The latest in MakerBot’s Replicator series hits the shipping desk finally. Promising the best price-to-performance, extra-large professional 3D printer, MakerBot’s Replicator Z18 is on the delivery truck. When the printer was introduced in January at CES 2014, it caused a lot of oh’s and ah’s. If you didn’t place your order then, you’ll wait about 6-8 weeks for the arrival of an order placed today. The Replicator Z18 got its name because of its large z-axis that makes 18 inch high prints in 3D. The big deal is that this printer costs tens of thousands less than comparable ones according to MakerBot CEO Bre Pettis.