Dell's deal with MakerBot may put 3D printing on mainstream

By VCPOST Staff Reporter

Jan 28, 2014 12:58 AM EST

On Monday, Dell announced that the company will start carrying the 3D printers and scanners of MakerBot. The deal may bring the 3D printing technology out of the niche industry and into the mainstream, according to VentureBeat.

Under the terms of the said deal, Dell Precision workstations will start offering MakerBot products. The latter is aiming to have engineers, architects, and startups work to test and create product designs, the report explained.

According to MakerBot chief Bre Pettis, the Dell deal is all about gaining access to printers. Upon coming out, the company showcased a new app, new printers, and a 3D desktop scanner that creates digital models without designing. Pettis said the sales channel of Dell is "just one more step toward putting a 3D printer on every desktop."

When MakerBot started, Pettis recalled that they had to explain the concept of 3D printing. But he predicted that by early 2016, almost everyone will probably own a 3D printer, VentureBeat reported.

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