MakerBot showcases Replicator Mini and Z18 at CES, coming this spring

By Shawn Knight
Jan 7, 2014
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  1. MakerBot is doing it up big at this year’s Consumer Electronics Show. From a 10-by-10 booth five years ago to a packed press conference at the Mandalay Bay Hotel and Casino in 2014, the company unveiled two new Replicator 3D...

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  2. ikesmasher

    ikesmasher TS Evangelist Posts: 2,525   +828

    3d printing is getting better. slowly. but it is.
    And honestly its really exciting.
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  3. Jad Chaar

    Jad Chaar TS Evangelist Posts: 6,477   +965

    Yeah, really nice stuff.

    The thing that irks me though, is that MakerBot is only targeting the high-end crowd. I think they need to get a <$500 3D printer to the market and then we are talking.
  4. ikesmasher

    ikesmasher TS Evangelist Posts: 2,525   +828

    A user friendly one for that price too lol
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  5. Oneiro

    Oneiro TS Rookie

    Where I work we have a PROJET HD 3000 that costed about $60,000 for a used display model and that's not including the service contracts, cost of materials etc. It's huge, and it looks like there's an ATM machine sitting in the office.
    I think what you are looking at here is actually intended for the lower ended crowd. I mean really? $1,375 bucks and you can print your own 3d sculpts indefinitely. Make some molds of the prints, get some polymer resin and you are in business to start your own manufacturing line. But lets not forget about the material costs and maintenance. These machines are prone to breakdown like clockwork.

    Also, these images are 3d rendered representations of the product, not the real thing. Depending on the type of 3D printing technology, the 3D print needs post processing to melt off the waxy "support material" that holds the 3d shape of the "build material" while it's immediately cured with a high intensity UV lamp. You wouldn't have some clean, perfect looking plastic product waiting for you on the build platform. It almost seems falsely advertised that laser beams just zap an object into existence in a matter of seconds, when it actually takes several hours to print even small things.
  6. ikesmasher

    ikesmasher TS Evangelist Posts: 2,525   +828

    These machines are prone to breakdown to unknowing people.
    I dont think anyone here would falsely assume that 3d models take seconds to print or that they are perfect models upon finishing. I don't think im speaking for myself when I say if I had one of these, I would spend days of research and preparation before printing even my first model.

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