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Thing-O-Matics Head Into the Wild

OMG!  Those are Thing-O-Matics!

OMG! Those are Thing-O-Matics!

It’s been an exciting week here at the BotCave.  We have begun to ship out our much-anticipated Thing-O-Matic kit.  We’ve already shipped out the first hundred kits or so, and that means that some of you will begin to get your boxes.

And that means that it will soon be time for some early adopter to start building their bots.  If that’s you, point your information browser to: http://wiki.makerbot.com/thingomatic

Thank you all so much for your orders and excitement.  We really appreciate having the best customers in the world, and we hope that you’re as excited as we are!

Happy Building!

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  • jetguy
    December 9, 2010 at 11:49 am
     

    This is to update everyone-since everybody at makerbot is shipping these out include the tech support guys. This is good as many should get theirs by Christmas. I also don’t want anyone to fall into the trap and order one today and “expect” to get it by Christmas.

    From Matt who was kind enough to talk to me about status,

    “I have your note about expediting the Thing-O-Matic shipping. While we are shipping really rapidly (have over a hundred out the door already) I see that your order was for November 29th, which will not be due for shipping out until Jan 17th. So there are still 240 Thing-O-Matics in front of you. (The ToM kits have a posted seven week lead time for assembling and shipping the kits.) I think your order will ship far sooner than that given that the whole team is working on this, but … I’m not sure what gave you the impression that it would definitely arrive before Christmas. (It might, but it will be close at best.)”

    I want to make it clear i’m not busting on the Makerbot team. Just I believed the 7 week lead time was to start production, not perpetual as no matter what- 7 weeks is what Makerbot means.

    This drops this from my reccomended list for a “holiday” gift- unles you just like to celebrate the holiday is over.

     
  • Dave Durant
    December 9, 2010 at 1:56 pm
     

    w00t!! Grats, MBI!!

     
  • Linkreincarnate
    December 9, 2010 at 4:42 pm
     

    Pretty…can’t wait to get mine.

     
  • Eric Albert
    December 9, 2010 at 5:30 pm
     

    Yeah! A Thing-O-Matic spotted in the wilds of northeast Pennsylvania!!! (don’t worry, the postman didn’t leave it exactly out on the lawn…) :-)

    http://picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo/opu4KesPZ9KwjOGHa5yrGQ?feat=directlink

     
  • Gabe
    December 9, 2010 at 8:57 pm
     

    Great, now the suspense will even worse, knowing that it could be here “any day” now.

     
  • Thing-O-Matic is Inexpensive Star Trek Replicator - SlashGear
    December 10, 2010 at 1:12 pm
     

    […] cleaning and re-clicking. Fun! Take a peek at the full product description below, and feel free to order one on pre-sale (coming soon!): ***Availability: Ships with a 7 week lead time. This is a Pre-sale […]

     
  • Ken Burgess
    December 10, 2010 at 2:25 pm
     

    I got the impression my order would ship immediately because on the order page the order encouragement line reads: Availability: In Stock
    Also, when I placed my order I was given the option of “overnight shipping”, which I selected, assuming the product would ship on the next day. I have not been “following” the progress of this product, I just found the page and ordered one. OK the product description says “7 week lead time” but that appeared to me to be “old information”, an old post that had not been updated, because it was in conflict with the official looking “Availability: In Stock”. That added to the option of overnight shipping and I was pretty excited. If I’m going to have to wait seven weeks for the product I really don’t want to pay for overnight shipping and would like to change that. I can’t seem to find a “Contact Us” button on the web page, so how do I change the shipping on my order?

     
  • MakerBot Ships the Thing-O-Matic: An Automated 3D Object Printer « carmentkelly
    December 10, 2010 at 3:42 pm
     

    […] What do you call a 12 inch by 12 inch by 16 inch box that can print 3D objects of your design, continuously for hours at a time, for just over a thousand dollars? That’s the new MakerBot Thing-O-Matic, the latest and greatest in automated home 3D object printing. MakerBot has just begun sending the first shipment out its doors. […]

     
  • Vote My Story, Thing-O-Matic is Inexpensive Star Trek Replicator | Vote My Story
    December 10, 2010 at 4:51 pm
     

    […] cleaning and re-clicking. Fun! Take a peek at the full product description below, and feel free to order one on pre-sale (coming soon!): ***Availability: Ships with a 7 week lead time. This is a Pre-sale […]

     
  • MakerBot Thing-O-Matic … 3D Object Printer « This Too Shall Pass
    December 12, 2010 at 7:48 am
     

    […] What do you call a 12 inch by 12 inch by 16 inch box that can print 3D objects of your design,continuously for hours at a time, for just over a thousand dollars? That’s the new MakerBot Thing-O-Matic, the latest and greatest in automated home 3D object printing. MakerBot has just begunsending the first shipment out its doors. […]

     
  • jetguy
    December 14, 2010 at 10:36 am
     

    Another FYI for those waiting to receive a T-O-M .

    They are shipping somewhere around # 155 (maybe even a few #more) today(as of an early email) just to give everyone some idea where they are at. This is good as they shipped 100 last week and managed to get 55 out while Botacon was going on.

    Miracle for Christmas anyone? (In the form of a UPS overnighted package).

     
  • RiTides
    December 14, 2010 at 5:01 pm
     

    I got an email that mine shipped today. I’d ordered mine on October 20th, and so they were less than a week late on shipping it according to the 7-week lead time mark!

    I know people who’d ordered earlier had to wait a bit longer, but I’m betting that those of you who ordered later will see a less than 7-week lead time.

    Will update once I get it :) :). So looking forward to this!!!

     
  • hybot
    December 14, 2010 at 7:59 pm
     

    Mine arrived today, a week after shipping — I live on the far left coast. I ordered it Sept 25th, within the first 1/2 hour of it being available; it’s serial number 3010.

    I can’t wait to put it together, but unfortunately I’ll have to: I have a business trip tomorrow. Figures.

     
  • luke
    December 17, 2010 at 1:51 am
     

    #192 has been shipped on 12/16/2010 6:10 P.M.^^

     
  • hybot
    December 17, 2010 at 10:14 am
     

    There is a brief blog entry by Preston Lee, and some nice photos of the unboxing and various stages of assembly that can be found at MakerBot Thing-o-Matic 3D Printer Assembly Photographs. That server may be being slashdotted at the moment, so the direct link to the photos is Flickr.

    Preston, like at least one other I’ve read about, is saying about 16 hours assembly. I’ve only just started mine, but am taking time to clean, sand, and finish the wood.

     
  • RobotGuy
    December 17, 2010 at 5:25 pm
     

    Just to keep all those waiting for their Thing-o-Matic to ship on tenterhooks, I’ve just received an email from MakerBot saying mine, which was ordered on 30th October, has just been shipped.

    Now it’s all in the hands of USPS, ParcelForce, and how much snow falls over South East England over the next week (or two)

     
 

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