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August 4, 2013

As cost goes down, 3-D printers begin to make an impression

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“The gun thing has been way overhyped because if you really want to make a gun, there are better and cheaper ways to do it,” Wohlers said. “But just think about people printing a brake part for their car, and it breaks going down the highway and people are injured or worse.”

For now, the relatively untapped market has allowed not just big corporations but also entrepreneurs to jump in.

Porqueras, the owner of the Pasadena store, was a Hollywood camera technician before becoming fascinated with 3-D printing.

Always a tinkerer, he created his own ideal 3-D printer, started a campaign on the fundraising site Kickstarter, and raised $167,000 _ enough to quit his job and start selling his machine full time. He recently launched another campaign to raise funds for the Bukito, his portable 3-D printer priced at $650.

“It just blew my mind what these printers can do,” Porqueras said. “Who knows what the future will hold?”

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