Makerbot has announced some new 3D printing hardware and software that are designed to make it easier for professionals and educators to more quickly and effectively develop ideas and to offer educators a way to integrate 3D printing into the classroom. The Makerbot Print and mobile applications are designed to easily integrated Makerbot into their workflow and to help teachers introduce students to 3D printing.
The new applications streamline the print preparation process, save time, and produce higher quality prints. The Replicator+ and Replicator Mini+ have both been re-engineered and tested for improved performance. The improved performance means faster, easier, and more reliable printing along with larger build volumes on both devices of 25% larger. The printer is also 27% quieter than previous generations of the Replicator.
The Replicator Mini+ has a 25% larger build volume, is 10% faster, and 58% quieter than previous generations. Makerbot has also unveiled a new Slate Gray Tough PLA Filament Bundle that allows the creation of more durable, high-strength prototypes and fixtures. Educators can enjoy Thingiverse Education, a place to discover 3D printing classroom content created by other educators.
The new Replicator+ has a MSRP of $2499 and the Replicator mini+ has an MSRP of $1299. Both new printers are available now. Introductory price for the Replicator+ is $1999 and the Mini+ is $999 until October 31.
“We have gone through a cultural shift here at MakerBot over the past year, where listening and understanding the needs of our customers are cornerstones of our company. As a result, we’ve gained an in-depth understanding of the wider needs of professionals and educators that has informed our product development process,” said Jonathan Jaglom, CEO of MakerBot. “Our new solutions for professionals and educators are based on feedback addressing how we could accelerate and streamline the iterative design process and make teaching with a desktop 3D printer easier and more effective.”