MakerBot hosted its traditional impressive press conference yesterday at 4 p.m. ahead of the opening day of the International CES, unveiling its new product line. It was rumored that something big was coming from a NY-based 3D printing company, and so it came to pass.
As always, MakerBot exceeded expectations (generally “here comes the Replicator 3 with noticeable improvements after its acquisition by Stratasys”) and launched three new 3D printers with a host of desktop and mobile apps. Did it
Pointing out that this is MakerBot’s 5th consecutive year at CES, the press conference’s grand host, Bre Pettis, also noted that the company’s first demonstration at CES back in 2010 was the only 3D printer on show. However, this year they are part of a dedicated 3D printing zone, offering a vastly superior product in four short (!) years.
Unveiled one by one, Bre first introduced the world to the MakerBot Replicator Mini, billed as a ‘compact 3D printer’ that’s easy to use and perfect for college dorm rooms, classrooms, multi-workspaces And perfect for small spaces like home. ‘ Offering fast and easy one-touch 3D printing with a maximum build volume of 10.0 x 10 x 12.5 cm (3.9 x 3.9 x 4.9 in), the MakerBot Mini is optimized for speed and according to the company MakerBot Proprietary of PLA filament.
A build plate that does not need to be leveled and produces a default 200-micron layer resolution in print. Also, believe it or not, Makerbot has trademarked the phrase ‘one-touch’ – quite a why but rather shocking and alluding to unfortunate undertones to the good things that Makerbot/Stratasys does and is capable of. . But this is just my humble opinion. Anyway, the expected retail price of the MakerBot Replicator Mini will be $1,375 (compared to the Cube 3’s “under $1000”) later this year, with planned availability around spring time.
The second reveal was the third iteration of the MakerBot Replicator desktop 3D printer. Essentially the Rep 3, but it’s not what they’re calling it, although they were highlighting “unmatched speed, reliability, quality and connectivity for all possible 3D printing needs.” This new replicator has a build volume (11% larger than the Rep 2) that takes it to 25.2 x 19.9 x 15.0 cm (9.9 x 7.8 x 5.9 in) and prints rapidly at a 100-μm layer resolution.
The MakerBot Replicator is app and cloud enabled, providing USB, Ethernet and available Wi-Fi connectivity to ensure a seamless production workflow – it’s targeting designers and people who want to play/create/learn with it as opposed to 3 Work with 3D printing.
Other features include a 3.5-inch full-color LCD display and intuitive dials; on-board camera for monitoring and sharing; Assisted build-plate leveling; And a new smart extruder that’s designed to allow easy replacement/swapped and detecting the absence of filament when it will automatically stop print without ruining it.
Like the Mini, this medium-sized machine is optimized for MakerBot’s own PLA filament. The iteration of “customized” shows that it doesn’t completely void other materials, but how it affects your warranty needs further investigation if you go down that route with the latest Replicator 3D Printers Available immediately at a retail price of $2,899.
You may have noticed that I called the new Desktop Replicator a medium sized machine. That’s because the third and final 3D printer in the new MakerBot hardware line-up becomes big again. In its final performance, Bre revealed the Makerbot Replicator Z18 3D Printer.
As its name suggests it builds up to 18 inches (45.7 cm) across the Z axis, with a square 12 x 12 in (30.5 x 30.5 cm) build plate. MakerBot believes this means the Z18 will provide the best value/performance in its class for printing large industrial prototypes, models and products and/or printing multiple models at once within an enclosed and heated manufacturing room. does – Courtesy of Stratasys’ R & D and patents .
This is the sort of thing people were hoping for for the non-existent “Rep 3”, but despite the price/performance marketing line, they clearly don’t justify the economics to include these premium features at typical Replicator prices. can stay. The Z18 is coming in for $6,499 and you’ll have to wait until spring to pre-order. No more mojo I suspect.
Following the hardware, MakerBot also announced a few new apps, including MakerBot Desktop and MakerBot Mobile, which provide a complete 3D printing solution for finding, managing and sharing 3D prints from your desktop computer or mobile device.
This availability of your 3D printing files, accessed through a personal MakerBot cloud library, allows users to locate Thingiverse, prepare files for printing, and most importantly, remotely monitor and control the MakerBot Replicator 3D Printer. allows. Makerbot Desktop was launched on 3 February 2014.