs uncomplicated. This 3D printer is on the pricey end of the scale, but for design quality and ease of set up, this is a good option for classrooms and more advanced kid designers.

12. da Vinci MiniCheck on AmazonAnother option in the da Vinci line of 3D printers for kids, is the colourful and compactda VinciĀ Mini. Kids can connect wirelessly to the 3D printer using a tablet or laptop, removing any danger of cables being pulled or tripped over. Objects are printed using non-toxic PLA filament swiftly and easily using a single button print design. 3D modelling software is included, as well as access to 5000+ downloadable 3D models. Da Vinci also make a3D pen suitable for kids.

13. Cube 3D PrinterCheck on AmazonTheCube 3D printerhas a very simple interface which makes itĀ fun and very practical to use. This efficient 3D printer has aĀ WIFI connection, USB interface, and allows smart phone/tablet designing.

14. Qixel 3D MakerCheck on AmazonAnother option for kids looking to get into 3D printing and design, is the cheap and cheerfulQixels 3D Maker. Qixels are small cubes that fuse together with a spray of water, and kids can make multi-coloured plastic objects quickly and easily. The Qixel 3D Maker helps kids build their design layer by layer, similar to 3D printing. This is a great budget option for any young kid interested in design and 3D printing without the expense of buying a full kids 3D printer.

Mattel, the well-known childrens brand is dipping its toe into the 3D printer space with theĀ ThingMaker 3D Printer. Kids can print their own toys in batches using hard PLA filament, which are then assembled using ball and socket joints that snap together. A child friendly designer app ThingMaker Design, will be available in the AppStore, with plenty of templates and tutorials to help get kids started. Still no date for when this cool 3D printer for kids will be available!

Geared towards creative kids, theYeehaw 3D printerfor kids has been a runaway success on the Indiegogo crowdfunding platform. Kids will be able to design their own toys on the Yeehaw app, and wirelessly connect their phone to the printer to create their designs. Safety is key with theseĀ 3D printers for kids with a 360 degree capsule design, door sensors and eco-friendly filament. One to watch out for this Christmas.

A new version in the da Vinci line of 3D printers, available at the end of 2017, is the da Vinci Nano. Pitched as a plug and play budget 3D printer, it will have auto calibration and levelling as standard. A good choice for the 3D printer curious, one of the main features is a one push printing process. Perfect for kids of all ages looking to get into 3D printing.

For more resources, check out our list of websites todownload free STL filesand3D Printing software tools for kids.

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Amazon Opens 3D Printing Storefront

This week Amazon jumped even further into the 3D printing space, launching an online storefront for 3D printed objects and downloadable design files that can be printed on home machines.

The storefront is a pilot program in partnership with with four companies that offer 3D printing as a service, most notably Cincinnati-based 3D printing store 3DLT, a storefront that partners with designers to sell 3D-printable files. The company also sells finished 3D-printed works, but customers have to buy the file first.

In aninterview with Upstart Business Journal, 3DLT CEO John Hauer said that Amazon approached the company when 3DLT started selling its products through Amazons site. They said, Thats all well and good, but we dont have a category called 3D printed products. We said, Wed like to help you create one, said Hauer.

Amazons new storefront puts it in competition with several other already-established 3D printing online stores, most notably Shapeways,3DSystems Cubifyand theMakerbot Digital Store. These stores are ideal for people who have a 3D printer but dont want to create their own design files. After all, its much easier to purchase an .STL (the most-common file for 3D printers) for a necklace than to spend hours in a program like Cubify Sculpt designing it yourself. People who dont own a 3D printer, or dont own one that can print in the material they desire, can also order customized prints from these websites.

Amazon does have a ways to go before it catches up with the others: the3D printed products storefrontis difficult to find unless youre searching for it specifically. And 3DLT has only 43 products on the Amazon storefront, mostly jewelry, smartphone cases and small decorations. They all come printed in Nylon Polymide, and only the color is customizable.

Last summer eBay also opened an online store for 3D printed products, in partnership with Sculpteo and Hot Pop Factory. Around the same time, Amazon began selling 3D printers and printing equipment.

Shapeways and its peers have much larger design selections and printing options, but Amazon has shown its capable of playing catch-up in crowded tech fields: the Amazon Kindle, though far from the first of its kind, has now become nearly synonymous with ereader.

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