Software and stores galore
What might be even more exciting for creative types are the new desktop and mobile apps. MakerBot Mobile and MakerBot Desktop provide a platform for searching, managing and sharing 3D print designs (which are stored in a cloud library), but more importantly allow you to remotely control a MakerBot 3D printer. The desktop app will be available from February, which the mobile app will hit iOS in the spring and Android before the end of 2014.
And it doesn’t stop there. There’s also a new MakerBot Digital Store, which will sell 3D model designs guaranteed to work on the latest Replicator printers from US$0.99 (you can also buy collections of several designs from US$9.99). All designs can be painted and don’t require glue or assembly.
Then there’s the MakerBot PrintShop, a tablet app that’ll make designing and printing 3D objects idiot-proof (well, near enough). The app will be out on iOS in the spring and Android by the end of the year.
Phew. It’s safe to say that MakerBot (which now, unbelievably, is onto its fifth generation of 3D printers) is making a big push for the mainstream in 2014. An exciting time for amateur and professional creative types everywhere.