Personal additive manufacturing is still in its infancy, much like computers were before the PC revolution that brought the devices into nearly every home. Early PCs were bulky, expensive and usually didn’t come with a lot of bells and whistles. Early home 3D printing systems are pretty much the same.
The Thing-O-Matic, MakerBot’s first offering into the field, is now joined by the Replicator (I’m honestly surprised it took this long for someone to use the Star Trek reference). The Replicator shares the same rough-and-ready look of the Thing-O-Matic, but can be purchased with what MakerBot is calling their “Dualstrusion” option. Dualstrusion allows for two color products, which may be a first for home 3D printers.