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Susan Smith has worked as an editor and writer in the technology industry for over 16 years. As an editor she has been responsible for the launch of a number of technology trade publications, both in print and online. Currently, Susan is the Editor of GISCafe and AECCafe, as well as those sites’ … More »

Dell partners with Makerbot to deliver 3D printers and scanners

February 3rd, 2014 by Susan Smith

Andy Rhodes, Executive Director, Dell Precision, talked about the new partnership with Makerbot to sell 3D printers and scanners.

photo credit Louis Seigal

AECCafe Voice:  How much interest have you received from architects on this addition to the 3D design portfolio or is it mostly of interest to those in the manufacturing segment?

Andy Rhodes: Dell has received interest from a variety of industries and feel that both architects and those involved in manufacturing will find value in the rise of 3D solutions.  By adding award-winning MakerBot 3D printers and scanners to Dell’s existing portfolio of Dell Precision workstations, we’re able to create an end-to-end design solution allowing architects to create 3D prototypes fast and affordably during the design phase.

Makerbot Store, photo credit by Louis Seigal

AECCafe Voice: When you say people can create new product designs “inexpensively,” what kind of cost are we talking about for AEC professionals to create 3D prototypes of buildings, for instance?

Andy Rhodes: For AEC professionals, the addition of MakerBot 3D printers to Dell’s 3D design portfolio makes it possible to create scale models for architecture projects inexpensively and quickly.

One example is Chris Hanley, a partner and director of technology at the landscape architecture and urban planning firm Olin, based in Philadelphia. The firm uses the MakerBot Replicator to make scale models of custom site furnishings. Chris says that Olin’s MakerBot will have a positive impact on the office’s workflow ‘particularly in the areas of fabrication and prototyping.’ Before MakerBot, getting a prototype meant sending a design ‘out to a fabrication shop to have it quoted and sent back’ – a process that is timely and expensive. Now Olin can prototype ideas quickly and inexpensively, on a desktop.

AECCafe Voice: Will these printers and scanners work with only the current Dell Precision workstations.

Andy Rhodes: The MakerBot 3D Printing portfolio is not limited in compatibility to the current portfolio of Dell Precision products, or to the Dell Precision portfolio in general, but we do feel that customers will find it as an ideal solution due to the Dell Precision Workstations’ fast processors, professional grade graphics, smooth and efficient experience that improves productivity, and reliable hardware designed to let you reduce downtime for maximum uptime

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