Posts Tagged ‘makerbot replicator’

The Oregon Pint Runneth Over

Posted by on Wednesday, August 19, 2015 in Uncategorized

With roots in Portland, North Drinkware founders Nic Ramirez, Matt Capozzi, and Leigh Capozzi wanted to showcase the things that they — and most Oregonians — love about their state, specifically craft beer and lush mountains. Like all great ideas, their custom-made pint glass with a replica of Mount Hood in the base now seems obvious.

The Kickstarter community thought so too: North Drinkware’s Oregon Pint reached its $15,000 target in five hours and fifteen minutes, and the campaign went on to raise more than $500,000 by the time it closed in March 2015.

Kickstarter’s project rules call for “explicit demos of a working prototype.” So the North Drinkware team combined 3D technologies with the old-school craft of glassblowing to make a physical proof of concept.

They took 3D data of Mount Hood, the state’s highest peak, from the United States Geological Survey, and mocked up a digital model of it in the base of a pint glass that they had designed themselves. Then they 3D printed the completed glass design on a MakerBot Replicator to develop the plaster molds that shaped the first glasses.

“By using a MakerBot, we were able to do five iterations for almost nothing, versus, if we had made five graphite molds, it would have cost $20,000,” said Ramirez.

With overwhelming backing in place, North Drinkware needed to go into production on a scale much larger than anticipated. “We got to the point where we imagined we would be in five years in five days,” he said.

Scaling up quickly can uncover pain points in manufacturing, and North Drinkware needed to invent some processes as they went. For example, sometimes a glass needs to be ground at the lip after it’s been flame-polished. In this instance, the team designed a 3D printed fixture to hold the bottom of the glass and keep it level as it’s ground. One more flame polish, and that glass is ready to be shipped.

The first Kickstarter backers received their Oregon Pint glasses in May.

Aside from finding harmony between an age-old craft and emerging technologies, North Drinkware built a new kind of local operation with both handmade and manufactured elements. They also created six new jobs, giving back to the community in a way they hadn’t expected.

To get started, they say, “Kickstarter was the big accelerant. To get to the proof of concept, MakerBot was critical.”

And next? Eventually, they plan to offer glasses with a signature landmark in other states, including Washington, Vermont, California, and Colorado.

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The Coolest Way to Prototype

Posted by on Wednesday, July 29, 2015 in Uncategorized

Once upon a time, at the end of the 20th century, Ryan Grepper of Montana had a weed whacker but no yard. One day, he turned the weed whacker into a blender, and added it to a beverage cooler that he’d modified to play music.

These tinkerings became the very first version of the Coolest cooler, which raised $13.2 million in a Kickstarter campaign last summer — at the time a record sum — and started shipping to backers this month.

“The Coolest was basically my attempt to correct every shortcoming that I’ve ever experienced with any other cooler,” Grepper says. “Looking back, the last big innovation in coolers was wheels.”

It took a while for his vision to materialize.

Grepper and his wife moved to Portland and started a family. It took them a few years to make friends and get out of the house, and they discovered that their makeshift beach party — the cooler and the blender — had not aged well. As a product developer and early fan of MakerBot, Grepper knew that he could do better, and started to play around with a cooler that would make a family trip to the park nicer and easier. He prototyped battery connections and a blender lock, and, armed with the know-how and the tools, used his MakerBot Replicator to iterate as he went.

“That first one probably won’t work the way you imagined it, but that’s a chance to learn what else could be better and then go back and iterate,” he says.

In product development, Grepper uses 3D printing mostly to test for functionality. Does his hypothesis make sense in the real world? What can be refined? Prototyping helps him recognize pain points quickly.

“3D printers make it so easy. You can make a correction; you can print. You can test.”

Thirteen years after his first tinkerings, all the elements came together into what seemed like a solution for a lot of people. Grepper turned to Kickstarter, which “lets you get your idea directly in front of the people who are going to be using your idea,” he says. “They’re voting with their wallet, which is the most honest feedback you can get.”

Kickstarter’s rules say that “physical products must feature explicit demos of working prototypes.” Grepper did this for his first campaign, in late 2013. It didn’t quite make the goal of $125,000, but he did raise more than $100,000 in pledges. That plus encouragement from family, friends, and supporters inspired Grepper to refine and relaunch. And the second campaign was successful — raising a record $13.2 million.

Grepper then worked with an industrial design firm in Ohio to do a lot of rapid iteration on the final design, exchanging 3D printable .STL files over the Internet. “The portable party disguised as a cooler” incorporates music, food, drink, storage, and clean up.

On its journey from unused weed whacker and broken cooler to crowdfunded success, the Coolest is the story of a big need, an inspired idea, and the tools that made it happen.

“The promise of 3D printing,” says Grepper, “is that you can get your own Coolest idea out there.”

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MakerBot Wins Red Dot for Industrial Design

Posted by on Wednesday, July 1, 2015 in Uncategorized


The Red Dot recognizes outstanding product design, from the iPhone and Apple Wireless Keyboard, to the BMW i8 and the Mercedes-Benz C-Class.

