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Thingiverse | Customize a 3D Printed Tree

3D print a forest of unique, customized trees using Thingiverse Customizer. With about a dozen parameters, the Customizable Tree allows you to easily generate all the flora your inner arborist desires.

We just upgraded Customizer to a more recent version of OpenSCAD (2013.06), so we created the Customizable Tree to show off some of the new features. It now supports recursion, or the process of repeating similar shapes, in modules and functions and the scaling parameter for linear extrusions which allows the tree branches to taper.

Additionally, the tree customizer uses a new library we wrote for handling 3D vectors and a small library for converting hue-saturation-value colors to RGB. The 3D vector library comes with some helpful functions for rotating vectors toward other vectors as well as a module for visualizing vector paths.

Now that we’ve upgraded, we can’t wait to see what kinds of recursive designs you come up with!

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Thingiverse | ‘On Such a Full Sea’ Fish Challenge Winners

Inspired by the character Fan’s career as a fish tank diver, the MakerBot Studio designed the beautiful orange koi pictured and shared it on Thingiverse.

Inspired by the character Fan’s career as a fish tank diver, the MakerBot Studio designed the beautiful orange koi pictured and shared it on Thingiverse.

We’ve found our fish. Thanks to everyone who entered such supremely creative and innovative designs in our ‘On Such a Full Sea’ Fish Challenge.

The Challenge
We celebrated the limited edition of Chang-Rae Lee’s new book with a Thingiverse design challenge. Its sleek, white slipcase was printed on a MakerBot Replicator 2 Desktop 3D Printer.

A subjective panel, including Chang-Rae Lee himself, selected the winners based on ease of printing, beauty, and creativity of fish design entries.

A grand prize winner will receive a signed collection of Chang-Rae Lee’s books and three spools of MakerBot Filament. The second and third runners-up of this challenge will receive the regular edition of Chang-Rae Lee’s On Such a Full Sea signed by the author. All winners will have their creations featured on Thingiverse and displayed in the MakerBot Retail Stores.
- NYC: 298 Mulberry Street
- Boston: 144 Newbury Street
- Greenwich, CT: 72 Greenwich Avenue

Our Winners

First Place
Fish Pen Pot by HEJHEJ
Not only does this fishy friend help organize your desk, but it’s also fun to feed. You’ll be seeing spare SD cards, highlighters, and thumbtacks as fish food in no time.

Second Place
Cork Pals: Fishy Fish by uauproject
Upcycle your used corks into these absolutely adorable little fish. They print in a flash!

Third Place
Air Jellyfish by XstrudeStudios
A perfect way to display your rootless, soil-free air plants, these bubbly, beautiful jellies will add underwater charm to any space. They print easily with no supports and look especially mystical in translucent filament colors.

Honorable Mentions
World Whale by grumpyrobot
Steamed Fish by dutchmogul
Fictional Fish by mrigsby

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Thingiverse | Customize a Valentine’s Pendant

We’re full of ideas for Valentine’s Day gifts here at MakerBot, and with Thingiverse Customizer, we’re giving you the ability to personalize a token of affection for your loved ones.

Simply log on to Thingiverse, open the Monogram Pendant or Half Heart Monogram Pendant in Customizer, and choose which letters you want to use. There are options for size, font weight, and whether to join the initials with a heart shape. Create an embossed monogram by opting for a backing on your pendant, then swapping the filament midway through the print.

Nothing says “I love you” like a one-of-a-kind gift!

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MakerBot Apps | Thingiverse 1.1 Upgrade for iOS


A Host of New Capabilities
When you’re leading the Next Industrial Revolution, it’s important to stay at the vanguard on all fronts. So today we released an upgrade to our iPhone app for MakerBot Thingiverse that will boost your mobile experience with awesome new features that let you:

– Add photos to Thing designs or MakerBot Digitizer Desktop 3D Scanner scans posted to Thingiverse.

– Browse your own collections and favorites in your profile.

– Browse collections in all user profiles.

– View and respond to comments on Thing detail pages.

– Get push notifications when new designs are published to Thingiverse, or when a MakerBot Digitizer scan is published.

– Easily add photos, or respond when someone follows you.

If you already have the Thingiverse iOS app, keep your eyes open for the upgrade to version 1.1. If you haven’t yet downloaded the Thingiverse app, click this link to get started and join the community for discovering, printing, and sharing 3D models—on the go!


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Thingiverse | Customize a Valentine’s Gift Box


With Valentine’s Day right around the corner, give a little gift to your sweetheart in a 3D printed box customized just for him or her. Simply log on to Thingiverse, open the Customizable Box in Customizer, and either opt for one of our preset shapes or draw your own. You can also adjust the size of the box to perfectly fit the gift inside.

Fair warning: these boxes may elicit more excitement than their non-3D printed contents!

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MakerBot Apps | The Thingiverse is Expanding—to Android!


More Access for Makers
We’re excited to announce the launch of the MakerBot Thingiverse app for Android. Now Android users can use their smartphones to access Thingiverse, the thriving community for discovering, printing and sharing 3D models.


A Rich Variety of Options
The new app is full-featured to give you the best, most versatile Thingiverse experience. When you download the new app from Google Play you’ll be able to:

– Browse featured 3D designs, and new and noteworthy items, which have been selected by the Thingiverse community based on popularity.

