Massive Makerbot Replicator Z18 3D Printer Now Available - HotHardware
Massive Makerbot Replicator Z18 3D Printer Now Available

Massive Makerbot Replicator Z18 3D Printer Now Available

Makerbot’s making them both big and small these days. Just weeks after beginning orders for the Replicator Mini Compact 3D printer, Makerbot announced that the big brother of its new line of 3D printers, the Z18, is available for purchase.

Whereas the Mini Compact offers a petite build volume of 10x10x12.5 inches, the Z18 can handle 2,592 cubic inches of build with dimensions of 12x12x18.5 inches. The Z18 is Makerbot’s largest 3D printer to date, and it comes with an optional Makerbot Cart ($1,250) for moving it around and Makerbot Filament Case ($750) that holds XL and XXL spools to ensure that you have enough PLA for each large print job.

Makerbot Replicator Z18 3D Printer

“We believe the MakerBot Replicator Z18 is a game-changer in the world of 3D printers,” said Makerbot CEO Bre Pettis in a press release. “We consider its massive build volume and its ability to bring professional-quality 3D printing to the user comparable to industrial 3D printers that are tens of thousands of dollars more. We view it as the 3D printer for large industrial models, engine prototypes, movie special effect models and the next generation spacecraft.”

Makerbot Replicator Z18 3D Printer

The Z18 runs on the Makerbot Replicator 3D Printing Platform that includes an onboard camera, WiFi, and plug-and-play capabilities. It can print at a resolution up to 100 microns and has a Smart Extruder that you can easily swap out, a heated build chamber to reduce curling on large projects, a “superflat” build plate, and a 3.5-inch color LCD display.

You can have your own Makerbot Z18 3D Printer for $6,499.
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this is one of the most exciting articles i've seen! 3d printing just isnt getting enough press! my hats off to makerbot, you can really tell they want to get a 3d printer in everyones home and i for one cant wait!

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Those 3D printers just amaze me! Seeing the things that some of these people make is awesome. Takes cos play to a whole new level! lol. Still really awesome how detailed these things can print an object

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$6,499 doesn't sound like much and probably isn't for corporate use.  But the big thing will be when 3D printing is brought to consumers directly.

Think about that for a second - what if I could make a toy that my kid wanted instead of going to buy one?  What if I could fabricate a casing for a NUC instead of paying someone for one?  And if I could do it all at home?

I'm excited to see 3D printing take off but I'll be holding off on my biggest applause until it gets into homes more.

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