MakerBot Replicator Mini Compact 3D Printer Now Shipping

MakerBot has a whole new line of 3D printers, and the littlest sibling in the bunch, the MakerBot Replicator Mini Compact 3D, is now shipping.

“As soon as we announced the MakerBot Replicator Mini, we received calls and orders from customers who couldn’t wait to purchase this easy and affordable 3D printer,” said Bre Pettis, CEO of MakerBot, in a press release. “We see the MakerBot Replicator Mini as a turning point in the 3D printing industry.”

MakerBot mini

Specifically, Pettis sees the Mini Compact 3D as a true home 3D printer instead of the larger devices that are better-suited for the office or workshop. The Mini Compact 3D costs $1,375, and you can get your own from Makerbot’s website.

Airwolf 3D
Airwolf 3D AW3D HDx

MakerBot is by no means the only company pushing out interesting 3D printers in recent weeks, though. For instance, Airwolf 3D has a new 3D printer called the AW3D HDx that can print using polycarbonate, nylon, and other “engineering-grade materials”. The AW3D HDx retails for $3,495.

Lulzbot TAZ 4
Lulzbot TAZ 4

Another company trying to make some noise is Lulzbot, which just released the TAZ 4 3D Printer ($2,194.95) that’s built from Libre/Open Source Hardware and offers a large 11.7x10.8x9.8-inch print area. It can print in a number of filaments including PLA, ABS, HIPS, Laywood (wood-like), Laybrick (stone-like), and NinaFlex (rubber-like) materials.