MakerBot and Autodesk have announced a partnership to market their respective 3D printing hardware and 3D design software as a package.
Earlier this year, Autodesk partnered with Sculpteo, a 3D printing service, to launch the Autodesk 123D Creature iPad application. But now, customers that are considering a MakerBot Replicator 2 Desktop 3D Printer can purchase a premium membership bundle and get the Autodesk 123D family of apps to print their creatures (and more) in the comfort of their own home or office.
The MakerBot Replicator 2 Desktop 3D Printer marketed by Autodesk will feature custom Autodesk-themed artwork for the faceplate and build plate and will have access to the 123D Catch, 123D Creature, 123D Design and 123D Make apps with their Autodesk membership as well as 10 premium model downloads a month, one free 3D print, Instructables Pro Account and one PLA spool (you get three with the two-year bundle).
There are two options: a one-year bundle for $2,249.99 or a two-year bundle for $2,299.99. For those just interested in the Autodesk membership, but not ready to take the plunge on a MakerBot 3D printer, you will get a $40 discount on a future MakerBot 3D printer ($90 with a two-year membership) with your membership.
To learn more about the membership offerings, check out the Autodesk website.