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MakerBot And Autodesk Expand 3D Possibilities Together!

It’s that time of year again when people who make things and people who make things that make things come together in a giant festival of fun and education. Maker Faire!

This year, we at MakerBot are thrilled to share space with one of the hands down leaders in 3D design software, Autodesk. Our partnership was first announced at SXSW, where we showed off 3D printed figures that were masterfully designed in Autodesk’s 123D Creature app and made with a MakerBot Replicator 2 Desktop 3D Printer. This month, the integrations and collaborations deepen, and Maker Faire is the place to see it all.

Come join us at the Autodesk booth, #120, to see what’s new. There will be a showcase “Fix It” wall of some everyday things designed with Autodesk software and printed on MakerBots. You’ll also see a special edition MakerBot Replicator 2, with a custom faceplate and build plate designed exclusively for sale through Autodesk. It looks awesome!


MakerBot and Autodesk products have gotten closer, too. Now you can design something in Autodesk 123D Design, 123D Make, or 123D Catch and use the “Print to MakerBot” button right inside the app. This is a huge step for a 3D modeling program. We’re excited it will be even easier for people to design great things and hold them in no time.

Autodesk is offering sweet membership packages for the 123D apps that include discounts on a MakerBot purchase, or even the custom MakerBot Replicator 2 shown above. Here’s how the memberships break down.

123D Premium membership – Buy a membership to the 123D app suite and get a promo code toward purchasing a MakerBot Replicator 2 via

1 year membership, includes $40 promo code toward MakerBot purchase – $99.99
2 year membership, includes $90 promo code toward MakerBot purchase – $189.99

123D Premium membership Bundle – Bundle your 123D Premium membership with the custom Autodesk edition of the MakerBot Replicator 2, and get additional MakerBot PLA filament with your purchase.

1 year membership, includes MakerBot Replicator 2 and one additional 1kg spool of PLA – $2,249.99
2 year membership, includes MakerBot Replicator 2 and three additional 1kg spools of PLA – $2,299.99

Get started here:


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MakerBot Joins The MoMA “Destination: NYC” Design Collection

You know you’re doing something right when MoMA likes your designs!

We’re proud to announce that some 3D-printed pieces from the MakerBot Design Team have been chosen for a special collection at the MoMA Design Store called Destination: NYC — Made in the USA. For those who don’t know, MoMA is the Museum of Modern Art here in New York. The organization has been shining a light on local designers in cities around the world in its Destination: Design series.

Sometimes pieces in the series become top selling items at MoMA Design Stores. At MakerBot, we hope the innovative artists and designers who see our items will be inspired to use 3D printing in their own work. Here’s the set of items all together, including a customized MakerBot Mix Tape and MakerBot Watch designed just for MoMA, along with a bunch of pieces reflecting iconic places and objects in NYC.


Get your hands on these now! The whole Destination: NYC series, including pieces from other amazing local designers, is available from now through August only at MoMA Store locations in New York and Tokyo, as well as online at,, and

The full press release is available at the end of this post.


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#MBME | Love Locked

The first time MakerBot user Mike made something of his own on a MakerBot, it was Valentine’s Day. However, the idea had been floating around for a little while. As a graphic designer, Mike did all the work for his wedding himself, including a special logo of two intertwining bike locks in the shape of a heart. It’s the perfect symbol for two high school sweethearts who have taken quite a few bike rides together, and who were about to embark on another big journey. Mike wanted a chance to remind his wife that the sentiment hadn’t changed. With a little work, he was able to turn the 2D design into an art piece and a pendant for his wife. It was the nicest gift Mike ever gave, and, the nicest one Mindy ever received.


