What happens when you release multiple generations of 3d printers after becoming the world’s most recognizable brand in your space?
Apparently you decide to put your next generation 3d printers through the equivalent of 43 years of testing before releasing it to customers.
That’s what MakerBot did before it released their newest 3d printers — the Replicator+ and Replicator Mini+. Together with the software applications that the printers use, the new generation of Replicators went through over 380,000 hours of testing.
(Yes, we did the math and that’s over 43 years)
“The Replicator+ is essentially the MakerBot refined,” TechCrunch wrote earlier this year. “It is an instant-on machine with zero learning curve and the software and Thingiverse model collection means that you’ll always have stuff to print. The resolution is more acceptable and complex pieces come out beautifully detailed and immediately usable.”
The flagship 3d printer from MakerBot has been and continues to be it’s Replicator, which boasts high speed prints and a hefty build volume for large objects.
“The Replicator+ is a pretty speedy printer: it cranked out our Thinker test model in between 1 hour and 48 minutes at the lowest quality and 6 hours and 7 minutes at the highest quality with a 0.1mm layer size,” Tom’s Guide wrote earlier this year. “That’s significantly faster than other 3D printers: the Lulzbot Taz 6 took between 2 hours and 35 minutes and just over 8 hours to produce similar prints. This makes the Replicator+ one of the fastest printers we have tested, which is important if you are producing lots of prints.”
Beyond the thousands of hours of testing and strong reviews from technology publications, MakerBot has put a lot of emphasis on cloud based printing via its software applications. Users can control and monitor their 3d prints in real time from anywhere using their mobile device or desktop computer.
As we’ve written previously, 3d printing companies have put an emphasis on easy to use software so that users young and old can get up and running with the technology easily.
The Replicator Mini+ boasts the same cloud based 3d functionality and reliability of it’s big brother, albeit with a smaller build size. However, the true value of the Replicator Mini+ lies in its portability. It is super lightweight and can be moved to different rooms inside an office, school or home easily.
“The key to making 3D printing accessible to average humans is two-fold, Mashable wrote in October. “First, you need to shield them completely from the act of 3D model creation. Most of us are not designers and even fewer people can handle a CAD program. Secondly, the road from set-up to printing your first model has to be as short and bump-free as possible. “With the exception of a handful of minor bumps in the road, MakerBot Replicator Mini+ succeeds on both these fronts.”
Brooklyn based MakerBot has continued to innovate, pushing its machines further than most of its competitors and deserves a whole lot of credit for investing in better technology for their customers.
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