Microsoft To Sell MakerBot Replicator 2 Desktop 3D Printers At Retail Outlets

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News Posted: Thu, Aug 8 2013 1:14 PM
We’re seeing 3D printing incorporate itself into the mainstream rather quickly, from a sudden presence on Amazon, eBay, and Staples to driver support in Windows 8.1. The latest indication that 3D printing is the Next Big Thing is the fact that Microsoft is carving out space in its retail outlets to showcase MakerBot Replicator 2 Desktop 3D printers.

MakerBot Experience inside Microsoft retail store

18 total Microsoft stores in states including California, Arizona, Colorado, Connecticut, Georgia, Illinois, Minnesota, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Texas, Virginia, and Washington are now offering a “MakerBot Experience” that lets customers see 3D printing in action.

You can buy a Replicator 2 and the filament you need right there in the store and take it all home that day.

MakerBot Replicator 2
MakerBot Replicator 2

"We've seen tremendous interest and enthusiasm at the three initial 'MakerBot Experience' stores,” said Bre Pettis, CEO of MakerBot. “Rolling the program out to 15 additional Microsoft Stores supercharges our mission to bring 3D printing to more people."

You can also buy a Replicator 2 at Microsoft’s online store; in either case, the cost is $2,549.
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I'd love a 3d printer. Still a little expensive for what I'd be using it for, though. It's amazing how quickly they are becoming mainstream. If only CNC machines dropped in price as quickly as 3d printers.

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What if I want to 3D print a piece of paper, huh? That'd show those paper companies whose boss.

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RLott replied on Thu, Aug 8 2013 6:24 PM

now i can print my 3d wife i just windows 8 don't mess her up

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Diggity0 replied on Thu, Aug 8 2013 10:14 PM

While I like the idea of 3D printers, I'm not willing to buy one without trying it a few times first. I'd rather go to Walmart or some place like that to pickup my custom printed 3D objects then pay for a machine and the supplies required to keep it going.

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