Thingiverse | MakerBot Ghostly Vinyl Challenge


Ghostly International is a record label, design house, and technology innovator that provides works of high quality, integrity, and individuality. We’re excited to have Ghostly — and their keen eye for design — join us in presenting the MakerBot Ghostly Vinyl Challenge.

Using vinyl records and turntables as a starting point, we invite you to use your design skills to create novel objects that will delight record collectors, music lovers, and audiophiles alike. Specifically, we’re looking for things to decorate, augment, or personalize your records and stereo systems.

Just upload your designs to Thingiverse with the tag #GhostlyVinyl before November 30th at 11:59PM EST. Entries must be tagged #GhostlyVinyl to be considered.

A panel of MakerBot and Ghostly employees will judge entries on creativity and printability and winners will be announced on December 15th. The first-prize winner will receive Ghostly’s 2014 full length vinyl catalog and a MakerBot Replicator Mini Compact 3D Printer.

Make sure to read all the Official Rules here.

For further inspiration, download Ghostly’s Music For Makers compilation.

Tagged with , , , 11 comments

Thingiverse | MakerBot Modio Challenge Winners


The wait is over.

After watching an amazing parade of entries roll in, we’re happy to announce that we’ve picked our winners for the #ModioChallenge.

While we’re never surprised by the ingenuity of the Thingiverse community, we were particularly blown away by the results of this challenge. The Modio app inspired the Thingiverse community to remix Modio models, create their own, and even imagine their own worlds. It incorporated newly designed parts like chess pieces, fur coats, and boxing gloves and led to ideas that were surely surprising even to the imaginative people who created the app.

All participants deserve a round of applause for their hard work and creativity. Now, onto the results:


And the winners are…

First prize goes to ibudmen’s Modio Lamp. The illuminating design takes Modio components to a completely new place and even allows for personalized versions by incorporating a Customizer.

Second prize goes to bobtato’s Jeff: The World’s Most Powerful Centaur. The mythological design incorporates newly designed horse parts and a cape.

Third prize goes to SIMPAD17’s Omnis Terra. This new “Guardian of the Land of Modioworld” design incorporates unique components and is part of a series of models and a whole creative myth of its own.

Tagged with Leave a comment

MakerBot Stories | Mastering the Mini

IMPORTANT UPDATE: We’ve seen significant improvements to print quality and reliability with MakerBot Desktop 3.4 and MakerBot Firmware 1.5. If you haven’t already, please download the latest version of MakerBot Desktop and then use it to update your MakerBot Firmware. NOTE: When printing files via the USB port, your printer’s internal storage, or your Library, reprepare (reslice) them through MakerBot Desktop to achieve the best results. Files that are not reprepared (resliced) will not achieve best results.

Felix Olivieri has worked in a few different art-supply stores over the years. So when he and his wife, Sarah, decided to open Olivieri’s Arts, Crafts, & Coffee in Kingston, a Hudson River town a couple of hours north of New York City, he knew what he wanted: hard-to-find specialty paints and pencils, a coffee bar with a kids’ art table nearby, display cases made from repurposed furniture, and a MakerBot Replicator Mini Compact 3D Printer, which belongs to “the world of art of the future.”

Olivieri had used 3D modeling software, but he’d never made anything on a 3D printer before ordering one for the new store. “Once I got it in, first thing I did was set it up, sit there with a cup of coffee, and watch it print,” he says. “And every day since, people do the exact same thing: They walk in, say, ‘I’ve never seen one of these up close,’ and spend the next 20 minutes sipping coffee, watching it print — and then buy another cup of coffee.”


The Olivieris found some fixtures for the store — hooks, clips, small shelves — on Thingiverse, and made them on the MakerBot Replicator Mini. Felix made nametags for Sarah and other employees using MakerBot PrintShop. The app, which makes custom signs and objects, has been an effective way of explaining 3D printing to his customers.

The Learning Curve

Olivieri has gone through a learning curve with the MakerBot Replicator Mini, learning design tricks and discovering new features, and he has hit some frustrations along the way. “If you unload the filament too soon, that’s when you’re most likely have a misprint,” he says. He has learned to be patient, and wait for the MakerBot Replicator Smart Extruder to cool down first. “Five or ten minutes is not going to slow down your day,” he says.


