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MakerBot Stories | A University’s Year of Innovation

When Katherine Wilson decided to apply to graduate school, she looked at what technologies she’d get to use. At the art school at the State University of New York at New Paltz, she said, “I knew there was a strong 3D printing base.”

In her last semester, New Paltz built on that base by opening a MakerBot Innovation Center in the basement of the arts building. With access to 30 MakerBot Replicator 3D Printers, Wilson could experiment as never before.

A year later, Wilson is still at New Paltz, one of three new employees 3D printing with students as well as with local entrepreneurs and companies. “I get to see people realize dreams and goals that they’ve had for years,” says Wilson, now the assistant director of the Hudson Valley Advanced Manufacturing Center. “I get to see students learn new techniques and develop as artists and engineers.”


In only a year, the MakerBot Innovation Center has had a profound impact on New Paltz students and faculty. It enabled New Paltz to offer a new mechanical engineering major and a two-semester certificate in design and digital fabrication. Ten New Paltz students work in the MakerBot Innovation Center as interns, helping area entrepreneurs to develop their concepts and bring them to market.

Inspired by Snow

Take Rob Kunstadt, a patent lawyer who had an idea for a construction material that, like snow, is light and loose until it’s packed together, and then it locks up like cement. To test and prove his concept, Kunstadt needed more than a thousand hollow dodecahedra — 12-sided shapes.

Kunstadt spent two days in his own shop cutting PVC pipe with a drill press and a band saw, then spent $300 to get the pieces tumbled and smoothed. Still, he could only approximate his desired shape. “There’s no way you’re going to machine a dodecahedron,” he said. “You either need molding or 3D printing.”

The 3D print services he found quoted a price of $1 per dodecahedron — or $1,500 for 1,500 pieces. An injection mold would cost $10,000, and require a minimum run of tens of thousands of pieces. Injection molding might eventually be more economical, but Kunstadt didn’t even know if his idea would work yet, and didn’t want to waste precious capital.

“People starting businesses have very little funds,” he says. “Whatever they can save will make their resources go further. You’ve got to try a lot of things.”

Then Kunstadt saw a local newspaper story about the MakerBot Innovation Center at New Paltz, about 40 minutes south of his home in Woodstock. New Paltz gave Kunstadt a quote of 30 cents apiece, or about $400 for 1,500 pieces. Not only were the MakerBot Replicator 2X Experimental 3D Printers at New Paltz able to cheaply make the shape he wanted, but the dodecahedra were 35% lighter than the ones Kunstadt could make himself.


What’s more, the ease of visiting the New Paltz campus eliminates the challenges of working with vendors in China: remote communication, expensive misunderstandings. Kunstadt, who has worked with inventors for 35 years, sees “a huge benefit” in having a MakerBot Innovation Center nearby.

Funding Yields More Funding

Initial funding for New Paltz’s MakerBot Innovation Center came quickly, in the form of two $250,000 grants, from a local foundation and an individual philanthropist. “We took those pieces, built a curriculum, got started on things,” says New Paltz President Donald Christian. “And with that momentum were able to build into a SUNY 2020 grant.” The $10 million challenge grant is paying for a new engineering building and innovation hub. New Paltz had applied unsuccessfully for SUNY 2020 funding once before, and the MakerBot Innovation Center helped put their application over the top this time.

The MakerBot Innovation Center has had a “remarkable impact on our campus, on our students, on the way we are perceived in the region and many of the ways we interact with and support the Hudson Valley in New York,” says Christian.


Throughout the year, President Christian meets with groups of New Paltz students to ask and answer questions. He wants to know what they like best. At one of these gatherings, a young man glowed about his internship at the MakerBot Innovation Center. As Christian tells it, the student said, “‘It’s so cool for me to work on a real-world problem that industry wants us to solve, and I’m working with other students.’ And, he said, ‘I’m a first-year engineering major. I never would have guessed that I would have an experience like this in my first year.’”

The rest of New Paltz has also been pleased. “3D is new enough, exciting enough, innovative enough that that in and of itself has brought more focus to the institution beyond 3D,” Christian says.

“Businesses, academia, media, the general public, government officials — all of those folks are now being pulled into SUNY New Paltz,” adds Laurence Gottlieb, CEO of the Hudson Valley Economic Development Corporation. “This is exactly what we wanted to happen.”

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MakerBot Stories | Fixtures for Our Factory — and Yours

The section of the MakerBot factory where the MakerBot Replicator Z18 gets made didn’t get much overhead light. So fluorescent tubes were hung above each workstation. The assembly-line workers weren’t used to the brightness, however, and some switched them off.

