MakerBot at CES 2015 | Showcasing Customers, Winning Awards


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!”

Here’s why.

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.

Engadget Best of CES 2015: Best Maker-friendly Technology

Popular Mechanics: CES 2015 Editors’ Choice Awards

Popular Science: The Best of CES 2015, Products of the Future

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.

iPhone Life’s Best of CES 2015

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.

Better Homes and Gardens Editors’ Choice 2015 Innovation Products List

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!

TIME: The 20 Most Eye-Catching Booths at CES 2015


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From The Makers | MakerBot Digital Products and Joey Neal


Introducing From the Makers
Today, we’re debuting “From the Makers”, a periodic feature to give you a peek inside MakerBot, to introduce you to the people who create our products and services, and to let you know how we’re doing with our plans, challenges, and progress.

First up is the Digital Products team, represented by Joey Neal, VP. Joey talks with us about the evolution of MakerBot software and apps, and their important position in the growing MakerBot 3D Ecosystem.

Coming soon: From the Makers posts that focus on how we conceive of and design our hardware, including the MakerBot Replicator Smart Extruder, MakerBot Innovation Centers, and more.

We’re eager to hear what you think about From the Makers. So please send us your feedback and suggestions, via email to [email protected].

MakerBot Apps: A Progress Report
Back in October, we told you about our software release plans for the remainder of the year. Since then, we’ve

–Released new features and print quality improvements in MakerBot Desktop 3 and 3.4;
–Introduced Print History to provide a way to reprint your favorite designs as quickly as possible;
–Released MakerBot Mobile 1.1 (now for iPad too); and
–Added a Vase Maker tool to MakerBot PrintShop.

We’re also working on launching MakerBot Mobile for Android, a new Medal Maker tool for MakerBot PrintShop, an auto-update feature for MakerBot Desktop, and should soon have some news for you about MakerBot-Ready Apps.


Now, as our Digital Products team puts some finishing touches on MakerBot Desktop 3.5, it seems like a good time to kick off From the Makers with a chat with Joey Neal, VP of Digital Products. He tells us about the Digital Products team: who they are, what they do, and how digital products have evolved, and continue to evolve, here at MakerBot.

It Began With MakerBot MakerWare
If you only think of desktop 3D printers when you hear “MakerBot,” you might be surprised that software has always been an essential part of the MakerBot 3D printing experience. From the company’s earliest beginnings in 2009, we knew that an 3D printing app like MakerBot MakerWare would get makers excited and help make desktop 3D printing easier

So, from the get-go, we made sure that free MakerBot MakerWare, would work with industry-standard .STL and .OBJ files output from almost any customer’s favorite 3D modeling software.

This also means that MakerBot MakerWare users could print many, if not most, of the files shared in the large Thingiverse 3D design community.

[Fun fact: MakerBot Thingiverse, actually predates MakerBot, the company. Thingiverse, which Joey describes as an “amazing source of inspiration”, also has a dedicated iOS and Android app.]

Networked 3D Printers Open Up Software Possibilities
As popular as MakerWare was, when the hardware, engineering, and software teams sat down in 2013 to review customer wish-lists, and to sketch out a vision for our latest generation of MakerBot Replicator 3D printers (networked and running on a common MakerBot OS), they soon realized the Digital Products team should create the app we now call MakerBot Desktop.

MakerBot Desktop: MakerWare and a Whole Lot More
During design, the Digital Products team made sure to keep their ears to the ground, listening closely to our customers. So they made MakerBot Desktop backwards compatible “with ALL of our printers” and, like MakerBot MakerWare before it, free MakerBot Desktop works with .STL and .OBJ files.

But that’s not all. MakerBot Desktop incorporates great print preparation features of MakerBot MakerWare, and adds to them by including access to a personal MakerBot Cloud Library, the ability to explore MakerBot Thingiverse and to shop the MakerBot Digital Store, and even access to your print history. In short, Joey says, the idea is to have MakerBot Desktop “work with all the products in our ecosystem” as that ecosystem continuously evolves.

MakerBot Mobile: Walk Away From Your Desk
MakerBot Mobile 1.1, with a new layout design for the iPad, makes browsing Thingiverse an even better experience.

And, if you’ve updated your printer with the latest firmware (v1.5), you can now start a print remotely from your iPad or iPhone from anywhere within range of your MakerBot Replicator 3D Printer’s Wi-Fi network. Thanks to the onboard cameras you can also see your build plate to make sure it’s clear before you start printing remotely.

