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#WeeklyMake | Stretch Your Style

Posted by on Monday, August 25, 2014 in Uncategorized

#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.

DOWNLOAD “STRETCHY BRACELET” NOW

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

Posted by on Monday, August 11, 2014 in Uncategorized

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

Posted by on Wednesday, June 25, 2014 in Uncategorized

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

Posted by on Wednesday, June 25, 2014 in Uncategorized

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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

Posted by on Thursday, June 19, 2014 in Uncategorized

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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

Posted by on Wednesday, June 11, 2014 in Uncategorized

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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!

Posted by on Tuesday, June 3, 2014 in Uncategorized

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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!

Posted by on Monday, May 19, 2014 in Uncategorized

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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

Posted by on Wednesday, May 14, 2014 in Uncategorized

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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

Posted by on Thursday, May 8, 2014 in Uncategorized

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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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