March 14, 2014
3D printer manufacturer MakerBot announced the availability of the Replicator Z18 3D Printer, the company’s largest 3D printer to date, which is expected to ship this spring, and the start of shipping for the new fifth-generation MakerBot Replicator Desktop 3D Printer.
The Replicator Z18 3D Printer has a build volume of 30.5 cm x 30.5 cm x 45.7 cm. Also available with the MakerBot Replicator Z18 are the MakerBot Cart for the MakerBot Replicator Z18 and a MakerBot Filament Case, which are also expected to ship in the spring as well. The MakerBot Cart puts the printer on casters at an ergonomic height that enables easy movement, while the Filament Case holds XL or XXL spools of MakerBot PLA Filament and enables the 3D printing of large prints.
“We made the MakerBot Replicator Z18 for those who think big,” said Bre Pettis, CEO of MakerBot. “We believe the MakerBot Replicator Z18 is a game-changer in the world of 3D printers. We consider its massive build volume and its ability to bring professional-quality 3D printing to the user comparable to industrial 3D printers that are tens of thousands of dollars more. We view it as the 3D printer for large industrial models, engine prototypes, movie special effect models and the next generation spacecraft. We are using it in our own factory to make prototypes, jigs and fixtures. This 3D printer is very exciting for us and has already generated a lot of excitement in the industrial 3D printing community.”
The MakerBot Replicator Desktop 3D Printer is being shipped out on a first-come, first-serve basis, based on when the order was placed. “Five years of research, hard work and listening to what our customers want in a MakerBot Replicator Desktop 3D Printer have gone into making this product and creating a new MakerBot 3D Printing Platform,” Pettis said. “I have so many proud and excited emotions running through me today as we ship out our very first fifth-generation 3D printers. I want to know what our MakerBot 3D printing community thinks of this giant leap forward in connectivity, speed and reliability for their 3D printing needs.”
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Sources: Press materials received from the company and additional information gleaned from the company’s website.