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NYTimes: Project Laundry List Looking For A Better Clothespin

The tail end of this fun little history of the clothespin in the New York Times Magazine sounds like a MakerBot call to action, from an organization that thinks people should wash their clothes in cold water and use clotheslines to dry them. Read the article for the history of the invention, but here’s what I want to call your attention to:


Glen Berkowitz is the executive director of Project Laundry List, a nonprofit organization that advocates washing clothes in cold water and hanging them out to dry. Here, he shares his thoughts on the clothespin:

What role does the clothespin play in Project Laundry List? Looking backward, the clothespin is a relatively easy way to dry your clothes without having to lay them on the ground or drape them over something. Looking forward, the clothespin is a phenomenal interest of ours because we’re in the process of setting up a brand-new national design competition.

What kind of design competition? The clothespin hasn’t changed for over 150 years. Is there a better clothespin just waiting out there by some young or creative mind? By the end of this year, we will formally launch this. We’re excited to see what we find.

This one’s for us, Makers! I’ve started to think about clothespins without springs that come in a variety of sizes depending on the job. But take note of this last point, too:

Do you recommend the wooden or the plastic variety? If the wooden clothespin was still made in the United States, we would recommend it, but what’s made in America now are plastic clothespins. One is less economical and the other is less sustainable. It evens out.

There are several arguments one could make about why making your own clothespins in ABS on your MakerBot reduces material waste. But to drive the point home, maybe we should be thinking about PLA pins. There are a few awesome clothespins on Thingiverse already, like the one below from PolygonPusher. Let’s build off of these and think about a new design that can be MakerBotted.

Clothespin by PolygonPusher


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New York Times Needs To Meet Thingiverse!

Credit: KMJ, via WikiMedia Commons

Are any of you participating in this? The New York Times is hosting an everyday innovation challenge that several of you may be interested in.

They write:

For a special issue on June 3, we invite you to share an innovation that you have made in your daily life. Maybe you’ve figured out a way to make waking up more pleasant by jury-rigging your alarm clock. Or maybe you’ve invented a foolproof method for shining your shoes, or for finding time to exercise. It could be a gadget you’ve fashioned, or something less tangible. We want to hear what you’ve come up with.

Yes, but more importantly, we want to hear what you’ve come up with.

The judges for this are Paola Antonelli, Curator for the Department of Architecture and Design at MoMA; James Dyson, of never-lose-suction-vacuum fame; Ben Kaufman of Quirky; and Martha Stewart, who is Martha Stewart.

You all have submitted thousands of things to Thingiverse that would knock readers’ socks off. In fact, Thingiverse is a veritable catalog of relevant submissions for this challenge. Perhaps you have favorite things from Thingiverse that you think ought to be recognized! If you leave a comment here, I’ll get in touch with that Thingiverse user and urge them to participate.


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NY Times Ponders Copyrighting Physical Things

Posted by on Monday, November 14, 2011 in Uncategorized

The New York Times addresses the issue of copyrighting physical objects on their Bits Blog, and of course, mentions MakerBot. In what they he calls Industrial Revolution 2.0, the Times’ Nick Bilton looks at the impact of 3D printing on the future of manufacturing, and on the idea of ownership in general.

Unlike music, movies, or books, printed objects typically cannot be copyrighted because they are useful items rather than simply aesthetic ones. Bilton uses the example of a coffee mug to illustrate his point. Who knows what the future holds, but for now, keep printing those coffee mugs! Trust me, I went to Ikea yesterday, and I would rather print my own mug any day than wait in that line!

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MakerBot Thing-O-Matic gets exploded in the New York Times!

Posted by on Thursday, September 15, 2011 in Uncategorized

The New York times is running an amazing infographic today by Frank O’Connell about the Thing-O-Matic.  We’re extremely excited about how well it explains our pride and joy to a wider audience.

As you can see, it also mentions the Stepstruder Mk7 in a dual configuration.  That’s right folks — the compact size of the Mk7 is going to make experimental dual extrusion possible for the first time.  Stay tuned for details, or come to World Maker Faire NYC this weekend to see a them in action!


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