MakerBot goes all out with 3 new 3D printers and new software

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MakerBot diversified its 3D printer offerings today at CES when it revealed a new generation of its flagship Replicator printer, plus a mini and jumbo version that target beginner and advanced users.

Doing his best Steve Jobs impression, CEO Bre Pettis spent a half hour regaling the crowd with MakerBot accomplishments before revealing that three black boxes perched on stage contained the new printers.

Dubbed the Replicator Mini, Replicator and Replicator Z18, the three printers share a group of needed new features. MakerBot printers now come with a 3.5 inch color LCD screen that allows users to monitor their print jobs, connect over Wi-Fi or ethernet and more. They all play nice with a new MakerBot mobile app and are equipped with a camera that can showcase real-time photos and videos of a print job in progress. The Mini prints at a 200 micron resolution. The two larger printers are capable…

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