MakerBot PrintShop | Anyone Can Design 3D Printable Models


Have you ever wanted to create your own 3D printable design? Now you don’t need any experience to design beautiful models for easy printing on your MakerBot Replicator 3D Printer.

Introducing MakerBot PrintShop, a fun, easy, and free tablet application for creating and 3D printing all kinds of cool things on MakerBot Replicator 3D Printers.

Download MakerBot PrintShop from the iTunes Store.

Design It, Customize It, Print It
For the first release of MakerBot PrintShop, we’ve created three tools for making fun, imaginative, and totally customizable 3D printable models:


Type Maker: The first type tool created specifically for 3D printing. Use it to make signs, letters, nameplates, and more.


Ring Maker: Print your own ring, custom-fitted for your finger. We have all kinds of ring designs on deck, from baseball caps, to coffee cups, to crowns.


Bracelet Maker: Use this tool to design elegant 3D printable bracelets featuring otherworldly abstract patterns.

Each of these intuitive design tools generates printable models that are optimized for MakerBot Replicator 3D Printers and print without supports. We’ll continue to add new tools to PrintShop, so be on the lookout for updates.


3D Model Hall Of Fame
Not in the mood to customize your own 3D printable model? Choose from a curated gallery of ready-to-print models instead. These educational, entertaining, and useful items from the MakerBot Thingiverse 3D Design Community are a great way to get familiar with 3D printing.

That’s Not All, Folks
If you want to save your designs to print later, PrintShop can store them in your personal MakerBot Cloud Library. PrintShop also gives you the ability to monitor your prints using your MakerBot Replicator 3D Printer’s onboard camera, as well as cancel prints or unload filament.

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MakerBot Innovator Session | Fred Kahl to Speak in NYC

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Coney Island has been NYC’s famous site of amusement parks, boardwalk attractions and seaside vacationing since the early 1900’s. Using five MakerBot Replicator 3D Printers, Fred Kahl, AKA The Great Fredini, created a complete, accurately scaled model of Coney Island’s Luna Park as it stood in 1914, 100 years ago. “I used to think, when I retire, I’ll make it out of matchsticks or something,” Kahl said in a New York Times interview. Then Kahl “got a Makerbot Replicator and [hasn’t] looked back since.” A year in the making, the 3D model is now on display at the Coney Island Museum.

Come hear Kahl speak on July 10th at 7:30pm at the NYC MakerBot Retail Store. You’ll learn about his exploration with using MakerBot Replicator 3D printers, and how he managed to achieve the accurately scaled model.

Space is limited, so register today.

A Creator, An Inventor
While pursuing his re-creation of Luna Park, Kahl also explored 3D scanning and invented The Scan-O-Tron 3000 Full Body 3D Scanning Rig. To help fund his ambitious Luna Park model, Kahl launched a Kickstarter campaign for a pop-up business, Coney Island Scan-A-Rama. Using his invention, Scan-A-Rama creates 3D portraits of customers that are then displayed in the Luna Park model at Coney Island Museum.

See a smaller version of Kahl’s Luna Park model and some of Kahl’s favorite Scan-A-Rama portraits on display at the NYC MakerBot Retail Store through the month of July.

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MakerBot Stories | University Gets First Innovation Center

The State University of New York at New Paltz is home to the world’s first MakerBot Innovation Center: a ground-floor room with 30 MakerBot Replicator 3D Printers. “3D printing is training students to think in a different way,” says Dan Freedman, dean of science and engineering at New Paltz. “If students come out of here knowing about 3D printing and different applications of it, it will give them a better chance of starting a career.”

The Innovation Center, which has a combination of MakerBot Replicator 2 Desktop 3D Printers and MakerBot Replicator 2X Experimental 3D Printers, is located in the Smiley Arts Building, and sculptors and jewelry designers have been flocking there since it opened in February. Engineers and scientists, whose sit across the quad, are also heavy users of the facility.

It’s not only college students at the center. Faculty from many disciplines and other New Paltz staff have attended sessions with MakerBot trainers. Local artists and manufacturers, as well as others who want to learn about 3D printing without pursuing a degree, can enroll in a two-semester program in digital design and fabrication. And New Paltz has plans to bring in students from local public schools. For bringing the community together, says Freedman, “the only thing similar is the gym.”

