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MakerBot Automated Build Platform

The future of Personal Manufacturing is now! Introducing the MakerBot Automated Build Platform. It’s a heated conveyor belt for your 3D personal manufacturing system! Instead of just making one thing at a time, with the MakerBot Automated Build Platform, you’ll be able to make lots of things at a time. When the MakerBot has MakerBotted something, it just rolls of the MakerBot Automated Build Platform and begins to make the next part!

You know how some machines make one item, and then you start the process over, like a Belgian waffle iron? Well, until today 3D printers pretty much resembled waffle irons. You removed each part by hand, reset the print head, and manually started the next job. With the addition of the MakerBot Automated Build Platform, your waffle iron now resembles the machine they make Eggos with at the factory. You get A LOT of Eggos coming out of the Eggo machine hot and fresh, down a conveyor system and into a box of goodness!

We at MakerBot Industries are really excited, because we love making things, but now we really love making LOTS of things. Now it’s easier than ever to make a lot of one item, or a sequence of different items. All without ever having to reset the machine, load a separate file, or get in there with your hands to remove parts. If I’m still not totally clear regarding exactly what the MakerBot Automated Build Platform will mean for you, here is a movie, to help lock in the key points.

So consider the possibilities. Say you need 10 of that printable tool handle, or 40 of those cable clips. Or you want to build a foosball table, and print out all the plastic men. Or print your own chess set? How about printing out the plastic components of another machine all in a single batch print?

With this latest addition to the MakerBot family. Your machine will not be just a “prototyper” anymore. With the MakerBot Automated Build Platform, your MakerBot becomes a desktop personal manufacturing system making useful object after useful object.

The Automated Build Platform is available now. Get it and turn your MakerBot into your own factory! The MakerBot Automated Build Platform is a perfect match with the MakerBot MK5 Plastruder and MakerBot Filament Spindle.

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39 Comments so far

  • Rob
    September 13, 2010 at 1:56 pm
     

    Excellent, this will defiantly be a game changer in the world of 3D printing. I couldn’t get any sound from the first video but I managed to dig down to the underlying URL: http://blip.tv/file/get/Makerbot-MakerBotAutomatedBuildPlatform390.flv – I opened it VLC and it started rebuilding its font cache but after a minute it started playing fine and with sound.

     
  • MakerBotAutomated Build Platform Launched! « Charles Edward Pax
    September 13, 2010 at 2:17 pm
     

    [...] launched the MakerBot Automated Build Platform! I’m endlessly happy about this. I’ve hacked on [...]

     
  • Henkka
    September 13, 2010 at 3:00 pm
     

    Awesome!!! I’m heading to the MB store right now… Possibilities are endless and I very happy that this happened sooner than I thought. Way to go !!!

     
  • Oren Beck
    September 13, 2010 at 3:14 pm
     

    The link posted by Rob is dead @1415 or so central time.

     
  • Bre Pettis
    Bre Pettis
    September 13, 2010 at 3:31 pm
     

    Hey Rob, I replaced the video and now there is sound, yay! – Bre

     
  • drew
    September 13, 2010 at 4:27 pm
     

    looks great!

     
  • Top Ten Things To Make With Your MakerBot Automated Build Platform - MakerBot Industries
    September 13, 2010 at 4:40 pm
     

    [...] epic launch of the MakerBot Automated Build Platform heralds a new dawn of possibilities for your MakerBot. The MakerBot truly becomes a mini-factory [...]

     
  • Wade
    September 13, 2010 at 8:31 pm
     

    Most awesome! Near infinite production rates on the horizon! Well, not quite, but still, this is very, very cool. Great work guys!

     
  • Pleasant Hardware » Blog Archive » Finding home - 3D printing with MakerBot and other hardware
    September 13, 2010 at 8:51 pm
     

    [...] As you can see, the Z-Probe just works, even if the height of the build platform was changed. No manual adjustmens needed. This is not only a nice feature for operators using differnt types of build platforms or surfaces, it might also be quite useful for people using the brand new Automated Build Platform. [...]