Caring for The Extruder

“Anything like that is going to get clogged up if you don’t take care of it,” Olivieri says of the extruder. When the Olivieris bought a 3D printer, they also got the MakerBot MakerCare Protection Plan, and he has worked with MakerBot’s support team to troubleshoot and, when it was necessary, to replace his Smart Extruder. Olivieri suggests having a spare Smart Extruder on hand in case you run into issues, so you can keep on printing. Expect challenges, Olivieri says, “but don’t let it get you down when it happens. The worst thing you can do is give up.”

Olivieri’s excitement about 3D printing is contagious. “I want to inspire people. I want to educate people,” he says. “It takes people a little bit to grasp what they want to print themselves.” As he demonstrates the MakerBot Replicator Mini for a curious group of schoolchildren, you can see their eyes being opened to a not-too-distant future when “everything is convenient, everything is at your fingertips. Hit print, there you go.”

Tagged with , , , 4 comments

Thingiverse | MakerBot Thingiverse FirstBuild Icebox Challenge


Some would say the refrigerator is the most important appliance in the kitchen. While the primary role of the household refrigerator has always been, and continues to be, to keep food and drinks cold, innovations such as 3D printing are making it possible to transform the appliance that is at the center of the kitchen into a customized tool that better meets the needs of the homeowner.

The desire to customize has inspired us to collaborate with FirstBuild to introduce the FirstBuild Thingiverse Icebox Challenge, aimed at designing solutions that can be placed inside of the refrigerator. Ideas could range from purely 3D printed pieces to battery-operated electromechanical devices.  FirstBuild’s engineers have already gotten inspired about this Ice Box Challenge and have designed test prints that include a 3D printed pizza box holder, customizable to the size of the box and the shelves in the refrigerator, and a motorized 3D printed wine chiller.  The possibilities are endless!  We’re excited to see what innovative ideas you come up with.

To qualify, designs must be uploaded to between November 3 and November 23, 2014, at 11:59 p.m. EST.  Entrants are also encouraged to upload their entries to using the tag #IceBoxChallenge for a chance to be featured on the Thingiverse site. 3D print testing, online community voting and judging will occur from November 27 to December 2, with the winner announced December 15.

Make sure to read all the Official Rules here.


Tagged with Leave a comment

MakerBot Desktop | Ready, Set, Reprint!

IMPORTANT UPDATE: We’ve seen significant improvements to print quality and reliability with MakerBot Desktop 3.4 and MakerBot Firmware 1.5. If you haven’t already, please download the latest version of MakerBot Desktop and then use it to update your MakerBot Firmware. NOTE: When printing files via the USB port, your printer’s internal storage, or your Library, reprepare (reslice) them through MakerBot Desktop to achieve the best results. Files that are not reprepared (resliced) will not achieve best results.

Download MakerBot Desktop 3.3

Introducing Print History
At the beginning of October, we said we’d deliver a feature for MakerBot Desktop that you’ve been asking for: the ability to reprint your favorite designs as easily as possible. Today, we’re proud to bring you Print History — an automatic way to save printed files for fast reprinting, and one of the great new enhancements packed into MakerBot Desktop 3.3.

Download MakerBot Desktop 3.3 now.


Kiss Reslicing Goodbye
Print History is a new folder we added to the MakerBot Desktop Library tab that automatically stores any file printed from Thingiverse or your MakerBot Cloud Library on your MakerBot Replicator, MakerBot Replicator Mini, or MakerBot Replicator Z18. It may seem like a small feature, but we’re all pretty excited about it because it massively accelerates your 3D printing workflow by allowing you to quickly reprint without having to spend time reslicing your build plate layout.

All of Your Prints in One Place
When you’ve already spent time designing a file and exporting it for printing, the last thing you want to do is waste time searching for it again. That’s why we’ve organized the new Print History folder so you can quickly find all your previous prints. Each printed file in the folder updates automatically every time you print and includes the name of your file, an image of your file, and the date when the file was last printed.

Note: The Print History folder does not include prints purchased from the MakerBot Digital Store, but will include all prints saved from Thingiverse, as well as from your personal Library. Also note that Print History only works when your 3D printer is connected via Ethernet or Wi-Fi.


