LAS VEGAS -- MakerBot introduced three new categories of 3D printing materials that mimic the look of maple wood, limestone and iron.

Debuting at the 2015 International Cunsumer Electronics Show (CES) with select prints, the new PLA composite filaments from the company will be available to the public in late 2015.

MakerBot CEO Jenny Lawton says that instead of introducing new 3D printers at the show, the company is focusing on creating a comprehensive 3D Ecosystem, which consists of 3D printers and scanners; software, like MakerBot Desktop, MakerBot Mobile, and MakerBot PrintShop; solutions like the MakerBot Innovation Centers; services like MakerBot Learning; and in depth support options including tutorials, quick tips, and the MakerBot MakerCare Protection Plan, for its customers.

"3D printing is not simple. It is not plug-and-play. 3D printing takes work and takes software and hardware that make it work. We are focused on improving the overall 3D printing process to make it easier and more accessible for everyone,” Lawton adds.

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