There are so many new 3D printer manufacturers popping up each day, that it’s difficult to remember the companies who started it all. We all know that Makerbot was probably the most influential company within the consumer 3D printer market to start with, however, Sam Cervantes, and his Brooklyn-based company Solidoodle has been around producing high quality machines for quite a while. Starting in 2011 they were one of the first to offer a sub-$500 3D printer to consumers.
We all know how important pricing can be in this market, where day after day it seems as if one company is undercutting the next. Solidoodle understands this quite well. For the quality, and name assurance offered, they currently offer some of the best deals out there for both new and refurbished 3D printers. Just when you thought that their printers could not get any cheaper, they have announced another price reduction. Starting today, the following price changes will take effect:
- Solidoodle 2nd Generation Base – $399 (previously $499)
- Solidoodle 2nd Generation Pro – $499 (previously $599)
- Solidoodle 3rd Generation – $599 (previously $699)
- Solidoodle 4th Generation – $699 (previously $999)
“We established ourselves as the value-leader in 3D printers with a $499 product in 2012. Providing affordable options is just part of the equation, but it’s a very important factor to broadening the consumer market,” stated Solidoodle CEO Sam Cervantes.“Being able to maintain our $499 price point on our base model to date just goes to show how far ahead of the market we’ve been since we got started. Now, we have several major projects in the works that will be announced very soon. In the meantime, product upgrades on previous generation printers to make them even easier to use and price changes across the board will boost the value proposition on our current offering, with all products shipping within a week.”
In addition to the price drops, all printers purchased on the Solidoodle.com website will feature a brand new, all-metal extruder, which had only previously been used in the 4th Generation machines.
Sure, these don’t match the low prices of some of the recent printers to launch on many of the crowdfunding platforms out there, however, for quality printers, manufactured by an established player within the market, this is probably as good as it’s going to get, at least for a while. Let us know if you plan on purchasing a new Solidoodle, and what you think of this news, in the Solidoodle 3D printing forum thread on 3DPB.com.