Dell Unveils MakerBot 3D Printing for SMBs [Manufacturing Close - Up]
(Manufacturing Close - Up Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) Dell announced it will offer MakerBot Replicator 3D printers and scanners to create a 3D design solution for small and medium-sized businesses.
According to a release, by adding MakerBot 3D printers and scanners to its existing portfolio of Dell Precision workstations, engineers can design and test new product concepts quickly; architects can create 3D prototypes during the design phase; and start-ups can experiment with new product designs and artistic models inexpensively.
3D printing has moved well beyond early adopters and hobbyists, and is now being utilized regularly in business applications where substantial cost and time-to-market benefits are gained, with IDC predicting that the 3D printer market will see a compound annual revenue growth rate of 29 percent from 2012 to 20171. Small businesses are finding that desktop 3D printing provides an alternative to enlisting off-site or overseas prototyping facilities to create molds and designs, allowing for designers and engineers to design, build, iterate and innovate more often, more affordably and at a faster rate.
"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."
Dell noted that it and Dassault Systemes have worked closely together for years to test, certify and optimize SolidWorks software on Dell workstations enabling a stable and reliable platform to create, simulate, visualize and collaborate on designs, speed up workflows and maximize productivity. Dell will also demonstrate Dell Precision Performance Optimizer (DPPO), a tool that enables customers to complete their projects in the fastest times possible by automatically tuning and configuring Dell hardware for SolidWorks software. Based on Dell testing and benchmarking, users can experience up to 57 percent increase in application performance3 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 Inc. is a provider of technology and services.
MakerBot, a subsidiary of Stratasys Ltd., is a provider of desktop 3D printing.
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