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Good Morning, MakerBotters!

Say hello to our newest and cutest operator!

Cute MakerBot Operator

Mommy, are all my future toys in here? They are?! Awesome!



If that doesn’t help you start your day off with a smile… I just don’t know how to help you.


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Questions from Maker Faire: How many bricks?

Posted by on Monday, May 21, 2012 in Uncategorized
Any brick?!

Any brick?!

This last weekend I had the good fortune to be able to help out with the MakerBot booth at the 2012 Maker Faire Bay Area in San Mateo1  So many people had so many interesting questions that I’d like to just can’t help sharing a few of them here on the blog.

One of my favorite series of questions came from two boys who were at the booth with their father.  After watching half a squirrel being printed out, they asked what material the MakerBot was using to make objects.  I explained that it was the same ABS that went into Legos.  All of a sudden the pairs of eyes that were watching the Replicator were now on me with laser focus.  They had to know if the robot could make Legos.  I told them that people had, indeed, shared designs for Lego compatible bricks on Thingiverse and they were no longer constrained to only have those bricks they could find in stores – they could have any brick they could design.  Now, that got their attention.

Their father, ever the savvy and wary consumer, wanted to know just how expensive it would be to make those bricks.  I responded with my own question – how many plastic building pieces could they buy for $50?  The father and both kids agreed that it wasn’t much – $50.00 might buy you a medium sized Lego set.  I reminded them that those boxes were also mostly empty – you buy a lot of air when you buy a box of Legos. 2  Hefting a spool of ABS plastic in their direction I told them that $50.00 would buy enough plastic to make more than two pounds of bricks – bricks of any size and shape they could imagine.  That definitely got the dad’s attention.

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  1. Near San Francisco []
  2. Don’t get me wrong.  I love Legos and own a LOT of them. []
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MakerBot: Part Of The Designer’s Tool Belt

Posted by on Friday, May 18, 2012 in Uncategorized

I’ve shared the video before of Toronto agency Teehan+Lax making its first thing on a MakerBot. Now they have a new video focused on a smart milk carton that alerts you when you’re running low on milk, and they prototyped it on a MakerBot.1


On one hand, having a MakerBot gives you the power to create things for yourself, and Thingiverse is filled with thousands of examples. But then you have people who use it to create things for others, especially the first-through-tenth versions of a new thing. Teehan+Lax is not just making pretty things, but also real world products, with The Replicator. Sweet!

I would say, “this is going to become a trend,” but it already has. I just saw this post from twitter: the Swedish design group People People now have a Replicator, too.

We are finally up and running with our Makerbot Replicator! It will be a great tool for us making prototypes in the various stages of the design process.


Look how they’ve marked their Left and Right extruders. Let’s hope People People will be showing us some sweet Dualstrusion sometime soon! Speaking of, I’d love to know what colors design agencies use the most when they’re MakerBotting.


  1. hat tip Shapeways Blog []
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Where You MakerBot — Classroom Edition!

Posted by on Friday, May 11, 2012 in Uncategorized

I know I’m not through my backlog of WYMB pictures, but just look at the one we got a minute ago via twitter!

These awesome, eager, MakerBotting 4th and 5th graders come to your screen from Boynton Beach, Florida’s Poinciana Elementary Magnet school for STEM. I’m going to have to dig deeply into teacher Kris Swanson’s blog now. I want to know all about what they are making, how they are designing, and how you get a dozen 10-year-olds to look that happy and excited for a picture.

A sincere happy Teacher Appreciation Week to all of you teachers.



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Instructables Roundup: Toys, Cameras, Circuit Boards is a fountain of good stuff for the DIYer. Here are a few recent favorites:

Rubber band-powered car toy

This 18-step Instructable from Thingiverse user mrigsby is really straightforward and you get a fun toy to play with at the end! What impressed me here is that this project was Mike’s first experience with 3D modeling software. He used Tinkercad to design the car, and seems to think it was pretty easy.

To make a wheel, you just drag a cylinder onto the workspace.  Set the diameter and the thickness and you’re almost done.  Drag a hole onto the workspace, adjust the diameter and place it in the center of the wheel.  Group the hole and the wheel.  That’s it.

