Archive for December 5th, 2011

Open Source FTW

OpenSCAD polygon editor (single HTML file) by Daid

OpenSCAD polygon editor (single HTML file) by Daid

As much as I enjoy using OpenSCAD to create 3D models, I do everything I can to build objects out of cylinders, spheres, and cubes.  Making a polygon is… challenging.  Thankfully, there are a number of people on Thingiverse who have sought to make building polygons in OpenSCAD much less painful.1  The latest OpenSCAD polygon tool by Daid is simple, intuitive, and a shining example of why open source projects are awesome.

As soon as I tried out Daid’s program, I knew it was great.  Quickly drafting a complex polygon would now be a breeze.  However, being able to upload and trace a picture of an object would make it infinitely more useful.  Within a few hours, Daid had responded to my feature request2 and within a single day Thingiverse citizen PieterBos had incorporated this feature into his own OpenSCAD polygon program.  Less than a day after that Daid added the ability to upload traceable images to his own original program.  All of this, the sharing of ideas for features, pushing and encouraging one another to be more awesome… this is what open source collaboration is about.

So, when’s the last time a proprietary closed source program developer knocked out a new feature you requested in three days?  Open source FTW!

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  1. Dang, the new awesome Thingiverse search features sure is awesome…  Thanks Marty! []
  2. For the ability to upload an image for tracing []
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MakerBot in the Latest Economist!

The new issue of The Economist has a nice piece on Maker Faire, which includes mention of MakerBot and Arduino as players in the future of the maker movement. You may recognize our booth (and maybe some familiar faces) from this year’s NYC Maker Faire, in the photo above! Hit up your local newstand for a copy or read the article online here.

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Last full week to order for Christmas Delivery!

Just a reminder: there’s still time to order Thing-O-Matic kits for Christmas delivery!  Stocks are good and we’re shipping out steadily, so you’ve got all week to place your orders. Give the maker in your life the gift that keeps on giving!

Here are our final order-by dates for delivery by December 24th:

Ground Shipping: order by December 12th

3-day service: order by December 16th

2-day service: order by December 19th

Next Day Air: order by December 20th

Note that these estimates are for domestic orders only — as customs times vary greatly for international shipments, we can’t offer estimates for foreign delivery.

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Tent Repair

Children's Tent Joiner by darthcarter

Children's Tent Joiner by darthcarter

Thingiverse citizen darthcarter has shared their designs for this Children’s Tent Joiner.  Darthcarter’s friend’s children had broken a corner bracket for their play tent and this quick printing fix is the solution.

What struck me about this fix is that I remember fixing a friend’s kid’s tent about two years before I had purchased my first 3D printer.  Unlike the elegant fix1 above, my solution was a mess of tape, plastic cut from a 2-liter bottle, was frustrating to create, and didn’t work very long at all. 2

What would you have fixed if only you had a 3D printer at your disposal?

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  1. Seriously, that’s probably seven lines of code! []
  2. Then again, not much works for very long once you toss a 2-year-old inside… []
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Gizmodo Includes Thing-O-Matic in Their Gift Guide!


Gizmodo has chosen MakerBot’s Thing-O-Matic as one of the top Gifts for the Aspiring, But Untalented Artist, raving that “most people would be hard pressed to tell that a Thing-O-Matic sculpture didn’t start life as a lump of clay.” View the full gift guide here. New Yorkers can see a Thing-O-Matic in person this week at the Gizmodo Gallery, the holiday pop up store from the folks at Gizmodo!


Gizmodo Gallery 2011 @ White Box

329 Broome Street. New York, NY, 10002

Monday, December 5th
Press Day, Press Only
Inquiries to

Tuesday, December 6th
12noon – 5pm
All Day Special Event: World’s Largest Multi-Touch LCD
Party: Opening Party Invite Only 7pm – 10pm

Wednesday, December 7th
12noon – 8pm
Special Events (secret!)
Party: Gizmodo Reader Meetup and Nerf Party 9pm – 11pm

Thursday December 8th
12noon – 8pm
Special Event at 6pm: Home Theater How-To and Demo Session
Party: Kotaku Reader Meedup with 3D Gaming

Friday, December 9th
12noon – 8pm
All Day Special Event: MakerBot Demos
Special Event at 6pm: Artist Talk – Micah Ganske’s MakerBot Experience

Saturday December 10th
11am – 8pm
All Day Special Event: Free Pictures with Lego Santa Yoda

Sunday December 11th
11am – 6pm
All Day Special Event: Free Pictures with Lego Santa Yoda


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