Manufacturing and Prototyping on Your MakerBot Replicator 2

Find out how these two MakerBot users are forging forward into the next industrial revolution!

Chris Milnes had never 3D printed anything when he invented an iPhone accessory he desperately needed. While the Square credit card reader makes his life easier as a business owner, it tends to spin and twist during use. His simple design, the Square Helper, connects the Square unit to an iPhone or iPad and prevents it from twisting, saving the merchant time and hassle. With his MakerBot Replicator 2 Desktop 3D Printer, Chris has a factory on his desk for making high-resolution, durable units. Even better, the Square Helper accessory is selling for a big profit, without any need for injection molding. Chris’s story is a great example of how a MakerBot can empower anyone with an idea to become an inventor, a manufacturer, and an entrepreneur.

Marcel Botha says the need for a better baby spoon is obvious: just look at any baby’s face after his most recent meal. Unfortunately what makes for some pretty hilarious shots on Instagram can be a real pain for the parent on the other end of the spoon. Marcel partnered with a few others including Manuel Toscano of the New York based creative agency Zago to create Spuni, a revolutionary spoon suited for a baby’s mouth. Now the team uses their MakerBot Replicator 2 Desktop 3D Printer to create samples for press and potential investors. Having a MakerBot in the office gives the Spuni team the (relatively) immediate gratification of having proof-of-concepts in hand within a few hours instead of a few weeks.

Make sure to check out the Explore section of our website where Square Helper and Spuni are currently featured. The Explore pages will give you a chance to get inspired by hearing from other MakerBot Explorers and to Discover the MakerBot ecosystem. We update it frequently so make it a regular stop on your MakerBot tour.