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MakerBot Stories | University Gets First Innovation Center

Posted by on Wednesday, June 25, 2014 in Uncategorized

The State University of New York at New Paltz is home to the world’s first MakerBot Innovation Center: a ground-floor room with 30 MakerBot Replicator 3D Printers. “3D printing is training students to think in a different way,” says Dan Freedman, dean of science and engineering at New Paltz. “If students come out of here knowing about 3D printing and different applications of it, it will give them a better chance of starting a career.”

The Innovation Center, which has a combination of MakerBot Replicator 2 Desktop 3D Printers and MakerBot Replicator 2X Experimental 3D Printers, is located in the Smiley Arts Building, and sculptors and jewelry designers have been flocking there since it opened in February. Engineers and scientists, whose sit across the quad, are also heavy users of the facility.

It’s not only college students at the center. Faculty from many disciplines and other New Paltz staff have attended sessions with MakerBot trainers. Local artists and manufacturers, as well as others who want to learn about 3D printing without pursuing a degree, can enroll in a two-semester program in digital design and fabrication. And New Paltz has plans to bring in students from local public schools. For bringing the community together, says Freedman, “the only thing similar is the gym.”

Interested in a MakerBot Innovation Center? Let us know.

The MakerBot Innovation Center at New Paltz is part of The Hudson Valley Advanced Manufacturing Center, a $1.5 million initiative to spur regional economic development. The advanced manufacturing center received $250,000 donations from a local venture-capital fund and a matching grant from the regional utility company. “It was the easiest donation this college has ever gotten,” says Freedman, “We were in the right place at the right time.”

“This is a technology that is just starting, and it’s going to become increasingly important,” says Freedman, who thinks that the university’s investment in 3D printing will make New Paltz the right place for budding artists and the engineers of tomorrow.

Katherine Wilson, a student in New Paltz’s renowned Metal program, says, “When I was looking for graduate schools, I was interested in what kind of technology was available.” Before opening the Innovation Center, New Paltz had a few MakerBot Replicator 3D Printers, and she was careful not to monopolize them. Access to an array of 30 3D printers has freed up Wilson to follow her imagination wherever it takes her.

Freedman adds, “I think we can attract some really outstanding students who are undecided between science-engineering and art and say to them, ‘You can pursue your interests in both areas, and we’re going to make it easier for you to do that.’”

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MakerBot Stories | How Architects Can Build a City of Ideas

Posted by on Friday, February 7, 2014 in Uncategorized

Buildings designed today may not open for a decade, so architects make models to help people understand the future. Before presenting ideas to the clients, governments, and communities who must buy into (and pay for) their vision of the future, architects need to envision it themselves, through sketches, computer renderings, animations, and physical models.

“The earlier you can look at a physical object, the sooner you can understand a building and also make better design decisions,” says W Scott Allen, an associate architect and designer for Perkins+Will, a global architecture firm that has seven MakerBot Replicator 2 Desktop 3D Printers in its offices.

On a recent morning, Allen set out more than 40 six-inch towers on a conference room table at the global architecture firm’s New York office. The towers, process models used to reimagine the space around the Bernardine Monastery in Lviv, Ukraine, ranged from thin spires to fat blocks to something resembling a stack of old Life Savers. “You might have an entire set of models that are exceptionally functional and some that are wildly impractical but just look really awesome,” said Allen, who made these models on a MakerBot Replicator 2.

Rapid prototyping “profoundly changes our own creative process,” says Allen, who will set up the 3D printer before going home for the evening, returning the next morning to analyze the models with his colleagues. Then Allen will go back to the computer and generate new designs for the next night’s print run.

“Making all of these on the MakerBot frees us up to test more ideas for clients and come at a nicer solution in the same timeframe,” says Allen. The great thing, he adds, is that “you can almost print at the same speed that you can draw.”

