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Always On DIY: 3D print your own iPhone caseSharon Vaknin shows you to use a MakerBot printer to print a custom iPhone case.
-- Hey guys I am here back at -- up to take advantage of their 3-D printers. Three printing isn't just for the super geeks and people making components for cars you can use it to make -- objects like. An iPhone case as -- LC how to do just that. -- we're going to see is a free program called auto -- 123. Template from scratch I'm going to use one of -- premium loaded on this program so now I have to do is customize and -- -- gaming. I'll make it really personal so I don't mind named to this. Actually I'll go ahead and add my handle -- in the back and that lets change the tax. Okay so this looks good so far it but. Right now doesn't have any doubt that's not elevated it's not cut back I think it cut it out just like this CNET case. So I'm going to use that -- -- -- tool. And since this is a 380 program I can view it in 3-D is so I'm going to change saying going -- and how cool look and now what I want to do is cut this out. -- -- -- Right click okay and it can now check it out I have -- and back. Cut out of my case that's set pretty gets custody case I know I can't -- off the shelf pat Apple Wal-Mart or whatever. So look we're gonna go ahead and print it. I have to do a few things that -- save it as an SQLI. -- Sentiment has -- here to open up -- the catered gene. That's the program that talks to the actual 3-D printer so what you're seeing here is a -- -- I wanna make sure that. The sun gets printed in the center of the platforms -- do that I also want to scale it up just a little bit because the first time we printed this. It actually was too small for my iPhone so union scale it up. But what's great about it at three printing is so -- -- is -- tech shop that you can really tinker with it. Now we are going to write the file won't make sure all -- settings are okay. Generate the G code it and this takes a couple of minutes. G code is an old school programming language that tells machine exactly what to do. Okay the G -- is ready so now I can put the file on the SD card now laws put it in the three new print parents though see events. In organs it outlets put in the -- All -- now all you have to do is printed -- going to select my my own and it. -- -- Thinking -- we're going to -- in this bright green color and that's what's hooked up to the machine right now it's actually meet about corn based plastic. There are other materials but -- for the maker -- works that. It's heating up -- is going to take about an hour and a half to make it so we'll be back to check up on him. -- This full of plastic is pulled further back to exit and into the -- -- weeks -- sheets of plastic and pushes it through it. Tiny hole. Your object is made one layer at a time of war. Blues. -- it looks like we're at 93%. So it's almost done and it totally looks like an iPhone game. It's only been going for about an hour but it will need ten more minutes until -- can kill us backdrop and put it on my time. -- now if you want one of these maker of operating printers out home it's going to cost you about 2000 dollars out. With a tax numbers sent out about 125. Dollars a month. It's all free it. For them and the cost of this school which is -- material that's used to print. Is about forty -- so altogether my iPhone diesel costs about a dollar program that's pretty cheap. Okay now it's not just for making iPhone cases there are a lot of ways people are using 3-D printing. These are some of them more final way is likely -- -- these. They -- Darth Vader sculptures. This -- really need this on took about 84 hours of friends and was printed on -- a more advanced machine is okay. Then isn't really -- people who use 3-D printing for prototyping. So this college sophomore and made a kite that. Converts wind into energy and he -- three printing to create these components here. Okay I think by now Mac junkies might be writing about lipstick. -- it is stock a little bit in the pot farm up and are also has going to use. One of these guys to just imagine -- -- better if the anti competitive. -- there just. Okay let's put it on. And its its -- and perfectly tech it out. My own custom 3-D -- iPhone case. Now if you're dying to get your hands on this and you don't have a three printer or access to one. You can use that produce a service like potter -- -- he plays dot com irate if you have any cool ideas for 3-D printing please some answer me at cern back on Twitter. Or send us an email -- always on at cnet.com.