Thursday, 20 Sep, 2012 Technology

Latest Invention: Makerbot Replicator 2 - Fast, Inexpensive Desktop 3D Printer


Recently Makerbot has announced the launch of its desktop 3D printer called The Replicator 2. When it hits the market, the US$2,199 device will allow users to print out sculptures at a resolution of 100 microns (about the thickness of a simple paper sheet). The price of this apparatus is much lower compared to its counterparts.

It is worth mentioning that the Makerbot Replicator 2 will be available in about 6 weeks. Those willing to buy it should take into consideration that they will have to spend additional US$50 on either ABS or PLA plastic in 1kg spools.

The device measures 11.2" x 6.0" x 6.1" (length, width, height). In case to want to print out something big, the Replicator 2 will allows you to do that with fewer pieces than most of its rivals.

The company has also announced the launch of the new MakerWare software that features a simple GUI and makes it possible for the use to load several STL or OBJ files simultaneously.

As soon as the user uploads their model, they are free to rearrange its position, as well as scale it to the desired size. When you're ready to print the firm's proprietary slicer, Miracle Grue, gets the models ready for printing.

It would be interesting to note that Makerbot managed to grow a community (called Thingiverse) in which builders are free to upload and share their works. So far the site feature over 28,000 projects that one can easily download and print out.

The company also plans to launch the Replicator 2X that will cost US$2,799 and will allows users to print in two colors. The device is expected to hit the market early next year.

Check out the video below to learn more about the device from Makerbot CEO Bre Pettis.

[via Makerbot]

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