Dell announce 3D printer deal with MakerBot

3d printerDell will offer MakerBot Replicator 3D printers and scanners, as part of a new partnership between the two companies.

Dell hope the deal will allow them to create an end-to-end 3D design solution for small-to-medium businesses – allowing access to quick and cost-effective prototyping using the MakerBot Replicator and Digitizer devices, including the Replicator 2, 2X, Mini, Desktop and Z18 printers, as well as the Digitizer 3D scanner.

The 3D printer agreement will see the devices added to the existing portfolio of Dell Precision workstations.  This will allow engineers to design and test new products, architects to create 3D prototype designs and assist in helping start-ups experiment with new products designs – innovation without the huge costs.

“At Dell we strive to arm start-ups, designers and engineers with the powerful, reliable and cutting-edge technology they need to succeed,” read a statement from Andy Rhodes, executive director, Dell Precision workstations.

“With the addition of MakerBot’s 3D printers and scanners to Dell’s workstation portfolio, our customers can now bring their innovative prototypes to life much more quickly and affordably.”

The 3D printer industry has developed at a frightening pace over the past year, moving away from the early adopters and hobbyists and moving towards regular business use.

Such has been the increased popularity of using a 3D printer for business applications, IDC are predicting that the 3D printer market will see an annual revenue growth rate of 29 percent from 2012 to 2017.

Bre Pettis, CEO of MakerBot, spoke of the deal, too, noting that “partnering with Dell is another step in building out the MakerBot 3D Printing Ecosystem that makes 3D printing easy and accessible for everyone.

“Dell has done a great job with supporting and enabling small businesses, and we are excited to bring our 3D printing solutions to their customers to unlock their creativity.”