Posts Tagged ‘Stephen Colbert’

MakerBot Your Memorial Day


Life's a Beach


Woohooooo! Memorial Day Weekend is upon us and hot dang are we excited to blow off some steam! It’s been an absolute whirlwind here at MakerBot HQ. The Wall Street Journal scooped our big move to to the Brooklyn Tech Triangle,  but we still managed to put the final bolts on our traveling Robot Petting Zoo and pack them off to the first Maker Faire of the year in San Mateo! We hooked up with our old pal Schuyler and talked to thousands of people about changing the world with desktop manufacturing, and more importantly, customizing our own LEGO blocks. We captured some magical moments  in our photo booth and went hunting for bots in the wild. We exchanged much needed hugs with our west coast family. We made @hugs idea come to life and helped a really cool kid fix his Go-Kart in 45 minutes flat. It was AWESOME. We got home just in time to cause a disruption at TechCrunch and say a bittersweet farewell to our second season of MakerBot TV. What should we do next season?

Oh! We also  helped a team of engineers light up the Bay Bridge in San Francisco and gave Jared Leto a giant PLA frog.

How to Start The Summer Off Right:


Head to the beach.

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Crack open a cold one.

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Get patriotic.

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Itty Bitty Printers

Wired’s new blog, “Wired Design,” recently featured a bunch of super sweet mini printers.  I just love these freaking things!!!  Super tiny and compact thermal paper printers are just about the cutest and neatest little projects out there.  The video above depicts Adafruit’s IoT Printer – a variation which prints text and several kinds of bar codes.

Just think of the possibilities:

  • Print all of “On The Road” out in one continuous roll of thermal paper
  • Printing customized souvenir receipts at an event
  • Just once, I’d like to give a police officer a ticket
  • Printing QR codes for… anything

Here’s what else really intrigues me – the entire printer is SO small that you could design and print a case for your printer.  That’s right, a printed printer case. 1  I just know someone out there is dying to make a Stephen Colbert head that spews Stephen Colbert’s tweets.

  1. While you’re at it, you could even design a carrying case for it.  A printed printer case for carrying a printer inside a casing made on a printer. []
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Zoom, To The Moon! NASA Releases Open Government Update

Posted by on Monday, April 9, 2012 in Uncategorized

Open Government 2.0 is swinging into effect for several agencies, including NASA. The organization says a new directory online will detail “more than 100 participatory, collaborative and transparent projects, offering citizens opportunities to understand, support and engage with the agency.”

It’s nice to think that kids dreaming with the MakerBot Rocket Playset (above) will also have more outlets through which to interact with NASA and its plans for the future.

Lest you think this is simply a chance to plug the Open Government initiative, remember that MakerBot and Space are longtime friends. We sent Stephen Colbert’s head to space eight months ago.

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I Have Seen The Future And It Is… Stephen “Gourd-head” Colbert

Posted by on Friday, March 16, 2012 in Uncategorized
How to: Grow a Portrait Gourd

How to: Grow a Portrait Gourd

Apparently, growing gourds in molds is an ancient 500 year old Chinese artform!  By creating a mold of a sculpture and placing that mold around a young gourd, the gourd will grow and take the shape of the mold.  While this artform was almost lost in the 1970’s, the craft was revived by Mr. Zhang Cairi and the basics have now been condensed into this instructable by Make’s Tim Anderson.

This is one of those times when I’m just surfing the ‘net and realize, “Hey, that would be PERFECT for Stephen Colbert!”  I know there are Colbert chocolate mold makers out there.  Is anyone game for creating a Colbert gourd using a 3D printed mold?

From Instructables via Make Blog!

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Bring Me The Head Of Stephen Colbert!

Posted by on Monday, February 27, 2012 in Uncategorized
Stephen Colbert Chocolate Mold V2 by rweaving derived from work by 2ROBOTGUY

Stephen Colbert Chocolate Mold V2 by rweaving derived from work by 2ROBOTGUY

For, his noggin is apparently filled with chocolatey goodness!  Mad crazy insane design props to 2ROBOTGUY and rweaving for their detailed instructions on how to prepare the mold and get an amazing result.

Don’t forget this great idea for next Valentine’s Day.  After all, nothing says I love you than a chocolate bust of a late night talk show.

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We can rebuild him

Posted by on Wednesday, September 14, 2011 in Uncategorized
Bre Pettis Bioloid

Bre Pettis Bioloid

Thanks to Skimbal we now have a cyborg CEO.  Now all we need is cyborg talk show host.

