Monday, January 27, 2014

MakerBot 3D Printers

Dell recently announced they are adding MakerBot 3D printers and scanners to their stable of products offered for sale. At first I was a bit clueless on why this would be worthy of a press release, after all I can go purchase the scanners and printers directly from MakerBot. Then I thought about it and remembered that small, medium, and large businesses may purchase equipment different them myself (a sole proprietor).

The benefit is the ability to use your purchasing power to purchase a complete end-to-end solution for prototyping for less then complete list prices. Why not get a bit of a discount and purchase the entire system from one vendor? The MakerBot products are expected to be available from Dell’s website on February 20 here in the United States (

  • MakerBot® Replicator® 2 Desktop 3D Printer – sets the standard in desktop 3D printing, allowing users to bring their projects to life with professional-quality, 100-micron layer resolution and a 410-cubic-inch build volume priced at $2,199.
  • MakerBot® Replicator® 2X Experimental 3D Printer – a full-featured desktop 3D printer designed for experts who want to explore the frontiers of 3D printing. It features experimental dual extrusion that is optimized for printing with MakerBot ABS Filament and is available for $2,799.
  • MakerBot® Replicator® Mini Compact 3D Printer – an easy-to-use, no-compromise compact 3D printer for everyone, from beginners to professionals offering fast and easy one-touch 3D printing will be available in the spring at an anticipated price of $1,375.
  • MakerBot® Replicator® Desktop 3D Printer – fifth generation MakerBot technology that provides outstanding speed, reliability, quality, and connectivity for easy-to-use, reliable desktop 3D printing. The MakerBot Replicator 3D Printer provides a large build volume and fast print times to accelerate rapid prototyping and model making.  Available for pre-orders now and priced at $2,899.
  • MakerBot® Replicator® Z18 3D Printer – offers massive build volume and the best price to performance ratio in its category; available in the spring of 2014 for an anticipated price of $6,499.
  • MakerBot® Digitizer™ Desktop 3D Scanner – the fast and easy way for anyone to create 3D models to modify, improve, share, and 3D print. The scanner is optimized for use MakerBot Replicator Desktop 3D Printers and MakerBot Thingiverse and is available at the price of $949.

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