6 Cool Tools for DIY Prototyping

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Make a small batch, fast.

Cloudfab is one of the services that have popped up to give creators and inventors a low-cost way to create a small run of items, turning 3-D files into products on-demand. The company can print one prototype or thousands for a production run, including this robot exoskeleton prototype Cloudfab built for DARPA for an educational robot in the Smithsonian. "The future we want to make is where all those ideas everyone has, whether kitchen-ware or lab-ware, are able to be produced from a prototype to full mass production," CEO Nick Pinston says.