MASHABLE — When college student Shai Schechter didn’t have access to an affordable 3D printer on his SUNY Purchase campus in New York, he set out to build his own model — one that would still crank out 3D-printed objects, but at a much lower cost.
“We have a laser- and powder-based 3D printer at school, but it costs about $500 for a bucket of powder and that only lasts for about one or two prints,” Schechter said. “It’s never used because it is so expensive and classes weren’t offered that much in the curriculum.”
He approached his sculpture professor about building a new 3D printer that uses plastic instead, and sought the help of three good friends.
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