We’re pleased to announce that the MakerBot Replicator+ Desktop 3D Printer has won the prestigious iF Design Award in the Product category. The iF Design Award competition is put on every year by Germany’s oldest independent design organization, Hannover-based iF International Forum Design GmbH. The 58-member jury of independent experts from all over the world selected the MakerBot Replicator+ as one of the winners from over 5,500 entries submitted from 59 countries. “The MakerBot Replicator+ stands out in the desktop 3D printing category because it is designed to seamlessly fit into the workflow of designers and engineers,” said Mark Palmer, head of experience design at MakerBot. “We developed the Replicator+ as part of our new 3D printing solution for professionals with the goal of accelerating and streamlining the iterative design process. The sleek and open industrial design invites professionals to keep the printer right on their desks, creating an immediate feedback loop in the prototyping process, especially in the early phases of concept modeling.” MakerBot’s new solution for professionals offers engineers and designers a faster and more effective way to develop and test their ideas. The MakerBot Replicator+ provides faster, easier, and more reliable printing with a bigger build volume. WI-FI connectivity and tightly integrated desktop and mobile applications enable the Replicator+ to easily integrate into the design workflow. Compatibility with native CAD 3D files and high performance materials are tailored to meet the demanding needs of professionals. The MakerBot Replicator+ also features a flexible build plate, making it easy to remove larger prints by simply bending the plate. The new Grip Build Surface ensures that prints adhere better without the use of blue tape, resulting in improved reliability and reduced warping and curling. A behind-the-scenes look at how MakerBot’s hardware and software teams collaborated when developing the Replicator+ is available here. To learn more about MakerBot’s solutions for professionals and educators, please visit www.makerbot.com.