MakerBot Events | Get Ready to 3D Print with Photoshop CC


Adobe Photoshop CC now offers the ability to easily and reliably build, refine, preview, prepare and print dual-tone 3D designs on a MakerBot Replicator 2X Experimental 3D Printer. In his interactive presentation, 3D Printing with Photoshop CC, Mark Maguire, a 3D engineer on the Adobe Photoshop team with nearly 20 years of 3D, video, and gaming industry experience, will demonstrate of the new features that allow users to easily 3D print photographs and other two-toned models in beautiful detail.


Come learn how at this one-time only event at the MakerBot Retail Store in Boston on Saturday, October 11th at 11:00 am.

Print Your 3D Designs Straight from Photoshop
After months of collaboration between Adobe and MakerBot, the latest release of Adobe Photoshop CC now gives creative professionals and owners of MakerBot Replicator 2X Experimental 3D Printers and MakerBot Replicator 2 Desktop 3D Printers the power to make or refine 3D designs and produce print-ready 3D models using familiar Photoshop tools. Automated mesh repair and support structure generation ensure models are produced reliably, while accurate previews allow the creator to submit print jobs with confidence.

Come and see it all in action for yourself!

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Innovator Sessions | Building A 3D Printing Curriculum


Leslie Perry is the Technology Curriculum Leader at Whitby School, a Pre-K through 8th grade Montessori school in Greenwich, CT, and a big proponent of 3D printing in the classroom. Perry will give her presentation, How to Incorporate 3D Printing In Your Curriculum, at the MakerBot Retail Store in Greenwich, CT at 6pm on Wednesday, October 22nd.


At the interactive event, she will discuss recent and upcoming 3D design units and challenge attendees to imagine the ways their teaching and lessons would change if they woke up tomorrow and the only printers that existed were 3D printers.

Whitby Harbor: Creating A 3D Learning Landscape
After an initial positive experience with 3D printing existing designs, Perry wanted to push her 5th and 7th graders students to take their design skills to the next level and create their own. So, using Tinkercad, MakerBot Replicator 3D Printers, and an iterative and collaborative process, she helped them envision, 3D design, and create a fictional seaside port called Whitby Harbor. The final town featured 3D printed structures such as a lighthouse, buildings, picnic tables, and boats, was assembled and displayed during spring parent conferences.

Hear more about Perry’s plans to expand the popular unit and add to her students’ “3D Land” with even more complex features and structures, including a space station.

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MakerBot Software | This Is What’s on the Way


What’s on Tap for MakerBot Software
Today we’d like to take a moment of your time to share the features and improvements we’ve been working on and what you can look forward to in the next few months.

Our passionate teams of software experts have been hard at work, iterating and improving on the three software products we released this Spring, and working closely with their colleagues (specialists in hardware manufacturing, industrial design, electrical engineering, mechanical engineering, and more) to bring you the best 3D printing experience we can.

We know you’re eager to hear about specific features and fixes we’ve only hinted at before. So here is what you can expect from us from now until the New Year.

MakerBot Desktop
First up for the app this fall is v3.3. It contains:

–A new Device Preferences dialog: so you can easily access and modify your printer settings
–Automatic filament unloading when your filament runs out. Currently, when filament runs out, a small piece remains inside the Smart Extruder and should be unloaded. However, it’s easy to miss and, if it’s not unloaded, may cause a jam.
–Camera improvements: These apply to the most recent generation of MakerBot Replicator 3D Printers. You’ll get faster frame rates, plus the ability to view through your printer’s camera over USB (as well as via your network, as it currently does).
–Bug fixes

We’ll also squeeze in an update to Library by adding Print History:
Anything you print from your personal Cloud Storage Library or Thingiverse can quickly be reprinted.

Version 3.4. Following on the heels of v3.3, this version will contain some of our most significant updates to the MakerBot Desktop app, including

–Improvements to print quality and slicing
–Advanced calibration tool: For tuning first layers and rafts, contributing to better overall print quality
–Auto update functionality: so you don’t have to reinstall
Ability to print via your network without having to manually confirm (press printer’s button or dial). Plus you can view the build plate via your printer’s camera.
–Post-print: Reprint an item and share to Thingiverse from the onboard camera if it’s a public item

MakerBot Mobile
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Early on in the fall, v1.1 of MakerBot Mobile will be a Universal Application that supports both iPhone and iPad screen resolutions. In addition, we’re including updates to better support iPhone 6 and 6+ resolutions.

Android lover? Version 1.0 will be released for you soon after. This version concentrates on Library access, Printing, and Monitoring.

Sneak peek. We’re also working on support for remote, on-the-go monitoring of your MakerBot Replicator 3D Printer. Start a print at home. Then head on down to the coffee shop and check your print’s status with MakerBot Mobile. You’ll be able to view it via your printer’s camera too!

MakerBot PrintShop
The MakerBot PrintShop team is eager to release two new tools that we think you’ll really enjoy.

