First 3D Printing Store Opens To Public In ChicagoSubmitted by chris cudnoski on Fri, 05/17/2013 - 20:22
Move over, Kinko's. A new printer in town is closer than it appears - in fact it's 3-dimensional.
Customers can have their head scanned and replicated in a 3D portrait, create jewelry or smaller objects like iPhone cases, and can request custom printed items. The setup includes around 20 printers, including an industrial grade printer that co-founder Julie Freidman Steele tells TIME is the first of its kind available for public access. Most industrial 3D printers are typically not available for retail use. The industrial grade printer runs about a quarter of a million dollars, while other printers in use include smaller mini printers that are available for purchase for about $1,000 as well as the MakerBot machines, which run around $1,800 to $2,400.