3D printing keeps coming down into the realm of the everyday. Services like Shapeways allow designers (and anyone else) to easily upload 3 dimensional designs, have them printed and delivered in a matter of days.

Now, Treehugger reports that desktop 3D printing has crossed over into being a reality. Desktop Factory is releasing a 3D printer that’s not much bigger than a laser printer – and relatively inexpensive too. It will retail for $5,000, which is less than 1985’s $6995 Apple LaserWriter – which is considered the device that sparked the desktop publishing revolution.

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