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Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer Tours MakerBot

Posted by on Tuesday, March 20, 2012 in Uncategorized

Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer has been a vocal fan of MakerBot , even shouting out the company in his state of the borough address.

Today, Stringer visited MakerBot HQ for the first time and got the grand tour.

Bre shows the BP around the BotFarm

Bre explaining how The Replicator works

Stringer left MakerBot with his very own 3D printed Empire State Building!


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Winners of 3D Artist Mag’s Pet Monster Contest!

It’s time! Find out who has been lucky enough to win their very own 3D printer, courtesy of MakerBot Industries…

We collaborated with 3D Artist for the competition and giveaway and were charged with judging the 48 fantastic submissions. It was a tough decision, but we have winners!

The competition asked entrants to design their own pet monster – this could be an adorable companion or a fearsome critter; the idea was to encourage artists to use their imagination, to be innovative within a small footprint.

Artists could use any 3D software to design their monsters, but they had to generate a manifold (watertight) mesh suitable for 3D printing. This meant things like feathers, small joints and thin clothing was going to be a particular challenge.

Characters also had to be designed within 100x100x120mm, with the ability to have different parts printed in different colours. ‘Makerbotability’ was an important part of the design – and judging – process.

Runners up

Our three runners up have each had their designs 3D printed at the MakerBot Industries HQ, soon to be shipped to the talented creators. We can’t wait to see the photos of the winners with their new 3D-printed pets!

Runner up #1: Ben Malouf – aka BenitoSanduchi – with Fat Bunbun. 3D Artist says: “What a monstrously greedy bunny? We could easily imagine this little fella sat on the 3D Artist desks, munching away. Just as long as he sticks to carrots – we’ve got first dibs on the chocolate biscuits!”


Runner up #2: T. Shawn Johnson – aka Whystler – with Teacup Dragon Puppet. 3D Artist says: “This is such a clever idea! While a dragon isn’t a new concept, it’s been scaled down to live in a teacup designed to move: turn her head and make her speak using a tiny rod below her body.”


Runner up #3: Matt Thorup – aka Redbeard – with Pug Monster Pet. 3D Artist says: “This is adorable: cute from the front, nasty on the reverse! We love his quizzical expression and helpless pose – can we adopt him, please?”


And the winner is…


Andreas Böhler – aka andreas – with Pet monster Blobby. Andreas submitted a handful of charismatic monsters, making the hardest part of the judging process choosing which of his entries was the ultimate winning design!

Andrea submitted a lot of  awesome monsters to the contest! This one prints really well and got a lot of likes on Thingiverse!

Check out a bunch of other wonderful entries on Thingiverse.

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“Inside MakerBot”

Posted by on Tuesday, March 13, 2012 in Uncategorized

Hit the play button on the video above for a behind the scenes look inside MakerBot Indstries courtesy of Business Insider. The crew got some great footage of Bre in the BotFarm before heading to the Botcave to see where MakerBots are built, tested, and shipped. You may even recognize some familiar faces from previous blog posts!

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Want to MakerBot Your Office? Businessweek Shows You How

Posted by on Tuesday, March 13, 2012 in Uncategorized

Why honor your company’s Employee of the Month with a generic trophy when you can customize the award with their own image? Bloomberg Businessweek included this personalized Employee of the Month award in their story, “A MakerBot for the Office,” which features MakerBot user Brendan Dawes.  An interactive designer and the founder of Beep Industries in Manchester, U.K., Dawes has designed a number of things for his office including cable holders, clips for attaching pens to notebooks, and a hexagonal organizer to keep his desk tidy.

For more ideas of ways to perform a MakerBot takeover on your office, check out Businessweek’s accompanying slideshow, which includes this sweet 3-D printed tie.

UPDATE: As Nudel points out in the comments below, the items featured in the BusinessWeek piece and slideshow are all designs that have been uploaded to Thingiverse. If you have a MakerBot, print at will. Thanks, Nudel!

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Art Info Says 3D Printing Is Shaping the Future

Posted by on Friday, March 2, 2012 in Uncategorized

Art Info wrote a very cool piece on what 3D printing means, not only for artists and designers, but for everyone in the world. The article featured MakerBot’s collaboration with fashion designer, Asher Levine, who describes how 3D printing makes prototyping easier:

“The fashion industry is stuck in this archaic method of manufacturing, while we’re on the cusp of a new method,” Levine told us. He also let us in on a secret: “I can’t sketch sunglasses.” Instead, he molded models from clay and subtly tweaked the designs using a CAD program — “move this in a bit, move this out a bit, make it a quarter-of-an-inch shorter” — input them into his Replicator, and had a revised version in just nine hours — more quickly, efficiently, and cheaply than the traditional method. The machine took the design and extruded melted ABS plastic through a nozzle onto a platform, building the sunglasses layer by layer via FDM (think ’90s, line-by-line dot-matrix printers, but in three dimensions). Thanks to Thingiverse, Makerbot’s open source website, you can actually download Levine’s designs and make them at home — the only catch is that it’s BYOMB. Bring your own MakerBot.”

