The new Makerbot is pretty

TechCrunch posted yesterday about the new Makerbot printer, the Replicator 2.  It supports 100-micron resolution, which the video explains means that each layer of plastic in a printed object is as thin as a piece of paper. It costs $2,199, plus $48 per kilo of printing plastic (a renewable bioplastic called PLA).  To put that into perspective, one of the first laser printers available mass market, the LaserWriter, started selling in 1985 at $6,995.  (I was curious, so I plugged that into an inflation calculator: in today's dollars, that's about $15,000.)