1 // MakerBot's Thing-O-Matic is
a user-friendly descendant of the rapid-prototyping machines utilized by industrial designers for years. Such machines can produce
three-dimensional "rough drafts"
of products prior to their mass-manufacture. The Thing-O-Matic
is smaller (and cheaper) than
industrial-grade machines. It
stands 16 inches high and has an area of 1 square foot.