The writer also paid a visit to Material ConneXion’s and the article includes a slideshow of 3D-printed objects from the Print/3D exhibition.

Read the full article here!

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MakerBot Featured in Material ConneXion’s “Print/3D” Exhibition

Posted by on Thursday, March 1, 2012 in Uncategorized


Material Connexion, a global materials and innovation consultancy, is currently featuring 3D-printed objects and designs in an exhibition at its NYC headquarters. “Print/3D” includes an impressive collection of 3D-printed objects from an array or artists, designers, and manufacturers, including MakerBot’s Rocket Playset, as well as objects from Thingiverse like the skull bowl, pirate ship, and stretchy bracelet.

Not only can visitors see a wide range of 3D-printed pieces, but they’ll have the chance to see a Thing-O-Matic live printing objects as part of the installation!

Material ConneXion
Open to the public from 9am-6pm
60 Madison Avenue, 2nd Floor
New York, NY 10010


“Print/3D” has already been written about in these fine publications, click the links for full articles:

New York Mag
NY Times

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MakerBot at DIY DAYS NY This Saturday!

Posted by on Wednesday, February 29, 2012 in Uncategorized

MakerBot Industries is excited to be part of DIY DAYS this Saturday, March 3rd at the New School.  We will be demoing The Replicator starting at 1:30 p.m. in Wollman Hall (a.k.a. Experience Hall).

Consisting of a series of talks, workshops, prototyping sessions and a hands-on Experience Hall, DIY DAYS becomes more than just an event to learn and network, it becomes a place where inspiration is turned into action. Different than other conferences or industry events, DIY DAYS is free and open to all, launching projects that the community can participate in year round

Prior to DIY DAYS, FreedomLab will stage a special two-day “Think and Do” Lab called Wicked Solutions for a Wicked Problem (WSWP). Together, scientists, engineers, storytellers, hackers, anthropologists, game designers, educators and futurists will collaborate with a group of elementary school students to create various prototypes of the future. These prototypes will come to life in 3D on MakerBots for DIY DAYs on March 3rd!

The New School
66 W 12th St.
NY, NY 10011
March 3, 2012

Full schedule here!

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MakerBot’s Bre Pettis Speaks on the Importance of Co-Creation at TED2012

Posted by on Monday, February 27, 2012 in Uncategorized


It’s time for TED2012!  MakerBot’s CEO and co-founder, Bre Pettis, is among the TEDFellows speaking at the conference in Long Beach, California this week.

Bre’s talk today focused on the importance of  community and co-creation in making something that seems impossible, possible. Case in point:  the open-source collaborative design phenomenon where 3D printed clocks were developed collectively  by MakerBot’s Thingiverse users. Remember the Clock-a-Thons? Well kids, we successfully made a clock!

Thingiverse users from around the world began uploading their designs for the pieces of a clock, and the final stages of construction happened here in MakerBot’s Brooklyn workshop, with clock mastermind, Syvwlch himself in attendance, over a meeting of minds and some shared food.



Want to make a clock of your own? Download the files from Thingiverse, get your bot warmed up, and start printing! The clock does have a few necessary non-printable parts, but fear not – MakerBot is selling these parts in our online store! In the kit, you’ll even get a laser cut wooden shelf stand signed by Bre Pettis himself!

For the inside scoop from TED2012 follow Bre on Twitter – @bre!


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Stop Talking. Start Making.

General Assembly’s Start Making campaign launched this week, including this video of Bre discussing the early days of MakerBot. The Start Making series raises awareness for General Assembly’s soon-to-be launched free online learning program, aimed at helping empower people to start the entrepreneurial endeavors and projects they’ve always imagined. The series also features videos from Mayor Bloomberg, Mario Batali, and David Kelley.

Support Start Making by sharing the video via Twitter or Facebook, or even better, download and print this keychain from Thingiverse on your MakerBot. Put it on your keyring or give one to your friends and family!


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Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz Visits MakerBot!

Posted by on Tuesday, February 21, 2012 in Uncategorized

Brooklyn Borough President, Marty Markowitz, stopped by MakerBot HQ this afternoon to chat with MakerBot CEO and co-founder, Bre Pettis.

Markowitz admires a giant 3D-printed chess piece

Bre explains how The Replicator works

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