3D printer

noun
variants: or less commonly 3-D printer
plural 3D printers also 3-D printers

Definition of 3D printer

: a device used to manufacture objects by depositing material in successive layers according to a prescribed pattern or model : a machine used for 3D printing That served to protect them for the next stage, in which they were mixed with plastic and used as feedstock in a 3D printer, which printed a model of the bunny.The Economist 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

First Known Use of 3D printer

1991, in the meaning defined above

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“3D printer.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/3D%20printer. Accessed 27 Feb. 2021.

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