#WeeklyMake | Fall Trunk over Tusks for This Elephant


3D design has never been so adorable.  With its print-in-place articulated legs, flexible trunk, and undeniable cuteness factor, it’s hard not to fall in love with this elephant from our favorite French fabricators, LeFabShop. Exploit that elephantine cuteness for personal glory with our latest #WeeklyMake challenge.


Once you’ve downloaded and 3D printed your elephant, you’ll discover it’s a pretty flexible little character. Turns out, this elephant is actually a master of yoga (an elephant never forgets a pose).


Capture your elephant in any of these six yogic poses, and share your photos with us (@MakerBot) on Twitter and Instagram with the hashtag #WeeklyMake.

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Thingiverse | Mars Base Challenge Winners

MakerBot Mars Base Challenge Results

We were pleased to receive a good number of #MakerBotMars challenge entries almost as soon as we announced it. But then, on the last day of the challenge, we were completely blown away as we watched the number of entries double, leaving us with loads of fascinating text to read, diagrams to analyze, and creative designs to print.

Many entries went above and beyond the stated scope of the challenge, expanding into small worlds with many individual pieces. It was an embarrassment of 3D printed riches. The enthusiasm behind the contributions was palpable, and inspiring.

Once we finished our test prints, we sent the results to our friends at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, who used their expert knowledge and experience to help choose the winners. We’re happy to say that we fully agree with their input and we’re excited to award all of our winners with spools of MakerBot Filament and to give our first place winner a brand new MakerBot Replicator 2 Desktop 3D Printer!

All participants deserve a round of applause for their hard work. And now, onto the winners:

First Place - The Queen B by Noah Hornberger

First prize goes to NoahHornberger’s Queen B (Bioshielding) 2 Bedroom 2 Bath Mars Apartment. The design takes on the harsh Mars climate without sacrificing comfort. According to Noah, the unique hexagonal design minimizes the exposed surface area, making Queen B easy to build, replicate, and maintain on Mars.

Second and Third Place

Second prize goes to Valcrow’s Martian Pyramid.  The pyramid design focuses on multi-function systems that ensure limited resources are never wasted and produces energy from a mirror-based solar collector.

Third prize goes to Cstarrman’s Mars Acropolis. It has a futuristic architectural design inspired by the ancient Greek Acropolis. The three tiered structure serves as a mass research facility, allowing visitors to explore and develop means for additional colonization of the planet.


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MakerBot Innovator Sessions | ReImagining the South Bronx


Jessica Chung, a teacher and former coordinator at MOUSE, helps turn youths into technology leaders through education. She will be giving a brief presentation on “ReImagining the South Bronx” at the MakerBot Retail Store in Greenwich, CT at 6:30pm on Thursday, August 21st.  In the technology-rich project, her students researched, investigated, and then 3D printed a completely reimagined design of their school’s neighborhood. Space is limited, so register now to reserve a spot at this exciting presentation.


From Concept to Reality: About the Project
The STEM-focused project gave students the opportunity to use 3D modeling software to create a new vision for their neighborhood and then 3D print the final products on MakerBot Replicator Desktop 3D Printers. What was initially dreamed up in conversation by a group of eager learners exploring their neighborhood has become an inspiring model for a completely reimagined city. Jessica Chung and her innovative students are just one of many examples of how MakerBot 3D Printers are revolutionizing classrooms around the world.

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MakerBot Digital Store | Meet Zee, The MakerBot Blank


What do fantastical tree creatures, Egyptian goddess kittens, and a shirtless Viking have in common? They all use the same blank 3D printed canvas from MakerBot.

Introducing Zee, the MakerBot Blank
Inspired by Japanese vinyl toy culture and the charming, rotund design of the MakerBot Around Town collection, Zee already has a lot of personality right out of the box. Now all Zee needs is your creativity to fulfill his destiny as a unique piece of art.

Purchase Zee Now. 

Zeeing is believing:  Get inspired with our ode to the best Zee designs.
We challenged artists from around the world to customize Zee using their own style and finishing techniques, and collected our favorites in an original publication, The Zee Issue. Available at any MakerBot Retail StoreThe Zee Issue showcases the most imaginative Zee modifications with materials ranging from simple acrylic paint to clay, Plexiglas, and even twigs. But words don’t do them justice: pick up a copy today.

From A to Zee: Complete your vision with the Limited Edition Starter Kit
Don’t own a MakerBot 3D Printer? Buy a Zee starter kit at the MakerBot Retail Store. The starter kit comes with a set of 10 Posca acrylic paint markers – everything you need to customize your Zee. Don’t forget to share your creations with us by tweeting @MakerBot with the tag #MakerBotBlank.

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MakerBot Stories | Wheels for a Middle School Drag Race

A long hallway at A. MacArthur Barr Middle School, in Nanuet, NY, doubles as a dragstrip for carbon-dioxide-powered model cars. Like the Cub Scouts’ Pinewood Derby, CO2 racing is a fun way for young people to discover design and engineering principles. At Barr Middle School, the dragster race has become a rite of passage.

“They look forward to eighth grade,” said technology teacher and racing commissioner Vinny Garrison. “It’s a project that kids remember.” A showcase outside the old woodshop has a selection of wooden cars and 3D printed wheels, as well as a leaderboard showing the fastest 65-foot runs of the school year — and of all time.

Over the course of seven weeks, each eighth grader will shape a footlong wood block into a car. Each car has a compartment in the back big enough to hold a CO2 cartridge usually used for whipping cream or carbonating water, and beyond that anything goes. The competitive students go for long and lean, while others will shape theirs like a flower or their favorite animated character.

