3-D Printing Is Going Mainstream Sooner Than You Think

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If you follow tech news, you probably hear a lot about 3-D printing these days. But 3-D printing still hasn’t gone mainstream, due in part to the high prices of the printers — but also because the devices are not really a consumer product yet. If companies like MakerBot, Staples (NASDAQ:SPLS), and Adobe (NASDAQ:ADBE) have any say in it, though, that may be changing sooner than you might think.

MakerBot recently unveiled its fifth generation of 3-D printing devices, along with new software the company hopes will make it easier than ever for customers to design and print objects. The company has actually opened up three retail stores where customers can go to see products firsthand. Last week, MakerBot held an event at its Boston store to showcase its new lineup of hardware and software. On the hardware side, it showed its new printers, Digitizer desktop 3-D scanner, and KeyShot 5, its latest 3-D rendering and animation software for Windows PC and Mac.

The company also has a pair of iOS apps in the works. AppleInsider reports that “MakerBot Mobile for iPhone will give users the ability to monitor and control the new fifth-generation printer, while MakerBotPrintShop on iPad will let users create and 3D print objects.”

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