But Joey and his team have even more ideas up their sleeves: “We’ve made it really easy for you to print stuff, but maybe you want to scale something or put two items on a plate. So we will be investigating having a Prepare mode similar to MakerBot Desktop.

The team is also working on true, remote monitoring that will work over a cellphone network as well as over your local Wi-Fi network. With this upcoming feature, Joey says, the idea is to be able to check the phone from anywhere and, “…find something that’s cool on Thingiverse that’s new, or from my library, take a look at the onboard camera on my printer, and start a print.”

MakerBot PrintShop: Making 3D Design Easier
The Digital Products team is also as pleased as punch with MakerBot PrintShop, an iPad app, optimized for fifth-generation MakerBot Replicator printers. You can use it to print directly to the printer without having to go to MakerBot Desktop first.

Joey says PrintShop takes all the guesswork out of print preparation, not to mention the technical-sounding jargon, and, “We make it really easy for users to create their own content without having to know 3D design skills.”

PrintShop is ideal for people just starting out with 3D printing or who love to 3D print but are in learning mode with 3D design software. “We give them the power to make some of their own, custom 3D models that are really easy to use like Vase Maker, or [the upcoming] Medal Maker, or jewelry like bracelets and rings.”

On top of that, the team worked with Sanrio, a MakerBot partner, to create special-edition, 3D printable ring toppers for the Hello Kitty conference this year. They’re looking forward to similar partnerships in the future.

What’s Coming Down the Pike
Lots. The Digital Product team has a master calendar, of course, and it includes things like:

–MakerBot Desktop auto-update
–Print queues
–Mobile remote printing
–Thingiverse groups

Joey and team are also working on the MakerBot Innovation Center Management Platform, a software solution that enables people to manage large groups of MakerBot Replicator 3D Printers effectively and efficiently.

That’s what on the calendar. But, as Joey points out, “from time to time, we also hear things from the field” the team knows they have to take a look at.

A good example of this is Z-Axis Offset. “We noticed that folks needed a little bit more variable control” to help them adjust their build plate, relative to their printer’s MakerBot Replicator Smart Extruder. So the team quickly crafted a solution and added it to the latest MakerBot Desktop release.


Keep Your Firmware Up-to-date
Whenever anyone on the Digital Products team talks about new features offered by any of the apps, they’re quick to remind us to “update your firmware.”

No wonder. As Joey tells us, “One of the interesting things about when we release our software, like MakerBot Desktop, is that most of the time there’s also some firmware updates that go in tandem with the features.”

So it’s important to always update your 3D printer’s firmware to enable those new features — and all the capabilities they offer.

Here’s how

Tell Us What You Think
We’re always interested in your feedback, thoughts, and suggestions, so feel free to reach out to us at [email protected].

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Thingiverse | MakerBot Ghostly Vinyl Challenge Winners


Well that was awesome.

We had a feeling that this challenge was going to be right in the Thingiverse community’s wheelhouse and we were right!

For three weeks, Thingiverse was bombarded with hundreds of amazing #GhostlyVinyl Challenge entries ­— from customizable zoetropes, dancing ghosts and vinyl-based sculpture to clocks, wave generators, cable organizers, and so much more.

All participants deserve a round of applause for their hard work and creativity.

Picking finalists from all the inspired entries was tough, but after consulting with Ghostly International and recording artist Com Truise, we’re excited to announce the winners!


And the winners are…

First prize goes to Oana’s Hand Cranked Vinyl Player. It prints without support and assembles in less than five minutes. It’s complex, but not complicated, and it can actually play records!

Second prize goes to M600’s DeskSHELL. It’s an elegant multi-purpose container for your audio miscellanea. It prints easily, looks perfect next to your turntable, and features some clever customizable elements.

Third prize goes to Aleccs’ Phone Amplifying Dock. The Ghostly-themed design holds an iPhone in place and redirects audio through an amplifying chamber.

UPDATE: Due to a judging error, we’ve changed the challenge winners. Check them out!

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MakerBot at CES 2015 | The Growing MakerBot Ecosystem


It’s time for the annual International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas and MakerBot is there. Back in 2014, we brought three new MakerBot Replicator 3D Printers to market, plus we launched numerous other initiatives including MakerBot Desktop, MakerBot Mobile and MakerBot PrintShop. We also launched the MakerBot Digital Store, brought on licensed partners, and more.

