The price may be steep but the results can be pretty impressive.
With a retail price of $1,375, the new MakerBot Replicator Mini Compact 3D Printer isn’t cheap, but it can be a wide investment for someone looking to step beyond the hobby-level of 3D printing.
Its small size means the printer — which can now be ordered — can easily be accommodated on a desk to allow users to test its ability and their own creativity. The printer has already garnered a handful of awards and has been designed to run the free MakerBot Desktop software 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 MakerBot CEO Bre Pettis. “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 printer, which is made in Brooklyn, NY and is optimized for speed, has a build plate that requires no leveling, and produces a default 200-micron layer resolution in 3D prints. Using fifth-generation technology, the MakerBot Replicator Mini defines the standard in 3D printing for easy use with quality results. Print designs can be downloaded 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 print.
Adding to the appeal is the printer’s on-board camera, Wi-Fi connectivity and even an app that allows the device to be managed from cellphones.