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.
MakerBot has traditionally sold its products directly to North American customers through its own e-commerce site Makerbot.com, its own MakerBot Store in New York City and a limited number of select resellers.
In 2013, the company expanded its distribution by selling its products in Microsoft Retail Stores throughout the United States, as well as online through Amazon. The new relationship with Ingram Micro is the first time the company has used a large-scale independent distributor in the United States to further allocate its products.
“Teaming with Ingram Micro is expected to allow us to reach more resellers in the U.S. that can now sell our products directly,” said Mark Schulze, sales VP for MakerBot. “We get calls every day from direct marketers and resellers asking for a relationship with MakerBot, and now we can work with more of these companies through Ingram Micro and expand the MakerBot 3D Printing Ecosystem.”
MakerBot also owns Thingiverse.com, one of the largest online digital design destinations for free 3D printed designs.
The reseller and distribution agreement between MakerBot and Ingram Micro begins immediately. Ingram Micro is expected to be stocked and ready to resell MakerBot products this fall and throughout the holiday season, the manufacturer said.