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Digitizer Education | Part 1: Intro

An Amazing Creative Tool

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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MakerBot Filament | Flex Your Filament


You may have glimpsed MakerBot® Flexible Filament when we posted about Francis Bitonti’s 3D printed Verlan Dress. Now MakerBot Flexible Filament for the MakerBot® Replicator® 2 Desktop 3D Printer is hitting the streets.

More flexible than MakerBot® PLA Filament and MakerBot® ABS Filament, MakerBot Flexible Filament creates new opportunities to stretch the limits of 3D printing. You can now make objects such as functional hinges, joints, and things that can be shaped to fit the body.

Polymer Bill, our mad advanced-materials scientist, tells us, “MakerBot Flexible Filament is super cool because it really increases the functional capabilities of 3D prints. I can’t wait to see what people make! And it doesn’t hurt that its low melting point means you’ll use less energy to heat it.”

MakerBot Flexible Filament’s low melting temperature of 60 degrees Celsius allows you to adjust your prints. For example, we heated this model of a human hand until it became translucent. In this state, MakerBot Flexible Filament gets smoother and becomes easily adjustable, maintaining your changes after it cools. We decided to teach this hand the symbol for “love” in American Sign Language.

Buy a spool and flex your 3D design muscles now.


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MakerBot Filament | It’s Melting, It’s Melting!


Made specifically for the MakerBot® Replicator® 2X Experimental 3D Printer, new MakerBot® Dissolvable Filament works beautifully with MakerBot® ABS Filament and dual extrusion prints, giving you solid infill for delicate overhangs and objects with internal moving parts.

Our crazy-in-a-good-way advanced-materials scientist, Polymer Bill, says, “I’m really excited about MakerBot Dissolvable Filament. It opens up possibilities. You can get to 3D prints that were simply unobtainable before. It just makes you think differently about how to 3D print.”

Polymer Bill is right: there’s something a little different about MakerBot Dissolvable Filament. You can use it to print as a solid block of infill inside an object, allowing you to create detailed and delicate internal structures like the inside of this ball bearing.

MakerBot Dissolvable Filament dissolves in limonene, a common, colorless, citrus-scented solvent available online and in grocery and home stores. Just immerse your print in a limonene bath and, depending on the size and geometry of your object, MakerBot Dissolvable Filament will melt away in just 8-24 hours.

Bonus: Your print holds a refreshing citrus scent for a few days after its bath.

Buy your spool of MakerBot Dissolvable Filament now.

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MakerBot Explorers | Francis Bitonti’s New Skins


What happens when you combine a forward-thinking designer, inspired students, a couple of MakerBot Replicator 2 Desktop 3D Printers, and an experimental new MakerBot filament?

A glimpse of the future.


A Record of Ingenuity Inspires an Inventive Project
Francis Bitonti is a multidisciplinary designer and researcher based in New York City. He’s the founding principal of Francis Bitonti Studio, a firm dedicated to the application of new technologies within design, and one half of the two-man team behind the legendary Dita Von Teese 3D-printed dress. He is among of the growing number of fashion innovators using MakerBot Replicator 2 Desktop 3D Printers to create custom designs and wearable technology.


In July, Bitonti led a three-week intensive interdisciplinary research project at Pratt School of Design’s Digital Arts and Humanities Research Center (DAHRC) called New Skins. Students seized a unique opportunity to expand the scope of their skills by working with experts in the fields of fashion, art, architecture and computing to design and fabricate “second skins” for the human body.

MakerBot Steps it Up
To assist with his project, MakerBot provided Bitonti with two Replicator 2 Desktop 3D Printers and MakerBot Flexible Filament, a polyester-based material that’s coming soon. A MakerBot trainer joined up with DAHRC to provide instruction and support for using the MakerBot Replicator 2 as well as input during the design review.

Throughout the project, students were inspired by anatomical models and explored hidden vectors of the human body to reflect its intricate forms. They worked with a variety of software platforms, including ZBrush, Maya and Rhino, to realize their final design. This video takes us through the students’ experience designing with MakerBot Replicator 2 and MakerBot Flexible Filament.

