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CES 2014: Makerbot press conference (live blog)

Join CNET for live coverage of Makerbot's press conference at CES 2014, starting at 4 p.m. PT (7 p.m. ET) on Monday, January 6.

  • Josh Miller 1/7/2014 12:18:07 AM
  • Rich Brown 1/7/2014 12:18:31 AM
    Enclosed print chamber, same build volume as original MakerBot Cupcake printer, says Pettis.
  • Josh Miller 1/7/2014 12:19:18 AM
  • Rich Brown 1/7/2014 12:19:27 AM
    If price is reasonable, this is what puts 3D printing in the hands of casual users.
  • Nick Statt 1/7/2014 12:19:40 AM
    One-touch 3D printing, says Pettis, set up for speed. 
  • Rich Brown 1/7/2014 12:19:45 AM
    Optimized for speed, no leveling required, says onscreen spec sheet.
  • Rich Brown 1/7/2014 12:19:53 AM
    Leveling is the worst, so that's pretty great.
  • Josh Miller 1/7/2014 12:20:07 AM
  • Nick Statt 1/7/2014 12:20:09 AM
    "If I was announcing three cameras today, this one would be the point-and-shoot."
  • Rich Brown 1/7/2014 12:20:17 AM
    "One-touch 3D printing" is the tag line Pettis want us to write.
  • Rich Brown 1/7/2014 12:21:00 AM
    Enclosed build chamber is also a nice addition. Closed chamber = faster, steadier heating up, and thus faster, more reliable prints.
  • Josh Miller 1/7/2014 12:21:06 AM
  • Rich Brown 1/7/2014 12:21:12 AM
    PLA-based printer, liked current Replicator 2.
  • Nick Statt 1/7/2014 12:21:14 AM
    "There was no compromise made in bringing it from production to you." Pettis compares it to luxury super cars in that designers got their way. 
  • Rich Brown 1/7/2014 12:21:20 AM
    Works via USB and Wi-Fi.
  • Rich Brown 1/7/2014 12:21:33 AM
    Woah. It has a camera.
  • Josh Miller 1/7/2014 12:21:37 AM
  • Josh Miller 1/7/2014 12:22:22 AM
  • Nick Statt 1/7/2014 12:22:23 AM
    Camera seems geared at in-progress photography of 3D creations. 
  • Rich Brown 1/7/2014 12:22:27 AM
    For monitoring and sharing. Actually pretty handy. Long prints need a lot of babysitting. Nice to be able to keep an eye remotely.
  • Nick Statt 1/7/2014 12:23:30 AM
    Inside the Replicator Mini is the "Smart Extruder," a magnetic snap-on repository for filament. 
  • Josh Miller 1/7/2014 12:23:34 AM
  • Rich Brown 1/7/2014 12:23:44 AM
    MakerBot Replicator Smart Extruder, a new design, is what feeds plastic through. Basically the print head. Connected, tells you when it needs more filament. Connects via magnets.
  • Rich Brown 1/7/2014 12:24:05 AM
    $1,375 for MakerBot Mini. Ouch. Yeah.
  • Nick Statt 1/7/2014 12:24:23 AM
    Looks like you were sort of spot-on Rich with the low-cost  speculation. MakerBot Replicator Mini, the "consumer 3D pinter," still more than a grand. 
  • Josh Miller 1/7/2014 12:24:28 AM
  • Rich Brown 1/7/2014 12:24:30 AM
    New low-cost 3D Systems Cube 3 is only $800. Maybe not as full-featured, but still.
  • Rich Brown 1/7/2014 12:24:42 AM
    Next printer up.
  • Nick Statt 1/7/2014 12:25:00 AM
    Already onto the next "black ominous box." Pettis no longer wasting time.
  • Rich Brown 1/7/2014 12:25:04 AM
    Simply "MakerBot Replicator."
  • Nick Statt 1/7/2014 12:25:56 AM
    "We made this for the professional to put on their desktop. This is what they will be lusting after at NASA, Lockheed Martin...industrial designers are going to crave this."
  • Josh Miller 1/7/2014 12:26:07 AM
  • Rich Brown 1/7/2014 12:26:29 AM
    Prosumer design. Replacement for Replicator 2. 456 cubic inch build volume.
  • Josh Miller 1/7/2014 12:26:39 AM
  • Nick Statt 1/7/2014 12:27:16 AM
    That puts build volume at 11 percent larger than Replicator 2. 
  • Rich Brown 1/7/2014 12:27:19 AM
    100-micron print resolution. Optimized for PLA.
  • Josh Miller 1/7/2014 12:27:24 AM
  • Rich Brown 1/7/2014 12:28:15 AM
    Has a color LCD control screen display.
  • Josh Miller 1/7/2014 12:28:28 AM
  • Rich Brown 1/7/2014 12:28:30 AM
    Not touch, but old school stereo-style knob lets you navigate.
  • Josh Miller 1/7/2014 12:29:29 AM
  • Rich Brown 1/7/2014 12:29:45 AM
    On-board camera here, too.
  • Rich Brown 1/7/2014 12:30:12 AM
    Also the Smart Extruder.
  • Eric Chen 1/7/2014 12:30:40 AM
    @Rich Brown you can build a RepRap with the same specs
    for roughly $600
  • Josh Miller 1/7/2014 12:30:44 AM
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