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More Altair 8800 Than Apple II

By Norman Chan

The challenges facing modern desktop 3D printers.

Mechanical Engineer Jeff Landrum makes a great case for why today's desktop 3D printers are more akin to early Altair 8800 computers than the Apple II. He cites the same challenges facing 3D printer adoption that we've discussed, listing mechanical and software hurdles such as infill algorithms and user-friendly interfaces that need to be improved before 3D printers can be viable consumer products.