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Discover Support Material and Dual Extrusion

There’s lots to learn if you’ve just joined us in the world of 3D printing. Whether you’re learning the ropes with a new MakerBot Replicator 2 or if you’re still trying to wrap your head around what a MakerBot desktop 3D printer can do, the MakerBot Discover page is worth exploring. The Explore section of the MakerBot site is where you’ll find inspirational videos about some of our most amazing users and resources for learning more about 3D printing.

I just put two new videos up there today that are chock-full of useful information.

The Discover: Support Material video will tell you just how shallow of an overhang a MakerBot Replicator 2 Desktop 3D printer can handle and offers some tips for how to deal with different overhangs.

The Discover: Dual Extrusion 3D Modeling video will explain just what a dual extrusion is and demystifies the concept of creating a dual extrusion 3D model.

If you have any suggestions about videos or resources that you’d like to see on the Discover pages you can email us at

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Visit us at SXSW!

_MG_0253We started off Austin’s SXSW Interactive in a big way on Friday with Bre’s opening remarks, revealing to the world an early prototype of the newest addition to our 3D ecosystem, the MakerBot Digitizer Desktop 3D Scanner. Since then we’ve continued to bring the MakerBot magic to the SXSW community at a number of locations throughout the city. If you’re here enjoying the Austin madness be sure to come by and see us at one of these spots. We’ll be here Sunday March 10th and Monday March 11th.


SXSW Create presented by Autodesk
101 Red River St. Austin, TX 78701 (right next to the Austin Convention Center)
Open 11:00am-6:00pm through Monday March 11th
Free and open to the public!


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700 Congress Ave. Austin, TX 78701
Open 10:00am-6:00pm each day of the conference
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The Turner Lounge
303 Red River St. Austin, TX 78701
11:00am-6:00pm through Monday March 12th

Tonight we’ll be enjoying a 3D printing meetup with our friends from Shapeways. Be sure to stop by at Craft Pride (61 Rainey St. Austin, TX) between 6:00pm-7:00pm on Sunday March 10th to have some fun. Use this link to RSVP.

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MakerBot Replicator 2X Video Tutorials

As you may have heard, Monday marked the first day of shipments for the MakerBot Replicator 2X Experimental 3D Printer. Whether you’ve just received your machine or are patiently awaiting it’s arrival, these videos will help prepare you for the journey you are about to embark on. In addition to the videos, the documentation pages in the Support section of our website and the downloadable User Manual are available now to help make sure you set out on the right foot.

Unboxing: The MakerBot Replicator 2X takes just a few minutes to set up. This video will show you how to carefully unpack and setup your new machine.

Startup Process: Before you start making things you’ll need to level the build platform and load the MakerBot ABS filament into your MakerBot Replicator 2X Experimental 3D Printer. Your MakerBot Replicator 2X will walk you through this process step-by-step by displaying directions on it’s LCD panel. Watch this video and follow along with the directions so that your MakerBot Replicator 2X can make its very first thing!

MakerWare Dual Extrusion: MakerBot MakerWare 2.0 was just released yesterday. One of the most exciting things about this update to our software is that it now supports dual extrusion. If you need an intro to preparing a model for dual extrusion on your MakerBot Replicator 2X, this is the video to watch. If you’re new to MakerBot MakerWare and need a basic tutorial then be sure to start here.

Maintenance Routine: Your MakerBot Replicator 2X Experimental 3D Printer requires some simple upkeep. Replacing your kapton tape and greasing the z-axis rod and the x-axis idler pulley will help keep your new machine purring.

If you’ve got a MakerBot Replicator 2 Desktop 3D Printer you can find your getting started videos here.

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Discover Quick Tip Videos!

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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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.

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MakerBot Replicator 2 Video Tutorials

Eagerly awaiting the arrival of a brand new MakerBot Replicator 2 Desktop 3D Printer?

Well, here’s a little treat to tide you over!

We’ve made four video tutorials that will walk you through everything you’ll need to know about setting up, operating and maintaining your Replicator 2. Setup for the MakerBot Replicator 2 is incredibly easy (even easier than it was for the original Replicator, if you can believe it!) and we’ve worked really hard to get you thorough documentation and instructions (including a top-notch user manual!) so that you’ll always have a hand to hold as you make your way into the wonderful world of owning a MakerBot.

