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3D printers: The next must-have power tool: CNET News Video

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CNET News Video: 3D printers: The next must-have power tool

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MakerBot and Home Depot team up to bring 3D printing to the masses. CNET's Sumi Das finds out why the high-tech toy is hitting the hardware store aisles.

Hardware stores are now hi-tech, thanks to a partnership between Home Depot and MakerBox. Alongside the power tools and paint cans at Home Depot, you can now find 3-D printers. When you think about Home Depot and the standard, average customer here. You think about people who simply come here because they like to create things, they like to hear. A handful of Home Depot stores across the US will sell the printers. 3 models ranging from $1400 to $2900 and plastic filament in an array of colors. That's the plastic thread that's heated and squeezed out onto what's called a build plate. To create the 3D object. We're waiting for the extruder to get hot enough so the filament can melt out the nozzle. So it's pretty much the same visual as a hot glue gun. 3D printers aren't just for high tech hackers and graphic prototyping. They're handy for all types of home improvement projects. Imagine printing nuts and bolts at home, or a functioning wrench users can download free 3d files from sites like thingyverse or create their own designs i design concrete furniture for this i could make forms in half the time and a lot more precise than i could with my hands fix it projects may no longer require a trip to the hardware store so say if you have a barbecue and your nozzle breaks off you could actually print yourself another nozzle finding the right tool for the job could be as simple as hitting control p. In Emeryville, California, I'm Cindy [INAUDIBLE] cnet.com, for CBS News

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