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Solidoodle Press: A starter 3D printer at an affordable price

Debuting at $500, the Press is Solidoodle's new entry-level 3D printer.

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CNET editor Dong Ngo has been involved with technology since 2000, starting with testing gadgets and writing code for CNET Labs' benchmarks. He now manages CNET San Francisco Labs, reviews 3D printers, networking/storage devices, and also writes about other topics from online security to new gadgets and how technology impacts the life of people around the world.

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The new Press 3D printer from Solidoodle. Solidoodle

Have you been thinking of getting a 3D printer, but felt a little intimidated by the size, as well as the price, of one? Solidoodle has something for you.

The new Solidoodle Press is the company's latest entry in the DIY manufacturing market. It's a 512-cubic inch model that looks more like a hotel minibar than a traditional 3D printer. Solidoodle says the Press is available worldwide and will ship by late September for $600 (which converts to about £355 and AU$645). Early buyers can get the Press at prices as low as $350 (about £210 and AU$380).

The Press can create plastic parts of sizes up to 8 by 8 by 8 inches with a resolution of .1mm. It uses 1.75mm plastic filament (ABS or PLA). The unit's "SoliTouch Technology" is designed to deliver one-touch printing without the need for manual calibration.

The Press is very compact, measuring just 15 inches by 15 inches by 19.2 inches (38.1cm by 38.1cm by 48.8cm) and is quite light at 18 pounds (8.2kg). The machine has a plastic body, but comes with only one extruder.

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The Workbench Apprentice 3D printer from Solidoodle. Solidoodle

Apart from the Press, Solidoodle also announced two new printers for more advanced users, the compact 20-pound (9kg) Workbench Apprentice and the larger 30-pound (13.6kg) Workbench, which cost $800 and $1,300, respectively. (Also available worldwide, the cost of the Workbench Apprentice converts to about £475 or AU$860, and the Workbench cost converts to £770 or AU$1,400.)

Both models share the same design and metal frame, and are more advanced than the Press with dual-extruders. They will also ship internationally at the same time as the Press.

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