Guadalajara-based, Mexican manufacturer, InterLatin, has succeeded in producing the country’s first 3-D printer. The company’s product was developed by a group of 20 somethings, and is expected to be commercially available by the end of this year, or at the beginning of 2014.

The printer will enable those that use it to produce a 3-D objects made of thin, low-density plastic plastic from design software created for this puropose. This was a project that was done from conception to end product by a Mexican manufacturer. The fact that it was made by a group of young individuals is demonstrative of the fact that Mexico has, over the decades, evolved from a country that was capable only of simple assembly that used imported technologies, and low-skilled workers, to a country that is capable of twenty-first century innovation.

The creators of the first “Made in Mexico” 3-D printer recently exhibited it during the thirty-second convention of Mexico’s National Chamber of Electronics, Telecommunications and Information Technology. The organization is known in the country by its Mexican acronym CANIETI.

The printer, known as the Colibri 3D was developed by the Mexican manufacturer at a cost of only US$ six thousand. Interlatin is in the process of refining the product. After changes are made they hope to make the first 3-D printer made in Mexico available to consumers at a price of under US$ one thousand.

InterLatin was founded fifteen years ago for the purpose of producing digital products. The company is also involved in electronic design and manufacturing plant simulation products. During the first year that the Colibri 3D is available, the Mexican manufacturer hopes to make six thousand units available to the buying public. The product will be targeted for sale, initially, to the education and home use markets.

Read the primary source for this post in its original Spanish at El Economista.