The world's smallest 3D printerKirstin Butler6/09/11 10:30amFiled to: This is awesomeFuturism3d printerTechnologyScience45EditPromoteShare to KinjaToggle Conversation toolsGo to permalinkBehold the world's smallest 3D printer. About the size of a milk carton and weighing only 3.3 lbs, this breakthrough brings us that much closer to a reality of DIY 3D printing production. A multi-disciplinary team of chemical researchers and mechanical engineers at the Vienna University of Technology collaborated on the prototype.High-tech 3D printers have been making headlines lately for their many potential applications: from bionic bones to widgets, the possibilities are virtually limitless. But until now, the technology that powers these super printers has been well out of reach of the consumer market. However the Vienna University team assembled its device for only 1,200 Euros (about US $1,700), and anticipates the price (and size) will drop as they perfect construction.