“Let’s try that again”. A new post by Bre…
Ok, first up, we just launched a groundbreaking new product, The MakerBot Replicator 2 Desktop 3D Printer, that represents a major shift in our business. In the past, we created wooden 3D printers and most of these were sold as kits. The original Replicator is still probably the best value in 3D printers, but with the new MakerBot Replicator 2, we’ve set a new standard in prosumer desktop 3D printing and our focus has shifted from making 3D printers that you have to assemble, to selling 3D printers that work really really well for folks who want to make gorgeous models instead of hack on the machine. Don’t underestimate the power of the MakerBot Replicator 2′s powder coated steel frame. That rigidity translates into a rock solid platform for amazing models. This shift in focus for MakerBot means that there are a lot of things shifting in the way we do things and this is normal in business. We have to stay nimble to face the increased competition from both the bottom and the top of the 3D printing market.
We are having a hard time keeping up with all that’s going on in the 3D printing world, but in just a few days we’ve seen a retail store open, a whole bunch of conversations about open-source hardware and MakerBot as a company talking to the community directly as they try to get to the next level of their business. Check out the post, there’s a lot to think about and discuss if you’re looking to share your designs and also run a company with big goals. As far as Adafruit goes, our founder Ladyada only has one message – We’re going to keep shipping open-source hardware while everyone talks about this 🙂
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