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Getting into 3D printing is an expensive undertaking, with a decent printer sometimes costing thousands of dollars, but here's a reminder that there's at least one way to do it without breaking the bank. MacNN Deals is holding a giveaway which will provide one lucky entrant the Makerbot Replicator Mini 3D printer, but you only have until Monday night to enter if you want a chance of winning.
More and more people are taking up 3D printing as a hobby, buying expensive contraptions so they can design and print their own toys, trinkets, and useful items right from their own home. If you want to do the same but with expensive outlay, take part in the MacNN Deals giveaway, which is offering one lucky winner the Makerbot Replicator Mini 3D printer.
The rise of 3D printing in recent years hasn't gone unnoticed, with manufacturers producing 3D printers of varying sizes and complexity, but with most of the decent-quality devices too costly for hobbyists to own. If you've wanted to dip your toe into the field but without handing over a lot of cash for your own 3D printer, the latest giveaway on MacNN Deals is for you, with the prize of a Makerbot Replicator Mini up for grabs.
MakerBot is continuing to supply 3D printers to customers with flaws, even though the company allegedly knows there are issues, a class action lawsuit for shareholders claims. Both MakerBot and parent company Stratasys are accused in the suit of a "fraudulent scheme to artificially inflate" the stock price of Stratasys, by continuing to sell MakerBot's fifth generation of printers, which is said to have a severely-defective "Smart Extruder," a crucial component used to apply layers of plastic to create the 3D model itself.
MakerBot is making an expansion into Europe, by acquiring its largest reselling partner. A seller of MakerBot products in Germany for a number of years, Hafner's Büro has been rebranded as MakerBot Europe and will manage resellers of its 3D printer range across Central and Eastern Europe, with a view to covering more markets within the continent in the future.
Home Depot is expanding its products range to include 3D printers in some of its retail outlets. A total of 12 stores located in California, Illinois, and New York will start stocking MakerBot devices from today as a pilot program, with the products available including not only MakerBot's Replicator line, but also the Digitizer 3D scanner, accessories, and plastic filament for use with the devices.
MakerBot has opened up pre-orders for its latest 3D printer, made for those wanting to make larger 3D-printed prototypes or products than previous versions are capable of producing. The Replicator Z18 is the biggest in the MakerBot range, capable of printing objects up to 18 inches tall on a 12 by 12-inch build platform, giving it a printable capacity of 2,592 cubic inches.
Dell today announced it will offer MakerBot Replicator 3D printers, scanners, and raw materials to create an end-to-end 3D design solution for small and medium-sized businesses, enabling fast and affordable prototyping. Six MakerBot models will be available for purchase or pre-order at launch on February 20.
Desktop 3D printing purveyor MakerBot today announced the availability of the previously-announced MakerBot Digitizer on its website. The device -- capable of scanning an up to eight-inch tall object -- has commenced the pre-order process, with shipping expected mid-October.
Fabrication powerhouse Stratasys and startup 3D printer manufacturer MakerBot have merged. Under the terms of the deal, the pair of companies are merging in a stock-for-stock transaction worth $604 million, with two-thirds payable immediately as stock, with the remaining third depending on MakerBot performance following the merger. The deal is expected to close in the fall.