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Although 3D printing has been around for awhile, Amazon is now opening it up to the masses by selling stuff online that is custom printed for each specific individual.
MakerBot and Home Depot are partnering to introduce 3D printing to the masses. The MakerBot will initially see its way into 12 stores located in California, Illinois, and New York.
Police in Japan have arrested a man that was in possesion of five 3D-printed handguns. The arrest is the first ever of its kind for Japanese police. The man did not know printing guns was illegal.
LIX, a second-generation high quality 3D printing pen is aiming to bring 3D printing into homes all across the world. The LIX is selling for $135 USD on Kickstarter and closes in 25 days.
Nokia has posted a new YouTube video that shows the company experimenting with a new 3D printing substance, chocolate, as part of its Easter holiday celebrations.
M3D has surpassed its Kickstarter goal of $50,000 and will introduce affordable and easy to use consumer grade 3D printer to the market; the intial backing price was $199 USD and closes in 28 days.
Microsoft is helping to promote the upcoming movie The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug with new ads on Windows 8 in-app ads that will include a 3D printer blueprint of The Key to Erebor.
Microsoft has released 3D Builder, a free 3D printing app for Windows 8.1, in the Windows Store, allowing users to select from a number of 3D object examples to try out.
Microsoft has released a new video showing the recent opening of the Maker Garage, a space inside the Microsoft Garage building established to let employees use 3D printing on their side projects.