Makerbot Replicator 2 Released As 3D Printer Company Opens Its First Retail Store

By Jacob Kleinman September 20, 2012 4:32 PM EDT

3D printing represents the future of manufacturing, and no company is doing a better job of bringing this technology into offices and homes than MakerBot, a Brooklyn-based tech company run by CEO Bre Pettis.

Yesterday, Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz met with Pettis and his team in downtown Brooklyn to celebrate Makerbot and their second generation 3D printer, the Replicator 2, Fast Company reported.

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In front of a crowd, Pettis eagerly pulled a away a black cloth covering the new 3D printer, a perfect example of great design and function, stating, "First of all, it's just a beautiful desktop 3-D printer."

In a promo for the Replicator 2 posed on YouTube, Pettis explains that the new 3D printer is "the ultimate solution if you're an engineer, industrial designer or just like to make things."


The Replicator 2 is 37 percent bigger than the original, meaning that the pieces it creates are bigger and more accurate. It also prints faster and more precisely than before. The design's steel frame provides much more stability than the original's wooden structure. It costs $2,799 (up from $2,199 for the amateurish looking original Replicator).

 "It's not only our best effort so far," boasts Pettis. "It is the best desktop 3D printer you can get. It is easy, fast and affordable."

The new 3D printer is also the first from Makerbot to use PLA filament, a renewable bio plastic you can use to build huge, complex pieces. PLA requires 32 percent less power than the previously used materials, and comes in a variety of colors.

The Replicator 2 is available now, with a high-end 2X coming next year. Across the river in lower Manhattan, the first Makerbot store opened today.

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