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The MakerBot is just like any other printer, except it prints with plastic in three dimensions.

Once completed, the MakerBot is about the size of a microwave standing on its end. It prints recyclable ABS plastic‑acrylonitrile butadiene styrene—the same material Legos are made from—and biodegradable corn-based PLA (polylactic acid). Fabricating objects with the MakerBot entails a few different steps. You start manufacturing an object one of two ways: You design it yourself using a 3D modeling program, or you download a pre-existing object from the Thingiverse. We love Maximum PC so much that we designed our very own object and loaded it into the Thingiverse for others to enjoy. Here’s how the process worked.