A powerful combo that opens you up to a whole new world.

I'm talking about the open-source program you can find at blender.org, not a Vitamix.

With an inexpensive printer ($200 or less) , $20 in filament and blender, you can make a lot of things.

Useful things. Not just nicknacks or whatever, but housings for electronics, display holders and press molds for ceramics to name a few.

There is a learning curve. For the software and printing itself, but as soon as your first successful print gets used, it's magical.

As I'm writing this, the printer is doing its thing. Running off my solar setup and using a few cents worth of filament.

When off-the-shelf just isn't good enough, 3D printing might be your answer.