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MakerBot Wins Red Dot for Industrial Design

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The Red Dot recognizes outstanding product design, from the iPhone and Apple Wireless Keyboard, to the BMW i8 and the Mercedes-Benz C-Class.

Now the MakerBot Replicator Desktop 3D Printer (Fifth Generation Model) joins this pantheon of product design, with a 2015 Red Dot award for product design. An international jury recognized the MakerBot Replicator for its sleek yet functional form that maximizes accessibility in the workspace, and that sets it apart from other 3D printers.

“Not many companies have applied proper design process to 3D printers before,” says Mark Palmer, MakerBot’s director of industrial design. With most 3D printers, he says, “after the mechanical and electrical design is done, they just put a box around it.”

Palmer joined MakerBot in May 2014, after work on the Fifth Generation was completed. He is delighted that the industrial designers on his team, Jackson Seidenberg and Vishnu Anantha, have been praised by the same organization that has honored Dieter Rams, Bill Moggridge, and Jony Ive.

“Many people don’t realize that most of the objects and products they interact with in the world are shaped by industrial designers,” says Palmer. The goal of industrial design, he says, is “to close the gap between technology and people.”

The MakerBot Replicator improves on previous 3D printers with a level of refinement, openness, and accessibility not seen before in the industry. It has an intuititve interface, a 3.5″ display and a software platform, a mobile app, and integration with MakerBot Thingiverse. And the revolutionary MakerBot Replicator Smart Extruder minimizes print downtime by enabling users to swap out a worn extruder in minutes.
“There are strong cues in the printer itself that tell you how to interact with it,” says Palmer. “The knob becomes the focal point.”

As Palmer and his team start to think beyond the Fifth Generation, they focus on easy use and immediate printing access, which will allow both professional teams and education users to evolve their ideas faster than ever.

“If our team is successful, it will be hard to discern the industrial design qualities of the product from the mechanical and electrical design,” he says. “The physical and experiential qualities of our products will be taken to a whole new level.”

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An Announcement

At MakerBot, we continue to evolve at an incredible pace. We’ve grown more than 600% from 2012 to 2014 – in short, we’ve grown incredibly fast.

As a company that’s focused on leading-edge innovation, we’ve learned to embrace change in order to stay focused.

Today, we at MakerBot are re-organizing our business in order to focus on what matters most to our customers. As part of this, we have implemented expense reductions, downsized our staff and closed our three MakerBot retail locations.

With these changes, we will focus our efforts on improving and iterating our products, growing our 3D ecosystem, shifting our retail focus to our national partners and expanding our efforts in the professional and education markets.

“These organizational moves are part of the continued scaling of MakerBot,” said David Reis, chief executive officer of Stratasys.

At MakerBot, we’re proud of being a highly innovative company that is leading the new product category of desktop 3D printing. We’ve experienced significant growth since inception, and achieved market leadership by iteratively testing, proving and pivoting our business.

We look forward to putting the power of desktop 3D printing in the hands of even more people in 2015.

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MakerBot | New Flexible and Streamlined Financing Options

Finance your next MakerBot purchase now!

Between MakerBot.com, MakerBot Retail Stores, and Certified MakerBot Resellers, there are already a lot of ways to get your hands on a MakerBot product. And now, thanks to our new financing partners, Affirm and LEAF Commercial Capital, there are two more.

A new consumer finance option for MakerBot customers
Affirm financing lets MakerBot customers split their payments into three, six, or twelve monthly installments. Affirm offers a quick and streamlined loan approval process built right into our order checkout. It’s a great way to buy your favorite MakerBot 3D printing and scanning devices and accessories without having to carry a balance on your credit card.

Benefits of financing with Affirm
– Easy Checkout: Get instant approval at check out from any device with just a few pieces of personal information.
– Flexible Financing: Grab your MakerBot products today and pay over time with a monthly payment plan that best fits your budget.
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Take advantage of Affirm financing today at MakerBot.com. After adding your MakerBot product and accessories to your cart, select “Finance with Affirm” at checkout. Shop Now.