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MakerBot Stories | Project Daniel Takes Robohand to Sudan

Posted by on Thursday, January 30, 2014 in Uncategorized


Daniel Omar lives in the Nuba Mountains of Sudan, a country divided by civil war. Two years ago, when he was 14, Daniel was tending his family’s cows when a Sudanese government plane dropped a bomb. Daniel took shelter behind a tree, which protected most of his body, but he lost both his arms. “Without hands, I can’t do anything,” Daniel told Time magazine then. “If I could have died, I would have.”

Daniel is now 16. In November, he picked up a fork to feed himself for the first time in two years using a prosthetic arm with parts made on a MakerBot Replicator 2 Desktop 3D Printer. The arm was made by Mick Ebeling, the CEO of Not Impossible Labs, a California organization devoted to “technology for the sake of humanity.”

According to Elliot Kotek, the chief of content for Not Impossible Labs, the design for Daniel’s prosthetic arm was adapted from the Robohand, an open-source project designed by Richard van As, a South African woodworker who lost several fingers in an accident, and Ivan Owen, a prop maker in Seattle, Wash., and supported by MakerBot. “Richard had already created the Roboarm, and he also had modified the original Robohand so that it was enclosed at the top of the hand,” says Kotek; this change will better protect the hands from the elements.

Not Impossible Labs brought van As to Los Angeles for a maker weekend. Van As has been spreading Robohand technology around the world, and the Robohand designs have been downloaded more than 77,000 times from Thingiverse. “Richard is really out to make a difference on a humanitarian level,” Kotek said. “That spirit rubs off on us.”

On his way to Sudan, Ebeling stopped in Johannesburg with his team for a week. Van As trained them in fitting the prosthetics and helped them plan for contingencies (no electrical power, no boiling water) that would not have been worth considering in southern California.

Not Impossible Labs brought two MakerBot Replicator 2 3D printers to Mother of Mercy Hospital, near the border with independent South Sudan. The heat in Sudan, Kotek says, was “pretty intense,” so hot that the filament did not cool quickly enough. Ebeling improvised by pointing electric fans at the 3D printer, but that only blew insects onto the forming plastic parts, so “a lot of printing happens at night.”

Ebeling spent five days in Sudan training seven local fabricators to make prosthetics. With two 3D printers, they can produce one a week, and costs are a fraction of what prosthetics cost in the west. Once the 3D printers (Not Impossible Labs bought one from MakerBot and one from the Microsoft Store in Los Angeles) and the computers are taken care of, Kotek says, each new arm requires about $100 worth of filament, medical orthoplastic, and metal.

Sudan has tens of thousands of amputees, and both climate and geopolitics continue to pose challenges. Just before Christmas, when the hospital was running low on filament, Not Impossible Labs sent 16 rolls of MakerBot PLA Filament. The filament has made it as far as Nairobi, Kenya, but the civil war has flared up again. Kotek hopes to get the filament there before the rainy season begins. “When the wet season comes, it’s going to be hard to get them anything, the roads just turn to mush.”

If Project Daniel can surmount these challenges and scale up, it could transform the lives of tens of thousands of amputees in Sudan, and others around the world. If you are moved to help, Project Daniel would welcome donations. And if you’re not moved yet, watch this video produced by Not Impossible Labs, which shows Daniel’s wounds and his new prosthetics.

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MakerBot Stories | Every Brooklyn Tech Student Is a Maker

Posted by on Tuesday, January 28, 2014 in Uncategorized

Brooklyn Technical High School, as teacher Tom Curanovic says, “is a pretty amazing place.” Brooklyn Tech, which counts two Nobel Prize winners among its alumni, is the largest specialized high school for STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) in the United States. More than half of its 5500 students are eligible for school lunch subsidies, and the junior class includes Dante De Blasio, the son of New York’s new mayor.

Brooklyn Tech students pursue majors from biomedical engineering to architecture to social science research, but first they take a course in Design and Drawing for Production. “All freshmen take it,” says assistant principal Nicole Culella. The course includes instruction in Autodesk Inventor, and beginning this year, each Design and Drawing for Production classroom is outfitted with a MakerBot Replicator 2 Desktop 3D Printer. “Every student leaves that year with one piece they make on a MakerBot,” Ms. Culella says.


