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.
“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.”
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.