A group in London just released to KickStarter a new option for would-be makers that want to diverge from a 3D printer or don't want to muck with 3D points in clunky software.
A desktop vacuum form machine that uses your existing vacuum, the FormBox is the first of several proposed machines from Mayku to downsize the factory to your home/garage. While not as freeform as a 3D printer or CNC mil, 20 seconds to create a part is very attractive and appealing. Great for someone looking to ramp production beyond a 3D printer. Give it a look on Kickstarter at: http://kck.st/1Y3mQ6q