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#MBME | A New Way To Pay

Mobile payment processing company LevelUp didn’t put too much energy into hardware at first. The startup asks its users to link their debit or credit card to LevelUp’s mobile app, assigning them a personalized QR code for redemption. Before buying a MakerBot, LevelUp used a variety of smart phones to scan codes (left image). Resting on a large plastic base, the hardware’s appearance was somewhat rudimentary. But this past March, LevelUp debuted a sleek new design at SXSW (right image) as the festival’s official payments vendor. It turns out the company designed their new device right in their own office using a MakerBot, and saved themselves $30,000 in prototyping fees in the process. With desktop 3D printing at their fingertips, we’re seeing more and more startups embrace the hardware that makes their products shine.

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#MBME: Win $250 For Your MakerBot Replicator 2 Story

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It’s been seven months since we started shipping the MakerBot Replicator 2 Desktop 3D Printer. In that time, we’ve heard countless stories of what people are doing with this powerful machine. From a toothbrush that helps kids brush properly to a simple accessory that speeds up credit card purchases, we’ve heard it all.

In light of that, we are sharing a series of stories here on our website called #MBME: MakerBot & Me. Some of the stories we hear are practical, some are sweet, some are totally genius. In every case, they’re inspiring. We’ve collected some examples so far, and you can see them here.

Now the fun part: we want you to supply the rest, for a chance to win a $250 Gift Certificate to our online store.


How to Win

We want great stories that help the world understand what’s so cool about owning a MakerBot. It should be a story of what you yourself have done, with some pictures to show off your work:

•   Photo of you, the thing you made, and your MakerBot Replicator 2. (optional, if you’re shy)
•   Photo of the thing you made and your MakerBot Replicator 2.
•   Photo of just the thing you made.

Before you get started, here’s a note from our lawyers:

By submitting an electronic mail entry to the address below, you certify that you are eligible to enter and agree to be bound by these official rules.

Simply email your story to with photos attached. Bonus points if you have a video! We’ll select one per day for our blog, and at the end of the series, we’ll give everyone a chance to vote for their favorite story here on the blog and in social media.

Want to get inspired? Read all the stories so far, and check back every day for more.


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Mechanical Hands From A MakerBot: The Magic Of Robohand

When Richard Van As, a master carpenter in Johannesburg, South Africa, decided to make a set of mechanical fingers, it wasn’t just for fun. He’d lost four of the fingers on his right hand in an unfortunate work accident. For a tradesman like Rich, having a disabled hand is a big professional detriment, so Richard decided on the day of his the incident that he would use the tools available to him to remedy his situation. Watch the inspiring video above to hear how Richard’s project, Robohand, is changing lives with patience, spirit, and a MakerBot Replicator 2.

Getting Started

MakerBot heard about the Robohand project in January 2013. Richard had been trading ideas with Ivan Owen, a collaborator in Washington State, for several months. Ivan used his prior experience with mechanical prop hands to make design suggestions, while Richard attempted to replicate the designs in his workshop.


The process was taking weeks and months per cycle. For us here at MakerBot, that was too much wasted time. We knew our 3D printer, the MakerBot Replicator 2, could take this important work to new heights. We saw their collaboration and the work they were doing as groundbreaking, and we asked Ivan and Richard to accept a donation from us: a MakerBot Replicator 2 for each of them, one in Washington, and another in South Africa.

If the tool was useful to them, we hoped they would share their work on for the world to download. It turns out the MakerBots were incredibly useful, and the guys have followed through on their promise. Just hours after they received their packages from us here in Brooklyn, the two collaborators were sharing files back and forth, testing the design in one place and doing another iteration on the other side of the world. Richard says it took the prototyping process down from weeks to just 20 minutes.

But that’s only half the story.

Giving A Hand

Robohand has grown far beyond the goal of making a set of fingers just for Richard. When the power of desktop 3D printing and MakerBot entered the picture, Richard began to realize how quickly he could refine a design for other people who have lost their fingers, or who were born without fingers. After posting his own story, he received emails and Facebook messages from parents whose children were candidates for a Robohand of their own. One of these children was five-year-old Liam.

