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Opening Our New, Bigger Brooklyn Factory

L-R: Dan Freedman, SUNY New Paltz; Randy Asher, Brooklyn Tech H.S.; Jonathan Jaglom, MakerBot; Eric Adams, Brooklyn Borough President; Mathew Mandery, Brooklyn Tech Alumni Foundation; Ryan Grepper, Coolest

L-R: Dan Freedman, SUNY New Paltz; Randy Asher, Brooklyn Tech H.S.; Jonathan Jaglom, MakerBot; Eric Adams, Brooklyn Borough President; Mathew Mandery, Brooklyn Tech Alumni Foundation; Ryan Grepper, Coolest

MakerBot opened its new, 170,000-square-foot factory this morning in Industry City, in Brooklyn, NY, ensuring that the phrase “Made in Brooklyn” will continue to be inscribed on the back of MakerBot Replicator 3D Printers for years to come.

“We are very proud that we are here in Brooklyn, not only in our services and design and marketing, but in our operations,” said Jonathan Jaglom, CEO of MakerBot, who told a crowd of more than 100 employees, educators, students, and government officials at Industry City, a manufacturing, shipping, and distribution center which at its peak employed 25,000 people. Jaglom could not contain his excitement that MakerBot was reinvigorating a manufacturing space in Brooklyn.

Neither could Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams, who held up a 3D printed nut and bolt and quipped, “For many years folks in this community, instead of making screws, felt that they were being screwed.” Adams told the audience that half of employees in Brooklyn have at most an associate’s degree, and 47% of Brooklyn residents speak a language other than English at home. “When we train that workforce, we give them an opportunity to be a part of a technology that will move the entire globe. We want to be a part of that,” he said.

“We’re only as good as the people who come to work for us,” said Jaglom. He pointed to Diana Pincus, MakerBot’s vice president of operations. She joined MakerBot three years ago, when the factory was in a Gowanus garage and her desk was a plank on two sawhorses. Pincus oversaw the creation of the new factory, which streamlines production, doubles production capacity compared to MakerBot’s old Industry City facility, and follows principles of lean manufacturing, which emphasizes waste reduction and efficiency.

“Lean is a culture, not an activity, so we’re on a journey to making the MakerBot Factory a world-class manufacturing facility,” said Pincus, whose team uses its 3D printers to create the jigs and fixtures they depend on improve the productivity and quality of their work.


Other speakers at the opening included Randy Asher, principal of Brooklyn Technical High School; Dan Freedman, dean of the school of science and engineering at the State University of New York at New Paltz; and Ryan Grepper, the inventor of the Coolest, a souped-up cooler which raised $13.2 million last summer on Kickstarter — at the time the largest amount ever raised in a crowdfunding campaign.

Grepper, who announced that Coolest would start shipping this week, spoke about how he prototyped his cooler using his MakerBot Replicator, and that 3D printing made it possible for him to test his ideas quickly and make improvements. “We live in an exciting time when anyone with the drive to learn how to use it can get access to a tool with this much power,” he said.

Freedman, who established the first MakerBot Innovation Center at New Paltz, concurred, calling 3D printers “the Swiss army knife of fabrication technologies.”

Guests then got a tour of the new factory, led by members of Pincus’ operations team.

Pincus — and MakerBot — are in a unique position. As she put it, “I consider myself very lucky to have built a factory not only in the United States, but in Brooklyn, my home.”

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MakerBot Careers | Summer 2014 Internship Program

Posted by on Wednesday, July 2, 2014 in Uncategorized


MakerBot is proud to welcome the 30 students participating in our Summer 2014 Internship program. They were selected from a range of universities and majors, and hail from all over the country.

MakerBot founder Bre Pettis encouraged the interns to “bring your passions to the work you do”, and we’ve seen them take that advice to heart. And because summer is also synonymous with fun, we sent them on a Brooklyn Heights scavenger hunt designed to help them learn the neighborhood’s history.


If you or anyone you know is interested in interning at MakerBot, be on the lookout in early 2015 for information on next year’s program.

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Update On MakerBotted Fusion Parts: Electron Gun Armature

Posted by on Thursday, May 31, 2012 in Uncategorized

In support of her new book Before the Lights Go Out, Boing Boing’s Maggie Koerth-Baker hosted a discussion in NYC yesterday with the New America Foundation about the future of energy systems. Will centralized systems prevail, or will individuals and small communities find ways to meet their own energy needs?

