The possibilities of 3D printing seem nearly endless. The only downside? The prohibitive price of production. Fortunately, MakerBot is looking to change that. 

The 3D printer manufacturer has released new "affordable" models and opened a retail store in Manhattan. The lower-end model, the Replicator 2, was revealed this week and is now available for $2,199.

The Replicator 2 prints objects using corn-based bioplastic and generally takes hours to complete a project, depending on the size. MakerBot CEO Bre Pettis, speaking to TPM, described the Replicator 2 as a great entry level device for those interested in 3D printing but warned that you should only buy it if you are willing to devote time and energy to the device in order to learn the ins and outs of the field.

[via TPM]