MakerBot Tough PLA bundle £390
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.makerbot.com