Makerbot has just announced the launch of an EU division called Makerbot Europe in order to replicate its US 3D-printing success overseas. The company has already been successfully selling its Replicator Z18 (above, right) and other models through distributor Hafner's Buro in Europe. However, it decided to acquire its distributor outright to make it easier to sell and market the 3D printers across Europe. Former Hafner chief Alexander Hafner will run the new division. MakerBot was itself recently bought by industrial 3D-printer maker Stratasys for $400 million, or so after selling nearly 22,000 3D printers across the US.