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advanced, alter, controversy, industrial, parts, physical, relying, repeatedly, sector, storage

3-D printers are beginning to make an impression

3-D printers, which can make plastic objects, have long been used in industry but are creeping into the consumer market.
By Shan Li

source: Los Angeles Times

Diego Porqueras' Deezmaker store in Pasadena is a geeky version of Santa's workshop, brimming with action figures, chess pieces and jewelry.

But instead of relying on elves, Porqueras has built his own one-man factory using 3-D printers capable of churning out plastic objects within a few hours. He sells the printers, which go for as little as $650, at the shop, which opened in September in a strip mall.

The 37-year-old entrepreneur is part of an emerging industry for affordable 3-D printers. The technology has long been used in the aerospace and automotive industries, among others, to create prototypes, but has slowly crept into the consumer market with simplified printers that can be had for a few hundred or thousand dollars.

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 aerospace中高級[名詞] 航空航天學
 capable中級[形容詞] 有...的能力
 consumer中級[名詞] 消費者;消耗者
 creeping中級creep(躡手躡足地走) 的現在分詞
 crept中級creep(躡手躡足地走) 的過去式及過去分詞
 emerging中級emerge(浮現;出現) 的現在分詞
 entrepreneur中高級[名詞] 企業家
 impression中級[名詞] 印象
 instead中級[副詞] 反而,卻
 long中級[形容詞] 長的; [動詞] 長久地;始終; 渴望; [副詞] 長久地;始終
 part中級[動詞] 使分開,使分離;斷裂;告別; [名詞] 部份
 plastic中級[形容詞] 可塑的,塑性的;整形的; [名詞] 塑膠;塑膠製品;信用卡
 prototypes中高級prototype(原型;標準;模範) 的複數
 relying中級rely(依靠,依賴) 的現在分詞
 simplified中級simplify(簡化,精簡;使單純;使平易) 的過去式及過去分詞
 strip中級[動詞] 剝去,剝光; [名詞] 條,帶;脫衣舞
 technology中級[名詞] 工藝學;工藝
 version中級[名詞] 譯文;版本
 workshop中級[名詞] 作坊;研討會