MakerBot and Ingram Micro Inc. are joining forces.
Ingram Micro, the world's largest wholesale technology distributor, is now an officially-authorized distribution partner for MakerBot.
While MakerBot has, at least in the past, traditionally sold its products directly to customers through its own eCommerce site, makerbot.com, and its own brick and mortar outlet in New York City, the company has recently expanded its distribution to Microsoft Retail Stores and online through Amazon.com.
This deal, however, marks the first time MakerBot has linked up with a large-scale, independent distributor in the US to move product.
"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." says Mark Schulze, Vice President of Sales for MakerBot. "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."
This new agreement spells out how Ingram Micro will distribute MakerBot products. MakerBot also owns Thingiverse, a leading library of online digital designs for free 3D printed objects.
"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.
Ryan Grant, Senior Business Unit Director, Components and Document Imaging, for Ingram Micro says he sees 3D printing and scanning as a growing market for IT channel partners and adds that Ingram Micro's position in the document imaging business is an excellent fit to help MakerBot capitalize on growing demand.
The reseller and distribution agreement between MakerBot and Ingram Micro is effective immediately, and Ingram Micro says they'll be stocked and ready to resell MakerBot products starting this fall – just in time for the holiday season.