MakerBot Launches New 3D Printing Products
MakerBot has introduced a
number of new 3D printer products it says will better serve the needs
Both the MakerBot
Replicator+ and the Replicator Mini+ have been
overhauled to deal with stiffer materials
and provide sturdier construction. They are also expected to be faster
quieter than previous models. Company representatives said the MakerBot
is 30 percent faster and 27 percent quieter than the MakerBot
Replicator 5th Generation Desktop 3D printer. The Replicator Mini+ is 10 percent
faster and 58
percent quieter than the original MakerBot Replicator Mini Compact.
The company also has new
print and mobile applications the company said will streamline the
process for 3D printing and make it easier for educators to introduce
students to the process.
Specifically for teachers,
MakerBot has created the Thingiverse
Education platform that will allow them to
connect with each other and share best practices about introducing 3D
into their curricula. It has already been loaded with 100 lesson plans
contributed by educators and vetted by MakerBot professionals.
The platform will allow
educators to filter the lesson plans by subject, grade level and
"We believe that implementing
3D printing into the classroom can only be successful if the technology
complements a teacher’s goals for their students," said Drew Lentz,
Finally, a new material is
now available for use in 3D printing, a slate gray tough PLA filament
that the company said will produce more durable, high-impact strength
"We have gone through a
cultural shift here at MakerBot over the past year," said MakerBot CEO
Jaglom. "Our new solutions for educators are based on feedback
we could accelerate and streamline the iterative design process and
teaching with a desktop 3D printer easier and more effective."
Michael Hart is a Los Angeles-based freelance writer and the former executive editor of THE Journal.