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First Linux-based 3D printers hit the market

Feb 27, 2014, 06:00 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Eric Brown)

MakerBot has introduced a new family of 3D printers that run embedded Linux, offering features like advanced web support, LCD screens, and faster printing. Brooklyn based 3D printer manufacturer MakerBot has launched pre-sales for the second of three Replicator models that appear to be the world???s first commercial 3D printer based on embedded Linux. Almost all 3D printers are compatible with Linux desktops, just as they are with Windows and the Mac, and many, if not most, offer open source hardware and software designs. However, aside from some Raspberry Pi and BeagleBone hacks, the MakerBot Replicator Mini Compact appears to be the first to run embedded Linux.

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