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The Winners of the #WeNeedaMakerBot Giveaway

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MakerBot threw down the #WeNeedaMakerBot giveaway contest and schools lit up the Internet with one inspiring story after another. To every school that participated, we celebrate you and all that you do for your students. After totalling up the likes, shares, and tweets, the results are in. Here are the winning schools and how each will be using their free 3D printer. A refurbished Replicator® Desktop 3D Printer is on its way!

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MakerBot Thingiverse Launches #MakerEd Challenge

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3D printing has become a powerful tool in the classroom. It allows educators to teach 21st century skills and bring the design process to life through collaborative, project-based learning. For many educators, even those who recognize these benefits, integrating 3D printers in the classroom can still be difficult. Finding relevant projects and creating curricula are two major challenges.

To fill that gap, MakerBot recently added a new feature to Thingiverse. We’re proud to announce that people will now be able to share and discover 3D printing project ideas with detailed instructions and multimedia events. As the world’s largest design community, Thingiverse is already a popular destination for educators, so this feature should only enrich their experience by giving them access to more projects recommended by Thingiverse users around the globe.

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Red Bluff High School: The First School to Buy Two, Get One

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Helping out a Healthcare Occupations Class at Red Bluff High School

 

No matter where you are or what you’re doing, get ready to cheer on those Spartans at Red Bluff High School! They’re celebrating a major first —and we’re celebrating with them. This high school in Northern California is the first school to Buy Two, Get One with MakerBot. They bought two MakerBot® Replicator® Desktop 3D Printers and received a refurbished model for free. Businesses can also participate with Buy Two, Give One.

To prepare their students for the jobs of the future, Red Bluff High School is going far beyond offering a garden variety education. Just ask Rochelle Barajas and Stan Twitchell; they’re both Project Lead the Way (PLTW) and Career and Technical Education (CTE) teachers there.

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Strategies for Funding a MakerBot Innovation Center

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A MakerBot Innovation Center is a serious commitment to 3D printing. With it, a university can provide unique opportunities for students, faculty, and the community that would be impossible or very difficult to create otherwise. Those might include campus-wide access to 3D printing, a centralized hub for STEAM learning, cross-departmental collaboration, stronger relationships with local entrepreneurs, and regional notoriety for the university. Take a look at any university with an established MakerBot Innovation Center and you’ll find living proof.

For university educators and administrators out there, even if you’ve already decided that you want a MakerBot Innovation Center, you will still need to fund it. Since that funding process can vary greatly between universities, it isn’t always easy or straightforward to navigate. As a result, MakerBot is proud to offer Strategies for Funding a MakerBot Innovation Center at Your University. This white paper investigates and analyzes the funding process at universities with a MakerBot Innovation Center through six case studies.

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3D Printing Tissues and Organs with MakerBot

Let’s face it. The human body is an imperfect machine working in an imperfect world. For example, damaged heart tissue cannot repair itself. So anyone with a serious enough heart issue must wait for a transplant. Over 4,000 Americans are on the waiting list today.

Adam Feinberg, Professor at Carnegie Mellon and his colleagues are paving the way for a new breakthrough treatment using MakerBot’s 3D printers: custom-made tissues and organs for your body.

As their findings in the Journal of Science Advances demonstrate, Feinberg and his colleagues have cleared the first hurdle to this treatment. Before you can grow living cells into a tissue or organ, you first need a scaffold in the shape of an artery, organ, or tissue onto which to grow living cells. The problem is, collagen, alginate, and other proteins that might work won’t hold their shape if you just 3D print them. Read the rest of this entry »

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MakerBot 3D Printers Now Print 30% Faster

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At MakerBot we continuously improve our products to provide our customers with the best possible 3D printing experience. The latest example is MakerBot Desktop 3.8 where you can now 3D print designs 30% faster and with stronger structural support.

