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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.

REGISTER NOW:

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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MakerBot Retail | The MakerBot Mixtape Is Back!

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Remember the cassette tape? Back in the day, countless romantics created the first mixtapes with nothing but a tape player and good taste. Then CD’s came along and ruined the fun. Now, just like the cassette, the MakerBot Mixtape is making a comeback.

Don’t Let the Retro Look Deceive You
After a two-year hiatus, your favorite 3D printed MP3 player has returned with four gigs of memory, improved user experience, and eye-catching new color schemes. Upload your favorite songs to your MakerBot Mixtape and use it as an MP3 player, or use it as a storage drive for storing your favorite 3D model files.

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3D Printing Meets Hardware
Our customers have been clamoring for designs that incorporate electronics into 3D printed objects. We expect they’ll be the first in line to get their MakerBot Mixtapes. We’re excited to see how our users incorporate electronics into their 3D printed projects in the future.

Stop by a MakerBot Retail Store near you to grab yours!

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MakerBot Replicator Mini | Early Orders Start Shipping Today!

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We are extremely proud to announce that the first MakerBot Replicator Mini Compact 3D Printers are beginning to ship. If you ordered your MakerBot Replicator Mini early, we’ll ship it out over the next few weeks, and email you as soon as we do.

If you haven’t ordered one yet, order your MakerBot Replicator Mini today, and we’ll get it to you as soon as possible.

Update Your Firmware First
When your MakerBot Replicator Mini arrives, be sure to update its firmware to keep it running in tip-top shape, and to unlock all the latest features. MakerBot Desktop will detect which version of firmware your MakerBot Replicator Mini is running, and guide you through the process of updating it.

It’s Time to Get Started
Head over to the MakerBot Thingiverse 3D Design Community to jumpstart your 3D model collection. Stay tuned for more tips and tricks on how to unleash creativity with your educational, entertaining, and useful MakerBot Replicator Mini.

 

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MakerBot Digital Store | Our Newest Friends are at Sesame Street

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It’s Mr. Snuffleupagus in the MakerBot Digital Store! We couldn’t be more excited to announce the childhood classic, Sesame Street, as our first global licensed brand. To celebrate, we’ve added Snuffy to the original, fun, and paintable digital 3D models available on the MakerBot Digital Store. Explore the delightful Sesame Street fun here.

Connecting to Memories
We all remember growing and learning with Sesame Street, but who would have thought you could create one of your favorite characters right at home? Well, today’s the day!

Collect Them All
Mr. Snufflepagus is just the beginning of our Sesame Street offerings. Wait and see who’s next. For now, you can get a jumpstart on this brand-new way of adding to your Sesame Street character collection. You might search high and low for collectibles, but your friends won’t believe where you got this one.

Let the Sesame Street 3D printing fun begin at the MakerBot Digital Store.

™/© 2014 Sesame Workshop

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MakerBot Digital Store | Mother’s Day Bouquet

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A mother’s love is always in bloom. Show Mom your undying appreciation this Mother’s Day with beautiful, high-quality Spring Blossoms from the MakerBot Digital Store.

Download the Spring Blossoms collection now to 3D print and arrange your Mother’s Day bouquet.

A Timeless Keepsake
Remind Mom how much you love her, every day, with a lasting bouquet of 3D printed flowers. These beautiful tulips and roses don’t need any water or care! What more could a busy mother want?

Made for Mom
Effortlessly lasting flowers might be a dream come true, but, for Mom, there’s nothing more special than a gift made by you. Your finger painting masterpieces always put a smile on her face, so with Spring Blossoms’ easy-to-follow assembly instructions and high-quality 3D prints, this DIY bouquet will be sure to make both you and Mom happy.

Complete the Arrangement
Roses and tulips are beautiful all on their own, but to add a little something extra, 3D print a vase from the bouquet of designs on MakerBot Thingiverse , the 3D design community for discovering, printing, and sharing 3D models.

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MakerBot Stories | Engineers of Smart Toys Hack Hardware

Five years ago, Ian Bernstein was working at a robotics company and dreaming of controlling robots with his smartphone. “Back in 2009, nobody was doing it,” says Bernstein, a cofounder and CTO of Orbotix, a Boulder, CO, company that makes connected toys. The Sphero is a versatile robotic ball that can be used as anything from a tool to teach children programming to a ball in a game of miniature golf.

“When we started Orbotix, I was building all the Sphero prototypes with paper clips and brass and stuff like that, and you can only go so far,” Bernstein said. “Having the MakerBot and being able to make more advanced parts, we’re doing bigger and better things now.”

The next big thing from Orbotix is a cylinder with wheels that’s a Sphero crossbred with a remote control car. Originally known as the Sphero 2B, it’s now called Ollie.

Bernstein made the breakthrough prototype of an Ollie on a MakerBot Replicator 2 Desktop 3D Printer. He printed the wheels in green PLA and other parts in purple, so he dubbed his prototype The Joker. Late one night at the Orbotix office, The Joker hit a jump and flew through the air, clearing four stacked Sphero boxes. The moment was captured on video, and that’s when everyone knew that they had something special in Ollie, Bernstein says.

“We're doing bigger and better things now.” – Ian Bernstein, cofounder, Orbotix

Hacking is essential to Orbotix’s company culture, and having 3D printers (back to a MakerBot Thing-O-Matic) allows employees to play around with hardware too. “Hack Fridays” are reserved for experimenting with new ideas. Also, Bernstein says, “Meetings have gone from a lot of arguing to, ‘OK, cool idea. Make it!’” Orbotix now has two MakerBot Replicator 2 Desktop 3D Printers in Boulder and another at their outpost in China.

If you can’t wait for Ollie to launch this fall, watch the video for a preview. And Orbotix offers a free ramp for your Sphero on Thingiverse.

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MakerBot Events | THIS TUESDAY 4/15! Francis Bitonti at the MakerBot Retail Store, Greenwich, CT

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Meet the Designer
Come by the MakerBot Retail Store in Greenwich, CT this Tuesday, April 15thth from 6:30-8:30pm to meet acclaimed designer, Francis Bitonti. He will be speaking about his studio’s new 3D printed Bristle Dress, and discuss their expansion into cloud manufacturing with the Cloud Collection. The Bristle Dress will be on display along with 3D printed pieces from the Cloud Collection.

The MakerBot Retail Store is located at 72 Greenwich Avenue, Greenwich, CT. Click here to register. Space will be limited!

 

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