Now the MakerBot Replicator Desktop 3D Printer (Fifth Generation Model) joins this pantheon of product design, with a 2015 Red Dot award for product design. An international jury recognized the MakerBot Replicator for its sleek yet functional form that maximizes accessibility in the workspace, and that sets it apart from other 3D printers.

“Not many companies have applied proper design process to 3D printers before,” says Mark Palmer, MakerBot’s director of industrial design. With most 3D printers, he says, “after the mechanical and electrical design is done, they just put a box around it.”

Palmer joined MakerBot in May 2014, after work on the Fifth Generation was completed. He is delighted that the industrial designers on his team, Jackson Seidenberg and Vishnu Anantha, have been praised by the same organization that has honored Dieter Rams, Bill Moggridge, and Jony Ive.

“Many people don’t realize that most of the objects and products they interact with in the world are shaped by industrial designers,” says Palmer. The goal of industrial design, he says, is “to close the gap between technology and people.”

The MakerBot Replicator improves on previous 3D printers with a level of refinement, openness, and accessibility not seen before in the industry. It has an intuititve interface, a 3.5″ display and a software platform, a mobile app, and integration with MakerBot Thingiverse. And the revolutionary MakerBot Replicator Smart Extruder minimizes print downtime by enabling users to swap out a worn extruder in minutes.
“There are strong cues in the printer itself that tell you how to interact with it,” says Palmer. “The knob becomes the focal point.”

As Palmer and his team start to think beyond the Fifth Generation, they focus on easy use and immediate printing access, which will allow both professional teams and education users to evolve their ideas faster than ever.

“If our team is successful, it will be hard to discern the industrial design qualities of the product from the mechanical and electrical design,” he says. “The physical and experiential qualities of our products will be taken to a whole new level.”

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MakerBot Mobile | 3D Print on the Go with Mobile 2.0

Posted by on Friday, February 6, 2015 in Uncategorized


When we released MakerBot Mobile last June, we told you that future releases would give you the ability to remotely monitor your MakerBot Replicator 3D Printer on the go. We added that in our last release, but now we’ve gone one step further.

Introducing MakerBot Mobile 2.0, which includes the ability to send feedback on your MakerBot Mobile experience from inside the app, and the ability to start a 3D print from just about anywhere on a 3G- or 4G-connected wireless device.

Download MakerBot Mobile 2.0 for iOS from the App Store now

Control Your MakerBot 3D Printer Anywhere You Go
MakerBot Mobile 2.0 is the first app to take full advantage of MakerBot Cloud Services. This new technology makes it possible to start a print using your MakerBot Replicator 3D Printer via your mobile device, as well as the ability to monitor your print via your onboard camera, cancel a print, or unload filament.

Send Us Feedback Instantly
At MakerBot, we’re always listening intently to your feedback and ideas. That’s why we made it easy for you to give us feedback right in the MakerBot Mobile app. Just select Settings to send us direct feedback, or rate us on the App Store.

Important Setup Information
To unlock all these features, you must follow a quick, one-time setup process. Visit our online support page for the details.

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MakerBot Digital Store | A Jurassic Giant Returns

Download the Stegosaurus Skeleton at the MakerBot Digital Store!

This intricate, 3D printable Stegosaurus Skeleton was created by our talented in-house designers as a companion to the MakerBot T-Rex Skeleton model, and makes a great tool for paleontological learning.

Download the Stegosaurus Skeleton now at the MakerBot Digital Store.

Recreating A Remarkable Reptile
To create the complex and realistic Stegosaurus Skeleton model, our designers visited the American Museum of Natural History in New York City to take photos and study the anatomical details of actual Stegosaurus fossils. Back at the studio, they worked to bring the skeleton to life in 3D by creating 3D renders of the skeleton, scaling the model down, and making sure it was reliably 3D printable. Once it was ready, they broke the design apart into multiple pieces to print on MakerBot Replicator 3D Printer build plates.

Perfect For The Classroom
Discover the unique anatomy of the Stegosaurus from the claws up when you print your own from the MakerBot Digital Store on your MakerBot Replicator 3D Printer. Include this model in your Biology or Geology lessons to incorporate physical manipulatives in your instruction while you introduce students to the basics of 3D printing.

Prehistoric Flair For Your Lair
Download this 3D print-ready file for an educational, fun, and interactive addition to your classroom, office, or home collection. Assembly is required for a full model, but all pieces easily snap together. Use MakerBot Warm Gray, True Brown, and Army Green PLA Filaments to create the model pictured below.

Download the free Stegosaurus Footprint at MakerBot Thingiverse!

Download the entire Stegosaurus skeleton from the MakerBot Digital Store, or get our impressive Stegosaurus Footprint on MakerBot Thingiverse.

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MakerBot Digital Store | MakerBot Celebrates Hello Kitty

Posted by on Thursday, October 30, 2014 in Uncategorized


MakerBot is excited to welcome Hello Kitty to the MakerBot Digital Store in honor of her 40th anniversary. To celebrate, we’re offering a supercute collection of new MakerBot Digital Store Downloads and heading to the first ever Sanrio Hello Kitty Con in Los Angeles.

