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MakerBot CEO Bre On Science Friday Today!

Posted by on Friday, June 22, 2012 in Uncategorized

MakerBot CEO Bre Pettis will be on the NPR program Science Friday today at 3 o’clock EDT. Listen on the radio, or go here to listen online! The topic of conversation for the segment will be, “Can 3D Printers Reshape the World?”

Well, yes.

Bre will be joined by Terry Wohlers from Wohlers Associates, and Professor Hod Lipson of Cornell University, co-founder of [email protected]. The Science Friday crew have also put together a little quiz on 3D printing for you to test your knowledge. I got one of them wrong, but I’m blaming it on my mouse.


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What Is A “Real Manufactured Good”, Anyway?

Posted by on Thursday, May 10, 2012 in Uncategorized

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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MakerBot Press Coverage from CES

Posted by on Wednesday, January 11, 2012 in Uncategorized

It’s been one day since the official launch of The Replicator! Some lucky people have even met the new machine in person at CES (Come say hello, in South hall 4, Booth 36839)! Check out the links below for coverage straight from the CES floor.

SPIKE TV: MakerBot Makes Your Ideas Come True

Gizmodo: Hands On With MakerBot’s Bigger, Better, Two Color 3D Printer

The Atlantic: The Wonderful World of Thingiverse

 New York Times: MakerBot Introduces Larger, Two Color 3-D Printer

Make: MakerBot Replicator Announced

Gizmodo Australia: MakerBot’s Replicator Prints Larger 3D Creations In Two Spectacular Colors

The Verge: MakerBot Replicator first hands-on (update: video)

Geeky Gadgets: MakerBot Replicator 3D Printer Launched

PCWorld: MakerBot Replicator 3D-Prints Everything Except ‘Coffe, Black’

Wired: The MakerBot Replicator (TM)

Hack a Day: Print Huge Stuff With the MakerBot Replicator

Fabbaloo: MakerBot Announces the Replicator MakerBot announces latest model that is capable of two color 3D printin How a MakerBot Replicator Can Make Your Small Business MakerBot Replicator Prints Bigger, More Colorful Objects


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MakerBot in the News: Is There A Plastic Object You Want Right Now?

Posted by on Monday, May 16, 2011 in Uncategorized

Salt and Pepper Hats by DesignGlut

Salt and Pepper Hats by DesignGlut

Jen Graves over at The Stranger just wrote about how much she wanted her very own MakerBot.  My favorite line from the article?

The machine itself looks like one of those hook carnival games that you can never win, except with this one you always win.

Check out the full article and find out what Jen would do with her own MakerBot here!

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MakerBot In The News – Kittens With Jet Packs?

Posted by on Saturday, March 5, 2011 in Uncategorized
Rocket Kitty

Rocket Kitty

Check out this great article from the NY Times!  Want to know what it has to do with kittens with jet packs?  Definitely read it all the way though!

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MakerBot In The News – Bre and MakerBot on CNN!

Posted by on Friday, January 14, 2011 in Uncategorized

Bre appeared on CNN’s “The Big I” this morning!

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MakerBot in the News – at CES 2011

Posted by on Monday, January 10, 2011 in Uncategorized

Will Smith of interviewed Bre Pettis at CES 2011 in Las Vegas over the weekend! Bre and Will discussed the improvements of the Thing-O-Matic over the Cupcake CNC as well as share a few printing war stories. 1

  1. My favorite quote from this interview: “4th grade math, happening right here!” []
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MakerBot in the News – The Guardian

Posted by on Tuesday, December 21, 2010 in Uncategorized

Jemima Kiss wrote a great article for The Guardian covering MakerBot.  Take a look!

Finding the ultimate Christmas present for the discerning geek has never been easy, but a small team of professional tinkerers based in New York has come up with the ultimate geek must-have – a printer that “prints” in 3D.

Rather than printing with ink on a page, 3D printers build up objects using layers of plastic. They have been available since 2003, but Brooklyn- based firm MakerBot, which started early in 2009, has developed a small printer that comes in kit form. Having to assemble the “robot” printer adds to the charm for true tinkerers, but this DIY approach also makes it far cheaper than it might be; until now, commercial 3D printers haven’t been available for much less than £25,000.

This year, 3D went mainstream, from big-budget movies to the latest 3D cameras, camcorders and TVs. MakerBot goes one better by offering three tangible dimensions, created with their Meccanoesque kits. The first model, the Cupcake CNC, sells for $649 and the newer Thing-O-Matic for $1,225.

“If you have trouble putting Ikea furniture together, get a friend to help you,” explains Bre Pettis, co-founder and chief executive of MakerBot. “But, for a tinkerer, making something that makes things is the holy grail.”

MakerBot “prints” in either ABS, the plastic that Lego is made from, or corn-based PLA – which smells like waffles when it is used. Hacker community website Thingiverse displays the witty creativity of “fabbers” (desktop-based fabricators and fans of 3D printing): from space invader earrings and keyrings to full-size lamps, built in sections. One Marty McGuire tells the story of going to buy a shower curtain for his new flat, but finding the store had run out of shower curtain rings. This is the kind of challenge the MakerBot owner lives for, and he enthusiastically set about measuring, designing and then printing out his own shower curtain rings.

There’s an obvious bonus: buy one MakerBot and you can probably make a good batch of Christmas presents – Pettis admits he’s made bottle openers and dragons as presents. The only limitations are your imagination – plus the 12.5×12.5×12.5cm dimensions of the Thing-O-Matic and the fact that you can print in any material you want, as long as it’s plastic. If you’re short of ideas, you can choose from the 5,000 designs already uploaded by the MakerBot community.

MakerBot has sold just 3,000 machines so far but is struggling to keep up with demand. A UK supplier, Robosavvy, is now selling the Thing-O-Matic for £847. As with the realised ambition of Bill Gates, who famously said he wanted to put a computer in every home in the world, all of us will eventually own a 3D printer, says Pettis. The key is to make these machines affordable.

“We’re not engineers – we’re tinkerers,” he says, explaining that MakerBot’s background in tinkering means a preoccupation with finding parts as cheaply as possibly, so much of the DIY kit is off the shelf. “If we were engineers, this thing would cost 100 times as much. But our goal is to democratise manufacturing so anyone can have a machine that makes anything they need. We want to render consumerism useless – and that doesn’t work if the machine isn’t cheap.”

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