August 9, 2013
On August 7, MakerBot, a Brooklyn-based 3D printing company, announced that they will be bringing their Replicator 2 desktop 3D printer and filament to 15 additional Microsoft retail stores. Currently, they have held trial runs with their MakerBot Experience, a hands-on demonstration of the Replicator 2, in select locations on the West Coast.
The Replicator 2 is the fourth generation of Makerbot 3D printers, and it is packed with some big-time upgrades in terms of printing speed and tools for creating professional, quality models and prototypes. Raising the bar for the 3D printing world, the Replicator 2 features a 100-micron layer resolution and a 410-cubic-inch build volume.
The MakerBot Experience is set to accomplish a few major goals for both companies in the new agreement. First, the Replicator 2’s capability and prowess is being showcased to anybody who might use it: engineers, designers, researchers, and hobbyists. Second, customers who want one can buy the 3D printer and the filament instantly on site.
“We’ve seen tremendous interest and enthusiasm at the three initial ‘MakerBot Experience’ stores,” says Bre Pettis, CEO of MakerBot. “Working with a technology leader like Microsoft, we are bringing the tools to innovate and invent to the world in ways never before possible.”
MakerBot is attempting to drive the accessibility and rapid adoption of their desktop 3D printers by creating an entire ecosystem around 3D printing. To that end, they have cultivated a large collection of downloadable designs empowered by a growing community of makers and creators.
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