But for 2015, says MakerBot CEO Jenny Lawton, we’re purposefully not introducing any new 3D printers at CES. Instead, we’re “focusing our efforts on creating the most comprehensive 3D Ecosystem to support our customers. 3D printing is not simple. It is not plug-and-play. 3D printing takes work and takes software and hardware that make it work. We are focused on improving the overall 3D printing process to make it easier and more accessible for everyone.”

We know there is a lot of hype around 3D printing. So, in 2015, we’re telling the story of the growing MakerBot 3D Ecosystem. Our 2014 generation of printers will be there, of course, but we’re also going to showcase how “educators, businesses, and real users have incorporated MakerBot 3D printing into their daily work and lives,” says Jenny.

If you’re at CES 2015 this week, stop by the MakerBot Booth at #72711, located in the Sands Expo Convention Center, CES Tech West.

We’d love to show you some live demos and talk about what’s next.

The Growing MakerBot 3D Ecosystem
The large and growing platform currently includes hardware, like 3D printers and scanners; software, like MakerBot Desktop, MakerBot Mobile, and MakerBot PrintShop; solutions like the MakerBot Innovation Centers; services like MakerBot Learning; and in depth support options including tutorials, quick tips, and the MakerBot MakerCare Protection Plan.

That’s a lot, but there’s room for more. At CES 2015, we’ll be talking about:

-New MakerBot PLA Composite Filament
-New MakerBot Solutions & Services
-New and upgraded MakerBot apps
-New MakerBot partnerships

MakerBot PLA Composite Filaments
Enter the new line of MakerBot PLA Composite Filaments, created in three categories: Metal, Stone, and Wood. These beautiful, realistic, and highly stabilized materials are slated to be released in late 2015, but we’ll be showcasing select prints at CES 2015 so you can see the many potential uses for these great materials.


With these new materials, 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 will 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!

Browse MakerBot Filaments

MakerBot Professional Services
MakerBot has been working hard to add to the services arm of the MakerBot 3D Ecosystem. We’re starting the new year by introducing a collection of offerings designed to help consumers and professionals alike.

 -3D Design Services by MakerBot: Obtain master-level 3D design services for your important 3D printable content.
 -MakerBot 3D Printed Products: Our team of experts quickly and reliably 3D print 50 – 100,000 of your products, models, or parts.
 -MakerBot Learning: Get up and running faster with hands-on, creative, and collaborative sessions taught by knowledgeable MakerBot 3D printing experts.
 -Consulting from MakerBot: Receive unparalleled expertise to help you lead the way in the Next Industrial Revolution.

New and Upgraded Apps

In the first quarter of 2015, it will be easier than ever to remotely monitor and print. Upgrades to MakerBot Mobile for iPhone and Android will let you preview digital files for 3D printing, prepare files for 3D printing, and start a 3D print while monitoring its progress, all from your mobile device.

Download MakerBot Mobile

The new MakerBot Innovation Center Management Platform helps maximize the value and efficiency of your MakerBot Innovation Center with a seamless solution for managing large groups — as many as 30 -100 — of Fifth Generation MakerBot Replicator 3D Printers.

Learn More

MakerBot Partnerships

We love finding creative companies and organizations eager to create new things for our customers, and at CES 2015 we’re showcasing some fun and engaging projects that demonstrate the power of Real-Time Prototyping with MakerBot Replicator 3D Printers.

MakerBot Digital Store x Martha Stewart: The recently launched Martha Stewart for MakerBot Digital Store Trellis Collection is a popular download for many MakerBot customers. At CES 2015, MakerBot and Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia will provide a sneak peek at some prototypes for potential future collections.
MakerBot Thingiverse x GE FirstBuild: Engineering and 3D printing enthusiasts hacked the refrigerator as part of the Icebox Challenge, a MakerBot and GE FirstBuild collaboration. Winners will be announced and designs showcased at the CES 2015 MakerBot booth.
MakerBot x The Foundry: The MakerBot Kit for MODO is the first ever 3D app integrated into MakerBot’s Cloud Library and MakerBot Thingiverse to provide access to The Foundry’s MODO 801’s easy-to-use content creation package.

