3D printing, also called additive manufacturing, means making things layer by layer according to a 3D design file. This differs from traditional manufacturing, such as machining, which often involves subtracting a material in order to achieve a certain shape. 3D printers have a history of being very large and expensive; however, MakerBot sells top-of-the-line 3D printers that are made, priced, and sized for the desktop.
The MakerBot Replicator 2 Desktop 3D Printer is the ideal tool for the professional or amateur designer. The combination of high-resolution, massive build volume, increased build speed, and user friendly hardware and software make it the perfect machine for modeling, quick prototyping, tooling, short-run production applications, and just having fun making three-dimensional "things". The MakerBot Replicator 2 works quietly and fits perfectly on a desk, workbench, countertop, or table without marring any surfaces.