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Popular Mechanics Features MakerBot Thing-O-Matic in 10 Coolest DIY Projects From Maker Faire 2011

Popular Mechanics: "Top 10 Coolest DIY Projects from MakerFaire"

The MakerBot crew was in attendance at MakerFaire 2011 – Bay Area this past weekend — where the MakerBot Thing-O-Matic made quite a splash. Check out a little of what Popular Mechanics has to say about our latest DIY 3D printer kit:

MakerBot Thing-O-MaticMakerBot Industries is a pure example of the maker ethos: Not only has the company created an interesting machine, but its machine’s sole purpose is to create things. Provided with the right instructions, it can print just about any 3D shape into plastic.

It can be hard to explain why exactly someone might want a 3D printer, so the crew put together a demo: a facial scanning system housed inside a 7-foot-tall dome built by maker Michael Felix, the joints of which were created with a 3D printer. Inside, fellow maker Kyle MacDonald uses the infrared camera bar from a Microsoft Kinect, along with software he wrote himself, to capture 3D models of attendees’ faces, which are then printed into plastic statues. The whole process, from flesh to plastic, takes only 45 minutes.

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3rd Ward MakerBot Make-A-Thon Photos!


The 3rd Ward MakerBot Make-A-Thon was awesome! Special thanks to MakerBot User Group New York for showing off their designs and introducing 3rd Ward members to MakerBot. Kyle McDonald used the interior of Michael Felix’s geodesic dome for his 3D Photo Booth. If Kyle scanned you, be sure to find yourself on Thingiverse here. Stay tuned for our next MakerBot User Group meeting and a continued collaboration between MakerBot and 3rd Ward.

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