Another day, another deluge of news coming from Stratasys’ MakerBot brand of desktop 3D printers. The company, which seems to be firing on all cylinders, trying to not only get their printers in as many stores as possible prior to the start of the holiday shopping season, is also looking elsewhere for revenue.
Today, MakerBot announced a partnership with Amazon.com to bring high quality 3D printed products to shoppers on the Amazon platform. Products that were previously only available to those individuals who owned 3D printers, via the MakerBot Digital Store, or those located near a MakerBot Retail store, are now available to the masses. These products, which include items such as 3D printed business card dispensers, animal skull replicas, piggy banks, and golf kits, are all available via Amazon Prime.
It wasn’t very long ago that Amazon decided to jump head first into the 3D printing space, by launching their 3D Printed Products Store which includes many customized products that can be modified using their in-browser design software. Apparently MakerBot feels as though they can increase revenues by not only selling their 3D printers on a large marketplace like Amazon, but also sell some of their own 3D printed products.
“Offering MakerBot 3D printed products on Amazon.com is something we’ve been wanting to do for a while,” said Jenny Lawton, acting CEO of MakerBot. “We are big fans of Amazon’s 3D Printing Store. Its ease and accessibility expands the availability of 3D printed products to numerous others around the world who might not have access to a 3D printer. We’re incredibly excited to share these creative pieces designed and 3D printed by the MakerBot team.”
The amount of products available from MakerBot on Amazon.com will only grow as they release more and more new designs. Currently all products available to purchase are 3D printed at the MakerBot factory in Brooklyn, New York, using a bio-plastic called PLA. Prices of the available products currently range between $25 and $375. The current product offerings include:
- 3D Printed Piggy Bank
- 3D Printed Golf Kit
- 3D Printed Business Card Dispenser
- 3D Printed Set of Small Animal Skulls
- 3D Printed Ram Skull (2 sizes)
- 3D Printed Saber-Toothed Cat Skull (2 sizes)
- 3D Printed Dragon Skull (2 sizes)
- 3D Printed T-Rex Skull
Without a doubt, offering products on a large online retailer such as Amazon will certainly increase sales. It is interesting that MakerBot seems to be pushing sales of 3D design files and 3D printed products, on top of their already successful line of 3D printers. It should be interesting to see how this evolves over the course of the next year or so. Will we see MakerBot push more of their resources to selling 3D printed products? Discuss in the MakerBot/Amazon 3D printed product forum thread on 3DPB.com.