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.
The Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) is constantly planning venues to showcase new technology. They are already setting the stage for 2015 International CES (Consumer Electronics Show), a show typically held in Las Vegas, Nevada in January each year. 3D printing will be a big part of the convention. CES plans to double the footprint of the 3D printing category. More than 30 companies will be showcasing their latest advancements – many of which probably are still on the drawing board. 3D printing technology has caught fire. With only six months to go before show time, those companies are in hustle mode to announce new products or