Brooklyn-based MakerBot has just released its 4th generation 3D desktop printer called MakerBot Replicator 2 and it is going to change small business as we know it.
3D printing has been around for some time. However with this new generation 3D printer, small businesses and individuals will be able to print objects that are fully rendered without any post production necessary. Most 3D printers leave small horizontal lines that need to be polished away. MakerBot has now solved this issue by introducing 100 micron layer resolution allowing users to create professional looking prototypes and objects with more accuracy than ever before.
This new generation 3D printer also includes a build volume of 410 cubic inches giving the operator much more space to work with as well as a renewable bioplastic PLA filament. Other upgrades include lightning fast printing, a new slicing engine that is up to 20 times faster than the previous technology, and the ability to make more than one model or object at a time.
Entrepreneurs and small business owners will now have the ability to print and sell objects right out-of-the-box. With a small investment of $2199 you could be on your way to printing 3D objects with more accuracy and more detail.
3-D printing will change our shipping behaviors as well as our shopping behaviors. Now, instead of getting an object sent to you through Amazon or eBay you can buy yourself a 3D printer, download 3D design and print whatever toys, trinkets, or tools that you desire. The more fascinating aspect of 3D printing may arrive when we are able to print a new 3D printer. An entire new economy will be created around 3D printing and we will need a new generation of workers and designers that can model 3D designs. These digital 3D designs can then be downloaded and imported into the 3D printer allowing anyone anywhere to create anything. Amazing! Not sure what to print with your fancy new 3D printer? Then visit the Thinkverse and feast your eyes on all of the possibilities awaiting your 3D printing world domination efforts. You could print your own robot, model airplane, a brand new prosthetic hand, or a new set of earrings for the girl who loves…uh… plastic…?
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