Voila! The Verlan Dress
As you can see, the elegant Verlan Dress emerged from the project. It was printed on two MakerBot Replicator 2 Desktop 3D Printers, mostly with MakerBot Flexible Filament, which is soft, pliable, and moves more naturally with the body. The top portion of the dress is printed in MakerBot PLA Filament.

Bitonti credits much of New Skins’ success with the ability to do rapid prototyping on a MakerBot Replicator 2 as well as having access to the new filament.

“I was pleasantly surprised with how easy the MakerBots were to use,” said Bitonti. “The quality was on par with any industrial 3D printed pieces we have commissioned previously. It was great to have the MakerBot Desktop 3D Printers in the studio. [They] provided the students the ability to have immediate feedback on their designs by printing them during the design process. And using the new flexible material was really essential for us because we needed something that would be able to conform to the body and adapt to it as the body is moving.”

To celebrate the creation of the Verlan Dress, we’ve released the design files on Thingiverse as both Blender and sliced .x3g files for you to modify, print, and assemble as you see fit.

Leading the Charge
Ready-to-wear 3D-printed clothing is fast becoming an influential force in the world of fashion. We’re thrilled that
MakerBot Replicator printers and our next-generation flexible filament are going to take center stage in the fashion shows of the future!


Bintonti_blogpost_bottomimagewithcloseup_0905013(Photo credit: CHRISTRINI. Video credit: Serko Artinian)

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MakerBot Filament | 4 New Translucent Colors


At MakerBot we are always developing ways to let your inspiration shine through. One of our coolest products is translucent filament, which is made of PLA that is more see-through than our opaque colors. It’s the perfect end-of-summer gift for yourself, your favorite designer, or back-to-school student. Our 4 new gem-toned filaments: purple, yellow, orange, and red, join our existing blue and green to round out our collection of primary and secondary translucent colors. Check out our Thingiverse collection of designs featuring balloons, crystals, and other awesome objects you can make with this material. If you’re looking for a new, cool direction to take your 3D prints, the choice is clear.



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MakerBot Filament | 3 New Colors


You’ve asked for them, and now they are here. Introducing MakerBot’s True Blue, True Black, and True Purple PLA Filament. We have loaded these colors into the Replicator 2s in our office, and the results are gorgeous.

We love PLA for the MakerBot Replicator 2 because it is luscious to work with. It performs well with minimal peeling, curling or shrinking; it’s an environmentally friendly, renewable bioplastic made from corn; and it smells nice! Our entire Filament library is now fully stocked, with no lead time on shipping. Take a look and order today.


Since the MakerBot Replicator 2 Desktop 3D Printer launched last September, requests for new Filament colors have gone through the roof.  We’re developing a range of new colors to meet this demand and want to hear from you! Cast a vote for the colors you want to see, and we’ll follow your lead. Happy 3D printing.

Vote Now

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MakerBot Digitizer: Scan To Print In No Time


In 2009 at SXSW in Austin, the founders of MakerBot presented the prototype of our very first 3D Printer, the Cupcake CNC. Today, four years later, MakerBot CEO Bre Pettis took the stage for opening remarks, and did it again!

In perfect MakerBot/SXSW fashion, Bre unveiled an early prototype of the newest addition to our 3D ecosystem, the MakerBot Digitizer Desktop 3D Scanner. This is a product we have been eager to develop, because it’s the perfect complement to our Desktop 3D Printers. You can use it to jump start a design using an object in the real world. You can archive your possessions or save your kid’s play-dough sculptures.

What makes the MakerBot Digitizer special is that we designed it with 3D printing in mind. When you digitize an object on its spinning platform, you automatically get a high-quality, water-tight 3D model, in as little as three minutes. It’s the easiest and fastest way to get 3D-printable designs.

Lots of details will become available throughout the year, and in the meantime, please jump over to Sign up to get information and find out when the MakerBot Digitizer will go on sale. In the signup form, Click to read the full press release.

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Living on the Cutting Edge with Dualstrusion

Hopefully by now you’ve heard about MakerBot’s newest 3D printer, the Replicator 2X.  While 3D printing opens up a new world of possibilities, being able to print with a second plastic extruder at the same time takes it to another level entirely.  There are a lot of things that become possible with a dual extruding 3D printer that are simply not feasible by any other means.

