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MakerBot’s New Time-Based 3D Printing Service

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A few months ago, MakerBot announced the opening of two new retail stores in Boston and Greenwich, Connecticut.  Now, MakerBot has announced a new 3D printing service, which will be offered in their stores.

According to The Business of Robotics, customers can now go into a MakerBot store and “bring a .STL, .OBJ, or Thing file…on [a] USB drive, and items will be 3D printed on a MakerBot Replicator 2 Desktop 3D Printer.  Pricing is based on print time, with less than 30 minutes starting at $10.  For larger print jobs, up to one hour is $20, two hours is $35, four hours is $65, five hours is $80 and up to six hours is $100.  Beyond that, jobs are priced on a case-by-case basis.” 

Bre Pettis, CEO of MakerBot, explained his company’s reasoning behind the launch: “we are really excited to be able to offer 3D printing services at our MakerBot retail stores.  Ever since we opened our first MakerBot Store in New York, customers have been asking if we can custom 3D print items.  Now, we can officially offer a 3D printing service and have already had many customers who are very excited about this possibility.  The ability to design and create a physical object, then hold it in your hands is very powerful.”

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Other Quotes Courtesy of The Business of Robotics

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