First up this autumn will be Vase Maker, which has been making an impact around MakerBot’s Brooklyn facilities as vases, bowls, and containers of all sort of shapes and sizes (all the way up to Z18 heights) have appeared on shelves and desks. We can’t wait to see what you make with it.

After that, it’s time for a medal making tool. These fun medals can be used for sports, events, and achievements. Pick a sport or icon, add your own text, and print.


Medals pictured are prototypes. Stay tuned for the final designs.

You can also expect continual updates to the Explore section of PrintShop during the next few months.

MakerBot Thingiverse
Before year’s end, the plan is for the Thingiverse community to take advantage of an exciting new collaborative feature called Groups. Members will be able to start a Group around a topic they’re passionate about, invite others to join, and then collaborate by sharing things and discussing subtopics.

To sum up, we have an incredibly passionate team dedicated to pushing the MakerBot 3D Ecosystem ever further for you and we’re eager to bring these updates in the next few months. Stay tuned for more as it develops.

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MakerBot Digital Store | Make History with Famous Expeditions


The Ships of Bold Explorers
Challenge your inner explorer with the Famous Expeditions collection from the MakerBot Digital Store. Inspired by historical vessels that sailed the world’s uncharted waters, this set of intricate 3D model ships will take you on an educational odyssey. Loaded with ladders, ropes, and oars, these ships are unbelievably detailed.

Visit the MakerBot Digital Store to download the entire collection.


It’s Time to Make History
Watch history come to life as you print 3D models of ships that once sailed the high seas. Each 3D model was designed with careful attention to ensuring accurate printing of the details of each vessel, like the ridged sails of The Bao Chuan, the crow’s nest of The São Cristóvão, and the dragonhead of The Drakkar.

We’ve made The Drakkar available for free download on Thingiverse so you can wet your feet in the waters of exploration.

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#WeeklyMake | Power Your Flowers


If you’re yearning for some greenery as the warm weather winds down, you’re not alone. Surrounding yourself with plant life has been proven to reduce stress and improve brain function.

This week’s #WeeklyMake is a petite plant pot that’ll help you find your own little patch of garden Zen at the office or home.




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Let’s See Those Coloring Skills in Full Bloom
The elegant, parametric design of the Triangulated Flower Pot would surely make Pythagoras himself proud just the way it is. Nevertheless, we think this (soon to be) verdant vessel is just begging for your personal touch. Once you’ve 3D printed your flower pot on your MakerBot Replicator Mini, turn its elaborate geometry into your personal coloring book.

Snap a photo of your colorfully decorated floral vessel and share it on Twitter or Instagram with the tags #WeeklyMake and #FlowerPotArt.

Can’t get enough #WeeklyMake? Check out our #WeeklyMake Thingiverse collection for more fun, easy-to-print 3D models.

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MakerBot | Let’s Talk about the Smart Extruder

Let’s Talk
Here at MakerBot, we’ve been heads down, continually iterating and improving on our latest hardware and software. We’ve been busy. We’ve been growing. It’s been exciting.

But we realize we’ve been too focused about what’s ahead and that we haven’t been letting you know about the upcoming features and improvements we’ve been working on, or communicating enough with you about your concerns with our products. We haven’t been responding to your issues fast enough either.

How We’re Going to Do Better
We’re putting fixes in place to help our Support team help you. We’re beefing up our online Support pages so quick answers are easier to find. We’re improving our software and firmware so it will enhance and refresh the capabilities of your MakerBot Replicator 3D Printers and Smart Extruders and make them work better for you. We’ll soon tell you when you can expect these new software releases and what they will contain. And we’ll be talking with you more and more, in every way we can, about what you can expect from MakerBot and our products.

Today, let’s talk about the Smart Extruder.


Why We Made the Smart Extruder
During our five years of conversations, MakerBot customers have identified these key extruder concerns:

–Workflow: When an extruder stops, work stops.
–Time: Customers don’t want to interrupt work to service extruders.
–Wear: Extruders naturally wear out.

The modular, easily swappable MakerBot Replicator Smart Extruder addresses these challenges. The Smart Extruder enables you to:

–Minimize downtime.
–Plan ahead for natural wear.

We’re very excited about the possibilities the Smart Extruder design represents. That’s why it’s a central component of our most recent generation of 3D printers. 

Challenges and Tips
However, we’ve heard from some of you that you’re having challenges with your Smart Extruders. As avid 3D printers, we understand the frustration of failed prints and lost time. We get it. So we want to share some of our favorite Smart Extruder features and some helpful tips we’ve learned over the past few months.

Cooling Down and Careful Filament Loading Go a Long Way
To help prevent clogging, always let your printer fully complete the filament loading and unloading procedures. Never remove filament from the Smart Extruder before instructed to do so by your 3D printer’s control panel or MakerBot Desktop.

