The outstanding features and capabilities of this printer have literally took it to a whole new level. Some of the key benefits that stand out with the Replicator+ include advanced print speed, print volume and performance efficiency. Replicator+ is MakerBot’s very first all-encompassing professional-grade 3D printer. That should say it all, right?
Alongside the Replicator+, the company has also launched a new Replicator Mini+. As if that is not enough, MakerBot has released completely new tools, 3D printing filaments and software that are specially designed for professionals, Schools and Learning Institutions. Among its debut of new software are mobile apps plus a brand new ‘tough’ PLA filament which has a lot of the qualities you would ordinarily find in ABS filaments but with the printing ease and overall reliability that comes with using PLA filaments.
Change of Strategy
After all these, one would easily conclude that the company has really gone the extra mile to make its customers happy. Well, that is right – especially if you understand where MakerBot has come from. From the company’s inception, MakerBot for the most part had channeled its resources into producing consumer 3D printers. While they enjoyed their fair share of success, it hasn’t all been a walk in the park.
The company has been through various issues such as stringent quality controls not forgetting the recoil it got after patenting some of its crowd-sourced technology from its initial open source fans. Basically the heat the company was facing was so huge that it had to lay off some of its staff and saw its Stock Prices fall.
The best part is from the look of things, MakerBot may have learnt its lesson and come back to the market with better products than we could ever expect. With the Replicator+ being one of its main comebacks, MakerBot has made sure to announce and affirm the uniqueness and reliability of the printer by explaining that each of its new 3D printers has gone through over 380,000 hours of testing in various conditions all with the aim of ascertaining that the printers can indeed deliver on promises made to their customers.
Most of all, the company intends to close in the gap created by their initial flaws in strategy by not only focusing on products for consumers, but those that would be valuable to professionals as well. Jonathan Jaglom, CEO of MakerBot said:
“We have gone through a cultural shift here at MakerBot over the past year, where listening and understanding the needs of our customers are cornerstones of our company. As a result, we’ve gained an in-depth understanding of the wider needs of professionals and educators that has informed our product development process”
“Our new solutions for professionals and educators are based on feedback addressing how we could accelerate and streamline the iterative design process and make teaching with a desktop 3D printer easier and more effective”
Through the revamping process that the company has been going through, the Replicator+ is entirely redesigned giving it special perks that the previous model lacked. For example, the new Replicator+ has a 25% larger build volume area compared to its predecessors. Essentially, this 3D printer can print objects as large as 11.6 × 7.6 × 6.5 inches. What’s more is that its 30% faster and 27% quieter meaning that you can complete projects more quickly now and in a more conducive environment because its noise levels are quite low.
MakerBot announced that the Replicator+ will be available at a discounted price of $1999 up until end of October. After that the going price for the Replicator+ will rise to $2499.
If you placed an order for the Replicator Mini+ before end of October, you will have obtained the 3D printer at $999 before the price increased to $1299.
The Replicator Mini+ is capable of printing objects with a volume of 4 × 5 × 5 inches, which is a 28% print volume increase. Its speed on the other hand has increased by 10%.
The good thing is whether you are going for the Replicator+ or the Replicator Mini+; both of them are equipped with a newly designed Smart Extruder+. This revamped extruder not only guarantees you of a more extensive warranty compared to the previous model but it also promises greater reliability courtesy of the 160,000 hours that have been spent on its development and testing.
Improved Print Precision
In order to enhance print precision, MakerBot has also introduced unique software called MakerBot Print. The purpose of this software is to simplify the 3D printing process and make it a lot more streamlined than it used to be. For example, with this software, you can import up to 20 different Native CAD files hence you don’t really need to rely on STL files.
When working on a large printing project, there are many advantages that can come with using such kind of software. To start with, you can use the software’s Dynamic Print Settings to tweak the thickness, resolution among other important details so that your prints are more accurate.
On the other hand, with the auto arrange feature, it’s possible for one to control several build plates at the same time making your job a lot easier and simpler. On top of that, you can use the software to do a simulation print. This way, the software produces an animated video of the predicted output that you will get from your 3D printer. Basically, the video helps one to identify any unforeseen problems and thus make countermeasures which could often lead to avoiding a lot of filament wastage.
The best part is that the MakerBot Print software works concurrently with the MakerBot Mobile App, which gives users who have many 3D printers the privilege of Monitoring Each 3D Printer right from their phone and even initiating a printing job remotely using one’s own smartphone.
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