Your Print History: Mobilized
Print History doesn’t just work on your desktop computer: files you’ve sent to your printer using the MakerBot Mobile app will also appear in your Print History folder there. And remember, once a print is underway, you can use MakerBot Mobile to receive notifications on your iPhone whenever your printer runs out of filament, requires your attention, or completes a print.

Be sure to download MakerBot Desktop version 3.3, and let us know what you think about all of our software products as we iteratively improve them to provide you a more seamless and efficient 3D printing workflow.



Tagged with 4 comments

MakerBot Digital Store | MakerBot Celebrates Hello Kitty


MakerBot is excited to welcome Hello Kitty to the MakerBot Digital Store in honor of her 40th anniversary. To celebrate, we’re offering a supercute collection of new MakerBot Digital Store Downloads and heading to the first ever Sanrio Hello Kitty Con in Los Angeles.

It’s a Hello Kitty World

HelloKitty-Blog2 (1)

Hello Kitty has loads of personality. From roller skater, to scientist, to MakerBot enthusiast, our Hello Kitty collection has outfits and accessories that make her ready for anything. Bring your favorite files to life on a MakerBot Replicator Desktop 3D Printer.

Buy Now

Hello Kitty and Friends on MakerBot PrintShop
For the 40th anniversary, we’re also releasing a set of Hello Kitty and Friends ring toppers available for purchase in Ring Maker in the MakerBot PrintShop app. Make fun rings featuring Hello Kitty and her favorite friends so you can impress yours.

Download MakerBot PrintShop

Printed and Ready to Celebrate
If you don’t own a MakerBot Replicator, stop by one of our MakerBot Retail Stores or get in on the Hello Kitty Con action in Los Angeles. We’ll be carrying the Hello Kitty Deluxe Set, a large design with an included outfit, pre-printed and ready for purchase.

Please be sure to share your Hello Kitty prints with us! Tag us @makerbot on Instagram and Twitter, or post on our Facebook page. We’d love to see your work!

Tagged with , , , Leave a comment

Special Financing just in time for the holidays

If you’ve been thinking about getting a MakerBot 3D Printer as a holiday gift for a loved one (or yourself), you’re in luck!

Your holiday just got more affordable.
MakerBot is excited to announce its partnership with Dell Financial Services (DFS) to offer 12 Months Special Financing on MakerBot® Replicator® 3D Printers when using Dell Preferred Account.

This offer is available on now through the holiday season. Qualified consumers can finance a new MakerBot 3D printer with fast credit decisions and affordable monthly payments. Minimum monthly payments are required during the promotional period. See full terms and conditions here.

Apply Now at

Tagged with 2 comments

MakerBot Software | Desktop 3.3 is here! More on the way.


Just a few weeks ago, we told you about upcoming software releases that are on the way. Today, we’re excited to announce a new release of both MakerBot Desktop and the firmware for our latest generation MakerBot Replicator 3D Printers.

This firmware update contains background changes that lay the groundwork for print quality improvements that will be coming soon in MakerBot Desktop 3.4. Getting this release out into the field and getting your feedback is essential to making the next several releases great.

New capabilities on MakerBot Desktop 3.3
Among the changes included in the upgrade, MakerBot Desktop now features:

• An overhaul of the communications between the printer, MakerBot Desktop, and MakerBot Mobile
• Automatic filament unloading following an ‘out of filament’ error
• The ability to change Smart Extruders during a paused print and resume printing
• An improved assisted leveling process
• A faster camera streaming over both network and USB for closer monitoring of your prints
• An expanded Device Preferences dialog for advanced users


Download the free MakerBot Desktop 3.3 upgrade now.

Upgrade your firmware now
Because a number of firmware changes have been made to support these new features (and to support the print quality improvements coming soon in MakerBot Desktop 3.4) it’s crucial to also upgrade your firmware.

Here’s how:
1. Upgrade to MakerBot Desktop 3.3 here.
2. Connect to your MakerBot Replicator 3D printer.
3. Upgrade to Firmware 1.4 to keep your MakerBot Replicator running in top condition with all the latest features.

For the full MakerBot Desktop 3.3 release notes, click here.