The condition Amniotic Band Syndrome is poorly understood, but the effects of it are pretty clear. Children are often born without extremities, especially fingers and toes, when fibrous bands in the womb prevent these parts from developing normally. It’s this condition that caused Liam to be born with no fingers on his right hand. The cost of purchasing a traditional prosthesis was far too much for the family, especially since Liam is a young and fast growing boy who would outgrow a prosthesis in a few months.

Liam was given a Robohand just days after Richard and Ivan received their MakerBots in January, 2013, and he has already been fitted for his second. The word spread, and other kids in the Johannesburg area like Liam with Amniotic Band Syndrome have received their own Robohands, sized just for them. The files, including the assembly instructions, have been posted online at Thingiverse, and they have been downloaded over 3,800 times by people around the globe.

What Is A Robohand?

A Robohand is a set of mechanical fingers that open and close to grasp things based on the motion of the wrist. When the wrist folds and contracts, the cables attaching the fingers to the base structure cause the fingers to curl. Nearly all the parts of a Robohand are 3D printed on MakerBot Replicator 2 Desktop 3D printers.

Ivan, who played a big part in the initial design stages of Robohand, says he studied the anatomy of crab legs and human fingers to get the basic muscle and tendon structure. The result is a simple assembly that Richard believes anyone can make themselves. While a full set of prosthetic fingers may cost thousands of dollars, all of the Robohand parts that are made on the MakerBot Replicator 2 add up to roughly a few dollars in material cost, with the total mechanical hand costing around $150 (USD).

Who Needs A Robohand?

Amniotic Band Syndrome affects 1 in 1,200 live births.

About 80% of cases of Amniotic Band Syndrome involve the loss or malformation of fingers and hands.

Finger amputations are the most common amputation in the US, accounting for over 90% of all amputations, according to various reports.

How Do I Get A Robohand?

Robohand was not imagined as a service or a product. Instead, Richard has shared the design files and instructions for creating a Robohand on Thingiverse so that people around the world can download, customize, print, and assemble Robohands for themselves or for others.

So far, we’ve heard stories of Robohands being made for children and adults in the US, Canada, and Thailand. Are you a MakerBot owner who can give this incredible gift to someone in your community?

Get Involved

There’s still a lot to be done. Richard has given hands-on help to a few of the people within his reach, but Robohand needs your help in order to get to the people who need it most.

Want to spread the word? Share this video with your friends on Twitter or Facebook.
Looking to to support the cause? Check out Robohand’s Indiegogo campaign.
Are you an occupational therapist or prosthetist? Leave a comment below!

Make a Robohand

The design files and assembly instructions for Robohand can be found on Thingiverse.

Robohand’s creators would like to empower others around the world to use their files and create and print in 3D Robohands of their own, and they are not in the mechanical hand business. They created Robohand out of the goodness of their heart. Now it’s time to provide the files to the world and see what other good can come from them!

Robohand uses the following tools to make their mechanical hands:

MakerBot Replicator 2 Desktop 3D Printer
MakerBot PLA Filament
● Stainless steel hardware
● Thermo-forming orthoplastic
● Elastic bands
● Nylon cable

The full bill of materials is listed here.

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MakerWare 2.1.0 Now Available, With Thing-O-Matic Support


Version 2.1.0 of MakerWare is now available for download. This latest version of our 3D printing preparation software includes support for the MakerBot Thing-O-Matic, our second generation 3D printer released in 2010. We’re glad to offer this integration for some of our long-time customers, who have contributed significantly to the MakerBot community.

What’s New in MakerWare 2.1.0

Besides support for the Thing-O-Matic, there are some changes and a bunch of bug fixes for MakerBot Replicator, Replicator 2, and Replicator 2X users. In our testing and in your feedback, we’ve seen that some prints need extra help to stick to the build plate, so we’ve included an update to the rafts feature.  Now when you choose to use a raft, the MakerBot Slicing Engine will code the first layer of the raft to print much slower than the rest of the layers. This really helps adhesion.

