MakerBot Replicator 2X
At CES, MakerBot announced their newest model 3d printer, the MakerBot Replicator 2x. This new model increases the build volume from 410 cubic cm, and uses a sturdier, stronger ABS plastic for its extruder. It can deposit in layers up to 100 microns (0.1 mm), so it has roughly the same resolution as the MakerBot Replicator 2. What the price of $2,799 gets you for the extra $600 over the Replicator 2 is the ability to make larger prints more accurately than before, and an extra extruder so you can make objects in two colors printed together.
According to MakerBot, there is no upgrade path planned for the Replicator 2 to Replicator 2X, so don’t expect to see retrofitted multiple prints out of a Replicator 2. This is a bleeding edge printer, but hopefully with the build quality we’ve seen from past MakerBot 3d printers.