MakerBot 3D printers now being sold at 18 Microsoft Stores

Microsoft announced in June that Windows 8.1 will include native support for 3D printers, in a first step towards making 3D printing as common place as desktop printing. Today, one of the leading consumer 3D printer companies, MakerBot, announced that its Replicator 2 Desktop 3D Printer is being sold in many more Microsoft retail stores.

While the $2,199 printer has been available for sale at Microsoft's Bellevue, Palo Alto and San Francisco locations since earlier this summer, today's announcement says that the MakerBot Replicator 2 Desktop 3D Printer, along with the MakerBot PLA Filament,  is now available in 15 more Microsoft Stores. MakerBot says that those locations are the only retail stores in the world, besides MakerBot's own store in New York City, where anyone can buy one of their printers and take it home the same day.

The full list of the 18 Microsoft Stores that are selling the MakerBot printers are:

  • Scottsdale, AZ – Fashion Square
  • Costa Mesa, CA – South Coast Plaza
  • Mission Viejo, CA – The Shops at Mission Viejo
  • Palo Alto, CA – Stanford Shopping Center
  • San Diego, CA – Fashion Valley
  • San Francisco, CA – Westfield San Francisco Centre
  • Lone Tree, CO – Park Meadows Mall
  • Danbury, CT – Danbury Fair Mall
  • Atlanta, GA – Lenox Square
  • Oak Brook, IL – Oakbrook Center
  • Schaumburg, IL – Woodfield Mall
  • Bloomington, MN – Mall of America
  • Salem, NH – The Mall at Rockingham Park
  • Bridgewater, NJ – Bridgewater Commons
  • White Plains, NY – The Westchester
  • Houston, TX – Houston Galleria
  • McLean, VA – Tysons Corner Center
  • Bellevue, WA – Bellevue Square

All of these stores will also have the "MakerBot Experience" where anyone who comes into the store will get a hands-on demo of the 3D printer at work.

Source: MakerBot | Image via MakerBot

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Solidoodle is a better machine for half the price. 2nd gen was absolutely beautiful, but now there's a 3rd gen machine (basically the same as 2nd gen but with a larger plate and built on enclosure.)

venting is another story, you'd best print "outside".. anytime you print in 3d

I always sucked at crafting shells for my electronic gadgets but I guess this baby will solve my problem

I've already got a friend or two wanting a 3d printer. I'm glad MS is pushing this now - if they can become the preferred platform for 3d printing, that'll be good for them in the long run. Certainly, I know a few businesses that could use these things.

Spicoli said,
Use them for what? The applications seems very limited due the characteristics of the resulting material.

Small, low-impact printer parts. Eventually maybe high impact. Parts eventually go out of production, after all, and the guy who used to machine parts doesn't work there anymore.

ugh, if you have used a 3D printer that uses a ABS and PLA plastic reel filaments, you'd know these things are BAD for you... you need some serious ventilation when printing with ABS plastics

and ontop of that ABS plastics absorb water sitting around which makes them not work well... you have to keep these things out of humidity... I duno how well it will catch on in the normal person market

That's a cool item to have in a Microsoft Store. You will not see that in the Apple Store and it will draw HUGE crowds. Errr, not.

CygnusOrion said,
Yeah but 3D printers are very niche right now. I don't really see how this solves Microsoft's crisis.
That's a very closed point of view of MS you have there Considering their other business areas are doing pretty good and their focus on IAAS and SAAS, I wouldn't say they are in a crisis.

CygnusOrion said,
Yeah but 3D printers are very niche right now. I don't really see how this solves Microsoft's crisis.

People could have made the same argument about Laser printers and Macs in the late 80s.

Microsoft bringing 3D printing support and offering 3D printers in the stores isn't going to be a massive revolution, but it doesn't hurt to showcase what they are supporting.

As for Microsoft's 'crisis'... Windows 8 will surpass OS X users this month, it isn't like Microsoft is really failing and needs a revolution.

CygnusOrion said,
You're comparing a $40 Windows 8 license with a $1200 iMac?

Where can I get a $40 Win8 license? I'm building a new desktop and would love to have it for that cheap.

Where did the $1299 price tag come from? has it for $2549 and even MakerBot's own site shows it for $2199