"We are trying to get this technology into as many hands as possible," Cornell University PhD student Evan Malone said. "The kit is designed to be as simple as possible... It's probably the cheapest machine of this kind out there."
The kit can be assembled with a soldering iron and a couple of screwdrivers. It has been tested with silicone, plaster, play-doh - not to mention chocolate and icing. Multiple materials can be used; the software that comes with the kit prompts the user to provide the appropriate materials at the propitious moment.