The 3D printing industry might see a revolution with the introduction of the MakerBot Replicator Z18, where this particular unit will definitely be able to do its bit to assist those who have an interest in making extra-large prototypes, models, and products. Running on the new, user-friendly MakerBot Replicator 3D Printing Platform, the MakerBot Replicator Z18 will boast of a massive build volume of 12” x 12” x 18” (which amounts to 2,592 cubic inches), not to mention boasts of an enclosed and heated build chamber that has been specially designed to minimize curling.
Minimizing curling here would mean one is able to 3D print professional-quality models that measure up to one-and-a-half feet (about half a meter) tall without missing a beat. With a 100-micron layer resolution, you ought to be able to enjoy smooth-to-the-touch surfaces that does not require any further sanding, finishing, or postproduction. Talk about convenience!
There will be one major stumbling block when it comes to the MakerBot Replicator Z18 though, and that would be the price, where it retails for $6,499 via a pre-order. Still, it delivers plenty of bang for your hard earned buck due to the kind of performance it delivers at that particular price point, don’t you think so? [Press Release]
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