PCCI has recently become an authorized dealer for MakerBot 3D printers. 3D printers are something of a misnomer. The devices are actually computerized manufacturing devices that build items by precisely applying paper thin layers of melted plastics. If you have never seen a 3D printer this brief video will give you an introduction to this exciting new world of products.
3D printers have a large number of business applications. Some of the most obvious ones are in the making of low-cost, plastic prototypes of items that you may plan to engineer or manufacture. They can also be used for the small scale manufacturing of precise items or to duplicate very valuable items for display so that the original can be kept securely stored. There are unlimited applications that haven’t been thought of yet because the capabilities of this technology are really brand new.
MakerBot 3D printers are a natural extension of PCCI’s product offerings. The devices are electro-mechanical in nature as are the copy machines and laser printers that our technicians work on each day. The precise manufacturing capability of the 3D printer is driven by MakerBot’s MakerWare software that accommodates many existing CAD programs, and the unit can print from scanned measurements that come from the MakerBot 3D scanner. The 3D scanner takes three-dimensional measurements of the item to be replicated and feeds them into MakerBot’s MakerWare software. The skill sets needed to master these capabilities play well to PCCI’s strengths in computer technology.
PCCI has a MakerBot Replicator 2 demonstration unit at its 1024 Forest Ave. Portland, Maine headquarters, and will soon offer 3D printing as part of our CyberCopy division’s product offerings. PCCI plans to provide repairs and technical assistance for the MakerBot products for all Maine businesses from our offices in Portland, Augusta, and Bangor.