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.
Here’s a rad example of ingenuity helped by a MakerBot Replicator 2 Desktop 3D Printer! Geoff Larson and Ben Forman created the ZBoard, an electric skateboard by Intuitive Motion Inc., that uses weight sensors to control acceleration and braking. Geoff and Ben developed the concept for the ZBoard in 2009 while attending USC as undergraduates in mechanical engineering.
The duo needed to prototype the weight-sensing footpads that make their invention unique. They purchased several MakerBot Replicator 2 Desktop 3D Printers to get the job done.
ZBoard estimates that 3D printing their prototyped parts on their MakerBot Replicator 2 saved six months of development time and between $15,000-$20,000 for the cost of molds. This savings allowed them to finalize their design, ship boards to all of their Kickstarter backers, and start selling ZBoards to the public.
For a limited time you can use the coupon code “MAKERBOT” to receive $50 off of any board at the ZBoard store.
Geoff and Ben will share their story at the MakerBot Store at 298 Mulberry Street in New York City on Tuesday, July 16, at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are only $5: click below to register.
There’s lots to learn if you’ve just joined us in the world of 3D printing. Whether you’re learning the ropes with a new MakerBot Replicator 2 or if you’re still trying to wrap your head around what a MakerBot desktop 3D printer can do, the MakerBot Discover page is worth exploring. The Explore section of the MakerBot site is where you’ll find inspirational videos about some of our most amazing users and resources for learning more about 3D printing.
I just put two new videos up there today that are chock-full of useful information.
The Discover: Support Material video will tell you just how shallow of an overhang a MakerBot Replicator 2 Desktop 3D printer can handle and offers some tips for how to deal with different overhangs.
As you may have heard, Monday marked the first day of shipments for the MakerBot Replicator 2X Experimental 3D Printer. Whether you’ve just received your machine or are patiently awaiting it’s arrival, these videos will help prepare you for the journey you are about to embark on. In addition to the videos, the documentation pages in the Support section of our website and the downloadable User Manual are available now to help make sure you set out on the right foot.
Unboxing: The MakerBot Replicator 2X takes just a few minutes to set up. This video will show you how to carefully unpack and setup your new machine.
Startup Process: Before you start making things you’ll need to level the build platform and load the MakerBot ABS filament into your MakerBot Replicator 2X Experimental 3D Printer. Your MakerBot Replicator 2X will walk you through this process step-by-step by displaying directions on it’s LCD panel. Watch this video and follow along with the directions so that your MakerBot Replicator 2X can make its very first thing!
MakerWare Dual Extrusion: MakerBot MakerWare 2.0 was just released yesterday. One of the most exciting things about this update to our software is that it now supports dual extrusion. If you need an intro to preparing a model for dual extrusion on your MakerBot Replicator 2X, this is the video to watch. If you’re new to MakerBot MakerWare and need a basic tutorial then be sure to start here.
Maintenance Routine: Your MakerBot Replicator 2X Experimental 3D Printer requires some simple upkeep. Replacing your kapton tape and greasing the z-axis rod and the x-axis idler pulley will help keep your new machine purring.
If you’ve got a MakerBot Replicator 2 Desktop 3D Printer you can find your getting started videos here.
Three new videos have been added to the Explore section of our site! Explore is a hub for MakerBot content. You can visit that section at any time to learn things about our products and get inspired by other users! These three videos include quick tips for people who own MakerBots (and if you don’t have a MakerBot yet you’ll probably still find them interesting).
Watch The First Layer explains why it’s important to pay close attention to the first layer of your 3D print as it’s being put down. You’ll find out how to read that layer and make adjustments when necessary so that the rest of your print goes smoothly.
Print Pausing shows you how to pause during a 3D print and explains why you might want to use this feature. Game changing info: you can use the pause feature to get multi-colored 3D prints using a MakerBot Replicator 2 Desktop 3D Printer!