Coming soon: Print Quality Improvements and Print History
MakerBot Desktop 3.3 is an important release because it sets the stage for the 3.4 release where we will make some significant changes to the way we manage synchronizing the extruder advance to the movements of the gantry. The heavier computational requirements of our new extruder-advance modeling required us to refactor the communications protocol to make room. We’re really excited about the print quality results we’re seeing in our testing and we’re looking forward to getting them out to you.

Another feature that we’ve been hearing a lot of folks asking for is a way to save files they’ve already printed. In the coming days, we’ll be telling you more about this functionality as a Print History folder within the MakerBot Desktop Library tab. Stay tuned.


Tagged with 53 comments

Sesame Street | The Monsters are Coming

3716_Sesame Street-Monsters_Blog-Header

The parade of famous Sesame Street characters continues as we help celebrate the show’s 45th anniversary. Our newest Sesame Street Monsters collection features some of the most beloved monster Muppets — just in time for Halloween.

Shop the Sesame Street Monsters collection at the MakerBot Digital Store.

Halloween, Sesame Style
Frazzle, Grover, and Cookie Monster love to have fun all year round, but as monsters, they have a soft spot for All Hallow’s Eve. We’ve equipped each character with 3D printable accessories perfect for trick-or-treating.

Show off Your Sesame Street Halloween Skills!
Help Frazzle become even more frightening with a Halloween pumpkin carved in his likeness, give Cookie Monster a cookie, or watch Grover transform into the super-helpful Super Grover before your very eyes. Then share pictures of your prints with @MakerBot on Twitter and Instagram.

Tagged with Leave a comment

Thingiverse | MakerBot Thingiverse Make-a-Thon


We are excited to host our second annual MakerBot Thingiverse get together at our HQ in Brooklyn, New York, November 15th and 16th.

Register now

The Design Side of 3D Printing
This year’s Make-a-Thon is concentrated on the design side of 3D printing. Come attend workshops and presentations from our MakerBot Studio and MakerBot Learning teams, as well as from some of our Thingiverse community members

Here are a few of the planned sessions:
–Getting started with 3D Printing
–From Concept to Digital Store Model with Solidworks & ZBrush
–OpenSCAD Crash Course for Customizable Designs
–Parametric Modeling with Rhino featuring SimplusDesign
–Rapid prototyping of 3D design apps with Three.js
–Advanced 3D Printing techniques with custom profiles

Participate in a weekend design challenge, get feedback and 3D design tips from our resident experts, 3D print your designs in our BotFarm, score swag from our MakerBot giveaways — and more!

Register Now
Space is limited for this free event and we expect spaces to go fast, so register now

We can’t wait to see what you make!

Tagged with 6 comments

12 months special financing on new
MakerBot 3D printer hardware purchases
with Dell Preferred Account on

Limited-time offer for qualified customers.
Offer Details

12 months special financing on new MakerBot 3D printer hardware purchases is a no interest if paid in full by November, 2015 financing promotion. Interest will be charged to your account from the purchase date if the purchase balance is not paid in full by your payment due date in November, 2015 or if you make a late payment. Minimum monthly payments are required during the promotional period. If not paid by end of promotional period, account balance and new purchases will be subject to the Standard APR rates, which range from 19.99% - 29.99% variable APR, as of 8/30/2014, depending on creditworthiness. Offers subject to credit approval and may be changed without notice.

Dell Preferred Account offered to U.S. residents by WebBank, who determines qualifications for and terms of credit. Promotion eligibility varies and is determined by WebBank. Taxes, shipping, and other charges are extra and vary. Payments equal 3% of your balance or $20, whichever is greater. Minimum Interest Charge is $2.00.

All products in your cart at the time of purchase will qualify for the special financing promotion if purchased with Dell Preferred Account between 11-26-2014 through 12/30/2014.

New MakerBot 3D printer hardware purchases are eligible! Refurbished and/or used purchases do not qualify for promotions. Eligible e-value/order codes: A7516721, A7629818, A7598495, A7617635.

What can we help you with today?
I want to chat with Sales.
I have a question about an existing order.
I have a technical question about my device.
Existing Orders
For faster service, enter your order number
(found in your confirmation e-mail)