A case of MakerBot mania?

A TV segment that ran on CBS News about the company's 3D printers briefly brought down MakerBot's Web site.

Interest in Brooklyn-based MakerBot and the company's 3D printing machines is high. So high, in fact, that a mention on a television segment that ran on CBS News briefly brought down the company's Web site.

Chalk it up to an understandable rush of excitement. The idea that one day small 3D printers will be as widespread as personal computers is a provocative one. And while it may still be ahead of its time--not to mention the purview of the early-adopter crowd (for instance, Jay Leno has one that his mechanics use to build hard-to-find replacement parts for his extensive car collection)--the idea has understandably fired imaginations. So has the sub-$1,000 price for this do-it-yourself kit that can "turn ideas into objects," as one of the inventors of the MakerBot put it in the CBS interview.

OK, so the hype is a bit over the top. Still, it's worth checking out in the video below:

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This story originally appeared on CBSNews.com.

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Charles Cooper was an executive editor at CNET News. He has covered technology and business for more than 25 years, working at CBSNews.com, the Associated Press, Computer & Software News, Computer Shopper, PC Week, and ZDNet.


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