June 17, 2014
MakerBot is now shipping its Replicator Z18 3D printer for professional use. Equipped with a build envelope of 12 x 12 x 18 inches, this printer is able to create large-scale models with polylactic acid (PLA) filament.
Other features of the Z18 include an on-board camera, 3.5-inch LCD color display, 100-micron layer resolution, mobile application connectivity and an enclosed and heated build chamber. It is also able to connect to a computer via USB, Ethernet or Wi-Fi for seamless production workflow, the company states.
Users can also take advantage of the MakerBot Replicator Smart Extruder, which allows for easy filament replacement and on-board utilities that monitor overall printer maintenance.
“The MakerBot Replicator Z18 was named for its large z-axis that produces 3D prints up to 18 inches in height. This is a massive scale for a 3D printer and comparable to 3D printers that cost tens of thousands of dollars more,” said Bre Pettis, CEO of MakerBot. “We believe that the MakerBot Replicator Z18 is going to disrupt the industry in that it enables 3D printing of large-scale and complex prototypes and models that were previously out of range for the creative community, many of whom include super-users of 3D printing, the engineers, architects and educators.”
The MakerBot Replicator Z18 is available starting at $6,499. It is also available through MakerBot's resellers.
For more information, visit MakerBot.
Sources: Press materials received from the company and additional information gleaned from the company’s website.
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