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Makerbot Unveils Mini 3D Printer at Affordable Price for Consumers

By CIOReview | Thursday, February 20, 2014

FREMONT, CA: MakerBot, the manufacturers of the most successful 3D printers unveiled "MakerBot Replicator Mini Compact 3D," a compact and affordable 3D printer that can help people create and print their own 3D images and designs at home. The device priced at $1,375 is set to arrive in the spring in U.S.

The Mini 3D printer has a 3.5-inch color LCD screen that allows the user to track progress of their print jobs and to set up Wi-Fi and Ethernet connections. The device has been designed for a wide range of consumers—from beginners to professionals. All they need to do is load the design and hit print. The device has automated pause and resume feature, in the event of filament running out. It comes with a built-in camera to monitor the progress of printing and to share images to various social networking websites.

The MakerBot 3D printing set up comes with a host of new application and one of those is MakerBot PrintShop, which gives the consumer a very fun-filled, simple and absolutely-free way to make their own unique 3D objects and designs. The other application that draws the attention is the MakerBot Digital Store, akin to iTunes of Apple, from which the user can buy, download, and print remarkable 3D collections and models, that have been verified by MakerBot.

“The compact size of the printer makes it even more attractive – Consumer gadget – you may say.  The desktop application has also been updated to control and monitor your printer and a mobile application has been updated that sends alerts when printing related events happen on the printer and in the cloud,” said Bre Pretis, CEO, MakerBot. The company also claimed to have made a ‘strategic alliance’ with innovative 3D vision company “SoftKinetic” to build future 3D scanning products.

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