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Straight out of Back to the Future, the MakerBot Replicator 2 is small enough to fit on a desk top, and is perfect for engineers, inventors or people who like to make things! With several set up around the shop, visitors can watch as models are printed right before their very eyes. On the day we visited, they were printing yellow linked bracelets, as well as an architectural model.

Each MakerBot Replicator 2 prints at a 100-micron layer resolution, making smoother lines than before in colorful and renewable bioplastic PLA filament. Visitors can also nab a mini 3D-printed sculpture from one of the vending machines that flank the store.  Buyers can order programs to print over 28,000 different objects, and also contribute their own.

Among the objects displayed at the store are 3D-printed shoes, frog and arthropod sculptures, watches, cassette tapes and even a replica of a statue from the Metropolitan Museum of Art – created with the MakerBot iPhone app!

The amazing store is staffed with MakerBot experts who are happy to show customers everything the machine can do. And at just $2,199, the MakerBot Replicator 2 is priced to sell, bringing a generation of 3D print designers to New York City.

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Images ©Lori Zimmer for Inhabitat