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“MakerBot’s latest software update allows our customers to turn their ideas into physical objects even faster, combining faster print speed with one click 3D printing,” said Nadav Goshen, president of MakerBot. “MakerBot’s leading 3D printing Ecosystem connects hardware with software and apps to provide a seamless 3D printing experience that is unmatched in the industry.”

Better, Faster Printing

MakerBot Desktop offers several different infill patterns that you can use to optimize your prints for strength or speed. In MakerBot Desktop 3.8, we’ve added the diamond infill pattern. In our testing with this pattern, most designs, like this Brilliant Cut Diamond by Cymon, will print stronger and 30% faster than on MakerBot Desktop 3.6.*

MakerBot has an in-house team dedicated to continuously improving print speed and quality by developing new slicing algorithms. Slicing is the process of turning a 3D design into a 3D printable file. The result of this team’s work is the new diamond infill pattern, which allows the extruder to move faster during turns. Diamond infill is also extruded more consistently than other infill patterns, making it structurally stronger.

The new speed improvements are a result of the diamond infill pattern in conjunction with the variable layer height feature introduced in MakerBot Desktop 3.7. With variable layer height printing, the inside of a 3D print, or the infill, can be 3D printed at a thicker layer height than the outer layers, or the shell. The more your object is printed at that higher layer height, the faster the print will be overall.

Better Print Time Estimates

Want to know when your print will finish? MakerBot Desktop 3.8 features a new and improved algorithm for print time estimation, so your print will be finished when you expect it to be finished.

One Click 3D Printing

MakerBot Desktop 3.8 streamlines the print flow to give you one-click 3D printing. You no longer have to wait for slicing to complete before being prompted to start your print. Your print will start immediately after your model is sliced. This release is all about getting you from the design to a 3D print faster.

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Make sure to upgrade to the latest version of MakerBot Desktop today if you have a MakerBot Replicator, Replicator 2, MakerBot Replicator 2X, or any Fifth Generation MakerBot Replicator 3D Printer.

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Thing-O-Matic Users: you’ll want to stay with MakerBot Desktop 3.7 or earlier.

After installing MakerBot Desktop 3.8, you should also upgrade your 3D printer to Firmware 1.8. Taking advantage of the fact that MakerBot 3D Printers are Wi-Fi connected, Firmware 1.8 allows you to update to future firmware versions right from your 3D printer.

About MakerBot Desktop 3.8 and Firmware 1.8

MakerBot Desktop provides a complete, free 3D printing solution for discovering, managing, and sharing your 3D prints. From MakerBot Desktop, you can access more than a million free designs in MakerBot Thingiverse, the world’s largest 3D design community.
MakerBot’s Firmware allows you to take advantage of the latest features and improvements for your MakerBot 3D printer.

 

*Only applies to 3D prints with infill.

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Celebrating a Maker Milestone: 1 Million Uploads on MakerBot’s Thingiverse

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Thingiverse, the world’s largest 3D design community, just reached a landmark one million uploads and 200 million downloads! What began in 2008 as a website exclusively for the burgeoning maker community has grown into a robust gateway to 3D printing and 3D design for hundreds of thousands of people worldwide. Educators, professional engineers, designers, and 3D printing enthusiasts are all taking part.

“We believe that the impact Thingiverse has had on 3D printing and 3D design in its seven years is tremendous,” said Nadav Goshen, president of MakerBot. “Thingiverse has helped popularize 3D printing by creating a vibrant community and making it easy to discover, make and share 3D designs.  It has become the go-to place on the Internet for anyone interested in 3D design and 3D printing. We are excited to see what people come up with next.”

MakerBot founded Thingiverse in a Brooklyn-based hacker space so there was a place on the Internet where people could share designs for physical objects. At the time, such a site didn’t exist. Most of Thingiverse’s first users were small-scale manufacturers, engineers, or people who owned a 3D printer. During its first six months, the site averaged between 30 and 40 uploads per week. Today, Thingiverse boasts more than 2 million active monthly users and 1.7 million downloads per month. It is also the home to a number of competitions like the Assistive Technology and Fall STEAM Challenges, which invite community members to collaborate and create across the globe.