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MakerBot Sends Colbert into Space

Posted by on Tuesday, August 16, 2011 in Uncategorized
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After scanning Stephen Colbert‘s head in preparation for Bre’s appearance on the Colbert Report, we encouraged Thingiverse users to mashup the Colbert model with all sorts of other objects. (And got to work ourselves.)

Not content to confine ourselves to mashups, we initiated the MakerBot Space Program with a mission to send a bust of Stephen Colbert into space on a weather balloon with a Flipcam and a GPS enabled cell phone.

Special thanks to Bre Pettis, Jonathan Monaghan, Keith Ozar, Luke SchantzAnney Fresh, Eddie Codel, Mariko Kosaka, Stephen Colbert, and Dave Neff for the R&D, launch, and recovery of this, our first MakerBot Space Mission.

UPDATE: Check out some of the great pieces written about this project at BoingBoing, Gizmodo, Makezine, TechCrunch, CBS News, Mashable, The Huffington Post, and Laughing Squid!

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Nice print: Tek Jansen

Tek Jansen by OhadReiter, printed by Tony Buser

Tek Jansen by OhadReiter, printed by Tony Buser

Let’s just go ahead and compare that print to the 3D rendering by OhadReiter:

Stephen Colbert's Tek Jansen by OhadReiter

Stephen Colbert's Tek Jansen by OhadReiter

Frankly, when I saw OhadReiter’s model for the first time, I just assumed no one was going to print it.  Although the final print was rather small, Tony was able to print it with an amazing amount of detail.  Tony‘s print just goes to show the level of detail that can be printed with a well calibrated machine and a MK6 Stepper Extruder.

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ColbertMania Continues!

Hey everybody!  As we’d expected, the amazing Thingiverse community has taken notice, and they’ve been busily making wild, crazy, and wonderful mashups with Mr. Colbert’s likeness.  Check out the growing collection!

Here are a few of the new standouts, including the Colbeagle by Jon Monaghan which was featured on the show.  Not all of these are printable (yet) but they are all outstanding.  Keep up the good work!

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Pattywac Design Challenge: Makerstrong Mashup

Posted by on Tuesday, June 14, 2011 in Uncategorized
The Colbear by Tony Buser

The Colbear by Tony Buser

Thingiverse champion Pattywac has another challenge for you (and your friends)!  The chosen design will receive $60.00 from Pattywac and $100.00 in MakerBot store credit provided by MakerBot Industries!  Here are the details:

With a great bust, comes a great responsibility. 1  We must use Stephen Colbert scans in the greatest design challenge to date, the Makerstrong Mashup Challenge.  I can’t guarantee that a mashup resulting in a printable clock with a Steve Colbert head-pendulum and gears embossed with his likeness or a printable tank with a giant Colbert bust on the top that shoots smaller Colbert busts out would win, but they definitely wouldn’t get last place…

Just to clarify, all submissions to this challenge must use at least one of the Stephen Colbert head scans included in the following post and use it as part of a new thing posting “

The initial prize will be $60 cash transferred via Paypal from Pattywac, and $100 in Makerbot store credit, generously supplied by MakerBot Industries.  IF we can somehow get Mr. Cobert to agree to be a guest judge on the panel for the challenge, Pattywac will up the cash prize to $150 transferred via Paypal.  Any flattr money will also be added to the prize pool.


  1. Needs to be printable (at least partly… Unicorns, Frostruders, and other toolheads included) on a Makerbot
  2. Needs to combine at least two designs, one of them being a Steve Colbert head scan (can include new designs of your own making)
  3. Post submissions on Thingiverse by 8pm CST on July 17, 2011.
  4. Multiple entries are allowed, but they must be distinct from one another.
  5. To enter be sure and tag your Thing with the word “Makerstrong

The entries will be judged using the following criteria:

  • Number of Likes on Thingiverse
  • Number of times it has been made by someone else
  • Average Thingiverse rating
  • Printability (not just fitting it in the space but also how many separate prints are required)
  • Effort put into design (based on testing and revisions (if at all needed), how well does it fit the challenge)
  • Does it build on previous challenge winners?
  • Future for use in other Thingiverse designs
  • Number of other items combined from Thingiverse to make new design

Yay!  I love mashup challenges!

  1. MakerBlock:  Must… resist… jokes… []
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