Artisanal 3D Printing By Martha Stewart

Martha Stewart marches into the future with an unnatural union of Makerbot and Martha Stewart Living. Basically, you pick what you want and 3D print as many copies as you want out of thin air (and plastic filament in designer colors).

(Martha Stewart Trellis Collection)

Desktop 3-D printer manufacturer MakerBot and Martha Stewart Living announced a home-ware collaboration, the Trellis Collection. Martha fans will be able to purchase a 3-D printed coaster, napkin ring, place card holder, or LED votive holder in specially branded filament colors named like Disney characters: Lemon Drop, Robinís Egg, and Jadeite.

The collection will be available in MakerBot stores in New York, Boston, and Greenwich, Connecticut, as well as online. Individual designs (basically the templates for the objects) start at 99 cents and the full collection is available for $2.99, although the filament necessary to create the goods will cost $25 for a half-pound spool and $65 for the two-pound package

William Gibson nailed this one in his 1999 novel All Tomorrow's Parties; anyone could get trade goods from their local Lucky Dragon Nanofax printed out nice and fresh:

"Nanofax AG offers a technology that digitally reproduces objects, physically, at a distance. Within certain rather large limitations, of course. A child's doll, placed in a Lucky Dragon Nanofax unit in London, will be reproduced in the Lucky Dragon Nanofax unit in New York-"

Via Slate, Variety, Martha Stewart Trellis Collection, and @Future Tense.

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