MakerBot Thingiverse has evolved from a community geared around simply sharing 3D designs on the web into a broad community of collaborators. One of many milestones in the site’s history was the 2013 introduction of Thingiverse Customizer, which allows Thingiverse users to easily customize existing 3D designs. Customizer not only made 3D design more accessible for those who aren’t familiar with professional 3D design software but also opened the door for more collaboration among its users.

One example of the collaborations on Thingiverse is the creation of the Robohand. Through Thingiverse, a woodworker from Johannesburg, South Africa, and a theatrical prop designer from Seattle, Washington, were able to work together across 10,000 miles to create a prosthetic hand that has been used to better the lives of hundreds of people across the globe. Now, a larger community of doctors, hobbyists, educators and engineers on Thingiverse continue to improve upon the original Robohand design, with the goal of enabling low cost prosthetics for people who otherwise wouldn’t get them.

Thingiverse also offers a glimpse into the use of 3D printing today. Popular Thingiverse categories include Ikea hacks, fashion items, toys and games, and art. Some of the most popular uploads of all time are the Low Poly Mask, the Amazing Gyroscopic Cube Gears! and practical items like the fully assembled 3D printable wrench and an earbud holder. To celebrate one million uploads, MakerBot is giving away 10 large popular prints from Thingiverse. To enter the giveaway, simply fill out this form.

Educators across the country are using Thingiverse to teach their students problem solving and collaboration to encourage them to apply ideas and designs to real-world problems. According to MakerBot’s market research, 79 percent of teachers who use MakerBot 3D printers use Thingiverse in the classroom*.  MakerBot also offers dedicated resources for educators on Thingiverse, such as design challenges and Jumpstart, which serves as an introduction to a number of free design programs that can help people bring their ideas to the physical world.  

Find more information about Thingiverse.

 

* Online surveys were conducted over a period of four months with 1300+ respondents using MakerBot 3D printers in an educational institution.

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MakerBot Digital Store | New Online Shop for Unique 3D Models

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Original, Fun, Collectible Digital Content
You can now purchase high-quality, delightful, printable, and paintable digital 3D models and collections in the MakerBot Digital Store.

The MakerBot Digital Store kicks off with six cool collections, all designed to take you on a creative adventure.

Each collection has colorful descriptions that help you get into character. Collect individual figures or buy a whole series. All the 3D models are MakerBot Verified to successfully print on MakerBot Replicator 2 Desktop 3D Printers and Fifth Generation MakerBot Replicator 3D Printers.

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Wired Pop-Up Store | MakerBot is in Good Company

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Partners in Creativity
What happens when the standard in 3D printing and 3D scanning joins forces with the world’s leading-edge tech magazine? Find out today when MakerBot teams up with Wired at the annual holiday Wired Pop-Up Store. It’s located in New York City at 353 W. 14th Street (at 9th Avenue) from December 4th through the 22nd.

An Array of Innovation
At the Wired Pop-Up Store, you’ll be able to see the MakerBot® Replicator® 2 Desktop 3D Printer and MakerBot® Digitizer™ Desktop 3D Scanner on display with other elegant futuristic products. All that clever design combined with the spirit of the season might inspire you to invent your own cool gadgets. But what tools could you use to help make them?

Hmm, let’s think….

 

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Digitizer Education | Part 1: Intro

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The MakerBot® Digitizer™ Desktop 3D Scanner is an incredible piece of technology that was recently praised by Popular Mechanics as one of the top 10 breakthrough products of 2013.  There are already many people using the MakerBot Digitizer to quickly turn the things in their world into 3D models they can modify, improve, share, and 3D print.

We encourage you to experiment with the MakerBot Digitizer, and share your 3D models with the MakerBot community on Thingiverse.  But if you’re just getting started, please watch this short video that will help you set up your MakerBot Digitizer and get you 3D scanning right away.

See you soon, and happy 3D scanning!

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