MakerBot Industries, which first set tongues wagging at CES last year with the introduction of the Thing-o-Matic 3D printer, has introduced a new model at CES 2012 called the Replicator.
3D printers produce physical objects by printing with extruded plastics and MakerBot Industries produces a line of 3D printer kits that can assembled by enthusiasts competent with a soldering iron and a screwdriver.
Commercial 3D printers cost several thousand but the Thing-O-Matic sold for just over US$1,000. 3D printers can print with either ABS plastic or a bio-degradable material known as PLA which is made from corn.
The new Replicator printer is capable of printing larger objects as well as printing with two different colours. The new Replicator is offered as a fully assembled printer, said to be much easier to get up and running, with the claim that the printer is ready within minutes of unpacking.
The MakerBot Replicator also ships with an LCD panel and video-game-style control pad. The LCD screen provides build statistics and monitoring information and full control of the machine without the use of a computer.Using the SD Card slot, owners can load models and begin builds directly from the control pad.
The company is taking pre-orders for the Replicator priced at US$1,750.