MakerBot, a company focusing on desktop 3D printing, has announced a relationship with Ingram Micro Inc., a wholesale technology distributor and a company focusing on IT supply-chain, mobile device lifecycle and logistics solutions.
In a release, MakerBot said that Ingram Micro is now authorized as a U.S. distribution partner for the Company, bringing MakerBot products including the MakerBot Replicator 2 Desktop 3D Printer, the MakerBot Digitizer Desktop 3D Scanner, as well as the MakerBot 3D Printing Ecosystem, to resellers throughout the United States.
MakerBot said that it has traditionally sold its products directly to North American customers through its own eCommerce site makerbot.com, its own MakerBot Store in New York City and a limited number of select resellers. In 2013, the company expanded its distribution by selling its products in Microsoft Retail Stores throughout the United States, as well as online through Amazon. The new relationship with Ingram Micro is the first time the company has used a large-scale independent distributor in the United States to further allocate its products.
"Teaming with Ingram Micro is expected to allow us to reach more resellers in the U.S. that can now sell our products directly," said Mark Schulze, vice president of sales for MakerBot. "We get calls every day from direct marketers and resellers asking for a relationship with MakerBot, and now, we can work with more of these companies through Ingram Micro, and expand the MakerBot 3D Printing Ecosystem. It's a pretty exciting time as we see more rapid adoption of 3D printing and scanning not only in the engineering, architecture and industrial space, but also with more cutting-edge consumers."
Under the new agreement Ingram Micro will distribute MakerBot products, which include the MakerBot Replicator 2 Desktop 3D Printer, the recently released MakerBot Digitizer Desktop 3D Scanner, MakerBot MakerWare Software, and MakerBot Filaments. MakerBot also owns Thingiverse.com, an online digital design destinations for free 3D printed designs.
"We believe that working with Ingram Micro will help further our mission of leading the Next Industrial Revolution through 3D printing and scanning," said Bre Pettis, CEO of MakerBot.
"Ingram Micro is pleased to welcome MakerBot to our growing portfolio of industry-leading print and imaging solutions and stand- alone products," noted Ryan Grant, senior business unit director, Components and Document Imaging, Ingram Micro U.S. "We believe 3D printing and scanning represent a growing market for IT channel partners, and that Ingram Micro's dedicated document imaging business unit is well positioned to help MakerBot capitalize on the growing demand for these technologies."
The reseller and distribution agreement between MakerBot and Ingram Micro begins immediately. Ingram Micro is expected to be stocked and ready to resell MakerBot products this fall and throughout the holiday season.
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