Another feature requested by our customers is the ability to heat the build plate on the MakerBot Replicator and Replicator 2X when using PLA. This is now possible in MakerWare 2.1.0. We’ve tested this in-house and had some success. If you’ve been experimenting with using a heated build plate with PLA, tell us about your experience in the comments.

In other news, the MakerWare interface got a nice design refresh that we think you’ll enjoy. Click below to see the full release notes and to learn more about using MakerWare for your Thing-O-Matic.

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Inside 3D Printing Conference: Free T-Shirts!

It’s on! We are at the Inside 3D Printing Conference and Expo today and tomorrow and there are a couple good reasons to come check out our booth #105.

1. We have free t-shirts with a special design just for this conference, and it’s super easy to get one. Just tweet, Facebook, or Google+ with the hashtags #3DPrintConf and #MakerBotMe, and show us your post in person. We’ll give you the t-shirt.


2. If you share a photo of yourself on social media wearing your free t-shirt at the Inside 3D Printing Conference, we’ll enter your name to win a large-scale print of the famous Stanford Bunny! Here’s the whole process.


3. We also have really sweet bunny lapel pins to give away. They’ve been heat-polished, and they look fantastic.


4. Get all the info on our after party! We’ve got some fun stuff going on tonight, and we’d love to have you there. Stop by booth #105 to get the details.


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New On MakerBot Customizer: Your Own FAKEGRIMLOCK Signs!


Thingiverse has a new member, and he’s here to knock the awesome into you. According to his brand new Thingiverse page, FAKEGRIMLOCK is the greatest of all the Giant Robot Startup Dinosaurs in the universe.

For the first time, FAKEGRIMLOCK’s wisdom about building companies, shaping products and services around customers, and being awesome, will be available in book form. In fact the Kickstarter campaign for The Book of Awesome closes tomorrow!


We are fans of FAKEGRIMLOCK. Why, you ask? BECAUSE AWESOME.

So we’re doubly excited to see a new design on MakerBot Customizer that lets anyone make a sign with FAKEGRIMLOCK sayings, just like the one at the top of this post. Check it out. You just type in a question and get back a little bit of wisdom for your sign. The sign is ready for 3D printing on your MakerBot.

If you think awesome is AWESOME, then go make a sign and share it with us on Twitter, @makerbot and @thingiverse.


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MakerBot MakerWare 2.0 Now Available!


Announcing MakerBot MakerWare 2.0, , our latest release of the software we create that drives your MakerBot. It’s an important release, go Download it now. This is the update you’ve been waiting for if you have ordered a MakerBot Replicator 2X or have an original MakerBot Replicator with dual extruders.

Click below to read about all the updates and the full release notes.

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Announcing the MakerBot Replicator 2X Experimental 3D Printer!

Right now in Las Vegas, attendees of the Consumer Electronics Show are getting to set their eyes on our latest Desktop 3D Printer, the MakerBot Replicator 2X! Click below to read the press release for this new machine, or watch the intro video above.

We call the MakerBot Replicator 2X an Experimental Desktop 3D Printer for a couple reasons. Unlike the MakerBot Replicator 2, which is optimized for PLA filament, the MakerBot Replicator 2X is optimized for the more traditional thermoplastic ABS. So why is a traditional plastic “experimental”? Because it’s a tricky material. ABS requires careful calibration and control to get consistently nice things, and the user of the MakerBot Replicator 2X should be prepared for the challenge. We know that many of you still prefer ABS, so our engineers have worked long and hard to deliver a great tool for the job.

We want you ready for experiments coming in the future, too. The MakerBot Replicator 2X has side-by-side extruders so that you’re prepared for new developments in dual extrusion technology. Want to try making things in multiple colors? The Replicator 2X is ready for the test.

Here’s are a few of the great things in the Replicator 2X:

–  High-tolerance aluminum build plate that’s machined for crucial flatness to make it resistant to warping or sagging that could affect the quality of your prints.

