3D printer and scanner vendor MakerBot has signed a deal with Ingram Micro in the US.
Ingram Micro has become an authorised US distribution partner for MakerBot, and will supply products to resellers this autumn/winter including the MakerBot Replicator 2 Desktop 3D Printer, the MakerBot Digitizer Desktop 3D Scanner, as well as the MakerBot 3D Printing Ecosystem.
Previously, MakerBot has sold its products directly to North American customers through its own site makerbot.com, its MakerBot store in New York City and a limited number of select resellers. Earlier this year it began selling its products in Microsoft Retail Stores and online via Amazon.
MakerBot also owns Thingiverse.com – a website featuring free 3D printed designs.
“Teaming with Ingram Micro is expected to allow us to reach more resellers in the US that can now sell our products directly,” said Mark Schulze, vice president of sales for MakerBot.
“We get calls every day from direct marketers and resellers asking for a relationship with MakerBot. It’s a pretty exciting time as we see more rapid adoption of 3D printing and scanning not only in the engineering, architecture and industrial space, but also with more cutting-edge consumers.”
Ryan Grant, senior business unit director for Components and Document Imaging at Ingram Micro US, added: "Ingram Micro is pleased to welcome MakerBot to our growing portfolio of industry-leading print and imaging solutions and standalone products.
“We believe 3D printing and scanning represent a growing market for IT channel partners, and that Ingram Micro’s dedicated document imaging business unit is well positioned to help MakerBot capitalise on the growing demand for these technologies.”