Come Visit – We Can’t Wait to Meet You
CES is a hub of ingenuity and exciting ideas. It’s a great place to kick off the new year, discuss where we’re headed, and celebrate how real users use the MakerBot 3D Ecosystem to incorporate 3D printing into their workflow, save time and money, and inspire a whole new generation of innovators.

Again, if you’re at CES, please come visit us at booth #72711, located in the Sands Expo Center, CES Tech West.

We can’t wait to meet you.

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MakerBot Partnerships | Exciting news about our partnership with The Foundry


Seamless 3D design and printing just got one step closer.
Back in April, we announced a partnership with The Foundry to streamline the workflow between its powerful new MODO 801 3D modeling, animation, visual effects and rendering software package and the MakerBot Replicator 3D printing platform.

We’re proud to announce the next milestone in our partnership with the introduction of the MakerBot Kit for MODO. With the MakerBot Kit, you create and edit designs using MODO 801 and publish them directly to Thingiverse, or privately using the MakerBot Cloud Library, all from within MODO.


Tomasz Lechociński,


You can access your designs in your MakerBot Cloud Library using MakerBot Desktop, MakerBot PrintShop, or MakerBot Mobile. You can also directly upload and manage versions on Thingiverse, as the kit also supports .THING files (the container format native to MakerBot Desktop which can hold multiple .STL or .OBJ files and allows you to retain information such as scale of placement on your build plate).

Why use the MakerBot Kit for MODO 801 for 3D printing?
–Get the shape you want in minutes thanks to simple, yet powerful 3D object and surface modeling tools wrapped in an artist friendly workflow.
–Easily export to a watertight mesh in the STL format for easy 3D printing.
–Use a variety of modeling methodologies — from standard mesh construction to brush-based fluid sculpting.
–Clean up and modify data scanned with a MakerBot Digitizer in a streamlined modeling environment.

We’re not done yet.
We’re still hard at work finding new ways to integrate the MakerBot Replicator 3D Printing platform with MODO 801 and put seamless 3D design and printing into the hands of artists and designers at every level. Stay tuned for more.

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From the Makers | MakerBot Innovation Centers & Jordan Brehove


With “From the Makers”, we’re opening up MakerBot to give you a peek inside, introduce you to the innovators who create our products and services, and let you know how we’re doing with our plans, challenges, and progress.

Our first “From the Maker” featured the MakerBot Digital Products team and how they’re working to continuously improve apps and firmware to make the MakerBot desktop 3D printing experience even easier and more accessible.

Today, we’re talking with Jordan Brehove. As VP of Professional Services, Jordan is dedicated to creating and growing the services MakerBot needs to meet the evolving requirements of our professional customers. He currently oversees MakerBot Learning, MakerBot Support, and MakerBot Innovation Centers.

From the Makers: MakerBot Innovation Center from MakerBot on Vimeo.

What is a MakerBot Innovation Center?
First, let’s talk about the why. We created MakerBot Innovation Centers for customers who approached us for help in setting up and managing large groups of MakerBot 3D printers. Since we had two large “botfarms” ourselves, we’d already learned some of the advantages and challenges of working with large groups of 3D printers, and had put some thought into how to best link them, manage them, and use them.

Now, the what. As Jordan explains, a MakerBot Innovation Center is “a centralized, scalable 3D printing solution” composed of MakerBot Replicator 3D printers, software, supplies, and services. The solution is designed to empower your organization to innovate faster, collaborate better, and compete more effectively.

A MakerBot Innovation Center is also a great example of how MakerBot is continuously working to push 3D printing innovation forward. Beyond that, it’s taking the Real-Time Prototyping achievable with a single MakerBot Replicator 3D Printer and scaling it up to serve the needs of an entire school or business. A MakerBot Innovation Center enables an organization to accelerate the development of innovative ideas and products, and approach organizational creativity and collaboration in a completely new way.

More on that below. Let’s get into the components of a MakerBot Innovation Center first. Components that can, by the way, be completely customized for your organization.

Hardware and Supplies
The most visible components of a MakerBot Innovation Center are “the printers, the scanners, the filament, and the racking system” that optimizes the footprint of a large number of 3D printers.

We generally define a MakerBot Innovation Center as comprised of between 30 and 100 3D printers. For example, the SUNY New Paltz MakerBot Innovation Center has an array of 30 MakerBot Replicator 3D Printers. Here at MakerBot in Brooklyn, we have two MakerBot Innovation Centers of our own, each running with more than 100 MakerBot Replicator 3D Printers.

