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makerbot says shoppers ready for 3d printers, some have doubts

by:Tuowei     2019-08-15
BOSTON (Reuters)-
MakerBot, a 3D printer manufacturer that opened two new retail stores this week, is one of the companies trying to bring cutting technology into the market
But skeptics say it\'s too early to launch the technology.
MakerBot, a division of Stratasys Ltd, opened retail stores this week in Greenwich, Boston and Connecticut, both of which are 1,500 square feet of downtown Manhattan, the first store in MakerBot.
The company offers designs for over 100,000 items through its \"Thingiverse\" online user community.
Products from knick-
Gadgets like zombie sculptures, jewelry, sink sewers, and even medical devices.
They printed it on its corn line.
Plastic fibers of more than a dozen colors.
\"3D printing is the future science fiction for most people.
CEO Bre Pettis said: \"We are here to achieve this. he used scissors to cut the ribbon at the store in Boston\'s fashionable Newbury Street, which was made on the reproduction printer of MakerBot, starting at $2,199.
Pettis, who bought eye-catching magazine ads to promote 3D printers as holiday gifts, believes there will soon be a 3D printer in every neighborhood in the United States.
However, some technical experts say 3D printers may not be ready for prime time yet, as they are still less user friendly than most modern consumer electronics.
\"There\'s so much hype,\" said Pete barryer, an analyst at technology research firm Gartner . \".
\"How easily people are a little misleading about this,\" he said . \".
Some investors are also skeptical about the market readiness for 3D printing. Short-
Seller Citron this week published an article questioning the revenue of voxeljet AG in Germany, where shares in the industry fell, including Stratasys, parent company of MakerBot, and rival 3D Systems Corp.
However, the stock price is 12-year-
The old man from Massimo usetts Marblehead, born with no fingers, can only afford to buy a fake hand after his father learns that he can make a fake hand with a 3D printer.
Nine months ago, his father, Paul, helped arrange for him to obtain his first printed prosthetic leg, a bulky piece of equipment tied together with screws, bolts and cardboard, called \"frankon
\"After three iterations, the functionality is better, although it is still limited compared to devices that cost thousands of dollars.
But when he broke it when he played football last week, he made a new one at school with a printer for less than $5.
The concept of 3D printing has aroused strong opinions since its inception.
Critics say the technology could be used for evil purposes such as making plastic gun branches and other weapons that resist detection.
But on February, President Barack Obama pointed out in a big vote of confidence that the industry had the potential to create jobs and \"completely changed\" almost all of our
Gartner says the consumer market is growing rapidly, but that number is still small compared to traditional printers.
The company expects sales to climb to about 72,000 printers next year from about 42,000 in 2013 and about 28,000 in 2012.
According to experts, buyers need to know that there is a learning curve: users must use computer software
Auxiliary design, or CAD, or at least learn to use templates from websites such as Thingiverse and Defense Distributed that publish the first 3D-
A blueprint for guns that liberators can print.
They also have to calibrate the temperature of the melted plastic used to make objects, says Joe Stewart, a security researcher at Dell SecureWorks, who runs hacker space on Myrtle Beach in South Carolina with three 3D printers
\"They are very picky.
\"You have to make a lot of adjustments to the hardware and software,\" he said . \".
\"I\'m not sure if the average consumer is ready for this.
MakerBot, founded in 2009, is one of the oldest manufacturers of desktop 3D printers, but it has many competitors. The 114-
The ultimate guide to 3D printing pages released by MAKE magazine this month lists more than 20 3D printers for prices ranging from $399 to $3,000.
MakerBot\'s Replicator is rated as the best choice
Called prosumers
The UP Plus 2 of Delta Micro Factory Corp. , which cost $1,649, won the category \"Hit Print\" for ease of use.
The Printrbot Simple for $399-it-
Equipment from Lincoln, California
The company, based in Printrbot Inc. , received the \"best value\" award. (
The story made spelling corrections to Stratasys in paragraphs 2, 8 and MakerBot
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