3D printing has also become part of the curriculum for several advanced courses, including industrial design and studio art. In Tom Curanovic’s computer-integrated manufacturing lab, seniors began the year by making the same project in two ways: by cutting it out of a steel plate and by 3D printing it in PLA filament. “It’s more labor intensive on the drill press, four to five days,” Curanovic says. “On the MakerBot, as long as you can draw it, it’s done in 45 minutes.”

Speed is only one reason rapid prototyping is rapidly transforming how Curanovic runs his class. Students need less training to use the MakerBot Replicator 2 than heavy machinery, which, for safety reasons, requires individual supervision. The ease of 3D printing opens up the world of manufacturing to a wider range of students.

“From kindergarten to 11th grade, everything was on a piece of paper,” says Vishnu Sanigepalli, a senior from Queens, NY, who discovered the MakerBot Replicator 2 when he needed a new case for his flash drive. A couple of months later, Sanigepalli was making models for his calculus teacher and parts for the robotics team, and he was teaching the rest of his class how to print their 3D designs.

After graduation, Sanigepalli dreams of going on to college and making a quantum computer. He has studied math and computer science, but “it’s not enough to know quantum physics,” he says. “You have to make things.”

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MakerBot Stories | Architecture Students in the Digital Future

Posted by on Thursday, January 23, 2014 in Uncategorized

For a course at the Pratt Institute School of Architecture, two undergraduates designed an artificial iceberg that is also a floating resort. The cooling system that generates the ice gives off hot air, which is used to create hot springs inside. This proposed iceberg-resort, which accommodates thousands of people, “can grow because it’s in the ocean,” says Andrew Reitz, one of the students. “It’s essentially limitless.”

The imagination of aspiring architects is also limitless, but to realize their visions, they must give their ideas physical form. “The way Andrew and I were able to be more confident in pursuing this project was having a way to build it,” said Leland Jobson, Reitz’s partner on the project. The duo simulated ice using a program called Acropora, then worked in Rhino before producing the vaulted chambers on a MakerBot Replicator Desktop 3D Printer.


Reitz and Jobson received an A in the studio course and were invited to present the iceberg resort to a panel of invited jurors. Well before their final presentation, however, the MakerBot Replicator in the school’s Digital Futures office helped them to develop the concept. 3D printed study models, they said, help them see their ideas more objectively than on a computer screen, and with this critical distance they can improve their ideas in future models. 3D printing is more efficient than making models by hand, Reitz says, Reitz says, since while the model is printing, “I can refocus and reorganize my attentions.”

Jobson compared their process, which uses about a dollar’s worth of filament each time they print, to working with a ceramic powder printer. “I printed one model and it came out to $80 or $100, and then I didn’t print another model after that, because I just simply could not afford it,” said Jobson, who is a work-study student in the Digital Futures office. Reitz adds, “That’s great for a designer in the 21st century, to not have to necessarily spend thousands of dollars on some final model. You can crank out tons of them on your own MakerBot.”

The two have spent hundreds of hours making 3D prints. “I can’t see myself not having a 3D printer in the future; I think it’s just going to be part of what I do for the rest of my life,” says Reitz.

Yet the process remains magical. “Even though the trick is the same, what comes out of the hat is always different,” says Jobson. “The magic is in what came out of the hat.”

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MakerBot Stories | Rapid Prototyping Opens Doors for Kisi

Posted by on Thursday, January 16, 2014 in Uncategorized

A few years ago, people on the go would carry maps, a camera, a Walkman, newspapers, magazines, maybe a book or a electronic game. All these are now contained in your smartphone, often with extra powers. But everyone still carries keys in their pocket or purse.

Enter Kisi, a startup that turns your smartphone into a keycard and lets you send keys over email with more security and flexibility than, say, leaving a spare key under the flower pot. Kisi, which began in Munich, Germany, won the NYC Next Idea competition, and is now based in Brooklyn, NY.


