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January 08, 2014

MakerBot Announces New Mini 3D Printer

The CES in Las Vegas has always been known to be bringing innovation in a number of different markets. This year, the Consumer Electronics Show is now different. The number of different areas in which new equipment and devices are being shown off is especially impressive at this year’s CES. Among those innovative products is a brand new kind of 3D printer being put out by Makerbot.

The company has been making all kinds of different 3D printers for a number of years and this year it announced one that is easier to use than most any that are currently on the market. Company CEO Bre Pettis unveiled the Replicator Mini earlier this week comparing it to the firm’s original Cupcake Printer. While the size of the two printers is roughly the same, the Mini is quite a bit more powerful.

Both models are designed to be portable, but the Mini has the inner workings that make it something that could be quite impressive. The device is also quite a bit more user friendly, because it has a one button use that Pettis compared to a “point and shoot” camera.

The company’s CEO said that the Mini has been years in the making and that the firm has been tinkering in a way to get the device just the way it wanted it. Among the features that the new 3D printer has is built-in Wi-Fi and works with PLA. The Mini can be connected directly to different devices in order to print things out.

The company has been bringing innovation to the 3D printing world for at least the last five years. It has been providing products to larger companies, smaller consumers and even schools. This new printer could be used by a whole host of different customers thanks to an on-board camera which allows for print monitoring and photos that can be shared on social networks. Complete with a “Smart Extruder” that snaps on and off magnetically for much easier filament loading and the ability to pause when the plastic runs out the device will cost $1,375 when it ships this spring.

Edited by Ryan Sartor

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