There is no doubt that 3D printing has become one of the biggest technological innovations since it has become possible for people to plan and create their own innovations. Even though 3D printing is still a very fledgling pastime, there are various companies that create and sell these printers.
The most well-know is probably Makerbot – and they will be officially available in South Africa exclusively through technology distributor Rectron. The 3D printer is one of the more stylish models to have been released in the last couple of years, that they even grabbed the attention on ‘Mythbusters’ host Adam Savage when they were in development phase.
Rectron will be bring the Makerbot Z18, the normal Replicator , Replicator 2X Experimental, Replicator 2 desktop printer, Replicator Mini Compact, and the Replicator Digitizer 3D Scanner into the country by the end of October – and a pretty tidy penny.
While the pricing for South Africa hasn’t been completely finalised yet, the Replicator 2 should be around R29 000, the desktop 3D version should be about R40 000, while the cheapest model will be the Mini Compact at R19 000.
As far as filament is concerned, Rectron has said it expects the PLA consumables it’s importing to sell for somewhere in the region of R600 to R700 per kilogram.
Efforts to bring Makerbot into South Africa have actually been on the cards for a while, with Rectron mentioning that negotiations have been on the table since the end of August.
The printers are available immediately to Rectron’s channel partners and the company is apparently exploring retail opportunities.
Rectron will furthermore be honouring the warranty on the printers locally, with a fully trained team of engineers that are qualified to repair and service the units. All of the Makerbot units sold in South Africa will come with a six month warranty.