Dell acknowledges that 3D printing is increasingly being used regularly in businesses and that engineers, architects, and designers would benefit from an “end-to-end solution, from concept through to print.” So Dell has partnered with MakerBot, a leading manufacturer and supplier of 3D printers and scanners. This partnership allows 3D design solutions to be faster and more affordable for individuals, as well as small and medium-sized businesses.
Andy Rhodes, executive director of Dell Precision workstations, said, “At Dell we strive to arm start-ups, designers and engineers with the powerful, reliable and cutting-edge technology they need to succeed.” Therefore, starting February 20, six MakerBot 3D printers and scanners ranging from $949 up to $6,449 will be available for purchase from Dell’s website (US only). In the line-up are the MakerBot’s Replicator Mini Compact 3D Printer, Replicator 2 Desktop 3D Printer, Replicator 2X Experimental 3D Printer, Replicator Desktop 3D Printer, Replicator Z18 3D Printer, and lastly, a Digitizer Desktop 3D Scanner.
For those unfamiliar with 3D printing, it’s the ability to print solid objects from a device that was designed on a computer. Anything from jet parts, prosthetic limbs, food, to even synthetic living tissue. With Dell’s announcement, 3D printing will be more publicly available to consumers. It’ll be very interesting to see the variety of things being printed in the near future. What would you make?