Scott Hraska, manufacturing engineering manager at the Brooklyn factory, knew that good lighting improves worker safety, productivity, and quality control. So he asked an intern to design a rectangular cap to cover the light switch; there are two holes for zip ties to fasten it to the workstation frame.


“That’s all it does,” Hraska says of the light switch cover. “But that’s something you can’t buy — and it works really well.”

Factories need lots of things you can’t buy: custom jigs and fixtures that hold parts in place as products are assembled. And all of these fixtures can combine to make your product better and everyone happier: assembly-line workers; cost-conscious executives; customers who tell their colleagues about their experience with your product.

Ordering a custom aluminum fixture can take $10,000 and two or three weeks to get it machined, plus a thorough review and approval process. With a MakerBot Replicator, a company can leverage the 3D modeling knowledge of its engineering team to transform its manufacturing process, becoming more nimble and innovative.


That’s what MakerBot does in its factory. To set up production lines for the fifth generation of MakerBot Replicator 3D printers, creating jigs and fixtures on earlier models saved “hundreds of thousands of dollars,” says Diana Pincus, MakerBot’s plant manager. “Without the Replicator 2 and 2X, we’d still have been able to start the line, but it would have been more costly, less efficient, and a lot more stress.”

3D printers can also create shapes that are too complex to machine. Testing an idea requires a few hours and a few dollars in filament, not a series of meetings to justify a $10,000 expense. For situations that require something more durable than extruded plastic, a 3D printed prototype will help perfect the fixture before a machine shop produces it.

Creating fixtures on a MakerBot Replicator, Pincus says, “is all leading to the goal of world-class manufacturing.” It supports MakerBot’s commitment to lean manufacturing methodologies like 5S, kaizen, and kanban.


It also makes it easier to incorporate employees’ suggestions on how to improve the manufacturing process. At one station, Hraska pointed out a cup that holds screws that a worker had asked for: “Make it in two hours, and the guy is your best friend,” he says.

Before coming to MakerBot, Hraska never worked with a 3D printer before. “Once I realized I could make things, the biggest limitation was the size of the printer,” Hraska says. “And now we have the Z18.” For fixtures that require specialized materials or dissolvable supports, the MakerBot factory has a Fortus 900mc.

Most fixtures, however, can be made on a MakerBot Replicator, like the Raspberry Pi case designed by manufacturing process engineer Sydney Dahl. The case, which also houses a 2.8″ screen, allows MakerBot to replace a $500 tablet with a $100 custom computer.


This Raspberry Pi case is one of nine things used at the MakerBot factory now collected on Thingiverse. It also includes holsters for drills and barcode scanners, and other attachments to 80/20 and Bosch Rexroth workstation frames. The possibilities are limitless; MakerBot also makes fixtures for wayfinding systems.


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MakerBot | Live Demos & More at 3D Print Design Week

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The 3D Print Design Show is hitting the Jacob Javits Center in New York City this April 16th and 17th, and MakerBot is showing up big. The MakerBot Booth is hosting exciting and engaging live demonstrations, a MakerBot Starter Lab, sample 3D prints, and prizes. The event is free if you register in advance, so sign up today.

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Interactive Design Bars
Join MakerBot at the 3D Print Design Show and head to our Interactive Design Bars. We’ll be providing live software demonstrations throughout the day, led by experts from the likes of Pixologic, Autodesk, SOLIDWORKS, and more. You’ll have the chance to use the featured software thanks to gear like Creative Pen provided by our hardware partner Wacom.

MakerBot Studio will also be on hand. The team will be giving live design demonstrations that show off the skills that contribute to 3D Design Services by MakerBot and the MakerBot Digital Store.

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Engaging Discussions at MakerBot Sessions
The “MakerBot Sessions: MakerBot Learning and Speaker Series” will be held at the MakerBot Theater located directly behind our booth. On April 16th, MakerBot Learning will host workshops focused on how to get up and running faster with your MakerBot Replicator 3D Printer, tips on 3D design, and ideas on integrating 3D printing into your workflow. The afternoon will feature an exciting discussion on the 3D print and design industry by experts from The Foundry, Pixologic, and SOLIDWORKS.

On Friday, April 17th, Autodesk hosts a panel of 3D printing enthusiasts and explorers from the fields of architecture, product design, K-12 education, as well as representatives from SUNY New Paltz. Stop by the MakerBot Booth for the full schedule.

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Did Somebody Say Prizes?
At the MakerBot booth, we’ll be giving out great prizes all weekend. Guests can enter for a chance to win gear from brands like Wacom, Modo, Pixologic, Tinkercad, and Simplus Designs. You can even enter for the chance to win a MakerBot Replicator 3D Printer!