ONE: Unboxing
The MakerBot Replicator 2 comes assembled and it takes just a few minutes to get it started up. In the Unboxing video I’ll show you how to carefully unpack and setup your Replicator 2.

TWO: Startup Process
Once you’ve unboxed your MakerBot Replicator 2 you’ll be ready to run through the startup process. In the Startup Process video I’ll show you how to level your build platform and load your MakerBot PLA filament so that your Replicator 2 can make its very first thing!

THREE: MakerBot MakerWare
MakerWare is a brand new software developed here at MakerBot that prepares models for being made on a MakerBot Replicator 2. In the MakerBot MakerWare video I’ll show you how to load a file into the software, move it, scale it, and make it!

FOUR: Maintenance Routine
The MakerBot Replicator 2 is an easy to use machine that requires a simple occasional maintenance routine. In the Maintenance Routine video I’ll show you how to lubricate the threaded rod and clean out the drive gear on your Replicator 2.

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What Mixtape Will You Make?

We just brought the MakerBot Mixtape to a whole new level by releasing the negative file for the Mixtape audio component on Thingiverse! This means that with some skillful boolean operations in a 3D modeling program you’ll be able to make anything on Thingiverse into a Mixtape. If that’s not awesome then I don’t know what is.

We also put together a nice little video that features the creators of the Mixtape – John Briscella and Matt Kroner – to tell you a bit about how it works and how to assemble one. The MakerBot Mixtape was a collaboration that we did with Playbutton. Make sure you read the special little interview that The Creators Project, a wonderful forum for technology and art founded by Vice and Intel, did with our boys this week too.

And if you haven’t seen the video that we did to launch the Mixtape make sure you watch that as well. It’s kind of the most adorable thing ever.

Briscella has already put up a couple of new Mixtape ideas like the Beethoven Mixtape and the Heart Mixtape. I’ve been rocking the hell out of a stellar pink heart mixtape with acid blue buttons and it blows minds left and right.

And now what I want to know is – what Mixtape will YOU make!

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MakerBot at the Robot Film Festival

As if San Diego Comic-Con and HOPE Number 9 weren’t enough events to be at in one weekend, MakerBot will also have a presence at the Robot Film Festival this Saturday July 14th at Three Legged Dog theater in lower Manhattan!

The doors to the 2nd Annual Robot Film Festival open at 10:30am and the day begins with a screening of ROBOT & FRANK, starring Frank Langella, Susan Sarandon and Liv Tyler. R.Maker, the MakerBot mascot, will be making a big-screen debut during the short film section of the festival which begins at 2:30pm. And MakerBot’s very own Joshua Friedman, who creates the R.Maker Adventures, will be there to introduce R.Maker to the masses and to show folks how he uses a Replicator to create things for his stop-motion sets.

The evening will wrap up with the Botskers, an official awards ceremony hosted by Reggie Watts, Heather Knight, Josh Ventura and Data the Robot, honoring the winners from throughout the day. And the adorable Botsker trophies were printed here at MakerBot HQ!

Tickets are available here. Don’t miss this opportunity to see a Replicator in action, to see R.Maker on the big screen, to meet our all-star animator and to get your year’s fill of ROBOT FILMS!


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Happy Father’s Day!

Send this video to the fathers in your life this weekend! 
And check out what else you can do with a MakerBot on Father’s Day!

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MakerBot A SkatePark!

Okay guys – it’s time to get real. This video that you’re about to watch is most assuredly the coolest video I’ve ever made. Seriously. It’s really freaking awesome.

This project was a collaboration (all awesome projects are, aren’t they?) between myself and my associate producer Josh Friedman and a handful of the greatest fingerboarders on the planet – Mike Schneider, Taylor Rosenbauer, Doug Bodkin and Tim Hurley. Josh, who animates the wonderful R.Maker Adventures and moonlights as a 3D designer, designed a bunch of skate ramps in Sketchup and put together the ultimate indoor skatepark which the boarders came in to shred on. And shred they did.

The best part of all this? Now you can MakerBot your own skatepark using the design files on Thingiverse. So make your own park, customize your own ramps, make your own sweet videos and keep on keepin it awesome!


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MakerBot TV – The End of A Season

So I have to ask… did anyone attempt to crack the code in this week’s R.Maker Adventure? If you haven’t, I dare you to try it – you just might end up on an adventure of your own!

