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I started thinking about 3D printing, I mean really started thinking about it, in 2012. I was eking out an existence as a penny-pinching grad student at the time, so a $US3000 machine that squirts out hot plastic and builds frivolous knick-knacks wasn't exactly fixated in my cerebrum.

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One of the biggest reasons there isn't a 3D printer in every home — yet — has nothing to do with price or availability. It's the fact that if you want to design and print your own objects, you need to know how to use relatively complex 3D modelling software. So MakerBot has updated its free PrintShop iPad app to include a new feature that can photograph and easily convert your hand-drawn sketches into 3D models.

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A smartphone isn't much without apps. It's where the whole "smart" part of the equation comes from. Without them, we're back in the 1990s again. Nobody wants that — except maybe Dustin Diamond. So exercise some of those smarts and outfit your phone with the best apps of the week.

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Martha Stewart's affinity for drones has been well-documented, and now she's trained her domestic eye on another buzzy emerging technology. Stewart has launched a line of custom designs with 3D printing darling MakerBot. But will the celebrity backing really create an insatiable rush for at-home fabrication? Will a 3D printer suddenly become as indispensable to the occasional crafter as a hot glue gun? It seems unlikely.