This MakerBot Made 3D Printing Hot
Popular Mechanics South Africa|Popular Mechanics March/April 2021
Released in 2012, THE MakerBot Replicator sold for $1 749 (or about R15 200 at the exchange rate back then).
Joe Lindsey

For that price, you could own the first mass- market, consumer- grade 3D printer. It’s the equivalent of the first Homebrew desktop computer, or an early laser printer in terms of starting a revolution. This was a tool that extended the reach of the DIY maker community and, because of its widespread appeal and useful tech, brought 3D printing from sci-fi novelty to the mainstream.

Before the Replicator, prototypers used CNC (computer numerical control) machines that revealed an object by carving away the exterior. Or massive stereolithography machines that were complicated, expensive, and larger than a refrigerator. The Replicator, on the other hand, was not much larger than a milk crate and was easy for anyone with a home computer to use.

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