– Scroll through beautiful slideshows of detail photos when viewing 3D designs.

– Upload photos to share images of your 3D prints, or update your profile and cover images from your phone.

– Like, collect, and add a description to photos.

– Share directly from the app to Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, email, or save to your camera roll.

– Change your Thingiverse settings, and more!

Explore + Share on the Go
The new Thingiverse Android app is for everyone no matter what level of technical expertise or experience. Download it and open up new opportunities to join in with the world’s largest 3D printing community!




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Thingiverse | ‘On Such a Full Sea’ Fish Challenge


We’re kicking off the ‘On Such a Full Sea’ Fish Challenge on Thingiverse to celebrate the limited edition of Chang-rae Lee’s new book. Its sleek, white slipcase was printed on a MakerBot Replicator 2 Desktop 3D Printer. Inspired by the character Fan’s career as a fish tank diver, the MakerBot Studio designed the beautiful orange koi pictured above.

Design your own fish for a chance to win. Click “Enter Challenge” on the Challenge Page and upload your design between today, January 16 and February 7. Fish designs must be tagged #OnSuchAFullSea to be considered.

Award-winning author Chang-rae Lee will join our panel of judges to subjectively select the winner based on printability, beauty, and creativity. A Grand Prize winner will receive a signed collection of Chang-rae Lee’s books, three spools of MakerBot Filament, and have his or her creation featured on Thingiverse and displayed in the MakerBot Retail Stores. Two runners up will get a signed copy of the regular edition of On Such a Full Sea and have his or her creation featured on Thingiverse and displayed in the MakerBot Retail Stores.

Find out more details and how to enter, read the Official Rules, and follow the challenge here!

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MakerBot Digitizer | Beautiful Scans + Education Recap


An Amazing Collection
It’s been just over four months since the MakerBot Digitizer Desktop 3D Scanner was released, and the results have been incredible. We’ve collected some of our favorite scans on MakerBot Thingiverse. Here are some of the highlights:

Bored Turtle is an ideal object for 3D scanning on the MakerBot Digitizer. It required no preparation because it’s a great size (fits easily in an 8”x8” cylinder) and good color/texture (grey stone). It scanned well, and came out nicely on a MakerBot Replicator 2 Desktop 3D Printer.


The Waving Cat was also a success on the MakerBot Digitizer. It’s also the right size for scanning, but it needed a little work to manage its shiny exterior, so it was painted grey. You can see it came out well and the 3D prints were fun to paint!


This Swedish Moose  (Thing # 188003) was a good object for the MakerBot Digitizer. It’s a correct size, and it required just a little powder to prepare it for scanning. The video below shows how it was scanned and gives an excellent example of what it’s like to create 3D models with the MakerBot Digitizer.

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Inspired? Now It’s Your Turn.
If you own or plan to purchase a MakerBot Digitizer, take a look at the following blog posts from the Digitizer Education Series. They will teach you great tips and tricks for making high-quality 3D scans like the ones above. Topics include:

Part 1: Introduction

Watch a video taking you through the basics of MakerBot Digitizer.

Part 2: Placement, Calibration, and Lighting

Get important information on setting up your scanner and objects for scanning

Part 3: Materials for 3D Scanning

Learn what materials can be scanned as is, and which ones need some preparation.

Part 4: Size and Stability of Objects

Determine how big or small, and what shape your objects should ideally be for scanning.

Part 5: MakerBot MultiScan Technology

Use this amazing capability that allows you to scan an object from several angles and have the images combined into a more comprehensive 3D model.

We hope you’re as excited to create 3D models with the MakerBot Digitizer as we are to see them. Keep submitting your work to MakerBot Thingiverse, and make sure you tag your entries with “Digitizer.”

Happy scanning!

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Thingiverse | The Countdown Continues

You’ve probably seen some of the festive designs we’ve been releasing as part of our New Year’s Countdown. We’re continuing the countdown, uploading a holiday-themed design to the MakerBot® Thingiverse® 3D Design Community, every day until December 31.

Today’s Snowball Fabricator is the latest innovation in snowball optimization technology.

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3D print this Snowball Fabricator on a MakerBot® Replicator® 2 Desktop 3D Printer to lob perfect snowballs at friends and neighbors all winter long.

Keep checking back every weekday for a new design. Thanks for making!

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MakerBot Retail Store | 3D Photo Booth is Back!

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State of the Art Technology
We’ve upgraded our popular 3D Photo Booth at the MakerBot® Retail Store, and the results are impressive. The new 3D Photo Booth can take a complete 360-degree scan of a visitor’s head and shoulders* in about 20 seconds. After scanning, it automatically prepares your scan for 3D printing as an STL file.

Make It, Share It
You can order a 3D print of your scan right in the store. We’ll also upload your scan to a private page on the MakerBot® Thingiverse® 3D Design Community so you can download it to share with family and friends, and make it on a MakerBot® Replicator®2 Desktop 3D Printer. While you’re at the MakerBot Store, get inspired by the winning designs from our Thingiverse Math Challenge and Thingiverse Ornament Challenge.

Visit Us Soon!
Stop by our MakerBot Stores in New York City, Boston, MA, and Greenwich, CT to take a turn in our 3D Photo Booth. Mention this blog post to get a free scan through December 24.

Scan you later!

*You must be 10 or older, and 48”– 82” tall to get scanned.

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