6 Cool Tools for DIY Prototyping

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These small, personal 3-D printers are promoted as "rapid prototyping" machines and a way to "communicate with your concept." The printers by 3D Systems, are useful for designers, engineers, and artists who are looking to make everything from medical supplies such as hearing aids and surgical guides to home goods such as electronics and fashion accessories. Last year, the company acquired Bits from Bytes, a UK-based provider of low-cost 3-D printers and kits. "[W]ith comprehensive 3D content-to-print solutions and systems starting at under $1,300, we are empowering thousands of new users from educators and students to 'makers' at home and in the workshop," says Cathy Lewis, vice president of global marketing. —Tim Donnelly