Back in 2009, when the 3D printing community was primarily confined to the then-infantile RepRap project, a trio of makers came together to start a company called MakerBot. With an open-source philosophy and eye-catching branding, MakerBot first emerged onto the scene with the Cupcake CNC, a wooden-framed desktop 3D printer that looks antique compared to what is currently on the market.
Since its founding, MakerBot has been on a roller coaster ride with plenty of ups, downs, and unexpected loops. In 2013, the company was acquired by the 3D printing titan Stratasys, marking a new chapter in the MakerBot story. This acquisition was followed with some unfortunate hardships for MakerBot, including a few rounds of major layoffs and a hardware-related issue with the extruder system that caused the Fifth-Generation MakerBot Replicator Desktop 3D printer to flounder.
In recent years, MakerBot has strived to rehabilitate its identity, becoming heavily invested in the educational market and maintaining its status as the leading 3D printer manufacturer in North America. As we approach the ten-year anniversary of MakerBot, it’s only fitting that the 3D printing pioneer reinvents itself once again – this time with a performance 3D printer that is sure to shake-up the professional market.
Led by Nadav Goshen, who came on board as CEO in 2017, the company has been quietly developing the MakerBot Method, a desktop 3D printer that is chock-full of what MakerBot is calling “Industrial DNA.” Today, the manufacturer has revealed its new machine, and it’s unlike any product that has ever sported the iconic MakerBot logo.
MakerBot recently invited All3DP for a sneak preview of its new MakerBot Method 3D printer at the company headquarters in Brooklyn, New York. We received a first-hand look at this new performance-minded machine, which the 3D printer manufacturer has designed to offer professional 3D printing quality within the guise of a desktop 3D printer.
Needless to say, we were extremely impressed with what MakerBot managed to accomplish with its latest machine. Priced at $6,499, the MakerBot Method aims to provide individual designers and engineers with a compact 3D printer that boasts a variety of industrial features.