–  New easy-load filament lever makes loading filament as easy as flipping a light switch.

–  Re-designed filament feeding system dramatically reduces stripping, skipping, and jamming.

–  Enclosed sides keep drafts at bay and stabilize the ABS cooling period for less cracking and peeling.

Stay tuned at The MakerBot Replicator 2X Experimental 3D Printer will be available for purchase very soon!

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NEW: MakerWare 1.1 and MakerBot Firmware 7.0

We’re excited to announce the next step forward for our software with the release of  MakerWare 1.1 and MakerBot Firmware 7.0!

What’s New In MakerBot Firmware 7.0?

MakerBot Firmware 7.0 includes greatly improved acceleration, using contributions from our rockstar community members, Jetty and dnewman, to allow for smoother movements, better quality on high-detail prints, and a quieter machine.

IMPORTANT NOTE: Firmware 7.0 uses a new file format, X3G, for printing from an SD card. You can export X3G files from MakerWare 1.1 or ReplicatorG 40.
X3G files are NOT compatible with firmware earlier than 7.0. If you are using Firmware 6.2 or earlier, you must choose to export S3G files.

What’s New In MakerWare 1.1?

  • Major print quality improvements in MakerBot Slicer (formerly known as “Miracle Grue”) make it significantly faster and more accurate in slicing and printing detailed models on the Low and Medium settings. 
  • Slicing profiles for Skeinforge and MakerBot Slicer are now fully editable! Customizing slicing profiles is recommended for advanced users only, but if you’re ready to take the plunge, see our Advanced Settings documentation to get started.
  • Automatically arrange a cluttered build plate using the Auto Layout option – choose Edit -> Auto Layout All or press Ctrl-L.
  • Many other small improvements and bug fixes! See the complete list below the fold if you’re interested.

How Do I Get Up To Date?

Please download the latest version of MakerWare (you can grab it here) before attempting to install new Firmware. You can upload the most recent Firmware from inside MakerWare via the Bots -> Upload Firmware .
If you need any help, feel free to reach out to the MakerBot Support team:
Read on to see the full Firmware 7.0 and MakerWare 1.1 Feature List.
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MakerBot Support Holiday Hours

Awesome things are coming up as we approach the end of the year, including the holidays and the move to our new MakerBot headquarters in downtown Brooklyn. We’re trying not to let these events interfere with customer support more than they have to, but there are a couple of upcoming dates when MakerBot Support will be partially or completely unavailable.

MakerBot will be closed on December 25th, Christmas Day and January 1st, New Year’s Day. On these days, our Support techs will be visiting family and resting up so they can continue to offer great support in the year to come. On December 26th, as we move our systems from our charming, let’s say “rustic”, old offices to our spiffy new ones, MakerBot Support will be standing by to answer your emails, but will not be available by phone.

The MakerBot Support Team would like to wish you a very happy holiday season, and we thank you for your business! In the mean time, you might also find the answers you’re looking for in our extensive documentation — start at our documentation and support pages.

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Make An Ornament At The MakerBot Store!

There are a few spots left (really, just a few!) for a repeat performance of the Make Your Own Ornament event at the MakerBot Store. The last event on December 16 sold out, and each guest went home with a their first 3D-printed ornament!

At this special morning workshop, guests choose from the available ornament designs, select a color of MakerBot PLA Filament, and Make it on the MakerBot Replicator 2. This could be the first of many MakerBot ornaments in your collection!

To reserve your spot, just call 347-457-5758.

The registration fee is $5.

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Introducing Thingiverse Collections: Collect All The Things!

Last month, Thingiverse users got introduced to Dashboard, a new all-in-one place to catch up on the latest activity. Today, we’re thrilled to roll out another great feature aimed at helping users build a unique space for themselves within this exciting and growing site.

