MakerBot‘s newest 3-D printer, the Makerbot Replictor Mini, started shipping yesterday. Employing fast and easy “One Touch” 3D printing, the Mini is a cost-effective solution for small scale prototyping or teaching kids about creating and printing in three dimensions. Makerbot also sells a small 3-D digitizer (seen below). Together you can capture 3D models, edit and manipulate them on a computer, and print them using PLA plastic. Total price tag is about $2,200 for both devices ($1375 for the Mini alone). Not exactly pocket change, but I predict that quite a few schools buy these as teaching tools.
Rumor has it that MakerBot will soon be partnering with companies to sell licensed 3-D models of favorite TV and movie characters, which you can print in your own home.