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MakerBot Announces Winners of MakerEd Challenge

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The MakerEd Challenge asked Thingiverse users to consider future designers and create projects that educators could bring to their classrooms. After more than 785 submissions, The Fillet Gauge design was selected as the winner of Makerbot Thingiverse MakerEd Challenge. Fillet gauges are used to measure curves on objects, like the edge of a phone case for example. In the original post the designer writes that the Fillet Gauge project is perfect for students who are beginning to use more advanced modeling software. This design can help teachers explain to students why fillets gauges are useful and will help students learn more advanced designs.

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PS 15 Advances Project-Based Learning with MakerBot

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If you were to spend a day in any classroom, you’d know how hard it is to keep students engaged and interested. The teachers at Red Hook’s Patrick F. Daly School of the Arts are dedicated to reinforcing lessons and concepts through academic projects that are creative and multi-dimensional. Through the federally-funded Magnet Grant, STEM educator Jenna Utter was able to make projects more dynamic, interactive, and enjoyable for her students with 3D printing.

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Penn State Opens MakerBot Innovation Center

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Today, Penn State held a grand opening for the installation of a new 3D printing lab, the Maker Commons. The lab features a large-scale MakerBot Innovation Center designed to help universities and organizations innovate faster, attract talented students or staff, increase collaboration, and compete more effectively. The Maker Commons features 32 MakerBot desktop 3D printers and staff to answer questions and help with projects.

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How the Alien Suit in Colony Was 3D Printed on a MakerBot Replicator Z18

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We’re all under the rule of extra-terrestrial invaders in USA Networks’ new sci-fi drama, Colony. Mysteriously unseen, they’ve surrounded cities across the globe with giant walls and employ a military regime of humans to brutally govern mankind. As the plot unfolds in Los Angeles within the near future, you’re left wondering who or what is behind it.

For the finale of the first season, we moved one step closer to finding out. What we saw seemed almost too real: a chiseled, tech-smart exoskeleton, a helmet fit for an oblong head, a menacing pitch-black visor, and underneath, the alien itself.

What you didn’t see —or would ever suspect— is that most of the exoskeleton was 3D printed on a MakerBot Replicator Z18 at Legacy Effects Studios.

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NEW THINGS! MakerBot and Syfy Announce Fresh Designs for New Series

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At Comic-Con last week, Syfy announced an expansion of their successful partnership with MakerBot by publishing a new line of exclusive 3D models from the network’s original series 12 Monkeys, The Magicians, Hunters, Killjoys and Dark Matter. The new designs will include the 12 Monkeys iconic time machine and an alien skull from Hunters, a new thriller from executive producers Gale Anne Hurd (“The Walking Dead”) and Natalie Chaidez (“Heroes”). Printable files are available on Syfy’s page on Thingiverse, and the network will launch additional show-inspired models on Thingiverse in the coming weeks.

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3 Takeaways from MakerBot’s “Teaching the Startup Mentality” Panel at SXSWedu

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Last week,  MakerBot went to SXSWedu to hold a panel about teaching startup culture in schools. We know that not every educator could attend, so we thought it would be helpful to share a few highlights that resonated with us from the plenary and Q&A sessions.Bringing startup culture to schools means creating an environment where students  can enhance their creativity through experimentation rather than be solely gauged through the traditional learning. It’s clear that the current education model isn’t working for everyone.

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Thingiverse Creative Commons Licenses Explained

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Three weeks ago, we discussed a case of an eBay seller here on our blog who was violating the rights of several Thingiverse users. The seller was offering prints of Thingiverse designs on eBay while completely ignoring the licenses our users attached to these designs. The Thingiverse community rallied behind this cause and well-known designer Loubie created a Sad Face that quickly became a symbol for this controversy, garnering more than 850 comments. In the spirit of Thingiverse, many users iterated on the design and uploaded their own versions to show their support. Since then, the eBay seller has taken down their store and we’re happy to see that the Sad Face is now a Happy Face! Read the rest of this entry »

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The MakerBot Innovation Center Helps a Young Entrepreneur

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With the help of the MakerBot Innovation Center at SUNY New Paltz, Danielle Aylmer could develop her product design into a full blown entrepreneurial enterprise. While still in high school, Aylmer designed, “Syngies,” a toy car that sits on top of a syringe, concealing the needle so children will relax more when getting a shot. From the start, her product concept picked up steam after she received local recognition for its design. With a gleaming vision of success in mind, Aylmer was determined to bring her product to life.

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The New MakerBot Smart Extruder+ is Now Shipping!

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Get ready for superior results, reliability, and ease of use—the MakerBot Smart Extruder+ is now shipping! From the moment you unbox the extruder, we want your experience to be as successful as possible. Before you can enjoy the results and reliability from the Smart Extruder+, you must download MakerBot Desktop 3.9 and Firmware 1.9.

As a part of these updates, you can now experience a faster pre-print process. Your MakerBot 3D printer will pre-heat the extruder and start the homing process while slicing and transferring your design file from MakerBot Desktop. To ensure a smooth print process, check out these tips below.

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MakerBot to Host “Teaching the Startup Mentality” Panel at SXSWedu

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Today’s most in-demand occupations did not exist ten years ago, and that pace of change is accelerating. For students, this means the skills they are learning right now could soon be rendered obsolete. In fact, the latest jobs report from the World Economic Forum says that 65% of children entering primary school today will ultimately end up working in jobs that don’t yet exist. Technological trends like 3D printing and design were cited as examples of industries that will need a tremendous number of new workers by as early as 2020. So how can educators, government officials, and innovative companies come together to prepare students for the next wave of job opportunities?  

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