He made this on The Replicator, and shares his tricks, too. For example, to make these pieces with a raft underneath, Mike says he has had the most luck setting the build plate temperature to 115° C, rather than 100° C.

You can find all the files for the Rubber Band Powered Car on Thingiverse!


Tilt-Shift Lens Adapter

Here’s another Instructables/Thingiverse gem, made especially for the photo geek. A tilt-shift lens is “used to create a miniature effect or a very shallow depth of field in your photography,” and if you shoot from a high angle pointing down, the accessory “creates the illusion of looking down at a miniature model.”

What I liked about this project in particular is the cost savings here. Joe Murphy, author of the Instructable, says the professional version is pretty pricey; “we’re talking $1000- 3000.” So I decided to just make one for myself and see how much it costs in ABS.

Answer: at 7 grams, the part costs $0.30. And it took 19 minutes, from digital to tangible. So there ya go.



3D-Printed Circuit Boards

Just as a blog post at noted a lack of experiments with 3D-printed circuit boards, an Instructable showed up from CarryTheWhat, an Open Source Hardware group with a presence on Etsy and Thingiverse.

In this step-by-step, you get careful instructions on making the circuit board itself from files available on Thingiverse. There is a library of files for all the different components and advice on arranging them successfully. The example in the Instructable will output a simple circuit to get an LED to blink.

This is admittedly not complex stuff, but it is remarkable to see a DIY circuit project that involves no soldering or etching. All of these parts have been “thoroughly tested on the MakerBot Replicator, with ABS plastic,” according to the Thingiverse page.


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CNET Test Drives The Replicator

Posted by on Monday, May 7, 2012 in Uncategorized

…and lurves it.

CNET’s Rich Brown has some nice things to say about The Replicator, “the most capable 3D printer for under $2,000.”

Yes, but it’s also fun.  And what did Rich use that Mr. Jaws clip for?!

Stay tuned for Rich’s full review of The Replicator, which is due out tomorrow.

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Dualstrusion Mashup, Zebra On Bird!

There’s something so cool about Dualstrusion.

The winner of the Engineer vs. Designer iPhone design competition, aubenc, has just added a cool kind of mashup. Rather than mashing up two kinds of shapes, he alluded to two animals by adding a zebra pattern to his Paper Bird model.

Now who’s going to add a cheetah skin to cushwa’s Owl statue?

Zebra Paper Bird by aubenc


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These Kids Are Making 3D Printed Jewelry Because They Can

Remain calm. This is just a video of adorable, 3D-modeling-and-3D-printing-savvy children designing pendants in Tinkercad and printing them on MakerBot Replicators, while surrounded by copies of Arduino Cookbook. So I suppose the phrase Happy Monday means something now.

For more videos from Osamu Iwasaki, here’s his website.


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Digital Fabrication Workshop In Upstate New York, Tomorrow!

Sorry for the late notice on this one, but if you’re anywhere near Ithaca, NY tomorrow, Saturday the 14th, stop by the collaborative entrepreneurship space just founded called PopShop. I particularly like their domain name:

Tomorrow afternoon, our friend and associate Jeremy Blum will be giving a seminar on digital fabrication, including, of course, 3D printing. It’s an intro to the concepts of 3D printing, and there will be a MakerBot Thing-O-Matic and Replicator on hand to look at. Jeremy really knows what he’s talking about, so it should be a great talk!

While PopShop is really geared toward students, the talk tomorrow is open to the public.


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Breaking News: Nicki Minaj Discovered Inside Replicator

Posted by on Wednesday, April 11, 2012 in Uncategorized

Our eye-in-the-sky @MattRichardson clued us into something we have always suspected: Nicki Minaj might actually be a perfectly MakerBotted 3D sculpture.

The proof is in the picture from The Verge, but you can be the judge:

Okay, yes The Replicator is open source and you can find the files on Thingiverse, but we really hadn’t anticipated that someone would use them to create a giant Replicator stage in Times Square and print out a pop star. I mean is it still science “fiction” or more like science reality? Answer below!

A: this is fiction, the regular kind.


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