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Flexible financing for MakerBot business customers
Quickly prototype and build the next generation of commercial, industrial, and consumer products with MakerBot and LEAF Commercial Capital. With LEAF’s fast, easy, and flexible financing, acquiring the latest MakerBot 3D printing technology and services is simpler and more affordable than ever.

Benefits of financing with LEAF
– 100% Financing: LEAF can finance your entire MakerBot solution, including shipping, filament, and training.
– No Money Down: Get the MakerBot 3D printing technology you need with zero cash out of pocket.
– Flexible Terms: LEAF can customize payment terms to help businesses with seasonal variations and other changing business conditions.

Contact the MakerBot Sales Team to learn about flexible business and enterprise financing options through LEAF Commercial Capital, Inc., a recognized leader in equipment and software financing.

 

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Thingiverse | Countertop Challenge

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Some people look at space and appreciate the emptiness; we look at space and see a blank canvas, awaiting inspiration. That’s where you come in.

We’re collaborating with FirstBuild to introduce the MakerBot Thingiverse FirstBuild Countertop Challenge. And we’re asking you to help fill in the empty space on your kitchen countertop.  The possibilities are endless.

To qualify, designs must be uploaded to both Thingiverse and FirstBuild.com between February 26th and March 14th, 2015, at 11:59 p.m. EST. Make sure to use the hashtag #CountertopChallenge. Winners will be announced on April 20th, 2015.

Make sure to read all the Official Rules here.

GO!

 

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Thingiverse | MakerBot Ghostly Vinyl Challenge Winners

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Well that was awesome.

We had a feeling that this challenge was going to be right in the Thingiverse community’s wheelhouse and we were right!

For three weeks, Thingiverse was bombarded with hundreds of amazing #GhostlyVinyl Challenge entries ­— from customizable zoetropes, dancing ghosts and vinyl-based sculpture to clocks, wave generators, cable organizers, and so much more.

All participants deserve a round of applause for their hard work and creativity.

Picking finalists from all the inspired entries was tough, but after consulting with Ghostly International and recording artist Com Truise, we’re excited to announce the winners!

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And the winners are…

First prize goes to Oana’s Hand Cranked Vinyl Player. It prints without support and assembles in less than five minutes. It’s complex, but not complicated, and it can actually play records!

Second prize goes to M600’s DeskSHELL. It’s an elegant multi-purpose container for your audio miscellanea. It prints easily, looks perfect next to your turntable, and features some clever customizable elements.

Third prize goes to Aleccs’ Phone Amplifying Dock. The Ghostly-themed design holds an iPhone in place and redirects audio through an amplifying chamber.

UPDATE: Due to a judging error, we’ve changed the challenge winners. Check them out!

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Thingiverse | MakerBot Modio Challenge Winners

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The wait is over.

After watching an amazing parade of entries roll in, we’re happy to announce that we’ve picked our winners for the #ModioChallenge.

While we’re never surprised by the ingenuity of the Thingiverse community, we were particularly blown away by the results of this challenge. The Modio app inspired the Thingiverse community to remix Modio models, create their own, and even imagine their own worlds. It incorporated newly designed parts like chess pieces, fur coats, and boxing gloves and led to ideas that were surely surprising even to the imaginative people who created the app.

All participants deserve a round of applause for their hard work and creativity. Now, onto the results:

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And the winners are…

First prize goes to ibudmen’s Modio Lamp. The illuminating design takes Modio components to a completely new place and even allows for personalized versions by incorporating a Customizer.

Second prize goes to bobtato’s Jeff: The World’s Most Powerful Centaur. The mythological design incorporates newly designed horse parts and a cape.

Third prize goes to SIMPAD17’s Omnis Terra. This new “Guardian of the Land of Modioworld” design incorporates unique components and is part of a series of models and a whole creative myth of its own.