Introducing Thingiverse Collections, a tool to organize and browse the 25,000+ 3D things currently available for free download. With just a few clicks, it’s easy to add individual things to new or existing Collections, such as “Gifts for Friends,” or “Architectural Models,” or “Literary References.” A user can make as many Collections as they want, or just browse other people’s Collections for inspiration.



Whenever you see something you want to remember, hover your mouse over the image, and click on the Collect button.

If you’re already on the main page for your Thing, you’ll see a “Collect It!” button, followed by a list of the Collections it already appears in.

To see another user’s Collections, visit that user’s profile page, and click on “My Collections.” If they don’t have any yet, drop them a message and say, “Hey! Make some Collections!”

You can find all the Collections on Thingiverse under the Browse menu


Our Beta testers have been using Collections for a few weeks now, and have already made great use of the feature. Here are some awesome examples to get you started.


There’s more than one way to use Collections:

–  Keep a list of all the things you see on Thingiverse that you want to make someday. All registered users will automatically have a “Things to Make” Collection. Spend a few minutes now to find the first additions to your own unique Thingiverse to-do list.

–  Collect your favorite things within a theme. Maybe you like all the Board Games on Thingiverse, or you want to have the best Collection of eyeglasses on Thingiverse. Make a Collection called “Bendy Things,” or “Buildings,” or, if you’re a Thingiverse veteran, “Gears!”

–  Use Collections to categorize your own uploads into beautiful sets, especially if you love to share designs within a theme. Thingiverse user MakeALot has grouped his pencil holders and chess sets into awesome Collections for other users to browse easily. The MakerBot Thingiverse team threw together some collections of MakerBot’s own designs, indicating that the designs come “from the BotCave.” If you’re feeling festive, check out our Holiday collection!

Thingiverse is a huge part of what we do, and you all are making it the absolute best place anywhere to get and share 3D things. As always, we can’t wait to see what you make, and now we can’t wait to see what you collect!


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Reminder: this is vacation week at the BotCave!

Just a quick reminder: the BotCave is shuttered this week, and everyone here is having a well-earned vacation.

As a recap, there will be no shipping this week, but email support will still be available every day except July 4th.

Thanks for your patience!

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Vacation time! No shipping July 4th Week.

It’s been a very busy early summer here at the BotCave.  As many of you may know, shipping has been working around the clock (literally) to greatly reduce our lead time!  Software has just pushed out a huge update that enables new features!

For these reasons (and, OK, because the holiday falls on a Wednesday) we’ve decided to do something almost unprecedented in MakerBot history: we’re going to take a summer vacation. We’ll be spending our time doing totally legal things and eating health food.

What does this mean for you, our esteemed customer?

  • Orders for The Replicator™ will still ship within the 30-day lead time!
  • Shipping will be closed from July 2nd through July 6th.
  • Shipping resumes July 9th.  Please allow us a few days to get through our backlog.
  • There will be no phone support this week
  • Email support will be available every day but July 4th.  Email just like always!

Thank you for your patience while we take a well-deserved vacation!  We’ll come back refreshed, so we can continue help you turn your dreams into reality, print by plastic print.


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Thingiverse Categories

The Thingiverse dev team has been busy lately, and today just launched its newest feature: categories!

To browse categories, click on the new “Browse” button in the top navigation, and choose a category.

You’ll see all kinds of awesome things from Thingiverse, sorted into categories for easier searching. Our team of highly advanced AIs has categorized over a thousand things to start off, and in the next few weeks will be categorizing everything on Thingiverse.

If you would like to categorize your things, click on the edit button on your thing.  On the edit page you will notice a new dropdown where you can choose or change the category of your thing.  Choose a category and save.  That’s it!

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A note on PayPal payments

As some of you may have noticed, the MakerBot Store is no longer accepting PayPal.  This isn’t a temporary glitch; we’re not going to be accepting PayPal for store purchases as we go forward.

