Over the last year, advancements in 3D printing technology have come a long way. Some 3D printers use unexpected materials like sand to do their printing, others print out useful objects such as edible food while printers such as this one print miniature objects with a reasonable price tag.
Even with 3D printers reaching sub-$1000 prices, the average consumer probably still wouldn't want to spend all of that money for one. Small businesses on the other hand, might be able to find some use out of these 3D printers, especially ones like the MakerBot Replicator. Overly enthusiastic MakerBot spokesperson Bre Pettis has unveiled the company's latest update of the MakerBot 3D printer just in time for CES.
The new MakerBot Replicator now comes with improvements in monitoring and controlling print jobs. A new LCD and control pad allows users to view build statistics and information as well as control the Replicator without needing to use a computer. An added SD card slot allows for the direct loading of models and an overall bump in size allows the printing of larger models with sizes up to 9 inches by 6 inches by 6 inches. Expected to ship within the next six weeks, the MakerBot Replicator can be purchased at the MakerBot store for the price of $1,749 for the single extruder model (single color printing) or $1,999 for the dual extruder (dual color printing).