Updating Firmware tells you how to upload new versions of MakerBot MakerWare and new machine firmware for your MakerBot Replicator 2. You’ll be shocked by the visible improvement that uploading new firmware could make on the quality of your 3D prints!
Find out how these two MakerBot users are forging forward into the next industrial revolution!
Chris Milnes had never 3D printed anything when he invented an iPhone accessory he desperately needed. While the Square credit card reader makes his life easier as a business owner, it tends to spin and twist during use. His simple design, the Square Helper, connects the Square unit to an iPhone or iPad and prevents it from twisting, saving the merchant time and hassle. With his MakerBot Replicator 2 Desktop 3D Printer, Chris has a factory on his desk for making high-resolution, durable units. Even better, the Square Helper accessory is selling for a big profit, without any need for injection molding. Chris’s story is a great example of how a MakerBot can empower anyone with an idea to become an inventor, a manufacturer, and an entrepreneur.
Marcel Botha says the need for a better baby spoon is obvious: just look at any baby’s face after his most recent meal. Unfortunately what makes for some pretty hilarious shots on Instagram can be a real pain for the parent on the other end of the spoon. Marcel partnered with a few others including Manuel Toscano of the New York based creative agency Zago to create Spuni, a revolutionary spoon suited for a baby’s mouth. Now the team uses their MakerBot Replicator 2 Desktop 3D Printer to create samples for press and potential investors. Having a MakerBot in the office gives the Spuni team the (relatively) immediate gratification of having proof-of-concepts in hand within a few hours instead of a few weeks.
Make sure to check out the Explore section of our website where Square Helper and Spuni are currently featured. The Explore pages will give you a chance to get inspired by hearing from other MakerBot Explorers and to Discover the MakerBot ecosystem. We update it frequently so make it a regular stop on your MakerBot tour.
Eagerly awaiting the arrival of a brand new MakerBot Replicator 2 Desktop 3D Printer?
Well, here’s a little treat to tide you over!
We’ve made four video tutorials that will walk you through everything you’ll need to know about setting up, operating and maintaining your Replicator 2. Setup for the MakerBot Replicator 2 is incredibly easy (even easier than it was for the original Replicator, if you can believe it!) and we’ve worked really hard to get you thorough documentation and instructions (including a top-notch user manual!) so that you’ll always have a hand to hold as you make your way into the wonderful world of owning a MakerBot.
The MakerBot Replicator 2 comes assembled and it takes just a few minutes to get it started up. In the Unboxing video I’ll show you how to carefully unpack and setup your Replicator 2.
TWO: Startup Process
Once you’ve unboxed your MakerBot Replicator 2 you’ll be ready to run through the startup process. In the Startup Process video I’ll show you how to level your build platform and load your MakerBot PLA filament so that your Replicator 2 can make its very first thing!
THREE: MakerBot MakerWare
MakerWare is a brand new software developed here at MakerBot that prepares models for being made on a MakerBot Replicator 2. In the MakerBot MakerWare video I’ll show you how to load a file into the software, move it, scale it, and make it!
FOUR: Maintenance Routine
The MakerBot Replicator 2 is an easy to use machine that requires a simple occasional maintenance routine. In the Maintenance Routine video I’ll show you how to lubricate the threaded rod and clean out the drive gear on your Replicator 2.
Okay guys – it’s time to get real. This video that you’re about to watch is most assuredly the coolest video I’ve ever made. Seriously. It’s really freaking awesome.
This project was a collaboration (all awesome projects are, aren’t they?) between myself and my associate producer Josh Friedman and a handful of the greatest fingerboarders on the planet – Mike Schneider, Taylor Rosenbauer, Doug Bodkin and Tim Hurley. Josh, who animates the wonderful R.Maker Adventures and moonlights as a 3D designer, designed a bunch of skate ramps in Sketchup and put together the ultimate indoor skatepark which the boarders came in to shred on. And shred they did.
The best part of all this? Now you can MakerBot your own skatepark using the design files on Thingiverse. So make your own park, customize your own ramps, make your own sweet videos and keep on keepin it awesome!