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Monoprice Continues Crusade to Bring 3D Printing to the Masses, Launches Four 3D Printers for Consumer and Commercial Use

RANCHO CUCAMONGA, Calif., Aug. 09, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Monoprice, an online retailer offering high-quality and affordably priced consumer electronics and accessories, announced today the expansion of its 3D printing category to include four new solutions for consumer and commercial applications: the already-available $199.99 MP Select Mini 3D Printer and $349.99 Maker Select 3D Printer v2, the now-available $699.99 Select Maker Ultimate 3D Printer, and the $399.99 Maker Select Plus 3D Printer, which launches in October.

3D printing continues to be a high-growth segment with equity research analysts forecasting a reach of $7 billion by 2020. From automotive and aerospace to medical and consumer electronics, companies across a wide range of industries are developing and using 3D printing technologies for business prototyping and manufacturing—proving the category continues to be ripe for significant expansion.

“From prototyping to model design, 3D printing puts incredible capabilities in consumers’ and prosumers’ hands; however, high pricing has always been a barrier to accessibility. Now the category has gained popularity and costs have dropped to enable businesses and hobbyists to use the technology for a broad spectrum of applications,” said Bernard Luthi, president of Monoprice. “Since launching our first 3D printer two years ago, we’ve focused on expanding this category to drive down category costs, improve ease of use and grow to the ‘pro’ market. With no category leader, we see an opportunity to drive market dynamics by offering a diverse range of quality, simple-to-use devices. Ultimately, our mission is to become the most trusted, reliable shopping destination for best-in-class 3D printers sold at affordable prices that customers can feel good about.”

Monoprice’s new products offer solid constructions, versatility, rapid printing speeds and affordability for professionals and hobbyists looking to expand printing capabilities or simply enter the dynamic world of 3D printing.

  • MP Select Mini 3D Printer ($199.99) – Ranked one of the top ten bestselling 3D printers on Amazon, this entry-level 3D printer comes fully assembled and ready to print out of the box in just ten minutes. The heated build plate and wide range of extruder temperatures allow this printer to work with any type of filament—from basics such as ABS and PLA, to more advanced specialty materials. Its compact design is ideal for even the smallest desk or print area, and it ships with a microSD card with preinstalled models.
  • Maker Select 3D Printer v2 ($349.99) – Ranked one of the top ten bestselling 3D printers on Amazon, this printer comes almost fully assembled—requiring only four screws to secure the frame to the base and two screws to attach the filament holder. The large 8” x 8” heated build plate and 7-inch vertical spacing allows printing larger, more complex 3D models. Ready to print out of the box, it can print with any type of 3D filament and includes a sample PLA filament and microSD card with sample 3D model files.
  • Maker Select Plus 3D Printer ($399.99) – The next evolution of the popular Maker Select, this printer now features a touch screen interface, compact one piece design, preinstalled print mat and guided calibration, making the printing process as seamless as possible. On the fly print setting adjustments allows changes to be made anytime during a print. Available in October.
  • Maker Select Ultimate 3D Printer ($699.99) – Sleek and sophisticated for the professional, the commercial Maker Ultimate 3D Printer features ultra-high precision with layer resolutions as fine as 20 microns and speeds up to 150 mm/sec. This printer’s all-metal extruder and heated print bed can handle almost any filament type, from ABS and PLA plastics to more exotic materials, such as PVA, HIPS, flexible TPE/TPU, and even metal and wood.

Monoprice stands committed to introducing new models throughout the year and into 2017 to ensure a high level of 3D print capability at the lowest industry prices. For more information on Monoprice’s 3D printing solutions, visit Monoprice.com.

About Monoprice, Inc. (DBA Monoprice.com)
Located in Rancho Cucamonga, Calif., Monoprice, Inc. is an e-commerce leader specializing in providing more than 6,500 high-quality yet affordable electronics and tech products. As an industry innovator, Monoprice fills a void in the consumer technology market by delivering exceptional products that are on par with the best known national brands at prices far below the retail average with incomparable speed and service. Maintaining a business philosophy that focuses on the needs of its customers, the company strives to bring simplicity, fairness and confidence to consumers and businesses shopping for big-ticket electronics and tech accessories. For more information about Monoprice, follow us on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Google+, and YouTube. Monoprice is a subsidiary of Blucora, Inc. (NASDAQ:BCOR).

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