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Thingiverse | MakerBot Thingiverse FirstBuild Icebox Challenge

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Some would say the refrigerator is the most important appliance in the kitchen. While the primary role of the household refrigerator has always been, and continues to be, to keep food and drinks cold, innovations such as 3D printing are making it possible to transform the appliance that is at the center of the kitchen into a customized tool that better meets the needs of the homeowner.

The desire to customize has inspired us to collaborate with FirstBuild to introduce the FirstBuild Thingiverse Icebox Challenge, aimed at designing solutions that can be placed inside of the refrigerator. Ideas could range from purely 3D printed pieces to battery-operated electromechanical devices.  FirstBuild’s engineers have already gotten inspired about this Ice Box Challenge and have designed test prints that include a 3D printed pizza box holder, customizable to the size of the box and the shelves in the refrigerator, and a motorized 3D printed wine chiller.  The possibilities are endless!  We’re excited to see what innovative ideas you come up with.

To qualify, designs must be uploaded to firstbuild.com between November 3 and November 23, 2014, at 11:59 p.m. EST.  Entrants are also encouraged to upload their entries to thingiverse.com using the tag #IceBoxChallenge for a chance to be featured on the Thingiverse site. 3D print testing, online community voting and judging will occur from November 27 to December 2, with the winner announced December 15.

Make sure to read all the Official Rules here.

GO!

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Thingiverse | Mars Base Challenge

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Could you live on Mars? Certainly not without great design and engineering. That’s why we, in cooperation with NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, are excited to present the Makerbot Mars Base Challenge. Taking Mars’ extreme cold, high radiation levels, lack of oxygen, and frequent dust storms into consideration, design a utilitarian Mars base that can withstand the elements and maybe even make you feel at home, despite being 140 million miles away from Earth, on average.

Learn more about Mars and what kind of home could actually sustain life there on the Imagine Mars site.

Upload your design to Thingiverse with the tag #MakerBotMars between May 30th and June 12th. Entries must be tagged #MakerBotMars to be considered and will be judged by a subjective panel of NASA-JPL and MakerBot employees on scientific feasibility, creativity, and printability.

Make sure to read all the Official Rules here.

GO!

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MakerBot Retail Store | Maggie Gets Creative with the MakerBot Photo Booth

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A MakerBot Operator Improves on a 3D Model
Everyone knows the MakerBot community does its research, so our MakerBot Retail Operators need to know 3D printing inside and out. It’s no surprise that Maggie Dilley from the MakerBot retail store in New York City has seen a lot of 3D prints and designs. From the functional to the downright funny, she is well versed in MakerBot Thingiverse and beyond.

We asked Maggie to give us a bit of background on herself and her favorite 3D print, made on a MakerBot Replicator 2 Desktop 3D Printer.

I started working at the MakerBot retail store about a year ago. I’m a visual artist at heart, and working at here allows me to express my talent through a cool new medium. I’ve been a big fan of our photo booth from the beginning; it’s such a fun feature of the store. I got the idea to print out a hollow bust of myself and insert a small LED light as a way of boosting its dramatic nature. It’s so amusing that way!

Be sure to visit Maggie at the NYC MakerBot retail store at 298 Mulberry Street. And don’t forget to peruse a seemingly endless amount of ready-to-print content at Thingiverse, the 3D design community for discovering, printing, and sharing 3D models.

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MakerBot Replicator Mini | The Next Generation Keeps Blossoming

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The Fifth Generation MakerBot Replicator 3D printers are starting to emerge, with the MakerBot Replicator Mini Compact 3D Printer its newest arrival.

Perfectly sized to transform a small desk in your home or classroom into an exciting creativity center, the award winning MakerBot Replicator Mini is a reliable, durable, and easy-to-use desktop 3D printer. It runs on free MakerBot Desktop software, which lets you print, manage, and share your 3D creations simply and seamlessly from your PC or Mac.

Order one now to start a new season of innovation, and don’t forget to share the 3D models you print with it on MakerBot Thingiverse. We can’t wait to see what you’ll make!

 

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