Dell will offer MakerBot Replicator 3D printers and scanners to create an end-to-end 3D design solution for small and medium-sized businesses, enabling fast and affordable prototyping.

By adding MakerBot 3D printers and scanners to its existing portfolio of Dell Precision workstations, engineers can design and test new product concepts quickly; architects can create 3D prototypes during the design phase; and start-ups can experiment with new product designs and artistic models inexpensively.

"At Dell we strive to arm start-ups, designers and engineers with the powerful, reliable and cutting-edge technology they need to succeed," said Andy Rhodes, executive director, Dell Precision workstations. "With the addition of MakerBot's 3D printers and scanners to Dell's workstation portfolio, our customers can now bring their innovative prototypes to life much more quickly and affordably."

Dell Precision Workstation hardware is specifically designed for professionals in engineering, product design, animation, digital imaging and other graphics-intensive occupations.

Dell has partnered with strategic independent software vendors to certify system and application compatibility. Those include Dassault Systèmes SolidWorks; Autodesk Inventor, Revit and AutoCAD; and PTC.

MakerBot is a leading manufacturer and supplier of desktop 3D printers, scanners and supplies. It was purchased in 2013 for $604 million by industry giant Stratasys.

Small businesses are finding that desktop 3D printing provides a cost-effective alternative to enlisting off-site or overseas prototyping facilities to create molds and designs, allowing for designers and engineers to design, build, iterate and innovate more often, more affordably and at a faster rate.

MakerBot 3D Printers will be on display at the 3D Printer World Expo in Burbank, Calif., Jan. 31 - Feb. 1, 2014, where Dell XPS 8700 4th generation i7 design workstations will be used by featured artists in a ZBrush sculpt-off.