Software: MakerBot Innovation Center Management Platform
How do we do it? In the beginning, it was with a lot of sweat and shoe leather. But all that effort gave us the experience we needed to design and build the MakerBot Innovation Center Management Platform, a seamless solution for managing large groups of MakerBot Replicator 3D Printers. Jordan describes it as the software “core” of an Innovation Center.

The easy-to-use software application, says Jordan, “allows for queue management, people to get in line, submit prints, manage those prints. Once…[3D models] are sliced you can allocate them to different printers.”


He continues, “You can actually see videos of what’s printing…You can even tell what color filament is in the printer when you’re about to turn a print on.” Along with that, Jordan says, you can see “all types of metrics about hours printed, number of prints, and what’s been printed” on each 3D printer.

In short, the MakerBot Innovation Center Management Platform turns the arduous task of managing 100+ printers into an enjoyable experience, “So you’re able to manage both at that micro level, by printer, and the macro level, what’s going on with the entire Innovation Center.”

Services: Training, Consulting, and Support
But Jordan’s team doesn’t just ship hardware and software to your location and leave you to it. Every MakerBot Innovation Center includes an array of services so you can be confident we’ll be with you every step of the way.

For example, every MakerBot Innovation Center includes education provided by our expert MakerBot Learning instructors. We deliver training in various aspects of 3D printing for stakeholders, users, and for the technicians managing the printers.

There’s also an optional Consulting Service, to help get people up and running faster, and of course, Support. MakerBot offers MakerBot Innovation Centers our highest level of support possible, the MakerBot MakerCare Protection Plan.

The Exciting Next Stage
At MakerBot, Jordan says, we’re leading the Next Industrial Revolution and, “this is next stage of that. This is how big companies, big universities, get involved in 3D printing in a really significant way.”

And it’s simply exciting. When you bring people into the same space, “they see what others are doing, they feed off that, and they start to develop more and more, and be more creative and effective. “

Do you think a MakerBot Innovation Center might benefit your school or organization? Please reach out to us

Tell Us What You Think
We’re always interested in your feedback, thoughts, and suggestions, so feel free to reach out to us at [email protected].

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MakerBot PrintShop 1.3 | Celebrate the Big Win with Medal Maker


The MakerBot Digital Products team has been hard at work enhancing our suite of 3D printing software: MakerBot Mobile, MakerBot Desktop, and MakerBot PrintShop.

Download the latest version of MakerBot PrintShop to experience a host of backend improvements and user experience updates, as well as a brand new tool for making personalized medals for your friends, family and, of course, you.


Now Everyone’s a Winner
Medal Maker for MakerBot PrintShop is our most prolific tool yet. With seven different medal styles, 27 icons representing a range of sports and academic subjects, and customized text fields, you can create the perfect personalized medal for any occasion.

Once you’ve tailored your medal to your liking, tap Print to prepare and send your medal to your MakerBot Replicator 3D Printer wirelessly (using local Wi-Fi only), or save it to your MakerBot Cloud Library.

Be a Hero This Holiday Season
Medal Maker is the perfect solution for letting the athlete, mathlete, or shuffleboard champion in your life know that they’re a winner in your eyes. We’ve even thrown in a couple of MakerBot Thingiverse logo variations for our prized friends in the 3D design community.

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MakerBot Digital Store | A Jurassic Giant Returns

Download the Stegosaurus Skeleton at the MakerBot Digital Store!

This intricate, 3D printable Stegosaurus Skeleton was created by our talented in-house designers as a companion to the MakerBot T-Rex Skeleton model, and makes a great tool for paleontological learning.

Download the Stegosaurus Skeleton now at the MakerBot Digital Store.

Recreating A Remarkable Reptile
To create the complex and realistic Stegosaurus Skeleton model, our designers visited the American Museum of Natural History in New York City to take photos and study the anatomical details of actual Stegosaurus fossils. Back at the studio, they worked to bring the skeleton to life in 3D by creating 3D renders of the skeleton, scaling the model down, and making sure it was reliably 3D printable. Once it was ready, they broke the design apart into multiple pieces to print on MakerBot Replicator 3D Printer build plates.