There will also be MakerBot Starter Lab on hand, as well as a host of 3D models, including large-scale pieces from teams at MakerBot Studio, Perkins+Will, Alvaro Uribe Design, and Simplus Design.

We can’t wait to meet you at our booth at 3D Print Design Week. See you this weekend!

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Partnerships | Join MakerBot at SOLIDWORKS World 2015


The Superbowl isn’t the only big-ticket event to come to Phoenix, AZ this month. MakerBot will be joining our friends at Dassault Systèmes for SOLIDWORKS World 2015, a gathering of over 5,000 CAD designers and other users of the popular SOLIDWORKS 3D modeling software.

Attendees can check out exciting speakers and training workshops, including a keynote speech from former MakerBot CEO Bre Pettis.

Let SOLIDWORKS and MakerBot Help You Travel in Style
We’ll be co-hosting the “3D Print Zone” in the Product Showcase in the main exhibition hall, which will give visitors the opportunity to customize a 3D printable luggage tag in SOLIDWORKS 2015, and 3D print it directly to one of six MakerBot Replicator Desktop 3D Printers on site. Come by and witness the latest advancements in creating a seamless 3D printing workflow between SOLIDWORKS and the MakerBot 3D Ecosystem.

Get A Free Pass to the Exhibition Hall
MakerBot and SOLIDWORKS fans in the Phoenix area can register for a free exhibit hall pass to attend conference (a $250 value) using the promo code SWW15EX11.

See you there!

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MakerBot Stories | A New Frontier in Tracheal Repair


Your trachea, or windpipe, connects the throat and lungs. Air comes in through the windpipe; carbon dioxide goes out.

If it is torn or diseased, surgeons have two ways to fix it. They can remove the damaged part and attach the healthy ends, but there’s only so much slack. Or they can extract some rib cartilage and graft it into the windpipe, which is also made of cartilage. Additional surgery has risks, however. So some patients can’t be helped.

But what if doctors could grow you a new piece of windpipe, just the size and shape you need, from your own cartilage cells?

For the past year, the Feinstein Institute for Medical Research, in Manhasset, NY, has been exploring this question in collaboration with MakerBot.

The team of surgeons and scientists at the Feinstein Institute, the research branch of the North Shore-LIJ Health System, has grown cartilage on a scaffolding made from ordinary MakerBot PLA Filament. Their remarkable results, early investigations that might lead to a clinical breakthrough, are being presented today at the annual meeting of the Society of Thoracic Surgeons, in San Diego, CA.

Tissue Engineering + 3D Printing = New Possibilities

The Feinstein Institute’s findings build on innovations in two emerging fields: 3D printing and tissue engineering. Tissue engineering is like other kinds of engineering, except, instead of using steel or computer code to make things, living cells — skin, muscle, cartilage — are the raw material.

Researchers already know how to make cartilage from a mixture of cells called chondrocytes, nutrients to feed them, and collagen, which holds it all together. Shaping that cartilage into a nose or a windpipe is more challenging.

That’s where 3D printing comes in. The hope is to use a 3D printer to construct a scaffolding and cover it in a mixture of chondrocytes and collagen, which grows into cartilage. There are 3D printers that can extrude living cells, but options are few and expensive; one bioprinter cost $180,000 —beyond the Feinstein Institute’s budget.

So, at the end of 2013, Todd Goldstein, an investigator at the Feinstein Institute, called MakerBot. After several conversations, MakerBot agreed to provide the Feinstein Institute with two MakerBot Replicator 3D Printers, MakerBot PLA Filament, and expert advice in 3D modeling, 3D printing, and materials.


Real-Time Prototyping with Surgeons

Creating a replacement windpipe is uncharted medical territory. It has to be rigid enough to withstand coughs and sneezes, yet flexible enough to allow the neck to move freely.

To develop the scaffolding, Goldstein teamed up with two North Shore-LIJ surgeons who specialize in repairing windpipes. Goldstein would make prototypes of the scaffolding, then bring the prototypes to the surgeons to examine them. Goldstein would adjust his designs based on their feedback, and return in a day or two with an improved design.

Working this way, the Feinstein Institute team was able to develop a strong, flexible scaffolding design in less than a month. Goldstein, who had never used a 3D printer before his call to MakerBot, tested about 100 versions of the scaffolding. When he hit a design snag, he consulted with a designer at MakerBot, who analyzed the 3D files and suggested ways to optimize them for 3D printing.