     
  • MakerBot Automated Build Platform « Ponoko – Blog
    September 14, 2010 at 7:02 am
     

    [...] fantasy becomes reality with a new add-on for the Makerbot, dubbed the Automated Build Platform. Consisting of a heated build platform combined with an automatic conveyor belt, printing out parts [...]

     
  • LeoM
    September 14, 2010 at 7:35 am
     

    Very nice !
    An question, can we expect an Heated build platform upgrade kit for ? It’ll be sad to have an useless heated buil platform on a box, we just have to dissasemble an clean the platform for use her in the automated ?
    Thx for you great job in upgrading this wonderfull machine.

     
  • Edgar Castelo
    September 14, 2010 at 8:19 am
     

    Hey, attach the Makerbot to my Extruder-Replicator, and you can have multiples of those, AT THE SAME TIME!
    One active bot, moving himself, and other slave 3D Pantographs!

    With the conveyor belt, it’s multiples of multiples!

     
  • Bre Pettis
    Bre Pettis
    September 14, 2010 at 11:08 am
     

    Hey LeoM, Save that HBP for bigger things. The ABP has a limitation of about 9cm in the x direction. The HBP can use the full 10cms. – Bre

     
  • Edgar Castelo
    September 14, 2010 at 11:42 am
     

    I’m so excited with this I got to make a new Page for it:

    https://sites.google.com/site/buildyourstuff/3d-pantograph-for-extruders

     
  • Automated 3D Printing « Stuffilike.net
    September 14, 2010 at 1:14 pm
     

    [...] MakerBot has designed, built and offered for sale a heated build platform for their MakerBot (which means it should work on other 3D platforms like Mendel, Darwin, et. al.) which removes finished product from the build area, making it possible for a 3D printer to run complete many items unattended.  This ought to spread the availability of RepRap much more quickly than expected.  In twenty years or less every home handyman will have one, or its descendant. [...]

     
  • University Seminar on Teaching and Learning » Blog Archive » 3-D printers as New Media Machinery - building CUNY Communities since 2009
    September 14, 2010 at 2:50 pm
     

    [...] 3-D printer sightings today: in the New York Times and on MakerBot’s site. This really is a personal automated home [...]

     
  • Twotimes
    September 15, 2010 at 5:11 pm
     

    I ordered one of these on Monday and the store page said to wait 1 to 3 weeks. It just came in (it’s Wednesday)… holy crap, I’m happy you guys figured out your shipping process! My hat’s off to you.

     
  • Exciting news from MakerBot Industries « Bertram Niessen's Blog
    September 15, 2010 at 8:09 pm
     

    [...] first one is the MakerBot Automated Build Platform, that allows you to chain produce multiple pieces without manual intervention. In other words, it [...]

     
  • 3Dプリンターを生産ツールに(MakerBot Automated Build Platform) : monogocoro ものごころ
    September 15, 2010 at 10:00 pm
     

    [...] Make: Original: MakerBot Automated Build Platform blog comments powered by Disqus var disqus_url = [...]

     
  • Some stuff about 3D Printing « Esoteric Heritage
    September 20, 2010 at 1:29 am
     

    [...] Second, news from MakerBot about their new Automated Build Platform. [...]

     
  • 3D-Drucker Automatisierung vorgestellt | Beyond-Print.de | All about future media
    September 20, 2010 at 9:32 am
     

    [...] welches die Funktionweise der MakerBot Automated Building Platform erläutern, finden Sie auf der Unternehmenswebseite. Wer die ABP direkt für seinen 3D-Drucker bestellen will, kann dies über den MakerBot-Shop tun. [...]

     
  • Using Templates for Your eCommerce Site | MagneticFreedom Live
    September 20, 2010 at 9:18 pm
     

    [...] MakerBot Automated Build Platform – MakerBot Industries [...]

     
  • A Geodesic Dome Made With MakerBots From All Over the World - MakerBot Industries
    October 20, 2010 at 6:02 pm
     

    [...] course, this was all before we released the Automated Build Platform. It launched MakerBots into the future of do-it-yourself automated 3D printing. Whether you [...]

