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MakerBot Events | Get Creative with Us at Maker Faire NYC

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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

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FORMA – Napkin Ring by SimplusDesign | Thingiverse.com | 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.

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NOW PUT A RING ON IT
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

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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.

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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

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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.

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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.

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All photos by Becki Fuller.

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#WeeklyMake | Stretch Your Style

#WeeklyMake Stretchy Bracelet

Thingiverse super user Emmett Lalish has designed lots of amazing 3D objects, from his beloved Screwless Heart Gears to his masterpiece Automatic Transmission Model.

However, none of Emmett’s models have yet to rival the fame and ubiquity of his Stretchy Bracelet, this week’s #WeeklyMake. The simple yet elegant design prints quickly and reliably and is great fun to wear.

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Make a fashion statement with this week’s photo challenge
Print as many Stretchy Bracelets in as many colors of MakerBot PLA Filament as you’d like (for a challenge, try printing one bracelet in multiple colors).

Then, mix and match your bracelets, add other accessories if you’re in the mood, and show off your maker style in a creative photo.

Don’t forget to share your photos with us (@MakerBot) on Twitter and Instagram with the tag #WeeklyMake.

Let your stretchiest ideas fly!

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MakerBot Stories | Wheels for a Middle School Drag Race

A long hallway at A. MacArthur Barr Middle School, in Nanuet, NY, doubles as a dragstrip for carbon-dioxide-powered model cars. Like the Cub Scouts’ Pinewood Derby, CO2 racing is a fun way for young people to discover design and engineering principles. At Barr Middle School, the dragster race has become a rite of passage.

“They look forward to eighth grade,” said technology teacher and racing commissioner Vinny Garrison. “It’s a project that kids remember.” A showcase outside the old woodshop has a selection of wooden cars and 3D printed wheels, as well as a leaderboard showing the fastest 65-foot runs of the school year — and of all time.

Over the course of seven weeks, each eighth grader will shape a footlong wood block into a car. Each car has a compartment in the back big enough to hold a CO2 cartridge usually used for whipping cream or carbonating water, and beyond that anything goes. The competitive students go for long and lean, while others will shape theirs like a flower or their favorite animated character.

The wheels also take many different forms. Other schools with the CO2 dragster in the curriculum order stock wheels in bulk, but each Barr Middle School racer designs a set of wheels in 3D design software and prints them on a MakerBot Replicator Desktop 3D Printer. Whether form or function is a priority, the 3D printer helps. Those eager to challenge the all-time record — which has dropped from 0.701 to 0.643 seconds in the MakerBot era — craft wheels weighing as little as eight-tenths of a gram. (Stock wheels can weigh as much as five grams each.) Other students create elaborate patterns worthy of a custom-rim shop.

Barr Middle School’s approach to the CO2 dragster project appeals to a wide range of students, whether their interests are engineering or design, competition or craft. It is also a deft integration of older and newer technologies: Students use laptops on shop tables with vises, and the MakerBot Replicator takes its place among the band saw, the rasp, and sandpaper. In the fall, Garrison’s class will be working with a MakerBot Replicator Mini as well.

“I have kids engineering parts—parts that don’t exist,” Garrison says. “They are going to get to college and the teacher is going to be, ‘Oh, you’re good. You know how to do this.’”

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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.

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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 Filament | A Colorful Transformation Is Coming

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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 Learning | A Primer on 3D Printing With MakerBot

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There’s more to MakerBot than our 3D printers. A Primer on 3D Printing With MakerBot is an interactive exploration that gives you the ins and outs of the extensive MakerBot 3D Ecosystem. The informative full day course, taught by experts in 3D printing, covers 3D design, MakerBot apps, hardware, the growing 3D printing community, and more. The MakerBot Learning course is held near MakerBot headquarters in Brooklyn, NY.

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September 12

October 10

What Will Be Covered?
Through a series of immersive sessions and brief lectures, you’ll gain essential knowledge of a MakerBot Replicator 3D Printer, as well as an in-depth exploration of all the resources the MakerBot 3D printing community has to offer. You’ll actually design your own object for 3D printing and have time to discuss with MakerBot experts your goals for integrating 3D printing into your workflow.

When you leave, you will be able to:
–Setup and use a MakerBot Replicator 3D Printer
–Gain insight into creative applications for 3D printing
–Use MakerBot apps to their fullest extent
–Understand the “Three Ways to Make” and options available for 3D design
–Apply the basics of 3D design to create your own object
–Successfully prepare and print a 3D model
–Properly maintain your MakerBot Replicator 3D Printer

Sign up for our September 12 or October 10 sessions, and start becoming a 3D printing explorer. For more information on this course, please contact our sales team at 347-334-6800.

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