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7 Ways 3D Printing Is Changing the World -- And You Can Too

June 20, 2013

With Amazon being the latest company to join the 3D printing movement, the market is heating up and ripe for innovation from young entrepreneurs.

The mega online retailer just launched a 3D printing section for printers and accessories. The store features high-end MakerBot Industries models for nearly $2,500 to low-cost printers like the Hangzhou, China-based Mbot Cube, which retails for about $1,200.

This move positions Amazon to compete against the growing number of companies looking to make a pretty penny in the world of 3D printing. Brooklyn, N.Y.-based Makerbot is on the forefront of 3D printing and just announced the opening of its 55,000 square-foot warehouse. Working out of Chile, Thinker Thing  is utilizing the Startup Chile accelerator program to develop a machine known as the Monster Dreamer that, in conjunction with a MakerBot printer, will take children's thoughts and create 3D models using brainwave information. And even NASA is looking to make a dent in 3D printing with news it will be sending a machine up in space to produce space food and tools.

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If you're looking to break into the wild world of 3D-printing, check out these seven product categories: