Posts Tagged ‘Botcave’

“Inside MakerBot”

Posted by on Tuesday, March 13, 2012 in Uncategorized

Hit the play button on the video above for a behind the scenes look inside MakerBot Indstries courtesy of Business Insider. The crew got some great footage of Bre in the BotFarm before heading to the Botcave to see where MakerBots are built, tested, and shipped. You may even recognize some familiar faces from previous blog posts!

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USA TODAY Discovers ‘The Future of Manufacturing’ at the Botcave

Posted by on Tuesday, February 21, 2012 in Uncategorized

Roger Yu explains the explosive growth of 3D printing among entrepreneurs and hobbyists in USA TODAY Tech.

Bonus: This awesome video interview with Bre Pettis from inside the Botcave!


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Teen MakerBot Prototyping Workshops at Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum

Posted by on Wednesday, April 20, 2011 in Uncategorized
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You might remember a few weeks ago when we announced that the Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum, had acquired a Thing-O-Matic. Well, registration is now open for a FREE Cooper-Hewitt workshop for teens, focused on prototyping with a MakerBot. Starting on April 30th, the workshop will consist of five hands-on sessions led by MakerBot’s Matt and Mike: four at Tekserve, with a fifth hosted by MakerBot in the BotCave and BotFarm for final prints and critiques.

For more information, take a look at the Cooper-Hewitt posting for the series here. Very limited slots, so register quickly!

Workshop participants will learn to:

  • Design and print prototypes in 3-D.
  • Use 3-D apps like RhinoBlender and brand-new Tinkercad. (We are going to tune our choices a bit based on experience of teens participating.)
  • Assemble, modify, and troubleshoot Makerbot hardware and software.

Mike and I are looking forward to team teaching this series. Also, we will be sharing our curriculum, tips & tricks, and student models-in-progress with the MakerBot community here and at Thingiverse for those of you who don’t live in NYC and will miss out on this opportunity.

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Zomboe’s ThingSeries

Thing9 by Zomboe

I find myself printing Zomboe‘s Snake model essentially every time I calibrate a bot or want to offer a quick wow to someone who hasn’t experienced 3D printing before. That model is truly one of the most popular hits of the T-verse as printed in the BotCave.1

Seeing his outstanding Thing9 yesterday it occurred to me that I haven’t been singing my praises for his ThingSeries, which he has been adding to for nearly a year now. Now, here is a modeler unafraid to let his imagination run wild and to keep pushing the limits of what he can model and print on a regular basis. I find myself challenged and inspired by this series. And while he didn’t design these for the Thing-O-Matic, the latest developments with the Stepstruder MK6 on a Thing-O-Matic allow for more satisfying scaled-to-build-envelope prints of Zomboe’s pieces than were previously possible.

Somewhere between tech experiments, contagious nightmares, and cute and cuddly Tim Burton-esque figurines, Thing1 through Thing9 are worth examining again in the order of release to get a sense of the progress of his experimentation. I can’t get enough of Thing9 — it feels to me like a set-piece for a stopmotion HP Lovecraft children’s movie.2 These models are also great tests for tweaking Skeinforge : Reversal settings. Or try turning Reversal entirely off for a few of these to create models that actually benefit aesthetically from stringing.

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  1. At CES and MakerFaire this past year, I watched individuals sit for the entire ~15min print just so she or he could be the one to grab it as it rolled off the front of the ABP. []
  2. And makes me want to make such a movie! []
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MakerBot User Group New York!

Posted by on Thursday, April 7, 2011 in Uncategorized

Thanks to all the MakerBot Operators who came to the Botcave last night for out MakerBot User Group New York meeting. We had a blast meeting all of you, hearing your MakerBot experiences and sharing pizza and LEDs!

MakerBot users explored the Botfarm and were 3D scanned and printed with Kyle McDonald’s 3D Photo Booth.  Highlights also included a MakerBot user show and tell, and a demonstration by our first artist-in-residence, Marius Watz.

Stay tuned to the blog for future MakerBot User Group events!

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MakerBot User Group New York – Wednesday, April 6th

Posted by on Monday, April 4, 2011 in Uncategorized

MakerBot Industries will host a MakerBot User Group New York meeting at their Brooklyn based headquarters, the Botcave, 87 3rd Ave, Brooklyn, New York 11217. You are invited to the Botcave to meet other MakerBot users, exchange ideas and print awesome 3D objects. Come check out the Botfarm and bring your favorite objects for a MakerBot user show and tell. MakerBot co-founder Bre Pettis will be on hand to answer questions and demonstrate the MakerBot Thing-O-Matic 3D printer.

See what our first artist in residence, Marius Watz created with 2 months of unlimited access to the Botfarm! Marius Watz creates complex abstract forms and structures through generative software processes.

There will Pizza and LEDs!

MakerBot User Group New York

Wednesday, April 6, 2011
7 PM – 9 PM
87 3rd Ave, Brooklyn, New York 11217

Subway: B, D, N, R, Q, 2, 3, 4, 5 to Atlantic Avenue – Pacific Street; G to Fulton Street

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MakerBot User Group Challenge #1 Has Ended!

Posted by on Wednesday, March 16, 2011 in Uncategorized

Thanks to all the MakerBot User Groups who have completed Challenge #1!

User Groups as far away as New Zealand have met the challenge by meeting up and bringing their MakerBots together.  We enjoyed seeing your bots, faces and secret laboratories. Check your mailboxes because your MakerBot Care Package will be arriving soon! The fun doesn’t end here; MakerBot Industries will host a MakerBot User Group New York meeting at their Brooklyn based headquarters, the Botcave. You’re invited to visit the Botcave to exchange ideas, check out the Botfarm and print some awesome things. Bring your best objects for a MakerBot User show and tell and, of course, a group photo!

MakerBot User Group New York
Wednesday, April 6, 2011
7 PM – 9 PM
87 3rd Ave, Brooklyn, New York 11217

Subway: N, R to Atlantic Avenue – Pacific Street; G to Fulton Street

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Go, Go Gadgets Video in The Daily

Bre and Thingiverse in the Botcave, featured in The Daily video

Check out this great video about Citizen Engineers and Garage Tinkerers that features  MakerBot Friendlies Becky Stern and Limor Fried. Also watch for Bre Pettis and lots of shots of the BotCave, testing rigs, Thingiverse, and Luis’s 3D printed Unicorn dropping into hand from the belt of a Thing-O-Matic into a welcoming hand.

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MakeALot OpenSCAD Models


Spiral Pencil/Candle/Toothbrush Cup by MakeALot, printed by Charles Pax

If you have been watching the Thingiverse Newest Things list as actively as I have,1 then you will have noticed Mark Durbin (“MakeALot“) releasing a series of gorgeous parametric models developed using OpenSCAD.2

We have been printing a few of these objects in the BotCave and I wanted to share both that image and a bunch of links to interesting things Mark has released so far.

Mark, keep going — your work is gorgeous and that you continue to release your OpenSCAD files provides yet another masterclass for other designers learning that software right now.

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  1. and check out the Thingiverse Blog coverage of this work []
  2. Yet another incentive to follow MakerBlock’s incredibly helpful tutorials on OpenSCAD and other resources gathered here. []
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Avison Young Meets the Democratization of Manufacturing

Check out Michael Fonda’s Blog post about his experience at the BotCave: “Democratization of Manufacturing”

As it sometimes happens, I am working at my desk, and one of my coworkers taps me on the shoulder, and I hear a now familiar phrase- “Isaac, we have guests!” This is my cue for me to give a walk through tour, and run down as many salient points about MakerBot as I can pull from memory. Last Friday I walked up to the front of the BotCave and was greeted by Michael and Tyler Fonda, who were on a quest to learn about the 3D Printing sphere, and visiting Brooklyn.

They had both recently read The Economist’s cover story on 3D Printing, and wanted to gauge for themselves the possible impact 3D Printing will have on manufacturing. Michael works for Avison Young, a real estate company that often caters to manufacturing industries. His son Tyler, is a Director of Strategy for Gotham and was doing his strategic due diligence on 3D printing.

Michael wrote a post about his experience at the BotCave, and it’s an interesting perspective on their experience, and his view of the potential impacts of 3D Printing.

“Suddenly, the future came into focus as I visualized how my sister-in-law and her husband would utilize 3D printing in their sunglass business Centerline Optics. They would no longer have to source product from China. No more ordering months in advance of their selling season. No supply chain risk of political upheaval in China, of a lost TEU on the Pacific Ocean, of a longshoremen’s strike at the Port of Long Beach, a diesel fuel spike that drives up the cost of transporting the product across the North American continent. All design, manufacturing, marketing, distribution, and sales would happen out of the Centerline “headquarters” in Old Lyme, Connecticut. Centerline’s customers are all within four hours of the “headquarters”. Talk about efficient allocation of resources.”

Check out Michael’s original post here.

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