Ever seen a 3D printer in action? If not, here's your chance.
At CES 2013, MakerBot showed off its new Replicator 2X, an "experimental" version of the company's landmark 3D printer that offers some twists on the Replicator 2's design. The 2X features dual extruding nozzles that allow printing in multiple colors, and it uses thermoplastic ABS instead of the material known as PLA, which tends to be the preferred material for those new to the 3D printing world.
"If you are a MacGyver, a Doc Brown or have a little mad scientist in you, and want to experiment with one of the fullest-featured desktop 3D printers and see where it can take you, the MakerBot Replicator 2X Experimental Desktop 3D Printer is for you,” said Makerbot co-founder and CEO Bre Pettis.
“The MakerBot Replicator 2 Desktop 3D Printer that we introduced this past September, is probably going to be one of the most successful 3D desktop printers of 2013, and we love its ease of use and reliability. But there are many ABS Filament fans out there that want to keep using ABS, even though it can be a trickier and more challenging product to use."
At the MakerBot booth, the company had a wall of its Replicator 2 machines whirring away printing miniature houses and all manner of other things one might find in the Thingiverse, the online treasure trove of 3D printing patterns. Some items are whimsical, sure, but the future of DIY manufacturing powered by open-source databases looks bright.
Check out our photos of the new MakerBot Replicator 2X and its creations above and watch an army of Replicator 2s in action in our video below.
Video and images by Taylor Hatmaker.