By Lisa Johnston
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New York – Solidoodle has begun shipping its 3D printer the Solidoodle 4 and its availability through Micro Center.
The Solidoodle 4 carries a $999 suggested retail price and its partnership with Micro Center marks the company’s entry into a national retail chain.
The Solidoodle 4 comes completely assembled and has an enclosed print area that can hold an object 8- by 8- by 8-inches in size. Print resolution is .1mm. Other features include a heated bed, enhanced calibration and easy filament installation.
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Brooklyn, N.Y. — MakerBot, the desktop 3D printing supplier, reported it has reached an agreement with Ingram Micro for the distributor to carry its line nationally.
Ingram Micro is now authorized as a U.S. distribution partner for MakerBot, including the MakerBot Replicator 2 desktop 3D printer, the MakerBot digitizer desktop 3D scanner and its 3D Printing Ecosystem.
Somerville, Mass. — 3D printer maker Mebotics announced today a lower-cost version of its Microfactory printer.
Mebotics said the new version was developed in response to feedback from the company’s Kickstarter backers who wanted a simpler, more affordable device. The company scaled down its seven-axis printer into a four-axis machine and will charge $3,195, or 75 percent less than the original Microfactory.
The new model will ship in July 2014.
Bridgewater, N.J. – Brother has introduced a flagship model into its Business Smart Pro series of all-in-one inkjet printers, the MFC-J6920w.
The MFC-J6920w, which is now available at retail for $299, is designed as a crossover product suitable for the home office or small business. The printer features Brother’s Wireless Assistant to simplify integrating the device into a wireless network and has dual paper trays and high-capacity ink tanks.
Chicago – Dynamism has created an online one-stop-shopping experience for 3D printing products.
The 3D online store section features eight printers and helps with educating consumers on the new technology. This includes an explanation on how 3D printing works, where to get free online designs for download, and a tutorial on the different materials used to create an object with a 3D printer.
Framingham, Mass. — Staples said it will begin selling 3D printers in the U.S., claiming it is the first major retailer in this country to do so.
The Cube 3D Printer from 3D Systems, a provider of 3D content-to-print solutions, is immediately available on Staples.com for $1,299 and will be available in a limited number of Staples stores by the end of June.
New York – Hewlett-Packard today released the Envy 120, its second Envy-branded inkjet all-in-one printer.
The Envy 120 follows last year’s Envy 110 as the company’s main effort to create a high-end, stylish printer, copier and scanner, said Ed Newman, HP’s director of future product marketing. HP uses the Envy brand on all its higher-end models across its product portfolio.
Rochester, N.Y. – Eastman Kodak revealed Friday that it will wind down its consumer printer business as part of its ongoing bankruptcy reorganization.
At one time, the printing business was central in the company’s plans for a turnaround.
In a statement, the company said it will shift from consumer printing to selling packaging, printing and other services to businesses. It will also continue to supply ink and paper to the installed base of Kodak printers.
Lexington, Ky. – Lexmark International announced today it is exiting the inkjet printer market.
The move involves shuttering the company’s inkjet supplies manufacturing facility in Cebu, Philippines, and stopping all development of inkjet products worldwide. The restructuring will result in the loss of 1,700 jobs worldwide, with 1,100 coming in the manufacturing sector, the company said.
Lexmark will continue to provide service, support and aftermarket supplies for its inkjet installed base.
Bridgewater, N.J. – Brother International today introduced the Business Smart Series Inkjet all-in-one (AIO) printer.
The first model in the series is the $199 MFC-J4510DW. This model will ship in October, the company said.
The MFC-J4510DW has 35 page per minute text print speeds, 20ppm for color. It features a 3.7-inch touch panel with Swipe capability and can be networked via Ethernet or Wi-Fi. The AIO can also directly send images to Facebook, Picasa, Flickr, Evernote and Dropbox.