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3D printing could be a rising business in southern Nevada

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Judd Kidman's 3-D printer. (FOX5) Judd Kidman's 3-D printer. (FOX5)

Spending about $600, Judd Kidman made a 3-D printer himself, making some of the parts using other 3-D printers.

"We live in a society nowadays where everything is, you throw it away and buy a new one, whereas if you have a solution like this, you can fix it, make it better," Kidman said.

Already, Kidman said he's found a lot of good uses for it when it comes to fixing things.

"Had a folding camp chair that one of the legs snapped off, so I was actually able to redesign the foot for it and print it, and replace that piece and fix the chair that way," Kidman said.

At the Syn Shop in downtown Las Vegas, members are using 3-D printers to make all sorts of practical items, like a ring and iPad holders.

And in southern Nevada, 3-D printing could become the next new industry.

"Las Vegas has the opportunity to build spaces and communities around the 3-D printing and really get to the stage where people feel comfortable coming in," said Andrew Morrow, a member at the Syn Shop who uses the printers.

Soon, consumers will be able to buy the printers already made.

"Staples has a deal right now with, I believe, 3-D Systems who are doing their cub line of printers there," Morrow said.

Kidman said as long as you can take enough pictures of the item to be scanned into a computer program, you can make a model of just about anything.

"I got a 3-D model of my head, (because) who doesn't want to have an action figure?" Kidman said.

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