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Mon November 11, 2013
Business

Disposable Underwear Courtesy Of 3D Printer

Originally published on Mon November 11, 2013 6:07 am

Transcript

LINDA WERTHEIMER, HOST:

And our last word in business is: underprints.

Shopping anywhere could take a hit if 3D printing really takes off, by allowing users to print products at home.

DAVID GREENE, HOST:

Yes, products like disposable underwear. It's the brain-child of an Israeli couple, whose 3D technology also enables them to print items like bandages or sportswear. Currently, the fabric printers run about $3 million, so maybe too steep for home use just now.

WERTHEIMER: But still, just one machine can produce up to 10 million pairs of biodegradable underpants a year.

GREENE: Wow.

WERTHEIMER: That's the business news on MORNING EDITION from NPR News. I'm Linda Wertheimer.

GREENE: And I'm David Greene. Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright NPR.