What I took away from learning to use a 3D printer is that the model you buy does matter. Read reviews, check specifications and ask how intuitive a machine is to use.
Whether you're an engineer in a startup, an entrepreneur looking to develop your own products or just someone who loves to make stuff for your home, 3D printers are a blast. And the more time you spend with them, the better you get at building intricate objects -- even stuff you can really use.
This article, Hands on: Trying a 3D printer -- a beginner's tale, was originally published at Computerworld.com.
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