MakerBot debuts three 3D printers and new apps

At around £850, the company's fifth generation of hardware includes its most affordable 3D printer yet
MakerBot 2014 trio

3D printer pioneer MakerBot is enjoying a busy CES. Not only has the company unveiled a trio of brand new 3D printers, it found time to launch mobile and desktop apps and two new ways to get your hands on 3D print designs.

Three new printers

MakerBot Mini

Let’s start with the hardware. Coming in at entry-level is the MakerBot Replicator Mini Compact 3D Printer, which as well as being one heck of a mouthful is the company’s cheapest printer yet. While the final price hasn’t been confirmed, the company expects it to be US$1,375 (around £835) when it goes on sale in the spring. It’s a small printer designed to fit easily into classrooms, dorm rooms and homes, and features just one button – other controls are taken care of via the new desktop and mobile apps. It can make objects up to 4 x 4 x 6 inches in volume.

There are two more new printers: the midrange MakerBot Replicator Desktop (which offers 11 percent more build volume than the model it replaces) is on sale today for US$2,899 (£1,765); and the high-end MakerBot Replicator Z18, which offers a huge print volume (objects up to 18in in height) and will be out in the spring priced at US$6,499 (£3,950).