The name “Kisi” combines the words “key” and “easy.” Like many services that are easy to use, there’s a lot going on behind the scenes: cloud-based software that manages access to your home, office, or secret clubhouse; a smartphone app that functions like a key; and a wall-mounted device that communicates wirelessly with the smartphone app. Unlike traditional keycard systems, which require swiping outside a door with restricted access, Kisi’s device goes on the inside.

To house the electronics in the device, Kisi began with an off-the-shelf rectangular box, but soon started making cases on a MakerBot Replicator 2 Desktop 3D Printer. “The MakerBot allows us to make more freeform shapes,” says Bernhard Mehl, a Kisi co-founder. It also allowed Kisi to prototype its hardware rapidly along with its software, making a new design every month:


Kisi also uses a MakerBot Replicator 2 to manufacture parts for the housings, which combine PLA filament with aluminum and laser-cut wood. “For us, it’s a lot more affordable and a lot more convenient to produce locally,” says Mehl. He and co-founder Maximilian Schütz solder circuit boards and assemble Kisi devices at a Brooklyn incubator run by NYU Polytechnic School of Engineering.

3D printing allows Kisi to continue improving their devices based on real-world feedback from customers. (In the video, Mehl visits the New York office of Huge.) With other manufacturing methods, Mehl says, altering your design once you’ve gone into production means “you would have to build a new tool, and it costs a lot of money. So you’d say, ‘I’d rather accept the bad design than change it.’” With the MakerBot Replicator 2, Kisi does not have to make that compromise. Also, they can meet special requests: “If the client wants pink, we do pink.”

Mehl studied product design back in Germany, and had access to high-end 3D printers at his university. But he had to sign up for a half-hour slot in advance, and printing was expensive. Now, he says, “I just have an idea and I go ahead and build it.”

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MakerBot Stories | Helen Yentus Designs a 3D Printed Slipcase

Posted by on Tuesday, January 7, 2014 in Uncategorized

Helen Yentus, the art director of Riverhead Books, designed two covers for Chang-rae Lee’s new novel, “On Such a Full Sea,” which is being published today. The regular hardcover has a hand-lettered jacket, with the book’s title inscribed under a bob hairdo representing Lee’s iconic heroine, Fan. (The same image is used for digital copies of the novel, although it won’t protect your e-reader from hot coffee.)

A second, limited edition of the novel comes in a sleek white slipcase made on the MakerBot Replicator 2 Desktop 3D Printer that evokes the futuristic setting of the novel. In the video, Yentus shares her early pencil sketches and describes how they evolved into the 3D printed slipcase, which she designed in collaboration with the MakerBot Studio.


A limited edition like this, Yentus says, “gives people the opportunity to have something to hold onto that is not available in digital form.” Chang-rae Lee made a similar point during a recent visit to MakerBot headquarters, in Brooklyn, NY, where he saw for himself the 3D printing technology used to make the slipcase for his latest novel. “What I like about this is that it revisits the book as an object,” said Lee, who prefers to read on paper “even though I write on a screen. The pleasure I get from reading is something tactile.”

If you get pleasure from Chang-rae Lee’s fiction and are curious about 3D printing (or vice versa), Lee will be reading from “On Such a Full Sea” on January 16th at 7pm at the MakerBot Store, in New York. Space is limited, so please register in advance. You can also order a copy of the limited edition now.

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Discover Quick Tip Videos!

Posted by on Monday, February 18, 2013 in Uncategorized

Three new videos have been added to the Explore section of our site! Explore is a hub for MakerBot content. You can visit that section at any time to learn things about our products and get inspired by other users! These three videos include quick tips for people who own MakerBots (and if you don’t have a MakerBot yet you’ll probably still find them interesting).

Watch The First Layer explains why it’s important to pay close attention to the first layer of your 3D print as it’s being put down. You’ll find out how to read that layer and make adjustments when necessary so that the rest of your print goes smoothly.