Looking forward to some transcripts from this talk, but in the mean time, this reminded me to check in with the Prometheus Fusion Perfection blog, run by MakerBot Operator Mark Suppes, and the project’s new intern Domenick Bauer. PFP is an open-source project with the goal of finding a true energy solution through fusion. More here.

It looks like those guys have been using their Thing-O-Matic to prototype a couple of parts for the electron gun portion of their Bussard fusion reactor. The part ultimately needs to be ceramic, because it needs to be a great insulator and have a high heat tolerance. But to get the shape right, Domenick modeled the parts in OpenSCAD and made them with the Thing-O-Matic in the lab. They seem to have run out of nuclear green ABS, since all the pictures show the parts in blue. That’s okay, I guess.

The armature’s job is to hold the hot cathode in line with the accelerator annode and a piece of phosphor. They modeled the whole setup in a few pieces and assembled them with glue. The base is curved in order to sit nicely inside the reactor chamber.

Here’s what the assembled prototype for the armature looked like, but without the branch that holds the phosphor:


The version they ultimately sent to Shapeways for printing in ceramic is the model you see below. It’s shaped appropriately to hold the particular piece of phosphor they plan to use. That’s the beauty of having a MakerBot in your lab: make a frame for your oddly shaped piece of whatever, and make it just right.


Watch this space. It’s exciting work being done with a MakerBot, and it’s all open-source.


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MakerBot’s New Digs!

Posted by on Tuesday, May 8, 2012 in Uncategorized


Well the Wall Street Journal has let the cat out of the bag: we’re moving!

It was just a few weeks ago that I mentioned on this blog that MakerBot had outgrown the Bot Farm on Dean Street in Brooklyn. Today, we’re thrilled to announce that the growth has continued, and we’ve signed a lease to take this show on over to Metro Tech Center in Downtown Brooklyn.

As The Wall Street Journal reports, we will have the entire 21st floor at One Metro Tech, which is over 31,000 square feet.

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31,000 square feet! Do you know how many MakerBots we can put in there?! I’m just spitballing here, but I’d guess, like, a million.

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Open Source Enthusiasts Dreaming Of Energy Solutions

Posted by on Monday, April 16, 2012 in Uncategorized

There’s a point in every man’s life when he says, “nuclear fusion seems like something I could accomplish in my apartment.”

Note: typo above. Should read, “one man’s.”  And that one man is Mark Suppes, aka Famulus Fusion.

We posted about Mark’s work a couple weeks ago. He’s the guy in Brooklyn using a MakerBot Thing-O-Matic to make parts for his Bussard fusion reactor (or Polywell). My colleagues and I were so intrigued by this project that we nicely informed Mark we were simply going to have to stop by to see this with our own eyes. Last week, he graciously welcomed us into his work space – no longer housed in his apartment – for some photos and a chat. Here’s what we learned.

As many of you probably know, open source fusion is an active community. Mark, a web developer, found his way into it three years ago, inspired by the fact that the open source projects he was seeing were precursors to the reactor he wanted to build, the polywell.

So much can be said about the ambitiousness of this project: that Mark hopes to achieve “the world’s first superconducting Bussard Reactor”, or that the goal is a “definitive energy solution” via breakeven fusion. I asked Mark how he felt being a one-man show with such lofty hopes, and he explained – awesomely – that he feels more like the coordinator of a collaborative effort. A lot of the direction he pursues comes from the larger community and from the active commenters on his site: Prometheus Fusion Perfection. (As an aside, PFP just hired an intern, supported by the Hodson Trust Internship Program.

But nuclear fusion isn’t the domain of this blog. What wowed me was the way MakerBot was having a meaningful impact on this endeavor, especially by someone who says he has no real 3D design skills. Mark has had his Thing-O-Matic for about five months, and has since used it to prototype several parts that will become permanent parts of the reactor.

For this armature ring, the way the pieces flare at each end to form a joint larger than the rest of the ring had to be just right. As this was a ground up design process, it took Mark five tries to get a successful ring. But being able to iterate and test each version quickly in the lab meant not having to wait weeks to find out it was a dud.

