Tag Archive: 3D Printer

Feb 20

A Desktop Machine Shop?

(CES 2017 – Las Vegas) CES 2017 gives the opportunity for companies to showcase advancements made to 3D printers. However, in the past, 3D printing has been limited to creating plastic parts and gadgets. Ben Willard of explains how his company is revolutionizing 3D printing. decided to go beyond the scope of plastic …

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Jan 27


Happy Anniversary to the The Tech Ranch! The “Guru of Geek” Marlo Anderson and Jim Walsh recap the past five years of the show. Join the discussion on technology advancements of drones, autonomous vehicles, 3-D printers, cell phones and much more! The “Guru of Geek” opens up about the fears he felt his first month on …

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Sep 10

The Apple Watch, Voip for Business, find your kids a sports team to play on and a new way to gift.

On this episode of the Tech Ranch A review of VOIP Telephone service Voixis, An interview with Charlie Vecchio – CEO and Founder of GiftCaddies, Indiegogo prelaunch 3D Printer Rapide – Ryan Taylor, cofounder of AllTeamz, Miss Metaverse Kate Aquino,, on her take of the upcoming iPhone 6 launch and the Apple …

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Dec 29

So you have a 3D Printer, now what?

3D printers are coming of age.  What seemed an improbable dream just a few short years ago has become a reality.  The possibilities in the fields of manufacturing, engineering, medical, food and much more are staggering. Many of the consumer level 3D printers come bundled with software to create printable objects.  In order to create …

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Printing on paper is so 2012 – 3D printing

3D Printer Makerbot

One of the things that really stood out at CES 2013 is 3D printers.  A favorite topic on the Tech Ranch, 3D printing is becoming main stream.

I reviewed about a dozen different 3D printers over the course of 4 days and can only say one thing – AMAZING.  My two favorites are the new Cube ( and the MakerBot Replicator (

The MakerBot Replicator is a great 3D printer for any business wishing to create prototypes of ideas, molds and much more.  A favorite on their website is thingiuniverse, a place that people can upload their designs for others to use.  Many categories include art, household, gadgets and even jewelry.  By grabbing one of these designs, a person can print a case for their iPad, create a tooth brush holder for your bathroom or print letters for the outside of your business or home.

The Cube is designed for home hobbyists.  Coming in at an astounding $1299 retail, you can create objects up to 5.25″ x 5.25″ by 5.25″.  Perfect for creating jewelry, toys, household items and much more.  The website is full of ideas and has a creative center that allows you to design and print or have them print it for you.

Both companies have great websites and will certainly make your creative juices flow.  After checking them out, you will be amazed at what you can “print”.  Both companies also include software to create your own projects.

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