MakerBot, one of the biggest names in 3D printer manufacturing, has announced that they are now ready to start taking orders on their new MakerBot Replicator Mini.
As its name implies, the Replicator Mini is smaller than MakerBot’s larger models, the Replicator and the Replicator Z18. What it lacks in size, however, it makes up for in capabilities. While this printer is compact, it’s also powerful, with many of the same features that the larger MakerBot 3D printers have. Some of the cool, new features include a new smart-leveling system and webcams that allow you to monitor the printing. This, coupled with the printer’s plug-and-play capabilities, makes this model very easy to use.
This printer also has a 200 micro resolution, so it’s not bad as far as accuracy goes. If you’re looking for a 3D printer that can print big, though, you will want to pass on the Mini. Size is one thing this printer doesn’t have. The maximum build size that this printer can reach is 3.9×3.9×4.9 inches; about the size of a mug.
MakerBot is focusing on creating user-friendly machines, and it shows in their software integration. MakerBot printers connect with the new MakerBot Print Shop software that lets you easily create your own printable designs. You can also connect with Thingiverse and download free 3D model prototypes to print.
The Replicator Mini is available for pre-order at $1,375, before shipping and taxes, which makes it by far the cheapest 3D printer that MakerBot offers.
Shipping is scheduled for sometime this spring.