For lovers of technology, the most frustrating aspect is the wait – the gap between the time when you learn about cool new technology and the time when it is actually readily available to the public. This is true for many technologies, but one shining example is 3D printing.
3D printing has a long and exciting history, including the first patent filed in 1980, the first patent issued in 1986, and the first system under $10,000 released in 2007. While that was a significant milestone, regular people have been waiting ever since for the price to come down even more so they can experience the wonders of 3D creation themselves.
Finally, the wait is over. On March 26, 2015, MakerBot announced that they would begin selling a compact 3D printer at Sam’s Club retail locations across the United States, just the right model and price for small business owners, professionals, educators, entrepreneurs, and home buyers who want to experience the technology for themselves.
MakerBot is a leader in desktop 3D printing technology. Founded in 2009 (just two years after a $10,000 3D printer was considered a milestone), they have managed to bring the cost of a Makerbot Replicator Mini down to under $1500, with an entire kit to get you going right away for under $3000. With over 80,000 MakerBot 3D printers in the world, the company holds one of the largest market shares in the desktop 3D printing industry.
“I truly believe that having the opportunity to learn about 3D printing first-hand is a big step towards a better understanding of the technology, noted Frank Alfano, acting CEO of MakerBot. “By expanding our retail presence to Sam’s Club, we’re providing opportunities to reach professionals, entrepreneurs and small business owners and show them the power of 3D printing.”
If you’re interested in purchasing a MakerBot Replicator Mini, you can use the store locator here to find a Sam’s Club retail location in your area that carries them. You can also learn more about the MakerBot Replicator Mini here or by watching the video below.