MakerBot CEO Bre Pettis

Around the corner from its Brooklyn headquarters, MakerBot and its CEO, Bre Pettis, made four announcements today: two new 3D printers, revamped 3D printing software, and a Manhattan-based retail store.
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The Replicator 2 unveiled

The Replicator 2 Desktop 3D printer was on-hand for photos. It only prints in one color, and at $2,199 it's more expensive than the original two-color Replicator, but the new model also has a larger build space and can print objects at a higher resolution.
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The Replicator 2

Pettis touted the Replicator 2 and its high-resolution models as a perfect fit for architects, product designers, engineers, and other professionals.
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Replicator 2 close-up

MakerBot says the Replicator 2 boasts a maximum build size that's 37 percent larger than that of the original Replicator, but without increasing the printer's footprint.
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Single-head extruder

The Replicator 2 prints in just one color, but a $2,799 Replicator 2X will offer two-color printing and other features when it launches in the first quarter of 2013.
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Objects on display

MakerBot had a handful of high-quality 3D-printed objects at the event.
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Object close-up

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Object close-up

You can still feel the printed layers on objects printed with the Replicator 2, but they're not as rough as those from the older MakerBot printer.
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MakerBot Store in Manhattan

MakerBot also soft-launched its Manhattan store this afternoon.
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MakerBot Store interior

Inside, MakerBot will sell 3D printers, spools of plastic printing feedstock, as well as 3D-printed novelty objects.
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Wall of PLA

The plastic feedstock on sale at the MakerBot Store.
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Replicator 2 on display

MakerBot has multiple Replicator 2 printers operating at the store. The original Replicator was not on the floor, but a MakerBot rep told me that it would be on sale there as well.
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Vending machine of 3D printed tchotchke

Buy a $5 token and you can buy a small 3D-printed object from this row of vending machines.
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Vending machine close-up

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3D-printed watches

MakerBot has an assortment of standalone objects for sale as well.
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3D-printed watch close-up

The watches cost $60.
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Hearts, squirrels, and planetary gears

The hearts start at around $50.
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