  • Colors
    • The most obvious, and by far the simplest, use of dual extruders is to enable two color printing.  Although a single-color object could be painted, there are times when painting a particular object would require a great deal skill or be very time consuming.  While printing a plastic sushi set for my daughter I used dualstrusion to add black plastic “soy sauce” to white plastic dishes.  Sometimes, painting an object might even be impossible.  Imagine an object such as a bottle, vase, or an egg where you want to have an image or design inside.  While it might be impossible to paint inside such an object, the interior image could be printed inside the object as it is being created.
  • Dissolvable Support
    • Dual extruders allow for printing with a dissolvable support material like PVA.  Being able to print with a water soluable material means your robot could print entire mechanical devices complete with moving pieces.  PVA is still very experimental and fussy as an extruded material and at the extreme forefront of dual material printing.
  • Varying Densities
    • With two extruders it would be possible to create an entirely solid plastic object with a customizable density.  This could be used to make trick dice, a balancing toy, a toy that can’t be knocked down, a toy that can’t be stood up, or maybe a boat that is difficult to sink.
  • Mechanical Properties
    • Different extruded materials, such as ABS and PLA plastics, tend to have different physical and mechanical properties.  ABS tends to be more flexible and PLA tends to be more rigid.  A 3D printer with dualstrusion can combine the two plastics into a single object that is both flexible and rigid.
  • Simultaneous Dual Printing
    • One of the more exciting developments with dual extruder printing was a recent contribution by Thingiverse user thorstadg.  Thorstadg created a method for operating both extruders simultaneously – allowing the printer to print two objects, one with each extruder, at the same time.
  • Variable Resolution
    • Two extruders means you have two nozzles at your disposal.  However, there is no particular reason for both extruders to have the same size nozzle aperture.  With one very fine nozzle aperture and one relatively large nozzle aperture, a single object could be printed with quick printing coarse features and very high resolution features that take more time.
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Our Biggest Week. Our Biggest Thanks.

Yesterday was an amazing day for the MakerBot community and those of us here at the MakerBot headquarters. Today we’re back to business as usual, focusing on shipping world class desktop 3D printers and software that will keep taking all of us to the next level.

Meanwhile the world has been tweeting up a storm, and we’ve gotten some amazing coverage of the MakerBot Replicator 2 Desktop 3D Printer and our brand new MakerBot Store.

WOW. Our engineers, programmers, productors, and support staff have worked so hard for this moment, and we are overwhelmed by these reactions. Thank you to all of these publications for taking the time to write about our developments and to all of you for your incredible support. Your spirit keeps us going.

A sampling:

3D Printing Dreams
Beta Beat
Complex Tech
EEV blog
Engadget 1
Engadget 2
Fast Company Design
Idea Lab Talking Points Memo
Kurzweil AI
Laughing Squid
Laughing Squid
Mashable TV
Mote and Beam
PC Mag
Red Orbit
Rhino3D blog
Swiss Miss
Tech Crunch
Tech Hive
The Verge
Venture Beat



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High Resolution + MakerBot PLA = Really Pro Stuff

Right before our press conference today to announce the MakerBot Replicator 2 Desktop 3D Printer, the Replicator 2X, MakerWare, and the MakerBot Store, our table looked like a USB cornucopia. The table was flowing forth with USB sticks.

We wanted to give members of the press something easy to carry around, but you know we couldn’t just toss out a random USB stick. It needed a special MakerBot touch, and in keeping with the spirit of the day, it needed to be high resolution and made from MakerBot PLA. Our designer Jason nailed it. The shape has detailed wings surrounding a MakerBot logo. At the 100-micron layer resolution of the Replicator 2, none of this detail is lost and it all looks amazing, like something you’d normally buy off a shelf.

The stick is also perfectly shaped for the USB insert, which snaps snugly into place. This is one of the reasons we love PLA. When you’re designing at the scale where things need to fit together reliably, you need a material that won’t expand and shrink significantly. PLA is perfect for this; you just get what you expect.

If you’re not already familiar with PLA, check out the new filament page in our online store. You can easily click through ABS and PLA options in one place and see all the colors at once. PLA gives us the chance to explore matte colors like the yellow USB stick in the picture, but also finishes like shimmery, metallic, translucent (like the Green PLA in the picture), and sparkly.

Here’s a nice family shot of our current PLA offering, but watch this space for more to come!

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