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The Micro, a tiny desktop 3D printer touted as friendly to beginners, closed its campaign on Kickstarter today with just north of $3.4 million. Backers snapped up thousands of the printer, which was offered for less than $300. The Form 1, a higher-end desktop 3D printer that uses a rival technology, held the previous Kickstarter record for 3D printers with nearly $3 million.

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Lix, a 3D printing pen that looks promising simply due to the fact that it actually resembles a pen, opened its Kickstarter campaign to backers this morning. Seven hours in, it has already passed its goal of around $50,000 by raising more than $87,000. The pen is available at a discounted price of $70 for the duration of the campaign.

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4 AXYZ, which plans to use additive manufacturing to make relatively affordable custom furniture and accessories out of high-quality wood, launched a campaign on Indiegogo today. 4 AXYZ hopes to raise $1 million to go toward research and development and the purchase of a $1.5 million machine it needs to begin making furniture. Backers can choose between items like photo frames and dining sets, but 4 AXYZ also plans to eventually offer electronics-studded furniture that would bring increased connectivity to households.

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Since 2012, people have been 3D printing robotic hands for those in need through projects like e-NABLE and Robohand. Fifty-three-year-old Jose Delgado, Jr. recently swapped out his $42,000 prosthetic arm for a 3D printed one derived from Robohand and found it actually helped him accomplish more. Materials for the hand cost $26.14, but 3D Universe founding partner Jeremy Simon plans to offer kits for $50 to cut down on initial investment costs. He recently posted an interview with Delgado, along with a video of Delgado’s thoughts:

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SpaceX’s CRS-3 mission, which has already been delayed for months, was pushed back again today after the Falcon 9 rocket experienced a helium leak. SpaceX said it will fix the leak before the next launch opportunity Friday, though the weather is expected to be poor. The CRS-3 mission will deliver supplies and equipment for experiments to the International Space Station. SpaceX will also deliver a gasket needed to fix a broken backup computer on the ISS.

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