3D printing takes another step towards mainstream.
MakerBot, a subsidiary of Stratasys, today announced that it will offer the MakerBot Replicator Mini Compact 3D Printer in all 600+ Sam’s Club locations nationwide. Select clubs now also feature a new in-club display that prominently showcases a physical MakerBot Replicator Mini Compact 3D Printer, so customers can learn about the technology first hand.
“Sam’s Club is a great retailer for MakerBot products. Its customers include professionals, small business owners, entrepreneurs, educators, and others who have a natural interest in desktop 3D printing,” said Mark Schulze, CRO of MakerBot. “We believe that exposing more retail shoppers to desktop 3D printing will help accelerate the adoption of the technology. Our revamped in-club display at Sam’s Club makes it easier for customers to understand the technology and the benefits it offers today.”
The MakerBot Replicator Mini is an educational, portable and easy-to-use compact 3D printer that is just right for the office, classroom or home. It provides access to the unparalleled MakerBot 3D Ecosystem, a growing collection of products, materials, software, accessories, services, and content that integrate seamlessly to make 3D printing more accessible to everyone. Sam’s Club will have the four core MakerBot PLA Filament colors for sale at the club: black, blue, red and white.
“There’s a growing appetite for 3D printing as people see how many professional and practical uses there are for the technology,” said Dawn von Bechmann, senior vice president of technology, Sam’s Club. “We’re excited to extend MakerBot nationwide and bring our members the latest innovation at a great value.”
The MakerBot Replicator Smart Extruder minimizes printing downtime by enabling users to swap a worn extruder in minutes. When MakerBot introduces new materials like MakerBot Composite PLA, customers will be able to purchase a Smart Extruder made to handle the new filament, instead of having to buy an entirely new printer.
MakerBot 3D printers are used for Real-Time Prototyping and for the 3D printing of custom models, replacement parts, architectural designs, collectibles and many other items. 3D printing transforms the design process and is also a great tool for educators who want to train and teach future engineers, designers and anyone who needs to be prepared for the jobs of tomorrow.
The expansion fo Makerbot printers to Sam's Club is another step in making 3D printing a common thing in consumer homes. Makebot has a install base of about 80,000 3D printers.
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Sam's Club offers three MakerBot models online on the Sam's Club store with prices too low to show.