Print Pausing shows you how to pause during a 3D print and explains why you might want to use this feature. Game changing info: you can use the pause feature to get multi-colored 3D prints using a MakerBot Replicator 2 Desktop 3D Printer!

Updating Firmware tells you how to upload new versions of MakerBot MakerWare and new machine firmware for your MakerBot Replicator 2. You’ll be shocked by the visible improvement that uploading new firmware could make on the quality of your 3D prints!

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Huge Time Lapse And Gumball Machine Collectibles On Thingiverse

Posted by on Wednesday, October 10, 2012 in Uncategorized


The public has been clamoring to see some more time lapse video of the MakerBot Replicator 2. Well ask and ye shall receive! Courtesy of Video Superstar Annelise, here is a 14.3 hour print condensed into a 1 minute video. That’s 860X! If only we could do that with building actual cities.

Good news! This Cityscape plate is up on Thingiverse for your own making. The file available for download is scaled for the big build plate of the MakerBot Replicator 2, so keep that in mind in case you need to change the dimensions for your own machine.

That’s not all on Thingiverse today. Our Design Team have been active cooking up pieces for the super popular Gumball Machine at the MakerBot Store. Today we published the remaining sets of these collectibles. Check them out! If you have friends visiting New York City, tell them to bring you back some MakerBot love. These sets will be in the Gumball Machine through October 2012. Collect them all, or download and make them yourself!




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Time Lapse Video And Some Cool MakerWare Specs

Posted by on Monday, September 24, 2012 in Uncategorized

I just popped over to the MakerBot YouTube channel to catch a time lapse we can’t get enough of. Interesting specs, and an important update, below the video.


Check out the text that accompanies the video:

The MakerBot® Replicator™ 2 Desktop 3D Printer has a massive build volume – 410 cubic inches. Watch this time lapse of it building this building!

Built on: MakerBot Replicator 2 Desktop 3D Printer
Size of print: 11″W x 5″H x 5″D
Layer Resolution: 100 microns
Time to print: 24 hours
Infill: 6%
Weight: 700 grams
Material cost: $33.60 in MakerBot PLA yellow

Whats great about the Paris Building build is that it is almost at the maximum build volume, is printed at the machine’s highest resolution capability, and it only takes 24 hours! That means the longest something can take on a MakerBot Replicator 2 Desktop 3D Printer is a day.

That’s a great nugget to take with you and tell your friends. At reasonable settings at almost maximum size, the turnaround time for a beautiful high-resolution, full-size item on the MakerBot Replicator 2 is less than a day.

You may notice that the 6% infill is less than the default setting, but it’s perfect for a model like this. Are you wondering how to change the default settings in MakerWare? Wonder no more.

First, if you haven’t explored MakerBot’s beautiful new software MakerWare, read all about it here and download it for free. When you’re up and running, you’ll be saving huge new models and sending them to your MakerBot by clicking the “Make It” button. This will open a dialog box that lets you select your print settings easier than ever. The names of the quality settings, “Low”, “Medium”, and “High”, refer to the layer resolution. If you select “Low”, you’ll get larger layers, but much quicker print speeds. In the same way, “High” will give you nice, tiny layers, and prints that take longer.

Another setting that affects how long your idea takes to come to life is the infill percentage. You can change this by clicking on “Show Advanced”.


Here you can tinker with the settings as you always could, and then click “Hide Advanced” to make these disappear. For the Paris Building, Annelise changed the setting to 6%, as you see below.


One other important question that’s been on everyone’s minds. We’ve had several members of our community asking if MakerWare will be compatible with our second generation machine, the Thing-O-Matic. The TOM has been a trusty workhorse for thousands of people around the world, and we have no plans to disrupt that. We released MakerWare in Beta just for that reason. Sometime in Fall/Winter 2012, we will introduce compatibility with the Thing-O-Matic so that those current Replicator G users can come on board with MakerWare.


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