Archive for May 24th, 2011

Carmiac Bot Bling Design Challenge Winner!

Castle MakerBot by Renosis

Castle MakerBot by Renosis

Thingiverse citizen Carmiac recently put together a “Bot Bling challenge.”  The winner was to receive $35.00 from Carmiac himself and MakerBot kicking in some LED’s!  The challenge recently concluded with the winner, Renosis for his “Castle MakerBot.”  From Carmiac:

Congratulations to Thingiverse user Renosis for winning the BotBling Challenge!  His Castle MakerBot entry has everything, great design, complete files, options galore, and over the top awesomeness.  The only thing missing is a moat!

Big thanks and kudos to all the entrants, and stay tuned for my next challenge!

Renosis’ “Castle MakerBot” entry includes:

  • Four turrets
  • Coat of arms, with 7 different logos in three different positions
    • MakerBot logo
    • Thing-O-Matic
    • Cupcake
    • Unicorn
    • RepRap
    • RepRap logo
    • Open Source Hardware logo
  • Medieval torches
  • Stained glass window
  • Gen4 Interfacenumeric keypad firmware hack
  • Runic keypad labels

He even included all the source files for his work.  These included a PDF of the keypad labels, DXF files for some of the logos, Sketchup files for stained glass window, and OpenSCAD files for everything else.  If you’ve ever needed to turn a MakerBot into a castle, this is hands down the only way to go.

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Popular Mechanics Features MakerBot Thing-O-Matic in 10 Coolest DIY Projects From Maker Faire 2011

Popular Mechanics: "Top 10 Coolest DIY Projects from MakerFaire"

The MakerBot crew was in attendance at MakerFaire 2011 – Bay Area this past weekend — where the MakerBot Thing-O-Matic made quite a splash. Check out a little of what Popular Mechanics has to say about our latest DIY 3D printer kit:

MakerBot Thing-O-MaticMakerBot Industries is a pure example of the maker ethos: Not only has the company created an interesting machine, but its machine’s sole purpose is to create things. Provided with the right instructions, it can print just about any 3D shape into plastic.

It can be hard to explain why exactly someone might want a 3D printer, so the crew put together a demo: a facial scanning system housed inside a 7-foot-tall dome built by maker Michael Felix, the joints of which were created with a 3D printer. Inside, fellow maker Kyle MacDonald uses the infrared camera bar from a Microsoft Kinect, along with software he wrote himself, to capture 3D models of attendees’ faces, which are then printed into plastic statues. The whole process, from flesh to plastic, takes only 45 minutes.

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The difference between kids and adults

Kids watching a MakerBot for the first time

Kids watching a MakerBot for the first time

I had the distinct pleasure of helping out at the MakerBot table this last weekend at Maker Faire Bay Area 2011.1 After watching dozens of kids and adults exposed to a 3D printer for the first time, here’s the main difference:

Adults: “Wait, can you make anything?”

Kids: “You can make anything!”

While adults may find a 3D printer interesting, somehow kids just seem to “get it.”  Somehow seeing the machine run and looking at a few finished pieces next to it, kids seemed able to completely understand that they could use a 3D printer to make anything they wanted.2

  1. Photo courtesy of Bre []
  2. Check out all the clock parts on the table! []
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