Archive for January 25th, 2012

Brooklyn Art Hackathon This Weekend!

MakerBot is excited to be part of this weekend’s Art Hack Day in Brooklyn at the 319 Scholes gallery! Participants will be using the Thing-O-Matic throughout the week, from Thursday, January 26th through Saturday, January 28th, to work on their projects. We’ll also be bringing The Replicator by for a few key appearances!

Art Hack Day is an event dedicated to cracking open the process of art-making, with special reverence toward open-source technologies. Artists and collaborators will inhabit 319 Scholes to create and explore the participatory nature of technology, bringing together hackers whose medium is art and artists whose medium is technology.

At the close of the hackathon, a giant party will be held at 319 Scholes to show off participant’s creations! The party will be open to the public, starting at 7 p.m. If you’d like to attend, please RSVP here.

The party will be one of the first opportunities for New Yorkers to be able to see the new MakerBot Replicator live and in the flesh! Stop by and say hi!

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Card Game Boxes

Deck Box for a collectible card game by SirGronk

Deck Box for a collectible card game by SirGronk

This card game deck box by SirGronk is such a perfect example of what it can mean to have your own 3D printer.  Since no one mass produces and sells deck boxes for his particular card game, he just designed and printed his very own!  This might even prove to be an interesting and viral little business.  Since you would need an opponent to play against, there’s going to be at least one other person who could potentially be interested in such a deck box.  And, perhaps the people they play with as well.

Don’t forget there are other examples of MakerBotted deck boxes for other games too!

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Paper Folding Models by aubenc

Paper Folding Models by aubenc

Paper Folding Models by aubenc

Thingiverse aubenc has shared his amazing origami-inspired OpenSCAD designs.

Few ages ago I was using a piece of paper “quite a 2D thing” to get 3 dimensional models, so this is a tribute to a couple of my first ever “made things”.

Aubenc’s analogy of likening origami to designing 3D printable models is an excellent one.  I also find it especially interesting that there are so many people interested in origami who are also MakerBotters – George Hart, Chris Palmer, and Chris Connors to name a few.

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Well done: 8-bit Piggy Bank

Thingiverse use RyGuy gets a special shoutout for presentation on this design: an 8-bit version of the indispensable piggy bank.

While we of course love saving our pennies for a rainy day, we may have selected a different design if it weren’t for the excellent photographic documentation, showing off our super-bright fluorescent plastic.  Also, check out the staging: it uses actual money!  Very appealing.

Cheers to RyGuy for making Thingiverse look very pro!

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