January 10, 2012 (Brooklyn, NY) – MakerBot Industries is excited to announce the launch of its latest product, The MakerBot Replicator™, which will debut at CES in Las Vegas, NV on Tuesday, January 10th. Available in the MakerBot store for pre-order today!
The MakerBot Replicator™ is the ultimate personal 3D printer, with MakerBot Dualstrusion™ (2-color printing) and a bigger printing footprint, giving you the superpower to print things BIG! Assembled in Brooklyn by skilled technicians, the MakerBot Replicator™ is ready within minutes to start printing right out of the box. Starting at $1749, The MakerBot Replicator™ is an affordable, open source 3D printer that is compact enough to sit on your desktop. Want to print in two colors? Choose the Dualstrusion™ option!
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Does it include a 3d scanner?
Because a ‘Replicator’ really should…
Does anyone have an idea on what the resolution is?
Despite the hype around this product, the reality is that they require a lot of tuning and then after you print an object get ready to start fiddling again. This project is not ready for public consumption, despite all the cute marketing. I have several friends (engineers) that have gone down this road, or you can view some of the recent comments on diydrones. Given all the people that report on this machine, I’m curious how many have actually tried to use it. Great for ‘geek cred’, but if you actually want a machine for prototypes, wait for 1- 2 years or use a service like shapeways.
The Dimension printers (at more $$ than the diy printers) are nice but don’t expect parts that will stand up to constant loading – fatigue fractures appear in parts over time. Shapeways has more processes available, but I don’t know if their parts will be subject to the same fatigue problems since I’ve not used their service. There has been very little testing on the mechanical properties of the various 3d printing processes. This would be a great blog post for someone with the right equipment. People like to say it’s ABS the same as legos…you are not getting parts equivalent to lego’s mechanical properties.