I wish that we had had one when I worked there. In fact the lab needs a metal printer as well as that Makerbot. Being able to make single parts and very small runs is important in a physics lab environment. As often as not you are designing stuff that will only be used once, or not at all. A good portion of what you do doesn’t even exist in the commercial world and your low volumes and custom requirements mean that you pay through the nose. You are also constantly improvising and hacking stuff together. In that kind of environment having something like a Makerbot is perfect. You can design a mockup, print it and have it on the machine in hours. Even if you don’t have the final part made you can avoid the kinds of mistakes that can get very costly in time and money.