For the 2015 International Consumer Electronics Show (CES), we focused our efforts on telling the story of the MakerBot 3D Ecosystem, our growing and continually improving range of hardware, software, services, and solutions designed to make the 3D printing process easier and more accessible for everyone. We were excited to be at CES and meet as many 3D printing enthusiasts as we could.
By the end of the week, and many thousands of great conversations later, we’d shared our knowledge that MakerBot is creating the most comprehensive 3D Ecosystem to support our customers; picked up five awards, and started greeting each other with, “We’re number 18!”
Our Customers and Partners Were Superstars
We’re proud of our MakerBot products and services, but prouder still of how they help customers and partners leverage the power of Real-Time Prototyping to accelerate product development workflows, educate students, remake design processes and more.
At CES 2015, we decided to shine a spotlight on some of the people who are making wonderful things with MakerBot’s technology: the brilliant engineers at GE FirstBuild, who are prototyping the next generation of smart refrigerators; the talented designers at Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia, who test designs for housewares; and a dedicated, creative teacher at Whitby School who uses MakerBot Replicator 3D Printers to bring everything from ecology to economics to life. Special thanks, too, to our panel discussion guests that included our booth guests and partners The Foundry and TTI Floor Care (Hoover Vacuums).
Manufacturers, designers, educators, and others lined up at the MakerBot booth to talk to representatives from all these organizations. They were the superstars of the week and we can’t thank them enough for all their efforts!
MakerBot PLA Composite Filament Picks Up Three Awards
Our newly announced MakerBot PLA Composite Filaments generated lots of interest and recognition. These composites of MakerBot PLA and a high concentration of functional material — iron, bronze, limestone, and maple — are beautiful, realistic and highly stabilized. These new filaments will be available for purchase in late 2015.
MakerBot PLA Composite Filaments were also featured in Fast Company’s list: The 9 Best Ideas From CES 2015.
When the composite filaments are released, the potential of the swappable MakerBot Replicator Smart Extruder will start to be realized. In just minutes, you will be able to swap in a new extruder optimized for these innovative filaments. Then you’ll be ready to create prototypes that look and feel like the real thing, so that you can accelerate Real-Time Prototyping—without purchasing a new 3D printer!
MakerBot PrintShop Makes iPhone Life’s List
When we say anyone can design 3D printable models, we mean it. With a smooth and easy interface, and tools like Vase Maker, Medal Maker, Ring Maker, Bracelet Maker, and Type Maker, the MakerBot PrintShop app for iPad allows anyone to design a 3D printable model. No prior 3D design experience needed. We love MakerBot PrintShop and we’re happy to learn the editors over at iPhone Life Magazine think it’s pretty special too.
Better Homes & Gardens Likes the MakerBot Replicator Mini
Announced in conjunction with CES 2015, the first ever Better Homes Editors’ Choice Innovation Products List features our very own MakerBot Replicator Mini Compact 3D Printer.
We’re happy and proud that the MakerBot Replicator Mini is featured on a list designed to highlight the “best of new and existing technology proven to make the homes and lives of consumers smarter, safer and more efficient.” Best of all, making this list is a great sign that our efforts make the 3D printing process easier and more accessible for everyone are paying off.
Surprise Nod From TIME
Our whole team puts a lot into everything we do: hardware, software, services, and more, and we’re always pleased to be recognized for our efforts.
But you could have knocked us over with a feather when TIME named our booth, designed to showcase our customers and their innovative efforts in education, prototyping, and design, as one of the 20 most “eye-catching” at CES. MakerBot was listed as number 18!
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