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Albert Wegner Summarizes the State of the 3D Printing Universe!

Albert is an expert on things that are beginning and on their way up. He wrote up a great post summarizing the state of the 3D Printing universe. Check it out!

So how far are we along this path? It is early days. Probably a little too early to declare that atoms “are” the new bits. But progress has been rapid and it feels distinctly as if we are at the cusp of rapid acceleration. For a geek like myself it is impossible to look at the Cupcake CNC from Makerbot and not think of it as the Apple I of personal manufacturing. At the same time as other 3D printers cost $100,000 or more, the Cupcake comes as a kit for $750. That is two orders of magnitude cheaper. Yes, there is some assembly required (Bre jokes that it’s at the level of IKEA furniture) but it is easy to extrapolate to an Apple II, which will be the Makerbot in a box. In the meantime, there is a growing list of things that can be printed with a Makerbot that can be found at Thingiverse.

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  • Rashad Glover
    March 22, 2010 at 2:14 pm
     

    So true. every time I look at a Makerbot it reminds me of “Pirates of Silicon Vally” and Bre would be young Steve Jobs.

    -Rashad Glover
    RashadGlover.com

     
  • Doug Munch
    March 28, 2010 at 5:33 am
     

    I agree this is the beginning of a new era, but the metafor to the Apple 1 is not quite correct. Rather I compare it to the Altair 8800 http://www.old-computers.com/museum/computer.asp?c=62. The Altair was presented as a project in Popular Electronics magazine The schematics and diagrams all printed. You could build it from scratch or buy it either as a kit or assembled. I almost built one, but went for the SWTPC 6800 which no switches or leds and had a boot rom and a serial port (for hooking a terminal to) instead.

    Makerbot is so cool.

     
 

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