By Emily Gertz
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Just a few years ago, 3-D printing was the obscure obsession of a few hard-core tech hobbyists, engineer-artists, and design theorists. But now the medium--also called "fabbing," as in small-scale fabrication--may be teetering on the edge of the mainstream, thanks to a recent $10 million infusion into the two-year-old company MakerBot Industries, which sells a compact 3-D printer as both a build-it-yourself kit and a pre-assembled machine.
Venture funders Foundry Group led the round, which also included Bezos Expeditions, True Ventures, RRE, and individual angel investors. "We believe MakerBot has the potential to be the Apple or HP of the 3D printing market and are honored that we get to be part of the effort," blogged Foundry's Brad Feld in late August.