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MakerBot Debuts Easy-to-Use 3D Printing Starter Lab

MakerBot wants to inspire the next generate of 3D printers and designers. The company announced Wednesday its newest offering to market, the MakerBot Starter Lab.

The MakerBot Starter Lab offers a scalable 3D printing solution designed to get businesses’ and schools’ 3D printing capabilities up and running quickly. The system includes MakerBot Replicator 3D printers, a Digitizer desktop 3D scanner, as well as a supply of parts and materials and a custom-tailored, on-site MakerBot Learning workshop.

“The MakerBot Starter Lab is designed to help educational institutions prepare students to be more college and career ready by providing them with relevant, competitive skills today,” said Frank Alfano, acting CEO of MakerBot. “For businesses, a MakerBot Starter Lab can provide a competitive advantage as an investment in future technology that fuels new ideas and growth. 3D printing can speed up innovation and iteration, help facilitate real-time prototyping and shorten product design cycles.”

SUNY Cobleskill and Union College in Schenectady, New York have already purchased the MakerBot Starter Lab. So far projects at Union College have included working with local artists in Vietnam to examine the intersection of high-fashion carved wooden shoes and 3D printing.