MakerBot Now Taking Orders for Replicator Mini 3D Printer

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firefox91

MakerBot apparently skimped on marketing when they didn't hire an attractive woman to do this video. I'm sure that Elvis' stoned cousin came cheap, but it isn't going to do much for sales.

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borkbork

lol, that's their CEO.

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MaximumMike

I guess I'm kind of a 3D printer enthusiast. When I can afford to break into it, I plan to spend a bunch of time and money on this hobby. So, I read up on it from time to time.

A few years ago Makerbots were the best 3D printers you could get for the price and they were around $800. They were also open source and had no problem with you downloading the design specs and building your own. But for around $800 you could forego all that and have Makerbot do all the dirty work for you.

But I think a couple years ago they sold out to a company that makes very high end professional grade 3D printers (the cheap ones are around $30,000 if I remember correctly). Since then Makerbot has been about the bottom line and the prices have steadily risen. They're still a quality product, but they've lost the enthusiast appeal in my opinion. Also, I'm not sure if you can still download their original open source designs or not.

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severnia

I would love to see a stripped down version, barebones frame with no enclosure, not cameras, nothing for aesthetics, just a fully functional skeleton, ready to print. I'm curious how much of the price is from the above.

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wolfing

why are the bigger models so much more expensive, do they do other stuff other than being bigger? I'd think the electronics, motor, etc would be the expensive part, and the size would just be some extra metal, maybe a bigger filament container for bigger things, but that shouldn't triple the price

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severnia

I have to agree here completely. Im currently building a CNC mill, and what you said certainly applies to these. raw material to make the machine larger, even twice the size is negligible when you compare to the meat and potatoes of the machine, the motors, electronics, etc.

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borkbork

They have some fancier features like higher resolutions, dual extruders, etc when you start working your way up their product chain. Don't know enough to say whether or not it's realistically reflected in the price hike, but you do get more than just a bigger box.