Distribution Expands Access to MakerBot Products in the U.S. and Canada
BROOKLYN, N.Y., Jun 03, 2014 (BUSINESS WIRE) — MakerBot , the global leader in desktop 3D printing, is expanding its North American footprint with the addition of Tech Data as a distribution partner to bring MakerBot 3D printing technology to Tech Data’s channel of resellers. Tech Data has committed to representing MakerBot 3D printing and scanning products exclusively within the 3D printing category for the next 12 months.
“Partnering with Tech Data is an exciting opportunity for MakerBot to expand the reach of our 3D printing, scanning and software solutions,” noted Mark Schulze, vice president of Sales for MakerBot. “With a solid understanding of how quickly the desktop 3D printing market is growing and their commitment to supporting top-tier resellers targeting the professional, educational and consumer markets, signing on with Tech Data was an easy decision to make.”
Under the agreement, Tech Data will distribute MakerBot products, which include the award-winning and recently introduced MakerBot® Replicator® Desktop 3D Printer and the MakerBot Replicator Mini Compact 3D Printer, as well as the soon-to-be-released MakerBot Replicator Z18 3D Printer. The new fifth generation MakerBot Replicator 3D Printers are all powered by the new, user-friendly MakerBot Replicator 3D Printing Platform, which includes an onboard camera, plug and play features, app- and cloud-enabled workflow, and available Wi-Fi connectivity. Tech Data will also distribute the MakerBot Replicator 2 Desktop 3D Printer, the MakerBot Replicator 2X Experimental 3D Printer, the MakerBot Digitizer™ Desktop 3D Scanner and MakerBot PLA Filament.
“Due to the rise in market demand and rapid adoption of 3D printing and scanning we have observed, Tech Data is partnering with MakerBot to offer solution providers the best-in-class products they seek to meet the needs of their end-user customers,” said Wendy Maurer-Linsky, vice president, Product Marketing, Systems & Peripherals at Tech Data. “Through our partnership with MakerBot, we are offering new ways for our solution providers to expand their portfolio and profitably grow their business.”
Tech Data Canada is also excited about the addition of MakerBot’s 3D printing and scanning products to its printing and imaging product offerings. “This partnership will allow us to provide our reseller partners across Canada with a unique mix of leading-edge products that meet end users’ growing demands and will further expand their businesses and profitability in the channel,” said Manal Guirguis, director of Product Marketing, Tech Data Canada.
MakerBot offers an entire MakerBot 3D Ecosystem that sets the standard in making user-friendly 3D printing and scanning accessible for everyone. “MakerBot is an innovation company; we innovate so others may innovate,” noted Bre Pettis, CEO of MakerBot. “In providing the tools for others to be creative and productive in their careers and lives, we empower manufacturers, entrepreneurs, artists, teachers, students and creative individuals to jump in and help lead the Next Industrial Revolution.”
MakerBot distributes its desktop 3D printers and scanners throughout the world, but in North America has traditionally sold its products directly to customers through its own e-commerce site, makerbot.com , its own MakerBot Retail Stores in New York, Boston and Greenwich, Connecticut, and a limited number of select resellers. In 2013, the company expanded its distribution by selling its products in Microsoft Retail Stores throughout the United States, online through Amazon and through a growing number of channel partners.
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