Makerbot has announced new fourth generation desktop 3D printer called the Replicator 2 3D printer. The new printer has lots of improvements like faster, stronger, increased build volume, optimized to work with MakerBot PLA Filament and new software and significantly finer layer resolution than the company’s previous offering.

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The new printer is capable of printing finer layer resolution of 100 microns, about the size of the paper which is 3 times the size of the previous version. The first shipments to the Replicator 2 is expected next year and will cost around $2,799.

Some of the specification given below:

-100-micron layer resolution – If you know our machines or 3D printing in general, you understand this advancement. The original Replicator was tuned for a 270-micron layer height. 100 microns is nearly three times finer than before, which means the layers are even harder to see and feel. For those keeping score, 100 microns is also a good bit finer than the output on some much more expensive machines.

– Huge 410 cubic inch build volume – MakerBot desktop 3D printers have never had a build volume this big. When we learned more about PLA, which works beautifully with huge builds, we knew we had to increase the build volume. This is 37% larger than the original Replicator. You can make entire projects on one build plate.

– Optimized for MakerBot PLA – Polylactic Acid, derived from corn, has been in our repertoire for a little while, but now we’ve discovered its full power. It doesn’t have an odor, it sticks without sliding, and it makes beautiful things. That’s all there is to it.

– Sleek, sturdy steel – The powder-coated steel frame of the MakerBot Replicator 2 Desktop 3D Printer gives it all the strength it needs for high print speeds. Plus it’s resistant to changes in temperature and humidity.

– Smart new parts — The acrylic build plate pops out for you to grab things easier, and the bearings are oil-infused so you spend less time.

source: Gizmag

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