“The ability to prototype, examine, touch, feel, and then redesign within minutes, within hours, allows for the creation of this type of technology,” says Dr. Lee Smith, a pediatric otolaryngologist at North Shore-LIJ who worked with Goldstein. “If we had to send out these designs to a commercial printer far away and get the designs back one and three and seven weeks later, we’d never be where we are today.”

“Without the 3D printers to do this, the amount of capital we would need would be exponential,” says Goldstein.

Experimenting with the MakerBot Replicator 2X

The next challenge the Feinstein Institute team faced was how to grow the cells on the scaffolding. To test the idea, Goldstein used a handheld syringe to apply the mixture of chondrocytes and collagen to the scaffolding. It was, he said, “like putting icing on a cake.”

After further consultation, MakerBot provided the Feinstein Institute with a MakerBot Replicator 2X Experimental 3D Printer, which has two extruders. Goldstein converted it into a low-cost bioprinter by replacing one extruder with a syringe that dispenses the chondrocyte-collagen “bio-ink.”


To mount the syringe on the MakerBot Replicator 2X, Goldstein modified a universal paste extruder that he found on Thingiverse. The paste extruder, which Thingiverse user nicksears remixed from other extruder parts, is in fact designed to put icing on a cake.

Goldstein modified the other extruder to print in PLA filament instead of ABS. “The advantage of PLA is that it’s used in all kinds of surgical implant devices,” says Dr. Smith, the pediatric surgeon. Goldstein found that the heat from the extruder head sterilizes the PLA as it prints, so he was able to use ordinary MakerBot PLA Filament.

The bio-ink, which stays at room temperature, fills the gaps in the PLA scaffolding, and then cures into a gel on the heated build plate of the MakerBot Replicator 2X. A two-inch-long section of windpipe (imagine a hollowed-out Tootsie Roll) takes less than two hours to print.

Once the bio-ink adheres to the scaffolding, it goes into a bioreactor, which will keep the cells warm and growing evenly. A new bioreactor costs between $50,000 and $150,000, so Goldstein found a broken incubator. With the help of an undergraduate intern, he is converting it into a bioreactor, with gears fabricated on a MakerBot Replicator 2 Desktop 3D Printer.

Proof of Concept

At the conference, Goldstein and Dr. David Zeltsman, the chief of thoracic surgery at Long Island Jewish Medical Center, are presenting the Feinstein Institute’s results from its investigations into how 3D printed windpipe segments held up for four weeks in an incubator. According to their abstract, “The cells survived the printing process, were able to continue dividing, and produce the extracellular matrix expected of tracheal chondrocytes.” In other words, they were growing like windpipe cartilage.

The Feinstein Institute is describing this work as a “proof of concept,” and the team still has plenty of work to do before establishing a new protocol for repairing or replacing damaged windpipes. Medical research can take years to move from bench to bedside, as can Food and Drug Administration approval.

Dr. Smith, the pediatric surgeon, says that he expects in the next five years to harvest a patient’s cells, grow them on a scaffolding, and repair a windpipe. At least one tracheal patient comes through the North Shore-LIJ Health System each year who can’t be helped by the two established methods. In such cases, the FDA has a compassionate therapy exception that allows you to try a promising experimental method like a 3D printed windpipe.

New Careers and The Future of Medicine

The windpipe experiment has already made a profound impact on the research team.


“It’s completely changed the trajectory of my academic career,” says Goldstein, who came to the Feinstein Institute as a molecular biologist, working with cells, chemicals, and drugs. Combining this knowledge with 3D printing and getting into tissue engineering — “I didn’t expect that at all when I got here.”

Now he is the Feinstein Institute’s lead researcher for 3D bioprinting, making models for pre-operative planning and tools to improve the lab. He is also the presenting author of a paper being delivered to thousands of surgeons, and is applying for major grants to continue his research. “Knowing that I could potentially have designed something that will end up saving someone’s child is the most exciting thing I could ever ask for,” Goldstein says.

“This project will probably define my scientific career,” says Dr. Smith. “As we produce something that can replace a segment of trachea, we’ll constantly be modifying and optimizing, the correct bio materials, the correct way to bond the cells to the scaffold.”

“3D printing and tissue engineering have the potential to replace lots of different parts of the human body,” he says. “The potential for creating replacement parts is almost limitless.”

So what’s next? MakerBot has supplied the Feinstein Institute with early samples of forthcoming MakerBot PLA Composite Filaments in Limestone and Iron, so the team can start investigating other applications of 3D printing and tissue engineering.

“Do you remember The Six Million Dollar Man?,” asks Daniel Grande, director of orthopedic research at the Feinstein Institute and Goldstein’s mentor. “The Bionic Man is not the future, it’s the present. We have that ability to do that now. It’s really exciting.”

