January 27, 2014 | Corrinne

I think 3D printing is a great idea for businesses and for research, but I've not yet been convinced that I need a 3D printer of my own. Now, though, there's a new development - a multi-material printer. In a single print-out the printer can create an object made up of many different materials.

The new 3D printer uses different bases such as rubber and plastic, creating a range of new materials that can be rigid or bendy.

Still, it costs £200,000. Impressed as I am, I don't want one that much!

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The new printer features cyan, magenta and yellow colour mixing familiar to us from ink-jet printers.

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