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Yes, the one on the far right. Replicator Z18 (via Makerbot)

MakerBot, one of the leading manufacturers of 3D printers, recently announced that it has launched pre-order of its gargantuan Replicator Z18 3D printer, which is the best value for its size and performance, according to MakerBot.


The Replicator Z18 is the “mammoth” of all Makerbot 3D printers, enabling prints that are up to 18 inches tall. The printer sits at 19.4” W x 22.2” D x 33.6” H and weights 90lbs without the accessory kit, with a build volume of 12.0” L x 12.0” W x 18.0” H.


If you’re printing big boy projects, you’ll want to get the accessory kit as well, which allows the printer to hold XL and XXL spools of MakerBot PLA Filament, ensuring large prints without worrying about running out of building material.


This mammoth of a 3D printer offers a built-in camera and MakerBot Replicator Smart Extruders. The unit is based on fifth-generation technology and MakerBot’s updated Replicator 3D Printing Platform technology and supports Ethernet and USB capability with Wi-Fi capability coming this spring. The printer is expected to ship this spring at $6,499.00 without the accessory kit.


The Replicator Z18 also features a 3.5-inch color display that allows the user to view their library and print preview before sending the 3D model to print. MakerBot also announced it will release a free mobile app for the printer that will allow users to manage their prints on-the-go, including mobile printer notifications and updates and remote surveillance via the built-in camera feed.


If you aren’t ready to commit to the Z18, MakerBot also released the fifth-generation of its Replicator Desktop 3D Printer, which includes nearly all the advanced capabilities as the Z18, at less than half the price.


The Replicator Desktop 3D Printer is available for order at $2,899.00. The younger brother of the Z18 has a build volume of 9.9” L x 7.8” W x 5.9” H and also features the Replicator Smart Extruder, motion controller and built-in camera. When the technology is available in the spring, the Desktop 3D Printer is also expected to support the mobile app and Wi-Fi connectivity.



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