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Dell Adds MakerBot 3D Printing to Enable End-to-End 3D Digital Prototyping Solution for Small and Medium-Sized Businesses

Dell today announced it will offer MakerBot Replicator 3D printers and scanners to create an end-to-end 3D design solution for small and medium-sized businesses enabling fast and affordable prototyping. By adding MakerBot 3D printers and scanners to its existing portfolio of Dell Precision workstations, engineers can design and test new product concepts quickly; architects can create 3D prototypes during the design phase; and start-ups can experiment with new product designs and artistic models inexpensively.

3D printing has moved well beyond early adopters and hobbyists, and is now being utilized regularly in business applications where substantial cost and time-to-market benefits are gained, with IDC predicting that the 3D printer market will see a compound annual revenue growth rate of 29 percent from 2012 to 2017¹. Small businesses are finding that desktop 3D printing provides a cost-effective alternative to enlisting off-site or overseas prototyping facilities to create molds and designs, allowing for designers and engineers to design, build, iterate and innovate more often, more affordably and at a faster rate.

“At Dell we strive to arm start-ups, designers and engineers with the powerful, reliable and cutting-edge technology they need to succeed,” said Andy Rhodes, executive director, Dell Precision workstations. “With the addition of MakerBot’s 3D printers and scanners to Dell’s workstation portfolio, our customers can now bring their innovative prototypes to life much more quickly and affordably.”

Dell will be showcasing its 3D design solutions, including Precision workstations with AMD FirePro W5000 workstation graphics optimized and certified for SolidWorks² and the MakerBot Replicator 2 Desktop 3D Printer, in booth 501 at SolidWorks World from January 26-29 in San Diego, CA.

Dell and Dassault Systèmes have worked closely together for years to test, certify and optimize SolidWorks software on Dell workstations enabling a stable and reliable platform to create, simulate, visualize and collaborate on designs, speed up workflows and maximize productivity. Dell will also demonstrate Dell Precision Performance Optimizer (DPPO), a tool that enables customers to complete their projects in the fastest times possible by automatically tuning and configuring Dell hardware for SolidWorks software. Based on Dell testing and benchmarking, users can experience up to 57 percent increase in application performance³ with DPPO.

“Partnering with Dell is another step in building out the MakerBot 3D Printing Ecosystem that makes 3D printing easy and accessible for everyone,” noted Bre Pettis, CEO of MakerBot. “Dell has done a great job with supporting and enabling small businesses, and we are excited to bring our 3D printing solutions to their customers to unlock their creativity.”

Products and Availability

The following MakerBot 3D printing and scanning solutions, along with MakerBot Filament, are expected to be available for purchase from Dell via www.dell.com/3Dprinting on Feb. 20 in the U.S. This distribution agreement provides exclusivity by Dell; MakerBot Replicator 3D printers will be the only FDM technology sold through Dell’s small business channel in the United States.

  • MakerBot® Replicator® 2 Desktop 3D Printer – sets the standard in desktop 3D printing, allowing users to bring their projects to life with professional-quality, 100-micron layer resolution and a 410-cubic-inch build volume priced at $2,199.
  • MakerBot® Replicator® 2X Experimental 3D Printer – a full-featured desktop 3D printer designed for experts who want to explore the frontiers of 3D printing. It features experimental dual extrusion that is optimized for printing with MakerBot ABS Filament and is available for $2,799.
  • MakerBot® Replicator® Mini Compact 3D Printer – an easy-to-use, no-compromise compact 3D printer for everyone, from beginners to professionals, offering fast and easy one-touch 3D printing will be available in the spring at an anticipated price of $1,375.
  • MakerBot® Replicator® Desktop 3D Printer – fifth generation MakerBot technology that provides outstanding speed, reliability, quality, and connectivity for easy-to-use, reliable desktop 3D printing. The MakerBot Replicator 3D Printer provides a large build volume and fast print times to accelerate rapid prototyping and model making. Available for pre-orders now and priced at $2,899.
  • MakerBot® Replicator® Z18 3D Printer – offers massive build volume and the best price to performance ratio in its category; available in the spring of 2014 for an anticipated price of $6,499.
  • MakerBot® Digitizer™ Desktop 3D Scanner – the fast and easy way for anyone to create 3D models to modify, improve, share, and 3D print. The scanner is optimized for use with MakerBot Replicator Desktop 3D Printers and MakerBot Thingiverse and is available at the price of $949.

About Dell

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About MakerBot

MakerBot, a subsidiary of Stratasys Ltd. (Nasdaq: SSYS), is leading the Next Industrial Revolution by setting the standards in reliable and affordable desktop 3D printing. Founded in 2009, MakerBot has built the largest installed base of desktop 3D printers sold to innovative and industry-leading customers worldwide, including engineers, architects, designers, educators and consumers. The MakerBot 3D Ecosystem drives accessibility and rapid adoption of 3D printing and includes: Thingiverse.com, the MakerBot Digitizer Desktop 3D Scanner, the MakerBot Replicator line of Desktop 3D Printers, MakerWare software, MakerCare, the MakerBot retail stores, and strategic partnerships with top-tier brands. MakerBot has been honored with many accolades, including Popular Mechanics’ “Overall Winner” for best 3D printer, Time Magazine’s “Best Inventions of 2012,” Popular Mechanics’ “Editor’s Choice Award,” Popular Science’s “Product of the Year,” Fast Company’s “One of the World’s Top 10 Most Innovative Companies in Consumer Electronics,” and many more. Join the Next Industrial Revolution by following MakerBot at makerbot.com.

Dell and Dell Precision are trademarks of Dell Inc. Dell disclaims any proprietary interest in the marks and names of others.

¹ IDC Special Study, Worldwide 3D Printer 2012-2017 Forecast and Vendor Share, doc #244304, December 2013

² AMD FirePro W5000 is thoroughly tested and certified by Dassault Systèmes for performance and stability with SolidWorks 2013 and 2012.

³ Based on system graphics composite score from testing at Dell labs December 2012 using a Dell Precision M6700 with Nvidia Quadro® K3000M comparing factory-installed default settings against DPPO optimized settings running Dassault Systèmes SolidWorks Performance Test. Actual performance will vary based on configuration, usage and manufacturing variability.

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