BROOKLYN, N.Y. & BENTONVILLE, Ark., Jul 06, 2015 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- MakerBot, a global leader in the desktop 3D printing industry, today announced that it has expanded to offer the MakerBot® Replicator® Mini Compact 3D Printer in all 600+ Sam’s Club® locations nationwide. Select clubs now also feature a new in-club display that prominently showcases a physical MakerBot Replicator Mini Compact 3D Printer, so customers can learn about the technology first hand.
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“Sam’s Club is a great retailer for MakerBot products. Its customers include professionals, small business owners, entrepreneurs, educators, and others who have a natural interest in desktop 3D printing,” said Mark Schulze, CRO of MakerBot. “We believe that exposing more retail shoppers to desktop 3D printing will help accelerate the adoption of the technology. Our revamped in-club display at Sam’s Club makes it easier for customers to understand the technology and the benefits it offers today.”
The MakerBot Replicator Mini is an educational, portable and easy-to-use compact 3D printer that is just right for the office, classroom or home. It provides access to the unparalleled MakerBot 3D Ecosystem, a growing collection of products, materials, software, accessories, services, and content that integrate seamlessly to make 3D printing more accessible to everyone. Sam’s Club will have the four core MakerBot PLA Filament colors for sale at the club: black, blue, red and white.
“There’s a growing appetite for 3D printing as people see how many professional and practical uses there are for the technology,” said Dawn von Bechmann, senior vice president of technology, Sam’s Club. “We’re excited to extend MakerBot nationwide and bring our members the latest innovation at a great value.”
The leading MakerBot 3D Ecosystem includes MakerBot Desktop software for preparing prints, the MakerBot Mobile app with cloud platform to initiate and monitor prints remotely, and MakerBot Thingiverse, the world’s largest 3D design community. The MakerBot Replicator Smart Extruder is a groundbreaking innovation that minimizes printing downtime by enabling users to swap a worn extruder in minutes. The Smart Extruder also allows users to adapt quickly to new innovations in the evolving world of 3D printing. When MakerBot introduces new materials like MakerBot Composite PLA, customers will be able to purchase a Smart Extruder made to handle the new filament, instead of having to buy an entirely new printer.
MakerBot 3D printers are used for Real-Time PrototypingTMand for the 3D printing of custom models, replacement parts, architectural designs, collectibles and many other items. 3D printing transforms the design process and is also a great tool for educators who want to train and teach future engineers, designers and anyone who needs to be prepared for the jobs of tomorrow.
MakerBot, a subsidiary of Stratasys Ltd. 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. MakerBot has one of the largest installed bases and market shares of the desktop 3D printing industry, with more than 80,000 MakerBot Desktop 3D Printers in the world. The robust MakerBot 3D Ecosystem makes 3D printing easy and accessible for everyone. To learn more about MakerBot, visit makerbot.com.
About Sam’s Club®
Sam’s Club®, a division of Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. WMT, is a leading membership warehouse club offering superior products, savings and services to millions of members in 651 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.
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