Jan.27, 2014

Dell today announced a partnership with Makerbot to offer Replicator 3D printers and scanners to small and medium-sized businesses in the US with fast and affordable prototyping. The products will be available for purchase from Dell's online shop on February 20 in US.

In the past year, Dell has been making moves to become more flexible and responsive to the trends in the market. Last week, Dell ordered 5,000 units of Zortrax 3D printer which will be used in Dell's offices in central and eastern Asia. By adding 3D printers and scanners to its existing portfolio of Dell Precision workstations, Dell argues that the move could empower their customers with solutions that give them the power to do more - "engineers can design and test new product concepts quickly; architects can create 3D prototypes during the design phase; and start-ups can experiment with new product designs and artistic models inexpensively." says Dell.

3D printing has moved well beyond early adopters and hobbyists, and is now being utilized regularly in business applications where substantial cost and time-to-market benefits are gained, with IDC predicting that the 3D printer market will see a compound annual revenue growth rate of 29 percent from 2012 to 2017. Last week a research team lead by Jonathan Shaffer at Credit Suisse revised their 2016 projection for the 3D printing market to $800 million up from $175 million. This is an increase of 357%.

To help get to that exciting endpoint, MakerBot printers and scanners are being added to a portfolio of products designed for advanced 3D and design projects including Dell Precision Workstations featuring advanced graphics solutions, Dell Ultrasharp Monitor, and other products such as Wacom digitizers and 3Dconnexion controllers.

Dell will stock the full MakerBot printer lineup, including

  • MakerBot Replicator 2 Desktop 3D Printer ($2,199) - 100-micron layer resolution and a 410-cubic-inch build volume
  • MakerBot Replicator 2X Experimental 3D Printer ($2,799) - features experimental dual extrusion that is optimized for printing with MakerBot ABS Filament
  • MakerBot Replicator Mini Compact 3D Printer ($1,375) - a compact 3D printer which will be available in the spring this year
  • MakerBot Replicator Desktop 3D Printer ($2,899) - provides a large build volume and fast print times
  • MakerBot Replicator Z18 3D Printer ($6,499) - offers massive build volume and the best price to performance ratio in its category; available in the spring of 2014
  • MakerBot Digitizer Desktop 3D Scanner ($949) - optimized for use MakerBot Replicator Desktop 3D Printers and MakerBot Thingiverse

This distribution agreement provides exclusivity by Dell; MakerBot Replicator 3D printers will be the only FDM technology sold through Dell's small business channel in the United States. Availability in other countries will be added in the future.

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sas wrote at 1/28/2014 11:53:19 AM:

dell is going to sell makerbot... but is going to use Zortrax for their own business.... .... nice message to send out to people who want to buy a makerbot hahah...

Jack Wu wrote at 1/28/2014 10:00:15 AM:

Makerbot replicator with PLA for business applications LOL & ROTFL

Peter wrote at 1/28/2014 12:37:53 AM:

Makerbot try to catch Zortrax, but I think Zortrax soon will be too big for Makerbot ;)

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