I asked Mark what it was that kept his attention in this project over time and his answer surprised me. It’s not necessarily the end goal that captivates him through all the difficult steps, or at least not only that. Rather the project is the journey itself, which he takes with many people around the globe. He feels a thrill from “going to the edge of what’s known in science.”

We’re glad having a MakerBot can help ambitious guys like Mark keep pushing the envelope! To hold up our end of the bargain, we promise to keep some of that nuclear green plastic in stock.


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Shout Out Alert: Charlie O’Donnell

Not that we pay that close attention, but we happened to notice that Charlie O’Donnell just called us one of Brooklyn’s best companies.


Talking about the various advantages of locating his office in Brooklyn,

RRE, for example, has invested in three of the borough’s best companies: MakerBot, Pontiflex, and HowAboutWe.

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The MakerBot Replicators: The Shipping Team

Posted by on Tuesday, March 6, 2012 in Uncategorized

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It has taken many months of development and preparation, and it has brought even more challenges than we’d thought, but we are pleased to announce that The MakerBot Replicator has started shipping.

Since winning Best-in-Show for Emerging Tech at CES this past January, we’ve received even more orders than we’d been able to anticipate in our most cheerful scenarios. Also, this is the first time we have faced the challenge of launching one of our line of bots as a fully-assembled kit.  It has taken longer than we expected, but bots are finally starting to go out the door!

So if you are an early-adopter who has yet to receive notice that your bot has shipped, we ask for your patience. Despair not: our lean, mean, bot-factory machine is definitely powering forward, building momentum each and every day.

With all of this extra shipping volume, one thing has become clear: how much we appreciate our shipping/receiving staff. This hardworking team are among the busiest humans at MakerBot right now, and their hard-won expertise in getting things in and out the door — getting MakerBots to customers on six continents — is what makes it possible for MakerBots to live in so many homes, schools, and businesses across the planet.


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Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz Visits MakerBot!

Posted by on Tuesday, February 21, 2012 in Uncategorized

Brooklyn Borough President, Marty Markowitz, stopped by MakerBot HQ this afternoon to chat with MakerBot CEO and co-founder, Bre Pettis.

Markowitz admires a giant 3D-printed chess piece

Bre explains how The Replicator works

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Builders and Testers of The MakerBot Replicator

Posted by on Friday, February 17, 2012 in Uncategorized
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A pride of ten mighty MakerBot Replicators have been striding about the country since mid January. And my, have they been busy:

But there remains a public debut that we at MakerBot are even more excited about: the shipping launch of pre-sale MakerBots out to our most eager and enthusiastic MakerBot Operators so far. A sprinkle of hundreds and hundreds of new and veteran Operators across six continents1 who have seen what our new machines can do and are eager to invite The Replicator into their homes, schools, and businesses.

To make this tremendous boost of productivity possible, the entire MakerBot team has been leveling up. We’ve been adding staff, training and encouraging each other, and turning our Brooklyn facilities inside out to accomodate all of the new moving parts necessary to make our Replicator launch the smoothest MakerBot BotLaunch of all time.

I’d like to introduce you to a team of real heroes — the men and women working full-tilt to make the launch of The MakerBot Replicator as a fully-assembled kit a reality. A team that germinated from Colin’s one-man Fully-Assembled Thing-O-Matic operation a year ago into a deeply-integrated Productor/BotBuilder/Tester commando task force today. A task force laboring deep in the belly of the BotCave like a team of tough-as-nails sandhogs moving the earth under Manhattan.

Our machines have the word “Brooklyn” laser-etched into the back left corner, just above the unique MakerBot serial number: a real point of pride for our Brooklyn-based company. If you have ever had any question as to why that word is there, here’s your answer: our robots are assembled, tested, and shipped by a crew of remarkable humans, right here in Brooklyn, New York.

Watch Annelise’s video and then check out this slideshow for more portraits of some of the heroes of MakerBot.

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  1. Antarctica, we have our eye on you. []
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Robot Hospital! Episode Nineteen!

Posted by on Friday, July 15, 2011 in Uncategorized

This week’s amazing, superlative Robot Hospital extravaganza is going to hit you like a ton of tribbles.  Why tribbles? Because it’s Space Month, as Keith Ozar explains.  Don’t miss the special Space Month MakerBot Make-A-Thon at 3rd Ward tomorrow, July 16th, 2-6pm, where we’ll be printing some of the space-themed items shown in this Thingiverse roundup!

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