     
  • The rise of 3D printing | Maker Librarian
    January 11, 2011 at 12:52 pm
     

    [...] Second, news from MakerBot about their new Automated Build Platform. [...]

     
  • Incredible printed guitar - Zoybar Six String Kit
    February 23, 2011 at 2:28 pm
     

    [...] another peripheral in our offices. Now we’re actually able to buy our own 3d printer (eg. that thing) and… print our own guitar! I couldn’t imagine that ever in my life, but it’s [...]

     
  • Thing 5700 – Vica Illusion Sculpture (Time Lapse) - MakerBot Industries
    March 3, 2011 at 7:56 pm
     

    [...] the BotCave we have been loving us some time lapse video in recent months. (Automated Build Platform, Cathedral, and Water Soluble PVA, just to pick three I have put together.) These tiny videos not [...]

     
  • 3D printed electromechanical computer - Hack a Day
    October 27, 2011 at 5:01 pm
     

    [...] on a Thingomatic, so we’re betting [Chris] is going to be relying heavily on the MakerBot automated build platform for the thousands of parts he’ll have to [...]

     
  • 3D printed electromechanical computer | ro-Stire
    October 27, 2011 at 9:58 pm
     

    [...] on a Thingomatic, so we’re betting [Chris] is going to be relying heavily on the MakerBot automated build platform for the thousands of parts he’ll have to [...]

     
  • teeh
    October 27, 2011 at 10:19 pm
     

    Could the plataform be used with a standart mendel prusa ?

    How much more in price to get all smd solders done and included ?

     
  • 3D printed electromechanical computer | The Depot of Talk
    October 27, 2011 at 11:01 pm
     

    [...] on a Thingomatic, so we’re betting [Chris] is going to be relying heavily on the MakerBot automated build platform for the thousands of parts he’ll have to [...]

     
  • Becoming intelligent designers and saving the RepRap - Hack a Day
    March 16, 2012 at 12:04 pm
     

    [...] diversification is not without evolutionary dead ends; useful add-ons like the automated build platform are compartmentalized and only available for the Cupcake and Thing-O-Matic. Small [...]

     
  • Becoming intelligent designers and saving the RepRap » Dirty Old Device
    March 16, 2012 at 12:10 pm
     

    [...] diversification is not without evolutionary dead ends; useful add-ons like the automated build platform are compartmentalized and only available for the Cupcake and Thing-O-Matic. Small [...]

     
  • Becoming intelligent designers and saving the RepRap « Hackaday « Cool Internet Projects
    March 16, 2012 at 12:23 pm
     

    [...] diversification is not without evolutionary dead ends; useful add-ons like the automated build platform are compartmentalized and only available for the Cupcake and Thing-O-Matic. Small [...]

     
  • Becoming intelligent designers and saving the RepRap » Geko Geek
    March 16, 2012 at 12:31 pm
     

    [...] diversification is not without evolutionary dead ends; useful add-ons like the automated build platform are compartmentalized and only available for the Cupcake and Thing-O-Matic. Small [...]

     
  • Becoming intelligent designers and saving the RepRap | CisforComputers
    March 17, 2012 at 12:31 am
     

    [...] diversification is not without evolutionary dead ends; useful add-ons like the automated build platform are compartmentalized and only available for the Cupcake and Thing-O-Matic. Small [...]

     
  • Becoming intelligent designers and saving the RepRap | ro-Stire
    March 17, 2012 at 12:58 am
     

    [...] diversification is not without evolutionary dead ends; useful add-ons like the automated build platform are compartmentalized and only available for the Cupcake and Thing-O-Matic. Small [...]

     
  • Josh
    June 27, 2012 at 10:12 am
     

    Will this be available soon for the replicator? I see the thing o matic is being discontinued and no longer for sale – I was moving towards buying a makerbot printer but without the automation I’m not sure I will.

    Let me know what the plans are please. Thank you.
    Josh

     
    • Melody
      Melody
      June 27, 2012 at 5:48 pm
       

      @ Josh — We have no plans to do an automated build platform for The Replicator.

       
  • Ellison
    September 14, 2012 at 12:00 am
     

    Is this no longer available?

     
 

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