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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.”

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MakerBot Events | Get Creative with Us at Maker Faire NYC

Calling all Makers!
Maker Faire is returning to New York on Sept. 20th and 21st and MakerBot will be there showcasing some of the amazing art you can make with MakerBot Replicator 3D Printers.
–Paint a 3D printed Zee Blank alongside acclaimed graphic artists
–Help celebrate the 45th season of Sesame Street by painting a nostalgic Mr. Snuffleupagus 3D print with Sesame Street artists
–Meet the designers behind Sesame Street
–Get a photo taken with cool 3D printed props at our photo booth
–Learn about the innovations making our latest generation of 3D printers in-demand tools for artists and designers everywhere

Find us at tent PV01 in the 3D Printing Village.

MakerBot Tent Schedule
Saturday Sept. 20th
–Evan Cheng & Vanessa Germosen  (Sesame Street artists): 10 am-12 noon
–Jessica Esper (Zee Artist): 12 noon – 3 pm
–Kip Rathke (Sesame Street artist): 3 pm – 5 pm
–Photo Booth: 11 am – 2 pm & 3 pm – 6 pm

Sunday Sept. 21st
–Theresa Fitzgerald (Sesame Street artist): 10 am – 1 pm
–Mike Clancey (Zee Artist): 2 pm – 5 pm
–Photo Booth: 11 am – 2 pm & 3 pm- 6 pm

What is the Maker Faire?
Maker Faire is an exciting and interactive gathering for forward-thinking DIY crafters, creators, artists, and tinkerers exploring new forms and new technologies to share their innovative ideas. Learn more.

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#WeeklyMake | Set Your Table in Style


FORMA – Napkin Ring by SimplusDesign | | 190923

Sebastian Misiurek and Arianna Lebed are the duo behind SimplusDesign, a studio based in Brooklyn, NY that specializes in 3D printable home goods. Their elegant napkin rings have a fascinatingly faceted geometric pattern, and will make an eye-catching addition to any dinner party.



Once you’ve 3D printed your set of napkin rings on your MakerBot Replicator Mini, make them the centerpiece at your next big occasion — be it a dinner party, baby shower, potluck, or picnic. Share photos of your rings in action on Twitter or Instagram, with the tags #WeeklyMake and #NapkinParty.

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MakerBot Digital Store | Zee Likes to Party


If you’re a frequent reader, you may recall that we recently introduced Zee, the MakerBot Blank, a 3D printable DIY figure inspired by Japanese vinyl toy culture and the charming, rotund design of the MakerBot Around Town collection.

To launch Zee, we asked artists from all over the world to custom decorate their own and we captured their creations in a commemorative publication, The Zee Issue. Then, we threw a party in true MakerBot style.

Launch Event at the MakerBot Retail Store
On a Thursday night in August, artists, innovators, and collectible figure enthusiasts gathered at the MakerBot Retail Store on Mulberry Street in New York. Guests were treated to a display of featured artwork from The Zee Issue and also had the chance to hand-paint Zee figurines, including this super-sized Zee centerpiece.


See more of their creations and pics from the party.

Like What You Zee?
You can purchase Zee from the MakerBot Digital Store and 3D print it for yourself at home. Don’t own a MakerBot 3D Printer? Stop by the MakerBot Retail Store and scoop up a Zee Starter Kit, which comes with a 3D printed Zee figurine and a set of 10 POSCA acrylic paint markers. Either way, don’t forget to share your creations with us by on Twitter and Instagram with the tag #MakerBotBlank.

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MakerBot Innovator Sessions | Leon Reid IV 3D Print Poetry


Last Thursday night, the MakerBot Retail Store in New York City was transformed into Gotham’s hottest art gallery with the help of Brooklyn-based artist Leon Reid IV. Widely seen as a pioneer of 21st century street art, Leon Reid IV started exploring 3D printing as a means of poetic expression, and has created “Leon Reid IV 3D Print Poetry” as a way to bring his poetry into the physical world.

At the event, Leon Reid IV discussed 3D Print Poetry while art lovers, members of the press, and 3D printing enthusiasts watched his works come to life in real time on two rows of MakerBot Replicator 2 Desktop 3D Printers.


Printed on a thin layer of glass, each piece is signed with the artist’s fingerprint and sold as a collection of 10. In addition to the six pieces currently showcasing at the MakerBot Retail Store, Leon Reid IV’s work is for sale at Mighty Tanaka Art Gallery, located at 111 Front St., Suite 224 in Brooklyn, NY.



All photos by Becki Fuller.

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