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Earlier this week we viewed Microsoft's latest episode of "On The Whiteboard" about the new 3D printing drivers that will be shipping within Windows 8.1. Today we have learned that Microsoft retail stores across the country will offer the experience to see a MakerBot Replicator 2 Desktop 3D Printer first hand.

Customers will be able view a live 3D printing demonstration, as well as being able to purchase a home unit and the required filament in store. At this point in time, Microsoft Stores are the only stores outside of MakerBot’s NYC store where you can purchase one of these high-tech printers.

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Here’s something very cool at the Nokia MWC booth. The guys from MakerBot are here with Nokia’s Lumia 820 case reference design and they’re printing cases for the device right here on the show floor.

3D printing is still in its infancy, but MakerBot’s designs are looking really funky, making us all wish for a future where we can print out our own cases on a whim (I’m thinking day of the week cases, who’s with me?).

There’s not a lot more to tell you in words because really, you need to see the exhibit for yourself. Check out the picture gallery below as well as a short video demonstrating a brief section of the hour long process.

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It’s no secret that Windows Phone accessories aren’t exactly flooding the market at the moment. And while there are great places like the WPCentral store, here in South Africa our choices are more limited.

You see, many local stores don’t stock anything, and shipping items from the states just isn’t worth it most of the time. I even went to an official Nokia store here to get a cyan cover for my Lumia 800, and not only did they not have any colors besides black, their black ones were 3rd party products. Yep, the Nokia store did not sell Nokia covers.

Recently I have been wanting a dock or stand for my Lumia 900 to prop it up on my desk, but of course, I couldn’t find one. Rather than waiting to get one shipped, I thought I would make my own.

Enter: 3D Printers.

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