Perfect For The Classroom
Discover the unique anatomy of the Stegosaurus from the claws up when you print your own from the MakerBot Digital Store on your MakerBot Replicator 3D Printer. Include this model in your Biology or Geology lessons to incorporate physical manipulatives in your instruction while you introduce students to the basics of 3D printing.

Prehistoric Flair For Your Lair
Download this 3D print-ready file for an educational, fun, and interactive addition to your classroom, office, or home collection. Assembly is required for a full model, but all pieces easily snap together. Use MakerBot Warm Gray, True Brown, and Army Green PLA Filaments to create the model pictured below.

Download the free Stegosaurus Footprint at MakerBot Thingiverse!

Download the entire Stegosaurus skeleton from the MakerBot Digital Store, or get our impressive Stegosaurus Footprint on MakerBot Thingiverse.

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MakerBot Digital Store | It’s Holiday Time on Sesame Street


As part of our ongoing celebration of Sesame Street’s 45th anniversary, our latest Digital Store collection features five more of the show’s classic characters loaded with holiday style. Ready to be 3D printed, the new collection gets festive with some of the most famous Muppets of all: Big Bird, Elmo, Bert, Ernie, and Oscar the Grouch.

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

Make Merry with the Classics
Each download in the Sesame Street Classics collection comes with a separately printable holiday accessory great for spreading the season’s cheer. Exchange gifts with Bert and Ernie. Let Big Bird hang a wreath. Say hello to Elmo, Santa’s most enthusiastic little helper. Or see Oscar’s expression of holiday humbuggery with a sign that’s true to his curmudgeonly ways.

Give the Gift of Sesame Street!
If you’re looking for a unique holiday gift for someone special in your life, download and 3D print the entire Sesame Street Classic collection, or head to your local MakerBot Retail Store to buy pre-printed, ready-to-take-home characters. And while you’re in the giving spirit, why not share a photo of your favorite 3D printed Sesame Street characters in a festive holiday setting? Upload your pics to Instagram or Twitter and find us @MakerBot.

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MakerBot Desktop | Get the Latest for Big Improvements


We’re always working to continuously improve and update our software, so we are thrilled to share the big improvements to print quality and reliability that came with our latest MakerBot Desktop and MakerBot Firmware upgrades.

Step 1. Download MakerBot Desktop 3.4
If you haven’t downloaded the latest version of our free 3D printing software, MakerBot Desktop 3.4, please do so now.


Step 2. Update Your MakerBot Firmware
Once you’ve opened up MakerBot Desktop 3.4, connect to your MakerBot Replicator 3D Printer via Wi-Fi, Ethernet, or USB. Next, head straight to the Devices menu in MakerBot Desktop and click Update Firmware to load MakerBot Firmware 1.5 onto your printer.

NOTE: Updating both MakerBot Desktop and MakerBot Firmware is the only way to activate all the new improvements. To take advantage of these new features, continue to prepare and print your files through MakerBot Desktop. When printing files via the USB port, your printer’s internal storage, or your Library, reprepare them through this updated version of MakerBot Desktop to achieve the best results.

Improvements to Print Quality and Reliability
As promised, we’ve made significant improvements to our MakerBot Firmware and print slicing software in order to help improve print quality and reliability.

First off, we’ve updated how the MakerBot Replicator Smart Extruder and the gantry motors that move it around in three dimensions work together.

We’ve also improved the speed and acceleration of the gantry motors, which means better handling of curves and edges in your 3D designs.

Lastly, we’ve shortened the distance that the MakerBot Replicator Smart Extruder’s retractable nozzle has to move during prints, improving the life of your Smart Extruder, and helping to prevent clogs.

With these enhancements, you’ll see a big increase in print quality and a noticeable decrease in print times, so don’t miss out.


Advanced Calibration
Another great feature we packed into MakerBot Desktop 3.4 is a calibration tool called Z-Axis Offset, which you can find in the Device Preferences panel under the Devices menu in MakerBot Desktop. This tool lets you adjust where your build plate is, relative to your Smart Extruder.

If you’ve been experiencing print quality issues with your rafts and the initial layers of your print, or hear clicking noises when you’re printing, your build plate may be too close or too far from your Smart Extruder. Adjusting your Z-Axis Offset could be the solution, so give it a try.

Tell Us About Your Experience
We want to hear about your experience using MakerBot Desktop 3.4 and MakerBot Firmware 1.5. Let us know how things are going by shooting us an email at [email protected]

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