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Kickstart This! Are those paper sneakers?

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  • Finally, an affordable 3D printer!
  • Wear your precious pet on a necklace or keychain
Kickstart This! Are those paper sneakers?

It's always a pleasure to find a great project to back on Kickstarter, but there are so many to sift through! Kickstart This! does the work for you, highlighting the most interesting finds of the week in one handy roundup.

LIGHT WING trainers
Goal: $15,000
Ends: August 1

Paper sneakers don't sound like a remotely good idea, especially in the rain. But Tyvek is a special kind of paper made of high-density fibers, which means it's still thin and light like paper, but won't tear. Tom's fans will surely want to get a closer look at these.

THE PERSIAN EMPIRE Playing card deck
Goal: $8,619
Ends: July 22

If you need a conversation piece when the friends come over, whip these out after dinner and watch jaws drop. Every card's illustration is fully hand-drawn and portrays an amazing level of detail. Or, you could just frame the whole set and decorate your walls with them.

The Buccaneer -- A 3D printer that everyone can use!
Goal: $100,000
Ends: June 29

3D printers have been all the rage for a while now, but some of them are pretty pricey. This one is $300 and gives you plenty of examples to get started with. It's also been funded 10 times its original goal, so you can rest assured that plenty of people are excited to see this project succeed.

iFetch: The Ball Launcher for Dogs
Goal: $20,000
Ends: July 17

Don't feel bad if you have to be at work all day and you're leaving a bored pup at home. A gadget like this will give them something to do -- and when you come home, you can throw the ball yourself.

PETite Prints: Custom Pet Portrait Jewelry
Goal: $3,500
Ends: July 20

Want to keep your pet close to your heart at all times? These necklaces (or keychains!) can take an image of your pet and impress it into silver or bronze, giving you something to enjoy wearing and showing to your friends.

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