Amazon.com Inc. is moving in to try to get an early piece of the action with a 3-D printing marketplace that launched Monday with more than 200 print-on-demand products, some of which are highly customizable.
3-D printers function like normal printers, but instead of ink on paper, they use plastic, metal or some other material to construct a simple three-dimensional object. That places the emphasis on the design of the product rather than its manufacture. And while there are some printers available for home use, the goods on the Amazon marketplace are ordered online, printed out by the seller and shipped like other goods.
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