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MakerBot Sends Colbert into Space

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After scanning Stephen Colbert‘s head in preparation for Bre’s appearance on the Colbert Report, we encouraged Thingiverse users to mashup the Colbert model with all sorts of other objects. (And got to work ourselves.)

Not content to confine ourselves to mashups, we initiated the MakerBot Space Program with a mission to send a bust of Stephen Colbert into space on a weather balloon with a Flipcam and a GPS enabled cell phone.

Special thanks to Bre Pettis, Jonathan Monaghan, Keith Ozar, Luke SchantzAnney Fresh, Eddie Codel, Mariko Kosaka, Stephen Colbert, and Dave Neff for the R&D, launch, and recovery of this, our first MakerBot Space Mission.

UPDATE: Check out some of the great pieces written about this project at BoingBoing, Gizmodo, Makezine, TechCrunch, CBS News, Mashable, The Huffington Post, and Laughing Squid!

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  • MakerBlock
    MakerBlock
    August 16, 2011 at 12:50 pm
     

    That is the best thing I have ever used my eyes to watch.

     
  • drag0n57
    August 16, 2011 at 1:32 pm
     

    Balloon, space, excellent! This was great. Thanks for sharing the adventure.

     
  • Stephen Colbert Head Sent Into Space by MakerBot
    August 16, 2011 at 2:00 pm
     

    [...] 3D printed bust of Stephen Colbert has been sent into space in the first mission of the MakerBot Space Program (see onboard video of Stephen Colbert in space). [...]

     
  • GeoDelGonzo
    August 16, 2011 at 2:39 pm
     

    Go team MBSP!!!

    That “Colbeart over Long Island” pic smiles with achievement.

     
  • …And the aliens will know us by our biting sarcasm « Build Lounge
    August 16, 2011 at 3:24 pm
     

    [...] are always looking for something fun to do with their 3D creations, so they’ve decided to send a bust of Stephen Colbert into space using a large helium weather [...]

     
  • Stephen Colbert’s 3D printed head goes to space | It's like, Really?
    August 16, 2011 at 7:01 pm
     

    [...] MakerBot Sends Colbert into Space « MakerBot Industries [...]

     
  • Dave
    August 16, 2011 at 7:04 pm
     

    So, what altitude did you get it to?

     
  • Stephen Colbert’s 3D printed head goes to space « News Xazri
    August 16, 2011 at 7:25 pm
     

    [...] MakerBot Sends Colbert into Space « MakerBot Industries [...]

     
  • Cryptob
    August 16, 2011 at 8:11 pm
     

    Nice work guys!
    Looked like a fun day out. Could you publish some height stats and software info for your telemetry?

    Very cool!

     
  • Stephen Colbert’s head goes to space! | A FISTFUL OF CULTURE
    August 16, 2011 at 9:06 pm
     

    [...] can read more details below from the Makerbot team themselves: After scanning Stephen Colbert‘s head in preparation for Bre’s appearance on the [...]

     
  • Stephen Colbert gjort det til Space-Sort Of [Video] | PCTV
    August 17, 2011 at 11:09 am
     

    [...] eksemplarer af Colbert 's hoved. Forhåbentlig vil de relevante hijinks vil opstå. [ MakerBot [...]

     
  • Stephen Colbert’s Head Goes Into Space | TechCrunch
    August 17, 2011 at 12:48 pm
     

    [...] The folks at Makerbot made a bust of Stephen Colbert and gave him a copy when they appeared on his show a month or so ago. Not content to let it just moulder in the shop, they decided to attach it to a weather balloon and send it up over Long Island. The resulting video and images are striking: the Great Eagle himself in flight high over the salty waves of the Atlantic, overtopping the great spires of American Democracy, and soaring unfettered like a plastic bag in American Beauty. [...]

     
  • Replicating Stephen Colbert | johnbiehler.com
    August 17, 2011 at 2:11 pm
     

    [...] Update: Check out what the guys at MakerBot did with their printed Colbert head: [...]

     
  • Stephen Colbert Made It To Space — Sort Of | Gizmodo Australia
    August 17, 2011 at 4:45 pm
     

    [...] MakerBot’s founder Bre Pettis is appearing on the Colbert Report soon, which is why they’ve been busy making 3D-printed copies of Colbert’s head. Hopefully the relevant hijinks will ensue. [MakerBot] [...]

     
  • Makerbot Sends Colberts Head To Space
    August 17, 2011 at 10:08 pm
     

    [...] new heights… space in fact. The creative team behind the very affordable 3D printer, MakerBot, have printed out the open-source head recently seen on the Colbert Report and sent it all the way [...]

     
  • Stephen Colbert’s Head Goes Into Space - Technology Aggregator - Mycafe24.com
    August 17, 2011 at 11:02 pm
     

    [...] The folks at Makerbot made a bust of Stephen Colbert and gave him a copy when they appeared on his show a month or so ago. Not content to let it just moulder in the shop, they decided to attach it to a weather balloon and send it up over Long Island. The resulting video and images are striking: the Great Eagle himself in flight high over the salty waves of the Atlantic, overtopping the great spires of American Democracy, and soaring unfettered like a plastic bag in American Beauty. [...]

     
  • Stephen Colbert sent to space? | Space News Center
    August 18, 2011 at 12:06 pm
     

    [...] MakerBot Industries, a company that specializes in creating 3D printers for do-it-yourselfers, brought him one step [...]

     
  • A team sends 3d printed head to space | random stuff
    August 18, 2011 at 8:24 pm
     

    [...] MakerBot Sends Colbert Into Space. [...]

     
  • Makerbot Sends Colbert Effigy into OMG! Space
    August 24, 2011 at 9:52 pm
     

    [...] in July, Matt from Makerbot explains, “Not content to confine ourselves to mashups, [Bre Pettis and his Makerbot [...]

     
  • MakerBot Raises $10 Million in Funding! (And Sends Stephen Colbert’s Head Into Space) | Singularity Hub
    September 2, 2011 at 10:13 am
     

    [...] Not to be outdone, the MakerBot team printed out their own copy of Colbert’s noggin and launched it into space using a weather balloon! Check out Pettis’s appearance on the Colbert Report and the [...]

     
  • Is Your Company As Disruptive As MakerBot? Unlikely. | John Geraci's Blog
    November 9, 2011 at 4:44 pm
     

    [...] esoteric product, made by Brooklyn hipsters. They see the funny projects that they do, like sending a bust of Steven Colbert’s head into space. They don’t see disruption right [...]

     
 

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