As I announced in the latest episode of MakerBot TV, Season 2 of our weekly series has come to a close. We’re going to spend the next couple of months getting fresh ideas for Season 3 and we could definitely use your help. Let me know what you’d like to see in Season 3 of MakerBot TV by sending an email to, a tweet to @MakerBot TV, or by leaving a comment here on the blog.

And if you find yourself jonesing for your weekly dose remember that you can revisit Season 1Season 2, and the R.Maker Adventures at any time.

We’ve got a handful of extra special video projects coming your way this summer too so be sure to follow us on Twitter or subscribe to our channel on YouTube or iTunes so you can be the first to find out about them.

Thanks for watching! Keep it awesome!

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MakerBot TV S02E12 – Maker Faire

Well, it’s Monday morning after Maker Faire Bay Area and I’m already wishing the festivities could go on a bit longer. There’s just so much to learn and see, and so many makers to meet in such a short amount of time. We brought a ton of Awesome to this year’s faire including a MakerBot BotFarm, as well as a Robot Petting Zoo, a Photo Booth and Awesome Toss’Em (a MakerBot carnival game). In this special Maker Faire edition of MakerBot TV, R.Maker takes you on a tour of the faire and then we chat with a few of the many MakerBot Operators we ran into over the weekend. Thank you so much to everyone who joined in the fun! Keep it awesome!

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MBTV S02E11 – MakerBot A Robot!

The MakerBot 3D design team is building a Robot Petting Zoo to bring to this year’s Maker Faire. In this video you’ll get a behind-the-scenes look at how they conceptualized, designed and created these amazing DIY robots! To see the robots in full-effect meet us at Maker Faire Bay Area on May 19th and 20th, 2012. Hope to see you there!

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Happy Mother’s Day!

MakerBot something for the mothers in your life! (or at least send them this video).


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And So It Grows…

Did you all catch the adorable R.Maker Adventure at the end of S02E10?

Don’t let the week end without subscribing on YouTube or iTunes to MakerBot TV!


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MBTV S02E10 – Thomas Visits Bre

So you all saw Andrew’s blog post last week about our visit with TEDx celebrity Thomas Suarez, right? Thomas spent a fun-filled, Charlie & The Chocolate Factory style day getting a tour of MakerBot’s BotFarm and BotCave with Bre. After he and Bre were done having lunch together Thomas joined me in the MBTV studio for a quick chat. He told me all about his beloved MakerBot Replicator and gave me a peek at how the future looks from the eyes of a 12-year-old. Today’s episode ends with another wonderful Spring-themed R.Maker Adventure – so be sure to stay tuned for that too.

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MBTV S02E09 – Finishing Techniques

Ever wondered why the surface of a MakerBotted object has tiny ridges on it? Ever wondered how to smooth those ridges out? Find out how what techniques we’re trying on this week’s episode of MakerBot TV! Make sure to subscribe to the show on YouTube or iTunes.

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MBTV S02E08 – Scenic Design

Today we’ll meet with MakerBot operator and Broadway set designer Kacie Hultgren. Kacie has made a number of incredible contributions to Thingiverse under the user name PrettySmallThings including her well-known Queen Anne Chairs, the oversized armchair, her SciFi Control Room and whole array of beautiful and delicate tiny pieces of furniture. Find out what she’s doing with all of her prints and why she considers the MakerBot an ideal tool for someone who uses their apartment as a workspace.

Kacie will be doing some guest blogging for us in the coming weeks, so keep your eyes on our blog for some really helpful insights into her process!

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MBTV S02E07 – How Much Plastic?

One of the questions I hear a lot when I am out at events – showing MakerBots to people who have never seen them before – is, “What is the cost of materials for a MakerBotted object?” Sure, filament is inexpensive, but how much filament are you using when you print? In this episode I’ll show you exactly how to calculate that cost. I’ll also reveal the number of chess pieces that can be printed with a single spool and the cost of MakerBot plastic by cm³ and inch³. All that and more on this week’s episode of MakerBot TV.

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MBTV S02E06 – Designer Dad

In this episode we’ll meet MakerBot operator Steve Conine – known to Thingiverse as sconine. Steve is most famous for designing Thingiverse’s Mechanical Animals, Toy Train Sets, Log Cabins and Starfish. Check out some of the many toys that he has designed and printed with his children and find out why he decided to bring a MakerBot into the family.

