3D Systems kicked off CES this year with the announcement of its triple-head extruder CubePro 3D printer. MakerBot was expected to announce its own new 3D printer at the show, but nobody expected it to announce three.
At CES, MakerBot announced three new 3D printers as part of its fifth generation MakerBot Replicator line. The three new printers represent a little something for everyone, from the hobbyists to the industry professionals who demand larger build volumes.
First up is the MakerBot Replicator Mini - a smaller 3D printer that designed for beginners and professionals. As its name suggests, the Replicator Mini has a tiny build volume of 10x10x12.5. It's definitely easy to use, however, as it's a plug and play device. it also features a 200 micro resolution so objects will come out looking pretty good. It will be available this spring for $1,375.
Next up is the MakerBot Replicator Desktop 3D printer. This is MakerBot's middle of the road 3D printer that it will undoubtedly market as its flagship machine going into 2014. It features an 11 percent larger build volume over last year's MakerBot Replicator 2 and has a 100 micron resolution. It's available to order now for $2,899.
As for the last 3D printer, MakerBot has finally decided to enter the large build volume market. Its new MakerBot Replicator Z18 features a massive build volume of 30.5x30.5x45.7 for those who want to build large objects or just multiple objects at once. Like the new Replicator, it sports a 100 micron resolution. It will be available this spring for $6,499.
With these three 3D printers, MakerBot is entering 2014 with an incredibly strong portfolio of affordable and powerful 3D printers that will appeal to the hobbyists and industry professionals. Let's just hope the new Replicator will lower the price of the already great Replicator 2 so even more people can get into 3D printing.
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