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Educators Come up Big at the First MakerBot STEAM Makeathon in NYC


The first summer STEAM Makeathon was a resounding success! Hosted at our Brooklyn headquarters, our Makeathon gathered educators from all levels for two fun-filled days of collaboration and learning. Attendees had free access to both Spheros and Ozobots, enjoyed a SOLIDWORKS breakout session, and walked away with their own 3D printing project for the classroom.

In the end, the Makeathon generated 14 projects that showcased the true potential of what 3D printing can do for students in STEAM classrooms. A few lucky teams even won MakerBot Replicator® Desktop 3D Printers or an Ozobot Bundle with MakerBot in the Classroom.

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MakerBot’s Best Practices: Loading & Unloading Filament


You’ve got the perfect 3D print project. It’s the one that caught your eye on Thingiverse, the one that stood out amidst thousands of others. Or perhaps it’s more personal and you designed it yourself. Either way, you can’t wait to see it completed. We know how you feel. It may not seem like a big deal at first, but the correct handling of your filament is a major component of any print success. By knowing how to successfully load and unload your filament, you can avoid filament jams, bypass print interruption, prevent damage to your extruder, and more.

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Time’s 50 Most Influential Gadgets of All Time


Everyone loves a good list and Time magazine recently put one out for the ages. A team of business and tech editors, writers, and reporters took on the steep task of naming “The 50 Most Influential Gadgets of All Time”. They sought to find “the tech that forever changed the way we live, work, and play.”

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Thingiverse MakerEd Challenge 2.0: Share Your 3D Printing Lesson Plans

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Desktop 3D printing is transforming the way educators teach 21st-century skills by enabling students to tackle real-world problems in clear, tangible ways—at any grade level. Integrating 3D printing in the classroom, however, isn’t easy and finding lesson plans can be challenging.

To encourage educators who have experience with 3D printing to share their lesson plans with others, MakerBot is excited to announce the Thingiverse #MakerEd Challenge 2.0. As the world’s largest 3D printing community, Thingiverse has become a popular destination for educators and the increasing number of lesson plans available make it an even greater resource. Educators can publish and discover 3D printing lesson plans on Thingiverse, complete with learning objectives and instructions. Read the rest of this entry »

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3D Printing Goes Viral: Thousands of PSU Students Benefit from MakerBot

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In just three months, Maker Commons has logged over 18,000 hours of print time and over 2,000 successful prints. This 3D printing center at Penn State University features the MakerBot Innovation Center, which has 32 MakerBot Replicator Desktop 3D Printers. Every PSU student is allowed access to Maker Commons’ convenient 3D print delivery service. Students can simply upload a 3D design via the Maker Commons website and request that it be printed and shipped to them. Faculty members can also use this system to request 3D-print objects and models for class. The lab is helping to expand the university’s entrepreneurship and research efforts. Students are benefitting from rapid prototyping and exciting new class projects. PSU’s enjoying the gift that keeps on giving from MakerBot: large-scale 3D print innovation.

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Maker Milestone: 50 Schools in Estonia Get a New MakerBot!


This week, we’re celebrating a milestone breakthrough in a country that’s empowering citizens with exciting new technology: Estonia. Electronic ID cards, digital birth certificates, online voting, and laws that protect e-signatures are just a few amenities that Estonians enjoy. Now, thanks to Eesti 2.0, Estonia’s next generation of STEM professionals can benefit from better learning with 3D printing. The nonprofit has gifted 50 schools with a brand new MakerBot Fifth Generation Desktop 3D Printer!
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Students Complete Mystery Obstacle Course Challenge With MakerBot


As children, most of us loved a good obstacle course. The thrill of overcoming any obstacle that’s in front of you is as empowering as it is encouraging. Dimension Learning, a Harlem-based after school program, had this in mind when they created the Bot Enabled Task Accomplishment (B.E.T.A.) Challenge. Students were tasked with designing and 3D printing tools that would help robots get through obstacle courses. This sounds easy enough, which is why the program took the challenge one step further: the layout of the courses would not be revealed until minutes before the live event. The 3D printed tools had to be versatile enough to meet the demands of any obstacle imaginable. Game on.

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Maker Milestone: Large-Scale Innovation at PSU


This week, we’re celebrating the large-scale innovation that’s raising the bar for big names in higher education. With MakerBot 3D Printers being used in research labs, libraries, and classrooms nationwide, college students everywhere are achieving STEAM related breakthroughs. As the first Big Ten School to get in on the action, Penn State University has ensured that every student, on or off campus, has the chance at creating milestones with 3D printing. That’s pretty amazing.

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Pfizer Scientists Use MakerBot to Streamline Research


When your products affect the health of millions, you can’t afford to make mistakes. As one of the largest pharmaceutical corporations in the world, Pfizer is committed to producing medications that consumers can depend on. Popular go-to’s like Advil, Centrum, Lyrica, Zoloft, Celebrex, and EpiPen are just a few of Pfizer’s successes. Pfizer’s Global Research and Development scientists use trusted resources to streamline production and yield accurate results. That’s why they’ve chosen MakerBot to help them develop an efficient way to test a new line of osteo and rheumatoid arthritis drugs.
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First Thing Apps Now Available on Thingiverse


Two weeks ago, MakerBot announced the Thingiverse Developer Program to invite the community to add new functionalities and services to the largest 3D printing community in the world. We’re excited to announce today that the first two Thing Apps from Mixed Dimensions and 3D Hubs are launching on Thingiverse. MakerBot believes that adding new features and services to Thingiverse will help make 3D printing more accessible for everyone. Read the rest of this entry »

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