A Groundbreaking Show
It was a great week for MakerBot at the International CES 2014 in Las Vegas. It started with a press conference, an event more typical of big, long-lived companies like Ford, Samsung, and Sony. Reporters were expecting MakerBot (est. 2009) to release a Replicator 3, but instead we unveiled three new MakerBot Replicator 3D printers, three new apps, and a Digital Store. The audience oohed and aahed, and reviews were fantastic.
The four-sided MakerBot booth was beautiful, with the air of a retail store rather than typical trade show space. Thousands of visitors got firsthand experiences with the expanding MakerBot 3D Ecosystem. We were thrilled to connect with so many interesting makers as well as individuals eager to learn more about our products.
Martha Stewart Makes a House Call
One special guest enjoyed the MakerBot booth and was awed by the MakerBot Replicator Z18 3D Printer as well as the possibilities of 3D printing.
Created On The Spot
MakerBot brought a crack team of designers from the MakerBot Studio to explore CES and make 3D accessories for companies that might be able to use them. The results, Made in CES, showcased the team’s quick-thinking design skills and the rapid prototyping capabilities of a MakerBot desktop 3D printer.
Connecting With the MakerBot Community
It was amazing for us to meet so many people who’ve been using MakerBot products to create incredible 3D models, prototypes, and more. We were humbled by their gratitude, and inspired to continue our mission to make products that empower people to make their dreams come true—literally.
We were particularly moved by individuals and companies who had rapidly prototyped products with MakerBot 3D printers and won awards of their own. That list includes:
Oculus Rift, a cutting-edge virtual reality headset and winner of two Endgadget awards: Best of the Best, and Best Emerging Technology.
Rest Devices Mimo Baby Infant Monitor, a “smart” onesie worn by babies to monitor their breathing, took the #IoT Award and Endgadget Best Kid-Friendly Technology.
Sphero, makers of cool and versatile robotic ball, won the iLounge Best of Show award.
While it’s always exciting to roll out cutting-edge products, win awards, and explore the vanguard of technology, seeing other companies succeed by using MakerBot products really made CES 2014 special.
We Innovate So You Can Innovate
Just a few short years ago, we were a small startup hoping to change the world with a big idea. Now, as we see once-difficult-to-impossible concepts brought to life with MakerBot 3D printers and scanners, we’re awed at the potential creativity that will be unleashed in the years to come.
This passion helping people materialize what they can imagine is what drives us every day at MakerBot. Whether you were at CES 2014, or just following from home, we hope you’ve caught that fire too!