The wheels also take many different forms. Other schools with the CO2 dragster in the curriculum order stock wheels in bulk, but each Barr Middle School racer designs a set of wheels in 3D design software and prints them on a MakerBot Replicator Desktop 3D Printer. Whether form or function is a priority, the 3D printer helps. Those eager to challenge the all-time record — which has dropped from 0.701 to 0.643 seconds in the MakerBot era — craft wheels weighing as little as eight-tenths of a gram. (Stock wheels can weigh as much as five grams each.) Other students create elaborate patterns worthy of a custom-rim shop.

Barr Middle School’s approach to the CO2 dragster project appeals to a wide range of students, whether their interests are engineering or design, competition or craft. It is also a deft integration of older and newer technologies: Students use laptops on shop tables with vises, and the MakerBot Replicator takes its place among the band saw, the rasp, and sandpaper. In the fall, Garrison’s class will be working with a MakerBot Replicator Mini as well.

“I have kids engineering parts—parts that don’t exist,” Garrison says. “They are going to get to college and the teacher is going to be, ‘Oh, you’re good. You know how to do this.’”

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Thingiverse | All New Profile Pages Are Here

Thingiverse New User Profiles

Today, we’re pleased to announce that we’ve rebuilt Thingiverse user profiles from the ground up. In addition to a complete visual refresh, we’ve improved the way users search through their things, makes and collections so they can quickly feature their best work and favorite designs. We’ve also made it easy to explain who they are (Designer, Tinkerer, Maker, etc.) and what tools they use (MakerBot Replicator Mini Compact 3D Printer, MakerBot Replicator Z18 3D Printer, etc.).

Take a few minutes to visit your new profile and make sure the people who know your work know you, too.

Thingiverse Profile

Of course, designers aren’t the only Thingiverse users. Countless prolific makers and collectors will find much to love about the the new profiles, too. They’re a great way to share new finds and expert prints with the community. The end result is cleaner, simpler and more useful. We think it’s a great update for all Thingiverse users.

Update your profile now!

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MakerBot Replicator Mini | Launch Your 3D Printing Career


Office life getting you down? Make your own fun. Download and print the playful Desktop Catapult (Thingiverse #391508) from MicrosoftStore. It includes three pieces that print in less than 20 minutes, making this a simple addition to your stash of office supplies.


We can’t wait to see your printed catapults, so make sure you’re taking some great photos and tweeting @MakerBot with the hashtag #WeekendMake. Just load up the catapult with your choice of projectile (we recommend candy), and then snap a pic before letting ‘er loose.

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Special Offers | A Summer Bundle You Can’t Miss

MakerBot Replicator + MakerBot Z18
With this great MakerBot 3D Printer bundle, you don’t have to choose between rapid prototyping and massive build volume.

Use the MakerBot Replicator Desktop 3D Printer for efficient, high definition models, while working with the MakerBot Replicator Z18 3D Printer to create larger, more complex designs that may have a longer print time.

Each printer is powered by the new, user-friendly MakerBot Replicator 3D Printing platform and features the MakerBot Replicator Smart Extruder, an on-board camera, and Wi-Fi connectivity.

The only thing better than two MakerBot Replicator 3D Printers is the money you’ll save when you buy them together. Pair the MakerBot Replicator with the MakerBot Replicator Z18, and we’ll take $400 off your purchase. Now that’s huge.


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MakerBot | Announcing MakerBot Europe


Today, MakerBot announces MakerBot Europe, a major expansion of our international operations.

Exciting Growth

As part of this effort, our fast-growing organization is acquiring certain assets of our Germany-based partner, HAFNER’S BÜRO, which has been a MakerBot reseller in Germany for several years and has extensive relationships with key MakerBot customers, resellers, and events throughout Europe.

MakerBot Europe will continue to manage the large network of MakerBot resellers throughout Central and Eastern Europe. MakerBot’s current resellers will transition to working with MakerBot Europe.

“We are so excited to officially launch MakerBot Europe and expand MakerBot’s global reach,” notes Jenny Lawton, president of MakerBot.

Expanding Reach

While the European market has always been a robust one for MakerBot, a global leader in the desktop 3D printing industry, we’ve traditionally focused our sales and marketing efforts in the United States. Now, with the creation of MakerBot Europe, we’ll be able to expand our reach in many countries.

More Than 20 Countries

MakerBot Europe will encompass Austria, Belgium, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Poland, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, Ukraine, the United Kingdom, and other European countries.

It’s a big region full of architects, engineers, artists, educators, and innovators of every kind. And we’re eager to get better acquainted.

Europe, we can’t wait to see what you make!


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#WeekendMake | 3D Printed Utility Meets Your Creativity


It’s common for functionality and creativity to overlap in the world of 3D printing, and we’re capturing that dynamic in this week’s #WeekendMake. The “Wall Mount Paper Clip” by Thingiverse user Tosh lets you hang sketches, grocery lists, and childrens’ doodles without leaving pinholes in the paper.


This weekend, your challenge is to print out a wall mount (or many) on your MakerBot Replicator Mini Compact 3D Printer and then hang a doodle that you deem worthy.unnamed-2

You can print as many wall mounts as you like to capture any number of doodles you create. Share your photos on Instagram, and tweet @MakerBot with the tag #WeekendMake so that everyone can catch a glimpse of your creativity.

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