MakerBot takes orders for new mini compact 3D printer

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

MakerBot, the global leader in desktop 3D printing, is excited to announce it is now taking orders for one of its newest 3D printers, the user-friendly and affordable MakerBot Replicator Mini Compact 3D Printer. Orders may be placed online at makerbot.com/mini, by calling 347-334-6800, and at the three MakerBot retail stores in New York, Boston and Greenwich, Conn.

MakerBot believes the MakerBot Replicator Mini Compact 3D Printer is sized to transform a small desk in an office, home or classroom, into an exciting creativity center. Winner of four awards at the 2014 Consumer Electronics Show (CES), MakerBot Replicator Mini Compact 3D Printer impressed CES attendees, and also drew the attention of media and CES award judges, winning the coveted CES 2014 Editors’ Choice Award from Popular Mechanics, CES 2014 Best in Show from Digital Trends and ZDNet, and Best of CES 2014 Greatest Hits from PC Pro. MakerBot has designed the MakerBot Replicator Mini to be a reliable, durable and easy-to-use desktop 3D printer. Designed to run the free MakerBot Desktop software, it provides the ability to print, manage and share 3D creations simply and seamlessly from a Mac or PC.

“Reflecting on the future of our products, I imagine a lot of them will look like the MakerBot Replicator Mini,” said Bre Pettis, CEO of MakerBot. “We’ve been working hard for years to make 3D printing easy; now, with the MakerBot Replicator Mini, it is easy. We view the MakerBot Replicator Mini as a versatile and tidy 3D printer that can fit almost anywhere – up at the Space Station, at an elite institution, or in a preschool.”

The MakerBot Replicator Mini Compact 3D Printer, to be manufactured in Brooklyn, N.Y., will be the lowest priced MakerBot 3D printer with a retail price of $1,375. Orders are now being taken and the company expects to begin shipping this spring.

The MakerBot Replicator Mini is also designed to be educational, entertaining and useful. With its One-Touch 3D printing, it has a maximum build volume of 10.0 L x 10.0 W x 12.5 H cm (3.9 L x 3.9 W x 4.9 H in) and offers plug-and-play features. It is optimized for speed, has a build plate that requires no leveling, and produces a default 200-micron layer resolution in 3D prints. The MakerBot Replicator Mini offers fifth generation MakerBot technology that MakerBot believes defines the new standard in 3D printing for ease-of-use, quality and reliability. The MakerBot Replicator Mini is optimized for MakerBot PLA Filament, available in 17+ fun colors, and offers the ability through MakerBot Desktop to download 3D models from Thingiverse.com, MakerBot’s 3D design community with more than 200,000 downloadable digital designs. It is also the perfect companion for the MakerBot Digital Store, where digital files may be purchased to 3D print original, fun and collectible content made for the MakerBot Replicator Mini and MakerBot’s other fifth generation 3D printers. The MakerBot Digital Store Series One Collections include fun and easy to 3D print collectibles such as: Around Town, Chunky Trucks, The Cosmic Cadets, Dragons of Glastonbury, Famous Flyers and PetPals.

Powered by the new, user-friendly MakerBot Replicator 3D Printing Platform, which includes an onboard camera, plug and play features, app and cloud enabled workflow, and Wi-Fi connectivity, the MakerBot Replicator Mini is designed to help define the standard for ease-of-use, quality and reliability in the consumer 3D printer market. The MakerBot Replicator Mini is also a great companion to the MakerBot Digitizer Desktop 3D Scanner that helps unlock creativity by taking a physical object and quickly and easily turning it into a digital file that can then be 3D printed and shared. The MakerBot Replicator Mini Compact 3D Printer is part of the MakerBot 3D Ecosystem. “We believe that the MakerBot 3D Ecosystem helps fulfill the vision of a 3D printer for everyone,” noted Bre Pettis.

Shipping at the same time as the MakerBot Replicator Mini are two great apps intended to be compatible with the MakerBot Replicator Mini that will make 3D printing even easier with the introduction of MakerBot Mobile and MakerBot PrintShop. MakerBot Mobile is a free mobile app that is designed to give the power to monitor and control the MakerBot Replicator Mini directly from a mobile device. MakerBot PrintShop is a fun, easy and free way to create and 3D print all kinds of cool things, from jewelry to signs and more.

To learn more about the MakerBot Replicator Mini Compact 3D Printer and to place an order, visit makerbot.com/mini or call 347-334-6800.

About MakerBot

MakerBot, a subsidiary of Stratasys Ltd., is leading the Next Industrial Revolution by setting the standards in reliable and affordable desktop 3D printing. Founded in 2009, MakerBot has built the largest installed base of desktop 3D printers sold to innovative and industry-leading customers worldwide, including engineers, architects, designers, educators and consumers. The MakerBot 3D Ecosystem drives accessibility and rapid adoption of 3D printing and includes: Thingiverse.com, the MakerBot Digitizer Desktop 3D Scanner, the MakerBot Replicator line of Desktop 3D Printers, MakerWare software, MakerCare, the MakerBot retail stores, and strategic partnerships with top-tier brands. MakerBot has been honored with many accolades, including Popular Mechanics’ “Overall Winner” for best 3D printer, Time Magazine’s “Best Inventions of 2012,” Popular Mechanics’ “Editor’s Choice Award,” Popular Science’s “Product of the Year,” Fast Company’s “One of the World’s Top 10 Most Innovative Companies in Consumer Electronics,” and many more. Join the Next Industrial Revolution by following MakerBot at www.makerbot.com.

About Stratasys

Stratasys Ltd. (Nasdaq: SSYS), headquartered in Minneapolis, Minn. and Rehovot, Israel, manufactures 3D printers and materials for prototyping and production. The company’s patented FDM and PolyJet 3D printing technologies produce prototypes and manufactured goods directly from 3D CAD files or other 3D content. Systems include 3D printers for idea development, prototyping and direct digital manufacturing. Stratasys subsidiaries include MakerBot and Solidscape and the company operates the RedEye digital-manufacturing service. Stratasys has more than 1,800 employees, holds over 550 granted or pending additive manufacturing patents globally, and has received more than 20 awards for its technology and leadership. Online at: www.stratasys.com or blog.stratasys.com.