It’s a Hello Kitty World

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Hello Kitty has loads of personality. From roller skater, to scientist, to MakerBot enthusiast, our Hello Kitty collection has outfits and accessories that make her ready for anything. Bring your favorite files to life on a MakerBot Replicator Desktop 3D Printer.

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Hello Kitty and Friends on MakerBot PrintShop
For the 40th anniversary, we’re also releasing a set of Hello Kitty and Friends ring toppers available for purchase in Ring Maker in the MakerBot PrintShop app. Make fun rings featuring Hello Kitty and her favorite friends so you can impress yours.

Download MakerBot PrintShop

Printed and Ready to Celebrate
If you don’t own a MakerBot Replicator, stop by one of our MakerBot Retail Stores or get in on the Hello Kitty Con action in Los Angeles. We’ll be carrying the Hello Kitty Deluxe Set, a large design with an included outfit, pre-printed and ready for purchase.

Please be sure to share your Hello Kitty prints with us! Tag us @makerbot on Instagram and Twitter, or post on our Facebook page. We’d love to see your work!

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MakerBot Innovator Sessions | ReImagining the South Bronx

Posted by on Friday, August 15, 2014 in Uncategorized


Jessica Chung, a teacher and former coordinator at MOUSE, helps turn youths into technology leaders through education. She will be giving a brief presentation on “ReImagining the South Bronx” at the MakerBot Retail Store in Greenwich, CT at 6:30pm on Thursday, August 21st.  In the technology-rich project, her students researched, investigated, and then 3D printed a completely reimagined design of their school’s neighborhood. Space is limited, so register now to reserve a spot at this exciting presentation.


From Concept to Reality: About the Project
The STEM-focused project gave students the opportunity to use 3D modeling software to create a new vision for their neighborhood and then 3D print the final products on MakerBot Replicator Desktop 3D Printers. What was initially dreamed up in conversation by a group of eager learners exploring their neighborhood has become an inspiring model for a completely reimagined city. Jessica Chung and her innovative students are just one of many examples of how MakerBot 3D Printers are revolutionizing classrooms around the world.

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MakerBot Replicator Mini | Launch Your 3D Printing Career

Posted by on Monday, August 4, 2014 in Uncategorized


Office life getting you down? Make your own fun. Download and print the playful Desktop Catapult (Thingiverse #391508) from MicrosoftStore. It includes three pieces that print in less than 20 minutes, making this a simple addition to your stash of office supplies.


We can’t wait to see your printed catapults, so make sure you’re taking some great photos and tweeting @MakerBot with the hashtag #WeekendMake. Just load up the catapult with your choice of projectile (we recommend candy), and then snap a pic before letting ‘er loose.

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Special Offers | A Summer Bundle You Can’t Miss

Posted by on Monday, August 4, 2014 in Uncategorized

MakerBot Replicator + MakerBot Z18
With this great MakerBot 3D Printer bundle, you don’t have to choose between rapid prototyping and massive build volume.

Use the MakerBot Replicator Desktop 3D Printer for efficient, high definition models, while working with the MakerBot Replicator Z18 3D Printer to create larger, more complex designs that may have a longer print time.

Each printer is powered by the new, user-friendly MakerBot Replicator 3D Printing platform and features the MakerBot Replicator Smart Extruder, an on-board camera, and Wi-Fi connectivity.

The only thing better than two MakerBot Replicator 3D Printers is the money you’ll save when you buy them together. Pair the MakerBot Replicator with the MakerBot Replicator Z18, and we’ll take $400 off your purchase. Now that’s huge.


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MakerBot Learning | A Primer on 3D Printing With MakerBot

Posted by on Wednesday, June 11, 2014 in Uncategorized


There’s more to MakerBot than our 3D printers. A Primer on 3D Printing With MakerBot is an interactive exploration that gives you the ins and outs of the extensive MakerBot 3D Ecosystem. The informative full day course, taught by experts in 3D printing, covers 3D design, MakerBot apps, hardware, the growing 3D printing community, and more. The MakerBot Learning course is held near MakerBot headquarters in Brooklyn, NY.


September 12

October 10

What Will Be Covered?
Through a series of immersive sessions and brief lectures, you’ll gain essential knowledge of a MakerBot Replicator 3D Printer, as well as an in-depth exploration of all the resources the MakerBot 3D printing community has to offer. You’ll actually design your own object for 3D printing and have time to discuss with MakerBot experts your goals for integrating 3D printing into your workflow.

When you leave, you will be able to:
–Setup and use a MakerBot Replicator 3D Printer
–Gain insight into creative applications for 3D printing
–Use MakerBot apps to their fullest extent
–Understand the “Three Ways to Make” and options available for 3D design
–Apply the basics of 3D design to create your own object
–Successfully prepare and print a 3D model
–Properly maintain your MakerBot Replicator 3D Printer

Sign up for our September 12 or October 10 sessions, and start becoming a 3D printing explorer. For more information on this course, please contact our sales team at 347-334-6800.

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