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In the U.S. you can buy MakerBots in a few corporarte stores, B&H photo in NYC just opened a store within a store and Microsoft stores now carry them.

You can get Afinia printers at Radioshack. Where, as of an article that I read the AM, will also be selling Printrbots.

I love my UM original and really feel that with the introduction of the UM2 they have the polish to be very competitive.

I would love to see a slightly more aggressive general marketing push. Maybe some units in stores at least for display. . .

Just my 2¢.


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Yes, I think Ultimaker needs to get on top of their production volume issues before they go too far along the path of pushing promotion even further; there's nothing worse than exposing a whole bunch of new users to the product, and then telling them that they can't get one for months - especially in a retail environment, where the whole point is hands-on, instant gratification. :-)

That said, it looks like Ultimaker is making some progress in improving the production rate, and I think it won't be too long before they start paying more attention to the US market's needs, from what I'm hearing. :-)


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time wise its going to be tight.... makerbot is busy closing up wholes in the market... i really do hope and pray that by the time ultimaker have their production in order.. that they have such a momentum and oppertunity behind them as they have enjoyed the last two years...

Its a very tricky job and made even harder because makerbot is... monster big and getting bigger every day.

I know I talk to too much sometimes and open my stupid irish mouth a little too much for some peoples confort... but one thing ultimaker has really lost is... a front man....

At the begining Erich was the front man.. the funny computer geek that went onto tv and radio and told the world how amazing this is... now erich is... kinda gone to the backgarden some where... doing his thing.

Sander is trying his best and pushing himself forward at shows and online.. this is a big big help but even poor sander cant be every where at once... Ultimaker is actually slowly loosing its general publich sharp image... kinda busy... and blurry....

This maybe wont harm them... but it wont help them of course!

Kinda like the really cute clever girl Makerbot had doing cool HOW TO videos on their home page.. she was cute funny and showed lots of cool tricks with 3d printers... that was reallt brilliant and gave a solid face to the company....

But hay.. everything im saying here.. you guys know already right!



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