While I will no doubt use it for profoundly stupid purposes, 3D printing is here and it’s pretty extraordinary. Thanks to MakerBot, consumers can walk in to one of several Microsoft Stores across the country to check out the “MakerBot Experience” and get a hands-on demonstration of 3D printing.

MakerBot is expanding its operation to include fifteen additional stores across the country. The demonstration is done with a MakerBot Replicator 2 Desktop 3D Printer, which sounds more like something Skynet would make than a computer accessory. MakerBot and Microsoft announced their collaboration back in June at Microsoft’s BUILD conference.

The stores offering demonstrations include, among other locations, Scottsdale, San Francisco, San Diego, Atlanta, Houston, Bellevue, and Danbury. California itself has five locations including the ones already listed. Additional stores are in Costa Mesa, Mission Viejo, and Palo Alto.

Check out the full press release below. If you get the chance to get out a demo, let us know what you think!

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MakerBot® Replicator® 2 Desktop 3D Printers and Filament Coming To A Microsoft Retail Store Near You
Microsoft Retail Stores Expand the “MakerBot Experience” to Additional U.S. Stores
Brooklyn, N.Y., August 7, 2013 –This summer, MakerBot® Replicator® 2 Desktop 3D Printers have been making appearances at select Microsoft retail stores on the West Coast. As of August 5th, the “MakerBot Experience” will expand, adding 15 additional Microsoft Stores across the country to the mix.

The “MakerBot Experience” is a hands-on 3D printing demonstration on MakerBot Replicator 2 Desktop 3D Printers inside select Microsoft retail stores. Microsoft customers get to see 3D printing in action as well as purchase a MakerBot Replicator 2 Desktop 3D Printer and MakerBot PLA Filament.

“We’re thrilled to offer the MakerBot Replicator 2 Desktop 3D Printer and our MakerBot PLA Filament in Microsoft Stores,” said Bre Pettis, CEO of MakerBot. “We’ve seen tremendous interest and enthusiasm at the three initial ‘MakerBot Experience’ stores. Rolling the program out to 15 additional Microsoft Stores supercharges our mission to bring 3D printing to more people.”

In June, MakerBot and Microsoft announced their collaboration at Microsoft’s BUILD conference, where MakerBot unveiled a 3D printer driver for Microsoft’s Windows 8.1 3D print pipeline. The companies also announced that MakerBot Replicator 2 Desktop 3D Printers would be available at select Microsoft retail stores and on

“3D printing is a significant technological innovation, and we want all our customers to experience it first-hand, to learn how they can use and benefit from it in their own lives,” said David McAughan, chief operating officer for Microsoft retail stores. “The relationship with MakerBot has been very successful so far, and Microsoft looks forward to seeing the ‘MakerBot Experience’ rolled out into more stores.”

“We want to empower more people to create and make things, and working with a technology leader like Microsoft helps further our mission,” said Pettis. “Together we are bringing the tools to innovate and invent to the world in ways never before possible.”

The MakerBot Replicator 2 Desktop 3D Printer is MakerBot’s fourth generation 3D printer and one of the easiest and fastest tools for making professional-quality models and prototypes. The MakerBot Replicator 2 features 100-micron layer resolution and offers a 410 cubic inch build volume (11.2” L x 6.0” W x 6.1” H), setting a new standard in desktop 3D printing, and is fueling the Next Industrial Revolution with it’s 3D Printing Ecosystem. The MakerBot 3D Ecosystem drives the accessibility and rapid adoption of their desktop 3D printers. It includes, the largest collection of downloadable digital designs for making physical objects, and which is empowered by a growing community of makers and creators. The MakerBot 3D Ecosystem also includes MakerWare software, MakerCare service, MakerBot Filament, the MakerBot Retail Store, the MakerBot 3D Photo Booth, and strategic partnerships with Autodesk, Adafruit, Nokia, OUYA, MoMA and Amazon. MakerBot recently announced it will further extend its 3D Ecosystem with the MakerBot Digitizer Desktop 3D Scanner.


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