Makerspaces: MakerBot Begins Shipping Its Replicator Mini Compact 3D Printer
The new printer sells for $1375.
MakerBot announced today that it’s now shipping the Replicator Mini, its fifth-generation compact 3D printer. When first unveiling the printer at CES 2014, MakerBot CEO Bre Pettis compared the new printer’s 3D printing experience to the excitement “when people saw the first iPhone.”
MakerBot now says the new Replicator Mini is “much like the transition of the computer moving into the home 30 years ago,” hinting that this is one of the first 3D printers to make the jump from the office to the home.
From the Wall St. Journal:
The focus with the MakeBot Replicator Mini is ease of use: People with no design experience can download 3-D models MakerBot’s Digital Store or the company’s Thingiverse.com community pages using a tablet or a desktop computer…
MakerBot’s next release, the Replicator Z18, is (like previous MakerBots) intended more for professional use. It will sell for $6,499 when it ships in June.
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