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MakerBot Featured in “Innovators” Series on Bloomberg


A few weekends ago, Sheila Dharmarajan from Bloomberg’s “Innovators” series came to the Botcave for a visit — check out the great piece that resulted!

A few favorite moments:

  • Sheila Dharmarajan’s lead in: “I’m about to become a plastic toy.”
  • Bre’s explanation why printing a small plastic household good you know you want on your MakerBot is a heck of a lot more environmentally conscious than purchasing something off-the-shelf that travels across the world, guzzling up fossil fuels, just to sit in climate-controlled retail store waiting for you to need it.
  • MakerBot Operator Chris Anderson (incidentally, also Editor-In-Chief of WIRED) talking about the Thing-O-Matic as an example of democratizing technology.
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MakerBot in Boston Globe

Photo Credit: Steve Garfield

Those of you living in the Greater Boston Area might want to pick up a Boston Globe this morning. Flip to the Business section to read a great piece about MakerBot from Mark Baard:

You’ve seen the cliché beginning to a technology story a thousand times: “It sounds like science fiction . . .’’ But the sci-fi lead is irresistible when it comes to describing a gadget that automatically manufactures single copies of everyday objects, like a replicator in Star Trek…. What you manufacture with the Thing-O-Matic is limited only by your imagination, or what you can find among the plans posted at MakerBot’s Thingiverse.com website. (Read more.)

Baard talks about the fun you can print with a MakerBot, and then tells of “serious projects” Professor Audrey Lee-St. John and her students are accomplishing at Mount Holyoke with their Thing-O-Matic — including modeling to predict how proteins might move and a potential collaboration with roboticist Dan Barry.

For those of us lacking a Boston Globe today… check out the rest of the article here!

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