You've got a lot of great news at the Consumer Electronics Show this year. 3D Systems introduced New Cube & CubeX 3D printers yesterday, and MakerBot is unveiling its newest desktop 3D printer at CES today, the full-featured MakerBot Replicator 2X experimental 3D printer.
Replicator 2X 3D printer is designed for 3D printing experts working in R&D who want to blaze a trail into the future of 3D printing. It is a more advanced extension of MakerBot Replicator 2 and features experimental dual extrusion, reengineered extruder and an updated heated build platform. It has a full-seal heat-trapping enclosure which could help to stabilize the ABS cooling period and a single-piece, thermal formed magnetic lid to keep or release heat.
- Two color printing
- Allows for printing with dissolvable support material like PVA
- Possible to create an entirely solid plastic object with a customization density
- Can combine the two plastics into a single object that is both flexible and rigid.
- Allowing printing two objects, one with each extruder, at the same time.
- Two extruders can have variable resolution - With one very fine nozzle aperture and one relatively large nozzle aperture, a single object could be printed with quick printing course features and very high resolution features that take more time.
In addition to the MakerBot Replicator 2X Desktop 3D Printer, MakerBot will also be making several announcements at CES that will impact all areas of MakerBot – from its website Thingiverse, to its printers, software and filament.
The MakerBot Replicator 2X Desktop 3D printer is priced at $2,799 and will start shipping in mid-January 2013. Coming up shortly the announcement. Stay tuned!
Update 1: Videos
Update 2: Makerbot's press material:
"If you are a MacGyver, a Doc Brown, or have a little mad scientist in you, and want to experiment with one of the fullest featured desktop 3D printers and see where it can take you, the MakerBot Replicator 2X Experimental Desktop 3D Printer is for you," noted Bre Pettis, CEO of MakerBot.
The redesigned heated build platform and the heat-capturing enclosure of the MakerBot Replicator 2X Experimental 3D Printer optimizes it for use with ABS Filament; and the reengineered extruder supports experimental dual extrusion for anyone who is ready for the challenge. One of the most significant changes made to the MakerBot Replicator 2X is the reengineered extruder. The extruder on the MakerBot Replicator 2X has been totally redesigned for easy-loading and low maintenance. The new design reduces stripping, skipping and jamming and the constant force filament feeding system means less wear on your machine. The MakerBot Replicator 2X has the ability to make large ABS prints more reliably than the original MakerBot Replicator did. This full-seal heat-trapping enclosure helps to stabilize the ABS cooling period so that you can spend less time worrying about shrinking or cracking. And the single-piece, thermal formed magnetic lid keeps heat in when you need it and releases it when you don't. And the MakerBot Replicator 2X Experimental Desktop 3D Printer offers beautiful 100- micron layer resolution.
So if you have the courage and patience to face the inconsistencies of ABS and the difficulty of dual extrusion, if you're willing to walk to the edge of what's possible and push it farther, if you've taken apart a flamethrower and put together a trebuchet, then the MakerBot Replicator 2X Experimental 3D Printer is for you.
In addition to unveiling the new MakerBot® Replicator™ 2X 3D Printer, MakerBot is also announcing a new and improved Thingiverse.com website where it has unlocked the tools for developers to create amazing new Apps. Of special interest is the MakerBot Customizer, which lets users customize 3D designs right inside their browser.
"One of our favorite options with the new and improved Thingiverse is the Customizer App," said Bre Pettis, CEO of MakerBot. You can take a snowflake that you find on Thingiverse, bring it into the MakerBot Customizer, determine how many points and stars it has, and then print that custom, one-of-a-kind item right on your MakerBot Replicator 2 or 2X Desktop 3D Printer."
Recent updates to Thingiverse.com over the past several months have included adding a follow function, a new dashboard, the ability to create collections, and now the new API and apps, and analytics too!
Also improved is MakerBot's MakerWare software. The MakerWare 1.1 updates boost the user-friendliness of the software and add cool tools like the auto-layout and faster model preparation.
The new release of MakerWare 2.0 for the MakerBot Replicator 2X Experimental Desktop 3D Printer will also make generating dual extrusion models easier than ever. A new drag and drop feature allows different models to be dropped onto the virtual build plate and viewed in the colors that you plan to print them.
The next piece of news is that MakerBot is adding filament manufacturing capabilities to its line of 3D printing products in order to research and develop new and innovative filaments. The MakerBot Filament, available in PLA, will be available early this spring and will enhance MakerBot's already extensive line of colored filaments available.
A special offer for CES attendees that purchase a MakerBot Replicator 2 or 2X during the month of January, and visit the MakerBot CES Booth #32025 January 8-11, 2013, is available to receive a special code that can be used to receive an SD card with some of the most awesome 3D designs known by MakerBot, all sliced, scaled and ready to make.
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Jon wrote at 1/8/2013 10:59:41 PM:
I wonder if the heated enclosure will invite Stratasys to take issue?