MakerBot’s Two New 3D Printers

MakerBot has announced the release of two new 3D printers meant for use in professional design and in education. The printers are designed for integration into work and teaching; Makerbot wants the printers on desks instead of in back rooms. One of their goals is to eliminate any printing anxieties. The MakerBot Replicator Plus and Replicator Mini Plus will have a new software system and new printing material.

The MakerBot Replicator Plus can print objects up to 11.6 x 7.6 x 6.3 inches, a 25 percent larger volume build and at 30 percent faster print speeds than previous printers. This printer will also support a new material, “Tough PLA,” which is slate gray, more flexible, and meant to make testing industrial prototypes easier. The material will make it cheaper and easier for engineers and designers to print things. MakerBot has also released guides that explain how to put the finishing touches on your 3D printed project during post processing.

The Replicator Mini Plus, on the other hand, can print objects that are 4 x 5 x 5 inches. Both printers are much faster and quieter than previous versions and will use new software, MakerBot Print and MakerBot Mobile. The new software will streamline the printing process and aims to eliminate any errors. Business Wire reports that the printers will “improve several aspects of print quality, including print precision, surface appearance, and reduced warping and curling.”

Read more at The Verge.

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