3-D printer

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Definition of 3-D printer 

: a device used to manufacture objects by depositing material in successive layers according to a prescribed pattern or model : a machine used for 3-D printing Mr. Drumm … designed the Printrbot, a desktop 3-D printer kit. Like a number of other 3-D printers, it uses heated plastic—applied layer by layer to a heated bed by a glue-gun-like extruder—to turn designs created on a computer into real objects.— Steven Kurutz

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1991, in the meaning defined above

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