After finishing a print, your 3D printer cools the Smart Extruder to quickly harden melted filament. Always wait until your Smart Extruder has cooled to 50° C (122° F) before turning off your MakerBot 3D Printer. This process can take a few minutes, but if you turn off your 3D printer before the Smart Extruder is fully cooled, you risk a higher chance of a clog forming.

Smart Sensors Mean More Finished Jobs and Less Waste
The Smart Extruder’s sensors provide real-time feedback to your 3D printer’s motherboard, and MakerBot Desktop and MakerBot Mobile apps, and instantly pause a print when the absence of filament is detected.

These unique sensors save you time by letting you know when you need to change filament, minimizing the risk of losing a print. For example, if you note an issue with filament, you can easily swap out the Smart Extruder and finish your project.


Swapping a Smart Extruder Is Almost Effortless

Powerful magnets help snap your Smart Extruder firmly into place in just seconds. No tools required. If you include the time it takes to load and unload filament, you’re still back to printing in just minutes and your downtime is minimal. This swap-ability will also allow you to quickly adapt to changes (such as new filament materials) in the fast-evolving world of 3D printing.

For helpful Smart Extruder installation tips, see the links at the bottom of this post.

More On The Way
Thanks for your feedback. We’re listening and we’re determined to improve your MakerBot experience. In the coming weeks, we’ll regularly post additional tips and videos about the Smart Extruder and our MakerBot Replicator 3D Printers. And stay tuned for our list of coming software improvements and when you can expect them.

For more details about topics covered in this blog post, follow these links:

MakerBot Replicator Mini Compact 3D Printer
How to install the Smart Extruder
How to unload filament

MakerBot Replicator Desktop 3D Printer
How to install the Smart Extruder
How to unload filament

MakerBot Replicator Z18 3D Printer
How to install the Smart Extruder
How to unload filament

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Thingiverse | MakerBot Modio Challenge


Modio, the iPad app that lets you design and customize your own characters for 3D printing is now available on the iPhone, too. In celebration of this exciting news, we’re partnering with Modio to present the MakerBot Modio Challenge.

For the challenge, we want you to remix and reimagine Modio designs. Build, modify, invent, paint – anything goes!

Just upload your designs to Thingiverse with the tag #ModioChallenge before Wednesday, October 8, 2014 at 11:59PM EST. Entries must be tagged #ModioChallenge to be considered and will be judged by a panel of MakerBot and Modio employees on creativity and printability.

We can’t wait to see what you make!

Read the complete Official Contest Rules.

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Innovator Sessions | Printing Your Own Opportunity


Ben Uyeda, the founder of DIY furniture design site, HomeMade Modern, believes 3D printers are a powerful shortcut between ideas and physical reality. His own MakerBot 3D Printer has been instrumental in his varied roles as an award-winning architect, an academic working with architecture students, as a designer evolving and testing ideas, and as an entrepreneur prototyping and developing products that can be shared and improved collaboratively.

In his presentation at the MakerBot Retail Store in Boston on Thursday, October 16th, 7:00 pm, Ben will discuss how 3D printers can create new opportunities for designers to create autonomous businesses and reach consumers directly. Space is limited, so register now.



Delivering Affordable Furniture Design
The mission at is to make modern design more affordable by distributing instructional design content. So far, their designs have reached over one million people. Hear how HomeMade Modern is using MakerBot 3D Printers to design and test furniture that combines 3D printed components with readily available inexpensive materials, and all the other exciting projects Ben is involved with ­— from conducting design/build workshops with students at Chulalongkorn University in Thailand to sustainable design initiatives and his plans for designing a 3D printed desk.

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MakerBot Digital Store | Three Heads Are Better than One


Introducing Storied Skulls, our newest collection of exquisitely designed, easy-to-print 3D models from the expert artists at the MakerBot Studio. This impressive trio includes a modern Ram Skull, a Saber-Toothed Cat Skull, and a mythological Dragon Skull.

Download, print, and display the full Storied Skulls collection now.

Download the Saber-Toothed Cat Skull from Thingiverse for Free
We think students, amateur paleontologists, and collectors alike will fall skull-over-heels for these cranial creations. But don’t take it from us: we’ve made the Saber-Toothed Cat Skull model available as a free download on Thingiverse.

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#WeeklyMake| Ocarina Time

WeeklyMake Ocarina on Thingiverse made with PLA filament

This week’s #WeeklyMake design is based on the wind instrument that’s believed to have been used in song and dance for 12,000 years. Its sonorous influence has permeated musical cultures around the world, in everything from mythology to video games. Now, it’s your turn to add to the ocarina legend.



Once you’ve downloaded and 3D printed your ocarina on your MakerBot Replicator Mini, attach the two halves of your instrument with an adhesive like non-toxic school glue. When it’s dry, learn to rock your favorite tune or make up your own ocarina overture.

Don’t forget to capture your best ocarina playing on video (or a vivid photo of your best air-ocarina performance), and share it on Twitter or Instagram with the tags #WeeklyMake and #OcarinaTime.

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