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How to Provide Proper Attribution for Designs from Thingiverse

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VEND – the totally printed candy dispenser by Mr_MegaTronic is licensed under the Creative Commons – Attribution license.

We recently provided a brief explanation of Creative Commons (CC) licenses.  This week, we want to focus on the attribution obligation of CC licenses and explain best practices for providing attribution for designs from Thingiverse.

Attribution is a condition of every CC license. We believe attribution is incredibly important because those who spend the energy and time to create all the amazing Things on Thingiverse deserve credit for offering their work to everyone. So what does proper attribution look like? Read the rest of this entry »

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MakerBot Announces Series of Summer STEAM Makeathons

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MakerBot is continuing its commitment to STEAM education through a series of Makeathons that will take place this summer in cities nationwide. The Makeathons could be a game changer for educators who want to introduce STEAM learning to their students and schools through 3D printing. Of the fastest growing US careers, 80 percent are in STEAM. However, only a third of US teens have considered STEAM-related careers. Through 3D printing, we believe that educators can change the way students view STEAM.

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The #MakerMilestones Giveaway

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In gratitude to our customers and community for helping us reach the milestone of selling 100,000 MakerBot printers, we have some special Spring plans! We dropped the price of the MakerBot Replicator Desktop 3D Printer (5th Gen) to $2499 and launched a giveaway on social media to share in the celebration!

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Milestones: Celebrating Lives Touched by MakerBot

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There’s something bigger and more important than 3D printers at the heart of MakerBot’s 100K milestone. It’s the thousands upon thousands of milestones others have achieved by aspiring to make things better through 3D printing. Amazingly better.

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Thingiverse Developer Program Invites Community to Shape the Future of 3D Printing

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We’re excited to announce a new Thingiverse Developer Program that enables developers to add new functionalities and services to the largest 3D printing community in the world. We believe that the future of 3D printing will be defined by new apps and use cases that drive broader accessibility and adoption of the technology. The new Developer Program invites you to shape this next chapter with us. The new additions include Thing App APIs that allow developers to create apps and services that appear directly on a Thing page, in app purchases and tips, as well as a new Thingiverse Developer Portal. Read the rest of this entry »

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MakerBot Announces Winners of MakerEd Challenge

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The MakerEd Challenge asked Thingiverse users to consider future designers and create projects that educators could bring to their classrooms. After more than 785 submissions, The Fillet Gauge design was selected as the winner of Makerbot Thingiverse MakerEd Challenge. Fillet gauges are used to measure curves on objects, like the edge of a phone case for example. In the original post the designer writes that the Fillet Gauge project is perfect for students who are beginning to use more advanced modeling software. This design can help teachers explain to students why fillets gauges are useful and will help students learn more advanced designs.

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MakerBot Reaches Milestone: 100,000 3D Printers Sold Worldwide

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Today, we’ve set a new record in 3D printing with more than 100,000 3D printers sold worldwide. By providing the most accessible, easy-to-use 3D printing experience, MakerBot is the first company in the 3D printing industry to reach this important milestone.

“Being the first company to have sold 100,000 3D printers is a major milestone for MakerBot and the entire industry,” said Jonathan Jaglom, CEO at MakerBot. “MakerBot has made 3D printing more accessible and today is empowering businesses and educators to redefine what’s possible. What was once a product used only by makers and hobbyists has matured significantly and become an indispensible tool that is changing the way students learn and businesses innovate.”

To celebrate, we’re launching the #MakerMilestones social media contest and reducing the price of our MakerBot Replicator® Desktop 3D Printer to $2,499 for a limited time.

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PS 15 Advances Project-Based Learning with MakerBot

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If you were to spend a day in any classroom, you’d know how hard it is to keep students engaged and interested. The teachers at Red Hook’s Patrick F. Daly School of the Arts are dedicated to reinforcing lessons and concepts through academic projects that are creative and multi-dimensional. Through the federally-funded Magnet Grant, STEM educator Jenna Utter was able to make projects more dynamic, interactive, and enjoyable for her students with 3D printing.

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Penn State Opens MakerBot Innovation Center

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Today, Penn State held a grand opening for the installation of a new 3D printing lab, the Maker Commons. The lab features a large-scale MakerBot Innovation Center designed to help universities and organizations innovate faster, attract talented students or staff, increase collaboration, and compete more effectively. The Maker Commons features 32 MakerBot desktop 3D printers and staff to answer questions and help with projects.

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How the Alien Suit in Colony Was 3D Printed on a MakerBot Replicator Z18

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We’re all under the rule of extra-terrestrial invaders in USA Networks’ new sci-fi drama, Colony. Mysteriously unseen, they’ve surrounded cities across the globe with giant walls and employ a military regime of humans to brutally govern mankind. As the plot unfolds in Los Angeles within the near future, you’re left wondering who or what is behind it.

For the finale of the first season, we moved one step closer to finding out. What we saw seemed almost too real: a chiseled, tech-smart exoskeleton, a helmet fit for an oblong head, a menacing pitch-black visor, and underneath, the alien itself.

What you didn’t see —or would ever suspect— is that most of the exoskeleton was 3D printed on a MakerBot Replicator Z18 at Legacy Effects Studios.

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