Manufacturing and Prototyping on Your MakerBot Replicator 2

Posted by on Wednesday, January 16, 2013 in Uncategorized

Find out how these two MakerBot users are forging forward into the next industrial revolution!

Chris Milnes had never 3D printed anything when he invented an iPhone accessory he desperately needed. While the Square credit card reader makes his life easier as a business owner, it tends to spin and twist during use. His simple design, the Square Helper, connects the Square unit to an iPhone or iPad and prevents it from twisting, saving the merchant time and hassle. With his MakerBot Replicator 2 Desktop 3D Printer, Chris has a factory on his desk for making high-resolution, durable units. Even better, the Square Helper accessory is selling for a big profit, without any need for injection molding. Chris’s story is a great example of how a MakerBot can empower anyone with an idea to become an inventor, a manufacturer, and an entrepreneur.

Marcel Botha says the need for a better baby spoon is obvious: just look at any baby’s face after his most recent meal. Unfortunately what makes for some pretty hilarious shots on Instagram can be a real pain for the parent on the other end of the spoon. Marcel partnered with a few others including Manuel Toscano of the New York based creative agency Zago to create Spuni, a revolutionary spoon suited for a baby’s mouth. Now the team uses their MakerBot Replicator 2 Desktop 3D Printer to create samples for press and potential investors. Having a MakerBot in the office gives the Spuni team the (relatively) immediate gratification of having proof-of-concepts in hand within a few hours instead of a few weeks.

Make sure to check out the Explore section of our website where Square Helper and Spuni are currently featured. The Explore pages will give you a chance to get inspired by hearing from other MakerBot Explorers and to Discover the MakerBot ecosystem. We update it frequently so make it a regular stop on your MakerBot tour.

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  • Kevin Lam
    March 14, 2013 at 3:31 am

    I am interesting in Makerbot Replicator2.

    Want to buy one and use at my factory in China.

    Do you have technical support on how to use it in China?

    How I can seek help if problem or question while operating it after purchase?

    Do you have a sole agent in South / Mid China?

    How much is Makerbot Replicator2? Lots of friends in indusrial field interest in this great machine too. Any chance to explose your products to more people in China?

  • Noah Hummel-Hall
    March 30, 2013 at 8:53 pm

    I am very interested in your business.
    This product is absolutely fascinating; the possibilities appear endless! This is the thing dreams are made of—or with!

    Is the business open for investment? I would definitely love to see this company propelled into the future. Please Contact me if this is an option (I wasn’t able to locate any links towards investor policy).

    Is there anywhere I may look at a business model?


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