Dell adds MakerBot 3D printing to enable end-to-end 3D digital prototyping solution for small and medium-sized businesses


Dell has added the award-winning MakerBot Replicator 3D printers and scanners to its existing portfolio of Dell Precision workstations and 3D design solutions.

MakerBot 3D printer Image credit: flickr User:  Medialab Prado
MakerBot 3D printer
Image credit: flickr User: Medialab Prado

According to the news release on the Business Wire, the MakerBot Replicator 3D printers and scanners are perfectly suited to offer end-to-end 3D design solutions and fast and affordable prototyping for small and medium businesses.

Their unique features enable engineers and designers to test new product concepts in the early developing stages, which allow them to experiment with new product designs and artistic models at far lower costs than earlier.

3D printing has already taken its baby steps and is now increasingly utilized in business applications, saving both time and money in the process.

According to IDC projections, the 3D printer market will experience a compound annual revenue growth rate of 29% from 2012 to 2017, as small businesses become more and more aware that desktop 3D printing provides cost-effective alternatives to off-site prototyping.

“At Dell we strive to arm start-ups, designers and engineers with the powerful, reliable and cutting-edge technology they need to succeed,” said 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 company is set to present its 3D design solutions, including Precision workstations with AMD FirePro W5000 workstation graphics optimized and certified for SolidWorks² and the MakerBot Replicator 2 Desktop 3D Printer at SolidWorks World, which is currently taking place in San Diego.

Dell and Dassault Systèmes have undergone an exhaustive testing program to certify and optimize SolidWorks software on Dell workstations in order to provide stable and reliable platform to create, simulate, visualize and collaborate on designs, speed up workflows and maximize productivity.

In addition, Dell will also showcase Dell Precision Performance Optimizer (DPPO), which is a tool designed to enable customers to complete their projects in the shortest of timeframes by automatically tuning and configuring Dell hardware for SolidWorks software. Dell’s testing program has shown that users can experience up to 57% increase in application performance with DPPO.

“Partnering with Dell is another step in building out the MakerBot 3D Printing Ecosystem that makes 3D printing easy and accessible for everyone,” noted Bre Pettis, CEO of MakerBot.

“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.”

Dell’s MakerBot 3D printing and scanning solutions, along with MakerBot Filament are expected to be available for purchase within a month.