Interested in a MakerBot Innovation Center? Let us know.

The MakerBot Innovation Center at New Paltz is part of The Hudson Valley Advanced Manufacturing Center, a $1.5 million initiative to spur regional economic development. The advanced manufacturing center received $250,000 donations from a local venture-capital fund and a matching grant from the regional utility company. “It was the easiest donation this college has ever gotten,” says Freedman, “We were in the right place at the right time.”

“This is a technology that is just starting, and it’s going to become increasingly important,” says Freedman, who thinks that the university’s investment in 3D printing will make New Paltz the right place for budding artists and the engineers of tomorrow.

Katherine Wilson, a student in New Paltz’s renowned Metal program, says, “When I was looking for graduate schools, I was interested in what kind of technology was available.” Before opening the Innovation Center, New Paltz had a few MakerBot Replicator 3D Printers, and she was careful not to monopolize them. Access to an array of 30 3D printers has freed up Wilson to follow her imagination wherever it takes her.

Freedman adds, “I think we can attract some really outstanding students who are undecided between science-engineering and art and say to them, ‘You can pursue your interests in both areas, and we’re going to make it easier for you to do that.’”

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MakerBot Academy | 3D Print a Brand New Jump Rope

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MakerBot Academy is linking physical fitness with creativity and design. Teachers, parents, and kids will love 3D printing and using the MakerBot Academy Jump Rope. Ready to download from Thingiverse, this useful design can be printed in your favorite colors and scaled to fit most sizes.

Hop over to Thingiverse and check it out.

Mind and Body
Exercise the brain when you learn more about 3D printing and exercise the body when you put your brand new jump rope to use. Get colorfully creative with MakerBot PLA Filament in Neon Pink or Neon Green.


Summer Fun
From school to home, the MakerBot Academy Jump Rope can be enjoyed throughout the summer. What better way get kids active than with a toy they made themselves?

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MakerBot Events | Stock Up at the MakerBot Warehouse Sale


Join MakerBot on June 26th as we host our very first MakerBot Warehouse Sale. Save up to 25% on products like refurbished MakerBot Replicator 2 Desktop 3D Printers and MakerBot Digitizer Desktop 3D Scanners. Additionally, we’ll have vintage MakerBot prints and posters that make great items for collectors.

The Details
- When: Thursday, June 26th. Open from 5pm – 9pm.
- Where: 314 Dean Street, Brooklyn, NY
- What’s on sale: Refurbished, unopened, and returned MakerBot Replicator 2’s and MakerBot Digitizer’s, prints, posters, and more.
- Contact: For more information, call our New York MakerBot Retail Store at +1.347.457.5758.

We can’t wait to see you at the MakerBot Warehouse Sale.

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Thingiverse | Design a Personalized Phone Case With Customizer

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Today’s smartphones do just about everything, but they have two major problems: They’re pretty fragile and they mostly look the same. We aim to solve both of those problems with our new Improved Customizable Phone Case.

We learned a lot in the nearly 18 months since we released our original case customizer. We read the community’s comments, analyzed their makes and remixes, and printed plenty of cases for ourselves. We also got better at building customizers that deliver improved design and greater functionality.

The Improved Customizable Phone Case delivers precision form and fit, complex geometric patterns, one-of-a-kind stencils and advanced optimizations that allow it to fit almost any mobile phone.

Open in Thingiverse’s Customizer to create and share a brand new case designed just for you.


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MakerBot Partnership | Unleash Your Creativity with Modio


Scorpion robots, reptile super heroes, and beyond! MakerBot is announcing a creature-tastic partnership with mobile app, Modio. This easy and fun app lets you mix and remix creature “body” parts to create something new right out of your imagination.

Putting together the Modio digital models is a snap with the app’s intuitive drag and connect design interface. The design files are optimized to print on MakerBot Replicator Desktop 3D printers, making them even easier to print–for you, the kids, and all their friends.

