The opening of MakerBot's new factory has us wondering about their main competition's manufacturing capability. 3D System's Cube is now selling at Staples online shop, with intentions of being sold in each physical store location.
We suspect the Cube is manufactured overseas in China, where large-scale manufacturing is commonplace and inexpensive. It also provides another very critical capability: scalability. If you're manufacturing a product, it can be straightforward to rapidly crank up the number of units shipped.
We now have two personal 3D printer companies with significant manufacturing capability. There can be only one reason for this.
They both plan on selling tons of them.
[UPDATE] We've learned that 3D Systems' Cube is currently manufactured in the USA, not overseas.