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Makerbot: DIY Printing

Makerbot, a New York-based company, builds 3-D printers for researchers, designers, engineers and consumers who want to make their own products.

Its machines use plastic to build items that are designed with the company's software.

Some companies, including Ford Motors, use Makerbot's technology to build prototypes of products. However, the machines can be used to make much more than prototypes.

Photo: makerbot.com