Stop by a MakerBot Retail Store location to experience one of the printed creatures up close. Ready to try Modio yourself? Learn more about the mobile app here.

Optimized for MakerBot Replicator 3D Printers
After you’ve placed the final claw hand or fierce robot head on your Modio creature, you can download the 3D model as a .thing file and seamlessly import it to the MakerBot Desktop app before 3D printing it. Modio also provides a print preview that includes useful information, like estimated print time and weight, so you know what you’re printing, and whether you have time to order pizza before the job is complete.

Easy Piece-y
Piecing together a creature design in Modio is as simple as dragging the “body” parts you want together. A fun bolt of light signals that the connection between the parts has been made and… voila… you’ve designed a 3D printable character.

After you 3D print your Modio design on a MakerBot Replicator 3D Printer, you can pull it apart and remix it in real life too. So you can get as creature crazy as your imagination allows.

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MakerBot Filament | A Colorful Transformation Is Coming


Let There Be Light!
Introducing light-responsive MakerBot Photochromatic PLA Filament, which changes color when exposed to ultraviolet rays. Just bring your 3D prints into the sunlight, and watch your natural white prints bloom into subtle shades of magenta or blue.

Order your spools of MakerBot Photochromatic PLA Filament today.

Quick Tip to Brighten Your Print
Don’t let a cloudy or rainy day keep you from activating MakerBot Photochromatic PLA Filament’s chameleon-like properties. Shine a UV flashlight on your prints to activate the color change whenever you want.

Share Your Shine on Thingiverse
Be sure to upload and share pictures of your 3D prints in and out of the sunlight on Thingiverse. We can’t wait to see the transformative designs you’ll create.

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MakerBot Developer Program | An Invitation to Innovate


Are you a software developer in search of new frontiers? You’re in luck. Our new MakerBot Developer Program provides the tools and resources to integrate with the expanding MakerBot 3D Ecosystem, giving developers like you access to the fast-growing 3D printing market.

If you’re an innovative web application or game developer interested in creating apps that integrate with the MakerBot 3D Ecosystem, sign up today.

New API’s and More
We will be providing APIs allowing integration with the MakerBot Cloud Library, the MakerBot Desktop app, and MakerBot Replicator 3D Printers. Participating developers will also receive access to API documentation, development support, and discounted MakerBot Replicator 3D Printers for testing.

Engage Your Users in the Physical World
Adding easy-to-print 3D content to your application is a great way to increase engagement and grow your customer base. Take advantage of the new market for branded 3D models by building challenges and rewards into your app that utilize downloadable, 3D printable models.

Free and Flexible
The MakerBot Developer Program is completely free. MakerBot takes no fees or percentages from your app sales. How a user accesses your app is up to you, whether you choose the iTunes or Google Play app store, your website, or another destination. We’ll also promote your app as part of a collection of MakerBot-Ready Apps within MakerBot Desktop and on

Modio: Our First Development Partner
We’re pleased to introduce our first developer partnership with Modio, makers of a digital design app that lets you drag and connect modular parts to design your own 3D-printable creatures. Use their fun and powerful tablet app for iOS to create scorpions, ninjas, and dinosaur-skinned robots. We’re looking forward to seeing more amazing apps from participants in the MakerBot Developer Program.

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MakerBot Replicator Z18 | Early Orders Start Shipping Today!


Get ready to think and build bigger than ever. Early orders of MakerBot Replicator Z18 3D Printers are beginning to ship today. Sporting the best price/performance in the extra-large, professional 3D printer category, the MakerBot Replicator Z18 is loaded with groundbreaking new features.

–Massive build volume.
–Enclosed and heated build chamber designed for printing large models with minimal curling.
–Fifth-generation technology that defines the new standard for ease of use, quality, and reliability.
–USB, Ethernet, or Wi-Fi connectivity creates a seamless production workflow.

If you placed an early order for a MakerBot Replicator Z18, we’ll ship it out over the course of the next few weeks. You’ll receive an email as soon as it ships. If you haven’t ordered a MakerBot Replicator Z18 yet, get yours today, and we’ll ship it to you as soon as possible.

Order yours today

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