MakerBot has announced the signing of an agreement with D&H Distributing that makes D&H a distributor of MakerBot products in the U.S. D&H specializes in programs for dealers and resellers in the education, medical/healthcare, government and manufacturing markets. The programs include dedicated personnel, marketing materials, trade show and educational opportunities.

MakerBot Replicators are already in over 5,000 universities, schools and libraries throughout the U.S. The Desktop 3D printer giant expects D&H's reseller network, which includes more than 2,100 bookstores and campus retailers, to help expansion into additional educational institutions.

"We're excited to partner with D&H to help expand the availability of MakerBot 3D printers and scanners in areas such as education, medical and healthcare, which we at MakerBot see as crucial for the growth of the 3D printing market," noted Mark Schulze, general manager of the Americas and Emerging Markets for MakerBot. "We're especially thrilled about D&H's strength in the education vertical. Just as it was for computers in the 1980s, we see educational use of 3D printers as an important catalyst for the broader adoption of the technology. D&H also reaches the top 100 consumer electronics and IT resellers in the United States, which we think will help us expand our sales channels across the U.S. to reach designers, educators and engineers."

MakerBot's 3D printing and scanning solutions are to be incorporated into D&H's K-12 offering, which includes educational sessions at its Solutions Lab Training Center. Both companies agree that K-12 and higher education will help drive the continued adoption of 3D printing.

"MakerBot is a true market pioneer, offering a comprehensive and accessible MakerBot 3D Ecosystem of 3D printing and design solutions. The company's strategy to deliver a breadth of support and instructional materials, from software apps to educational sessions to its MakerCare program, is aligned with D&H's own mission to help communicate the terrific potential of this burgeoning category," said Jeff Davis, senior vice president of sales at D&H Distributing. "MakerBot's 3D printers and scanners offer high-performance solutions for a range impressive applications, from creating spare equipment parts, to producing in-house 3D models, to creating prosthetic equipment and materials for surgeries and reconstructions. We want to help proliferate MakerBot's 3D printing products throughout the U.S., leveraging the brand through our small business and mid-market value-added resellers who sell into a range of sectors."