In Brief

Could 3D printers be the newest way to create DIY accessories and even furniture? Parallel Goods serves as a shining light for this retail reality

Being a handy and creative person around your home used to mean lots of trips to the hardware store and figuring out the compatibility of various tools and hardware. 3D printing, in particular a line of consumer products called Parallel Goods, could change all that with a variety of functional 3D printable goods designed for less expensive personal 3D printers.

The distinction between Parallel Goods (which is named after a term for gray-market goods) and the massive cache of printable objects available on websites like Thingiverse is the professionalism and reliability of the designs. While professional printers often have features that can compensate for deficiencies in designs and just have more accurate printing, a home-printed design must be able to withstand any inaccuracies, such as warping, that may occur.

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