Brave New World: 3-D printer hits the market

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The MakerBot, a new 3-D printer that creates molded objects from molten plastic, has hit the market.

The consumer-grade printer can hook up to any computer and "prints" three-dimensional objects. The device was created by a Brooklyn-based company of the same name two years ago.

The MakerBot retails for about $1,300 and gives "anybody with a computer and an idea the same creative horsepower, and artists are beginning to take notice," Melena Ryzik wrote in a recent New York Times article.

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Nicole Caldwell

Nicole Caldwell is a self-taught environmentalist, green-living savant and sustainability educator with more than a decade of professional writing experience. She is also the co-founder of Better Farm and president of betterArts. Nicole’s work has been featured in Mother Earth News, Reader’s Digest, Time Out New York, and many other publications. Her first book, Better: The Everyday Art of Sustainable Living, is due out this July through New Society Publishers.