The computing giant announced it will be offering the MakerBot Replicator to create an end-to-end 3D design solution for small to medium-sized businesses enabling affordable and expedient prototyping solutions for a wide range of customers. Dell will be adding the MakerBot 3D printing system to its existing Precision workstations portfolio, enabling engineers, product designers, architects and creatives to design and test their concepts quickly and without soaring overheads.
CEO of MakerBot Bre Pettis commented: "Partnering with Dell is another step in building out the MakerBot 3D Printing Ecosystem that makes 3D printing easy and accessible for everyone. Dell has done a great job with supporting and enabling small businesses, and we are excited to bring our 3D printing solutions to their customers to unlock their creativity."
A recent report from IDC predicted the 3D printing market will grow by 29 per cent per annum from 2012 to 2017, reflecting the evolution of an industry that has graduated beyond early adopters and hobbyists to real and multifarious business applications. Indeed, small businesses are finding that desktop 3D printing provides a cost-effective alternative to enlisting off-site prototyping facilities to create moulds and designs, giving designers and engineers the flexibility to design, built, iterate and innovate more frequently, more affordably and more speedily.
Executive Director of Dell Precision workstations Andy Rhodes said: "At Dell we strive to arm start-ups, designers and engineers with the powerful, reliable and cutting-edge technology they need to succeed. With the addition of MakerBot’s Replicator 3D Printers to Dell’s workstation portfolio, our customers can now bring their innovative prototypes to life much more quickly and affordably."
Products and Availability
The following MakerBot 3D printing and scanning solutions, along with MakerBot Filament, are available for purchase from Dell via www.dell.co.uk/printing in the UK. This distribution agreement provides exclusivity by Dell; MakerBot Replicator 3D Printers will be the only Fused Deposition Modelling (FDM) technology sold through Dell’s small business channel in the UK.
MakerBot® Replicator® 2X Experimental 3D Printer – a full-featured desktop 3D printer designed for experts who want to explore the frontiers of 3D printing. It features experimental dual extrusion that is optimised for printing with MakerBot ABS Filament and is available for £1,699 excl. VAT and shipping.
MakerBot® Replicator® Mini Compact 3D Printer – an easy-to-use compact 3D printer for everyone, from beginners to professionals, that unleashes creativity as an educational, entertaining and useful 3D printer. Optimised for MakerBot PLA Filament; Priced at £999 excl. VAT and shipping.
MakerBot® Replicator® Desktop 3D Printer – Fifth Generation MakerBot technology that provides ease of use and connectivity for all your 3D printing needs. The MakerBot Replicator Desktop 3D Printer provides a large build volume to accelerate rapid prototyping and model making. Priced at £1,999 excl. VAT and shipping.