Posts Tagged ‘businessweek’

What Is A “Real Manufactured Good”, Anyway?

Need everyone’s input on this. Someone just posted a comment on a BusinessWeek feature on MakerBot and our CEO Bre Pettis.

I Like Bre…Great Charisma and energy. I wish him well. I think his printers will be successful but ultimately real manufactured goods will still be made with industrial 3D printers. I believe that his equipment is perfect as an educational piece, hobbyists or even classrooms.

Is this true? This sounds like the commenter is taking for granted that manufacturing will never change, as if it’s always been the same. We make MakerBots so that people can make the things they want and need, not just one copy of something that was made a million times. The way things are done now satisfies the broadest base of customers.

What does it mean to say something is a “real manufactured good”? Does that mean that something you make for yourself can’t be just as good as something that was made for you? We totally disagree.

By the way, the article in BusinessWeek today is great. And in case you’re wondering, you can now scan yourself in a number of ways that don’t involve cornstarch! But the cornstarch method is still fun. 4Chan founder Moot and new media guru/Internet philosopher Clay Shirky were into it! Watch the video of their scans below.

 

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Want to MakerBot Your Office? Businessweek Shows You How

Why honor your company’s Employee of the Month with a generic trophy when you can customize the award with their own image? Bloomberg Businessweek included this personalized Employee of the Month award in their story, “A MakerBot for the Office,” which features MakerBot user Brendan Dawes.  An interactive designer and the founder of Beep Industries in Manchester, U.K., Dawes has designed a number of things for his office including cable holders, clips for attaching pens to notebooks, and a hexagonal organizer to keep his desk tidy.

For more ideas of ways to perform a MakerBot takeover on your office, check out Businessweek’s accompanying slideshow, which includes this sweet 3-D printed tie.

UPDATE: As Nudel points out in the comments below, the items featured in the BusinessWeek piece and slideshow are all designs that have been uploaded to Thingiverse. If you have a MakerBot, print at will. Thanks, Nudel!

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