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MakerBot Careers | Summer 2014 Internship Program

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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.

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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

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!

 

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

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.

Swoon.

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

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!

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

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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.

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

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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Jell-O Mold Competition 2011 – Call To Entry (Deadline: June 15, 2011)


The annual Jell-O Mold Competition is coming up again, with plenty of opportunities for MakerBot Operators and Thingiverse makers. The teens portion of the competition has already been using MakerBots to print molds — how might you use your MakerBot to make objects out of Jell-O or other gelatinous substances? Check out the Call To Entry below!

 

Jell-O’s Big Adventure

The Jell-O Mold Competition has taken Jell-O out of the cafeteria, but the time has come to take it out of the kitchen altogether and into the world at large! This year, Jell-O takes New York.

To get things wobbling, we took Jell-O out to the city and into the classroom for a Jell-O Mold Workshop for NYC high school students run in partnership with Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum and Eyebeam Art + Technology Center, with additional support from Smart Design–now it’s your turn to get in on the adventure.

This year’s competition asks designers to explore the everyday uses of this wobbly, delicious, shape shifting medium.

Designers will compete for cash prizes, a year membership to the Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum, gifts from Papabubble, Holstee, and more!

A crack panel of respected judges including Allan Chochinov of Core77, Emily Elsen of Four & Twenty Blackbirds pie shop, and Josee Lepage of creative agency Bondtoo will announce the winners at 8pm on Saturday, June

25, 2011.  The judging and awards ceremony will be held at the Gowanus Studio Space in Brooklyn.

Enter today!

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