New 3D Metal Printer Is Open Source and Affordable

Anyone with access to a welder and the Internet soon could make his or her own replacement parts or tools with a new 3D metal printer that can be built in any garage.

Until recently, most of the 3D printing hype has swirled around plastic 3D printers, which have been used to make everything from clothing to art. And while 3D metal printers do exist, their price tag starts at a half million dollars.

Now, scientists have built an open-source 3D metal printer that costs under $1,200, sharing their design and software with the maker community.