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MakerBot Replicator Shows Fun-Side Of 3D Printing

January 12, 2012

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MakerBot is back in action at the 2012 International Consumer Electronics Show with its new MakerBot Replicator.

The new 3D printer is capable of printing multiple colors to design and create an array of objects.

The MakerBot has an LCD panel and control pad to help provide build statistics and give the user full control of the machine if they choose not to use a computer.

MakerBot chose to make its build envelope larger than before, enabling users to build something 300 cubic inches, which is about the size of a loaf of bread.

Users can either print with ABS, which is the same material used to make Lego, or PLA, a bio-material made from corn.

The company unleashed its MakerBot Thing-O-Matic at last year’s CES.  This model only handles one color at a time and sales for $1,099.

The new MakerBot Replicator is on sale for $1,749 and has a wait of about 6 weeks before delivery.

MakerBot won several awards at CES this year, including Popular Mechanics Achievement Award.

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Source: Lee Rannals for RedOrbit



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