Brooklyn, NY—Announced at CES, the MakerBot Replicator Z18 3D printer, in the extra-large professional 3D printer category, is now shipping. Customers who preordered the Z18 are receiving notifications that their 3D printer has shipped. Orders placed now will have a six- to eight-week lead-time. The company also announced the launch of its MakerBot Mobile cloud-computing app for MakerBot Replicator 3D printers.
Also available for shipping are the MakerBot Cart for the MakerBot Replicator Z18 and the MakerBot filament case, designed specifically to hold the larger-size 3D printer and XXL filament spools.
“The MakerBot Replicator Z18 was named for its large z-axis that produces 3D prints up to 18 inches in height. This is a massive scale for a 3D printer and comparable to 3D printers that cost tens of thousands of dollars more,” said Bre Pettis, CEO of MakerBot. “We believe that the MakerBot Replicator Z18 is going to disrupt the industry in that it enables 3D printing of large-scale and complex prototypes and models that were previously out of range for the creative community, many of whom include super-users of 3D printing, the engineers, architects and educators. We are really excited to see what our customers will 3D print with it.”
The MakerBot Replicator Z18 3D printer offers a build volume of 12x12x18 inches, which enables 3D printing of extra-large and ultra-tall industrial prototypes, models and products, as well as the ability to print multiple models at once.
It features the new MakerBot Replicator Smart Extruder, which is easy to replace; detects filament absence and automatically pauses a print; and sends notifications to the MakerBot Desktop and MakerBot Mobile apps. Its enclosed and heated build chamber is designed for printing large models with minimal curling. Other features include: a 3.5-inch color LCD; an intuitive dial; an onboard camera that enables print monitoring and sharing to MakerBot Thingiverse and social networks; and onboard utilities to help set up and maintain the printer.
The MakerBot Replicator Z18 is app and cloud enabled and provides USB, Ethernet or Wi-Fi connectivity. The free MakerBot Desktop app allows storage and organization of 3D design files in a personalized cloud library to find, buy, prepare, preview and share files from one central location.
And now the MakerBot Mobile app enables remote monitoring via the onboard camera feed and sends notifications. It is the first mobile app that gives users the ability to monitor and control a MakerBot Replicator 3D printer and access all things MakerBot from a mobile device, including personal 3D printing libraries and Thingiverse with its 300,000+ downloadable digital designs.
MakerBot believes MakerBot Mobile will enhance convenience and ease throughout the entire 3D printing workflow. With the app, files can be prepared for 3D printing from the MakerBot Cloud Library. MakerBot Mobile does all the work; the user only has to confirm the print to start. Once the print starts, users can monitor the process via a local network and access features such as pause and cancel. Users can also add models to collections on Thingiverse or upload and share images of 3D prints on social networks. MakerBot Mobile will also let users know when someone else downloads, prints and posts an “I Made One” photo.
The MakerBot Replicator Z18 3D printer is priced at $6,499. makerbot.com