The International CES show held in Las Vegas is becoming a haven for manufacturers of 3D printers. With spectacular demonstrations and a tech-savvy audience interested in 3D printing, the show attracts the top 3D printer makers unveiling their latest models at the show. This year was no different. There are 28 companies at the CES 2014, held between 7th and 10th January, 2014, showcasing their latest technologies and machines in 3D printing.
The organizers even set up a 3D Printing TechZone meant only for 3D printing. Some of the biggest companies in 3D printing like 3D Systems, MakerBot, Strafasys Inc and Sculpteo set up stalls to show their wares to the public. The Cube 3 by 3D Systems lead to some jaws dropping and was adjudged one of the best 3D printers at the event. At less than $1000 (~RM 3,200), this printer is small enough to be used at home with impressive print resolution. It also has Wi-Fi connectivity and Bluetooth. However, MakerBot also managed to generate a lot of buzz around its 3D printers.
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MakerBot’s range of 3D printers
This year, at the CES, MakerBot unveiled three of its 3D printers. All the printers showcased by the company are Wi-Fi enabled and have the same internal platform. However, the one that made the most buzz and attracted a lot of interest was its 3D printer that can print up to 10 objects at a time. This 3D printer is proof that 3D printing can one day become a very affordable option as it can be used for bulk or mass 3D printing.
This model has been christened the Z18 printer and is listed at $6,499 (~RM 21,000) on the MakerBot website. However, this product won’t be available to the masses till spring of this year. The Z18 is meant for industrial use and can print items with maximum dimensions of 12” x 12” x 18”. As with the other MakerBot printers, the Z18 has a USB port, Wi-Fi and ethernet connectivity. It also has a built in camera which users can share their designs with others.
The MakerBot Replicator Mini – an affordable 3D printer was also unveiled at the show. This one is meant for household use and is easy-to-use and costs only $1,375 (~RM4,500). The company also introduced its new digital store that offers a lot of downloadable files for its 3D printers. Download files have starting prices of US$0.99 (~RM 3.20).
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