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MBTV S02E05 – Accessorize Your Bot

Another Monday, another episode!

Today on MakerBot TV I’ll show you some of the ways that folks have personalized, customized and accessorized their MakerBots and hopefully get you inspired to turn your MakerBot into your very own work of art!

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MBTV S02E04 – MakerBots & Students

In this episode of MakerBot TV you’ll hear from MakerBot operator Will Langford. Will was MakerBot’s very first intern and he has continued to work at MakerBot every summer for the last three years! During the school year he is up at Tufts University in Boston, MA spreading the Good MakerBot Word. Find out what “sweet” things he and the Tufts Robotics Club are doing with their MakerBots in this episode of MakerBot TV.
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Don’t Let The Week End…

…without subscribing to MakerBot TV on YouTube or iTunes!

A new episode comes out every Monday!


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MBTV S02E03 – What Is Open Source?

You’ve probably heard us talk about the fact that we’re an open source company – but you may not know exactly what that means or why a company would choose to follow an open source model. In this episode of MakerBot TV you’ll hear from Bre about how he got hooked on open source and you’ll learn how you can participate in the open source revolution!

PS. Speaking of open source – did you see that the design files for The MakerBot Replicator™ are now on Thingiverse?

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The MakerBot Replicator™ Tutorials

A number of you have just received your MakerBot Replicators™! You must be incredibly excited!

Set-up for the MakerBot Replicators™ is unbelievably simple (much simpler than it was for those Thing-O-Matic kits!) and we’ve worked really hard to get you thorough documentation and instructions so that it’ll be smooth sailing from the time you receive your package to the time you’re printing your first few things from Thingiverse.

These three videos will walk you through the essential steps in only 12 minutes! We recommend watching each video in its entirety and then watching it again as you set up your Replicator, pausing when necessary. For more written documentation check out Ethan and Melody’s incredibly thorough Replicator User Guide.

And if you’re eagerly anticipating the arrival of your Replicator feel free to get a head start by watching these videos now!

#1. Unboxing
In this video Mike will take you through the initial set-up of your machine. He’ll go over essential information about attaching your Stepstrudder MK8 and properly mounting your filament.

#2. First Run Experience
In this video Ethan will assist you as you follow the instructions in the start-up script. You’ll learn how to level the platform, load filament and you’ll get to try a test print!

#3. Thingiverse to Thing
In this video Sam will get you comfortable with the printing process. He’ll show you how to pick a model from Thingiverse, run it through ReplicatorG and to get your MakerBot to make it! After you master this tutorial you’ll be able to print your world!

*BONUS* In addition to the three set-up videos we’ve also put together a Maintenance Tutorial.

In this video I will take you through applying new kapton tape, cleaning out the drive gear and lubricating the milled rods on your Replicator. Enjoy!

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MBTV S02E02 – The Ultimate Enthusiast

In this episode we visit the home (/printing factory) of MakerBot enthusiast Mark Cohen. When I met with Mark he had 5 working MakerBots in his garage (he now has 7!). Find out how he’s managed to sustain his hobby of printing by… printing. And treat yourself to a tiny dose of awesome MakerBotted stop motion animation.

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Make Your Own MakerBot Time Lapse

If you’re anything like me, you’ve probably found yourself mesmerized on more than one occasion by a time lapse of a MakerBot print. I’ve put up a number of these videos on YouTube over the past few months and people go crazy for them. Well it’s now literally as easy as 1,2,3 for anyone with an iPhone to make their own MakerBot time lapses.

I’ll tell you how…

1. Print this iPhone mount by tlrobinson and mount your phone of the front of your Bot.

2. Use a time lapse app (we used one called Frames that was completely fantastic) to capture a time lapse of your print.

3. Share the video on YouTube and send us a tweet about it so we can watch too!

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Feed Your Need for MBTV!

MakerBot TV is a known cure for the Monday morning blues.
Subscribe now on YouTube or iTunes to make your Mondays more awesome!

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MakerBot TV is BACK with Season Two!

MakerBot TV is back in action and better than ever!

In this first episode of season two, Bre will walk you through the history of MakerBot Industries. Find out what it was like in the early days when Bre, Adam and Zach were powering MakerBots with massive amounts of ramen and caffeine!

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MakerBot TV Returns on Monday!

Subscribe NOW on YouTube or iTunes so that you can be the first to watch the first episode of season two!

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