CES 2012: The Replicator Prints The Future, One Drop Of Plastic At A Time

by Jason Toon

3D printing isn't new, Matthew Griffin of MakerBot Industries was careful to point out when we talked to him at CES. It's just always been really expensive. What's unique about MakerBot's new 3D printer, The Replicator, is that it's the first 3D printer that retails for under $2,000 and does two-color printing.

At least we think that's what he said. We were too busy thinking HOLY CRAP THAT THING IS TOTALLY MAKING THAT OTHER THING! Matt needn't have been so modest. Bringing a tiny little factory within financial reach of every inventor, toy designer, artist, certainly qualifies as "new" in our book. Doing it under a Star Trek-inspired name is gravy. Here he is talking about The Replicator on the show floor. Warning: holy-crap-ness ahead.

Our CES 2012
coverage takes shape all week, but we'll level with you: you probably won't see anything else this cool.