Makerbot has just announced their Replicator 2 3D printer, which boasts higher resolution and a larger print volume than the original Replicator introduced less than a year ago.
Replicator 2 Features:
- 100µm print resolution (~0.004 inches)
- 410 cubic inch print volume (11.2″L x 6.1″W x 6″H)
- the fastest, most affordable professional-quality printer on the market
- new peel-free, curl-free, shrink-free PLA filament print material
- optimized for PLA filament (1.75mm diameter)
- powder-coated steel chassis for added stability and durability
- new MakerWare software 3D slicing engine
From the product description and various specs, it is clear that Makerbot is now designing 3D printers for a more industrial audience. They still want DIYers and enthusiasts to use their printers as well, but it seems that Makerbot is really trying to make their desktop printers even more appealing for commercial and development use.
Price: $2,199. Additional 1kg spools of PLA print material will cost $48 each, and extended MakerCare support (which would be great for schools and institutional users) is priced at $350.
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There will also be a new dual material/dual color experimental model, the Makerbot Replicator 2X, which will debut in Januar 2013 for $2799. The Replicator 2X is for 3D printing experts and patient enthusiasts, not beginners.