6 Cool Tools for DIY Prototyping

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Print it out, again and again.

At the helm of the DIY manufacturing revolution is MakerBot, a company based in Brooklyn, New York. Its 3-D printers are crucial to the success of many at-home industrialists. Founder Bre Pettis says the company's take-home machine, dubbed the Thing-o-Matic, allows innovators to cross the line between a concept for a product and its real physical version. "A MakerBot lets you iterate on your ideas because it lets you see your idea and hold it in your hands," Pettis says. "It's easy to make changes and improvements to refine your idea."