BROOKLYN, N.Y. & BENTONVILLE, Ark.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--MakerBot, a global leader in the desktop 3D printing industry, believes that providing accessibility to 3D printers in retail stores will help accelerate the adoption of 3D printing with a wide variety of customers: professionals, small business owners, entrepreneurs and educators. With that in mind, MakerBot recently started selling the MakerBot® Replicator® Mini Compact 3D Printer at more than 300 Sam’s Club® retail locations across the United States. The MakerBot Replicator Mini Compact 3D Printer is an educational, useful and easy-to-use compact 3D printer that is just right for the office, classroom or home. For a complete list of Sam’s Club locations that offer the MakerBot Replicator Mini Compact 3D Printer, visit makerbot.com/locator.
“I truly believe that having the opportunity to learn about 3D printing first-hand is a big step towards a better understanding of the technology,” noted Frank Alfano, acting CEO of MakerBot. “By expanding our retail presence into Sam’s Club, we’re providing opportunities to reach professionals, entrepreneurs and small business owners and show them the power of 3D printing. Offering MakerBot Replicator Desktop 3D printers in retail stores exposes potential users to 3D printing technology and provides them an opportunity to understand the benefits of 3D printing today. We’ve made a conscious effort this past year to expand accessibility to MakerBot Replicator 3D Printers by working with key retailers like Sam’s Club.”
Alfano noted that a big attraction for retailers is the comprehensive MakerBot 3D Ecosystem that provides ease-of-use and accessibility to the world of 3D printing through software, apps, MakerBot Learning, lectures, classes, and parts and support offered through its MakerCare program.
“We strive to provide our members with access to the latest technology, at a great value. Offering the comprehensive MakerBot 3D Ecosystem is just one example of delivering on that commitment,” said Dawn VonBechmann, senior vice president of technology, Sam’s Club. “Our members have shown interest in 3D printing, both from a professional and small business aspect. Any member with a natural interest in creating things will be excited to learn more about this amazing technology.”
MakerBot 3D printers are used for Real-Time PrototypingTM and for the 3D printing of customized models, replacement parts, architectural designs, collectibles and many other items. 3D printing transforms the design process and is also a great tool for educators that want to train and teach future engineers, designers and those interested in the tech industry so they are better prepared for the jobs of tomorrow. The continuously growing MakerBot 3D Ecosystem makes 3D printing more accessible and includes MakerBot 3D printers and scanner, its website Thingiverse.com, the world’s largest 3D printing design community for discovering, creating, and sharing of 3D printable files, as well as software and apps like MakerBot Mobile and MakerBot PrintShop partnerships with leading companies, MakerBot Learning training programs, MakerBot MakerCare, and its own retail stores in New York, Boston and Greenwich, Connecticut, as well as partner retailers.
MakerBot is a leader in the desktop 3D printing industry and was founded in 2009 as one of the first affordable and accessible 3D printers in the industry. With more than 80,000 MakerBot 3D printers in the world, MakerBot now has one of the largest installed bases and market shares of the desktop 3D printing industry1. MakerBot’s products include the award-winning MakerBot Replicator line of 3D printers, with the MakerBot Replicator Desktop 3D Printer, the MakerBot Replicator Mini Compact 3D Printer, the MakerBot Replicator Z18 3D Printer, the MakerBot Replicator 2X Experimental 3D Printer and the MakerBot DigitizerTM Desktop 3D Scanner.
MakerBot, a subsidiary of Stratasys Ltd. (Nasdaq:SSYS), is leading the Next Industrial Revolution by setting the standards in reliable and affordable desktop 3D printing. Founded in 2009, MakerBot sells desktop 3D printers to innovative and industry-leading customers worldwide, including engineers, architects, designers, educators and consumers. To learn more about MakerBot, visit makerbot.com.
About Sam’s Club®
Sam’s Club®, a division of Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. (NYSE:WMT), is a leading membership warehouse club offering superior products, savings and services to millions of members in 647 clubs in the U.S. and Puerto Rico. To learn more about Sam’s Club, visit the Sam’s Club Newsroom, shop at SamsClub.com, and interact with Sam’s Club on Twitter and Facebook.
Note Regarding Forward-Looking Statements
The statements in this press release relating to Stratasys’ expectations of the benefits that it will receive from its partnership with Sam’s Club are forward-looking statements reflecting management's current expectations and beliefs. These forward-looking statements are based on current information that is, by its nature, subject to rapid and even abrupt change. Due to risks and uncertainties associated with Stratasys' business, actual results could differ materially from those projected or implied by these forward-looking statements. These risks and uncertainties include, but are not limited to: the risk that the benefits that Stratasys expects from the partnership will not materialize, or could be less, than Stratasys currently expects, due to technical or other unforeseen reasons; and other risk factors more fully explained under the caption “Risk Factors” in Stratasys' most recent Annual Report on Form 20-F, filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) on March 3, 2015. Stratasys is under no obligation (and expressly disclaims any obligation) to update or alter its forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, except as otherwise required by the rules and regulations of the SEC.
1 Wohler’s Report on 3D Printing, 2013