Mak­erBot Tough PLA bun­dle £390

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Mak­erBot’s Repli­ca­tor+ 3D print­ers boast a wide li­brary of ob­jects al­ready cre­ated by users. Un­til now, though, the PLA ma­te­rial used has been suit­able only for dec­o­ra­tive or light sup­port parts.

Bridg­ing the gap be­tween ABS and PLA, Mak­erbot’s Tough PLA and ded­i­cated Smart Ex­truder al­low the fifth-gen Repli­ca­tor Desk­top and Repli­ca­tor+ to cre­ate func­tional parts. Print­ing an ex­ist­ing de­sign for a cupholder de­liv­ers a use­able part that printed well, with no ad­just­ments needed on our older printer.

If you have ac­cess to a Mak­erbot, this new ex­truder and ma­te­rial com­bi­na­tion trans­forms it from ‘in­ter­est­ing’ to ‘use­ful’, with scope for recre­at­ing long-lost or bro­ken parts. richard kilpatrick www.mak­

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