Earlier this week we viewed Microsoft's latest episode of "On The Whiteboard" about the new 3D printing drivers that will be shipping within Windows 8.1. Today we have learned that Microsoft retail stores across the country will offer the experience to see a MakerBot Replicator 2 Desktop 3D Printer first hand.

Customers will be able view a live 3D printing demonstration, as well as being able to purchase a home unit and the required filament in store. At this point in time, Microsoft Stores are the only stores outside of MakerBot’s NYC store where you can purchase one of these high-tech printers.

Currently a list of eighteen different stores are offering the experience:

  • Scottsdale, AZ – Fashion Square
  • Costa Mesa, CA – South Coast Plaza
  • Mission Viejo, CA – The Shops at Mission Viejo
  • Palo Alto, CA – Stanford Shopping Center
  • San Diego, CA – Fashion Valley
  • San Francisco, CA – Westfield San Francisco Centre
  • Lone Tree, CO – Park Meadows Mall
  • Danbury, CT – Danbury Fair Mall
  • Atlanta, GA – Lenox Square
  • Oak Brook, IL – Oakbrook Center
  • Schaumburg, IL – Woodfield Mall
  • Bloomington, MN – Mall of America
  • Salem, NH – The Mall at Rockingham Park
  • Bridgewater, NJ – Bridgewater Commons
  • White Plains, NY – The Westchester
  • Houston, TX – Houston Galleria
  • McLean, VA – Tysons Corner Center
  • Bellevue, WA – Bellevue Square

For those currently wondering, a MakerBot Replicator 2 Desktop 3D Printer costs around $2,200. You will have to purchase a service plan separately for $350 if you want to protect the unit in the first year against failure. Each 1kg of filament costs $48 – so this won’t be a cheap purchase for anyone.

MakerBot at Microsoft Stores

Let us know if you get to see a MakerBot in person and if you do – send us some pictures!

Source: MakerBot; via: Neowin