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The first step is to determine whether you’re interested in buying an industrial-scale 3D printer.
A typical industrial-level printer will cost about $1,000 or $1.50 per square foot, but they come in a variety of sizes and shapes.
Some, like the R/C 3D printers, are only about a foot long.
If you’re not interested in a large 3D model, there are a number of alternative printers on the market.
You can use a web-based service like MakerBot to print out your own designs, or you can download an inexpensive 3D-printing software package like i3D or MakerBot 3D Print.
A software package called 3D Maker can also be used to create custom models, and you can also purchase 3D printing services from various companies, like Makerbot, Stratasys, and Adafruit.
If your primary interest is 3D print-through filament printing, you can use 3D Printersmith.
These printers can print up to 10 different materials at once.
You’ll need to be connected to the internet, though.
If you’re going to use a printer that is connected to a computer via USB or Wi-Fi, you’ll need a USB 3.0 cable and a USB port.
3D Scanner is another option for 3d printing.
These scanners are a bit larger than a regular printer, but can print filament in about a month and a half of filament.