MakerBot Replicator - one of the products set to be distributed by D&H in the U.S.
Consumer 3D printing giant MakerBot has signed an agreement with D&H Distributing for the distribution of MakerBot 3D printers and scanners in the U.S education market.
As the one of the leading technology distributors in the US with 5 North American distribution centres, D&H specialises in key 3D printing markets including education, healthcare, government and manufacturing. MakerBot plans to utilise this new partnership to expand its reach in these promising areas.
MakerBot’s printing and scanning solutions will be incorporated into D&H’s comprehensive K-12 education offering, which includes a resource page and educational sessions through avenues like the Solutions Lab Training Centre which they hope will drive the adoption of 3D printing.
“We’re excited to partner with D&H to help expand the availability of MakerBot 3D printers and scanners in areas such as education, medical and healthcare, which we at MakerBot see as crucial for the growth of the 3D printing market,” noted Mark Schulze, general manager of the Americas and Emerging Markets for MakerBot. “We’re especially thrilled about D&H’s strength in the education vertical. Just as it was for computers in the 1980s, we see educational use of 3D printers as an important catalyst for the broader adoption of the technology.”
MakerBot Replicator 3D Printers are already installed in over 5,000 universities, schools and libraries throughout the U.S. MakerBot believes D&H’s vast reseller network, in addition to more than 2,100 bookstores and campus retailers, combined with its vertical expertise, will pave the way to expand into additional educational institutions.
Jeff Davis, senior vice president of sales at D&H Distributing, added: “The company’s strategy to deliver a breadth of support and instructional materials, from software apps to educational sessions to its MakerCare program, is aligned with D&H’s own mission to help communicate the terrific potential of this burgeoning category … We want to help proliferate MakerBot’s 3D printing products throughout the U.S., leveraging the brand through our small business and mid-market value-added resellers who sell into a range of sectors.”