somewhere between affordability, size and high-resolution 3D print, lies a new machine known as the MakerBot Replicator Mini Compact 3D Printer that is priced and sized to suit average joes’ wallet and domain. introduced at the CES last week, along with two other new additions, namely the Replicator Desktop 3D Printer and Replicator Z18 3D Printer, the Replicator Mini Compact is geared towards everyday users, touting fast and easy One-Touch 3D printing and of course, plug-and-play features. despite its tiny stature and build volume of just 10 x 10 x 12.5 centimeters (3.9 x 3.9 x 4.9 inches), the Mini Compact does not save on features.
key highlights include optimized for speed, a build plate that needs no leveling, 200-micron layer resolution print, and last but not least, MakerBot’s fifth generation technology, which MakerBot proudly proclaims as the “new standard for ease-of-use, quality and reliability.” the machine is optimized for MakerBot PLA filament and offers downloads of free MarketBot Verified and ready-to-print 3D models from Thingiverse.com. the MakerBot Replicator Mini Compact 3D Printer is slated to be available sometime in Spring 2014 for $1,375. ok. maybe it is the cheapest of all 3D printers considering its capacity, but if you are in market for one 3D printer backed by a reliable name, this is it.