3D printing for the masses has always been the mission of Brooklyn-based Makerbot. Today the company unveiled the Makerbot Replicator, a souped up version of its original device. It lets users print way bigger items, we’re talking the size of a breadloaf, instead of a cupcake. And because it comes with a dual extruder it now, “supports Dualstrusion 2-color printing” (dualstrusion, fun word to say), users can now print in multiple colors and materials, opening up all sorts of new possibilities.
The company is selling its new item as the gateway to a brighter future. “Students with access to a MakerBot have an edge in the future job market. Just like the youth of the 1980’s, who had access to computers, children with access to a MakerBot Replicator™ will become the leaders who make a better tomorrow.” Bill Gates brains not included. But seriously, there is an open position for a “maker” at the NY Times R&D lab right now, and according to Vimeo founder Zach Klein, “We’re going to be seeing a lot more of that job.”
Makerbot also announced that Thingiverse, the web site where makers can share their 3D printed objects and designs, is being given a relaunch. Users can share their creations with the “I Made One” button and highlight their mashups with “I Made A Derivative”. It’s like Canv.as for the physical world!
Listen to Makerbot founder Bre Pettis talk about the “cutting edge of extrustion technology” and try not to get hot and bothered. The Replicator will run $1,999 for the dual extruder or $1,749 for a single. C’mon, that’s the biggest no-brainer since you paid an extra dollar to upgrade from the medium popcorn to the jumbo bucket.