While PayPal is a very convenient way to pay, there are some issues with its connection to our online shopping infrastructure that cause various problems for us…and all of these problems end up costing us money.  We looked at the numbers, and we’ve had to make the call to shut it down.

Thanks for understanding, and we apologize for any inconvenience that this may cause.  As always, you can contact for assistance with payment issues.

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Support Pride: Mr. Jaws by Mahoney

One of the perks of working in MakerBot Support is having access to MakerBots, and we often use them…sometimes for serious, important things, like parts for our cars and refrigerators.  Mostly, however, we use them for projects that are a bit wacky or whimsical.  I’d have to put Mr. Jaws in that second category.

Support’s own Mahoney  designed this as a response to two things: the epic Mr. Alligator design by curiousmedia, and a 1970s novelty-record take on the original summer blockbuster.  The result?  Another amusing and usable item — resize it for your application!

Have a look through Mahoney’s things for even more sharp-toothed 2.5D animals!

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From photos to print with Autodesk 123d Catch


There’s been some excitement recently about a clever (and effective) way of turning objects into 3d models from photographs: Autodesk 123d CatchMakerBot Support’s own Brian Stamile has used it to get some very good results, and has even spawned a project idea (in a tweet):

Shopping for fun items to scan at Goodwill. Buy it, scan it, print it on a #MakerBot, donate it back. That’s the plan. Project Scancycle.

Here’s how it works: take photos of your item on a neutral background.  Rotate around the object, snapping a photo every 15 or so degrees, from a few different heights: above, below, from the side.  It’ll take about 40-75 photographs for 123d Catch to create a good 3d model.  It doesn’t work well with objects that are very shiny.  You’ll also want to open the resulting .obj in your favorite 3d modeling program (MeshLab, MeshMixer or Blender, perhaps) to clean it up and export to .stl.

123d Catch is currently a free beta, so try it out now…unfortunately it runs only on Windows at this time.  If you want to participate in Project Scancycle, just tag your Thingiverse item with “Scancycle” and/or tweet it with the hashtag #Scancycle.

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iPhone to Microscope mount by Boogie

Here’s another awesome Thingiverse camera item: this time, it’s an adapter to use the iPhone camera to take photos from your microscope.  This looks like an excellent way to get those images of plates into your lab reports.  This should be handy whether you’re checking your wine barrels for a brettanomyces outbreak or figuring out how to fight vicious, rapidly mutating bacteria!  Or just doing nice, safe science projects.  It’s up to you.

Good work Boogie!  Keep the awesome sciencey designs coming!

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MakerBot and Marymount School on the Tinkercad Blog

There’s a nice little piece over on the Tinkercad blog about a successful program at the Marymount School here in New York.  Jaymes Dec has been using Tinkercad and MakerBots to teach the students about design and fabrication, and the results are pretty rad.

If you like pictures of young people smiling next to MakerBots or charming, whimsical designs made by children, it’s definitely worth a read.

P.S. If you’re interested in printing these designs, the Tinkercad sharing site does let you download an .stl — just click on the “Print 3d” button and then click “Download stl” in the popup.

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Pocket Factory Visits the Botfarm

We had a couple of unexpected but welcome visitors in the Botfarm workshop yesterday: Bilal and Colin of Pocket Factory.  Pocket Factory has been driving around the country with several 3d Printers (including several Thing-O-Matics) for some time now, presenting 3d printing technology in various settings and places.  They debriefed us on the project and we helped them get one of their Thing-O-Matics back in service — a Thing-O-Matic that had been literally around the world, including visits to Hong Kong and Baja California.

Take some time to read their dispatches over on Makezine — during their travels, they’ve had some interesting experiences and elicited a wide variety of strong reactions from many people.  There’s a particularly pertinent story about a run-in with an old-tech artisan who had a very negative take on their project and rapid prototyping in general.

This is one of the best glimpses we have of what will be happening as the general public learns about small-scale digital manufacturing — it’s definitely worth a read.  Stay tuned for a wrap-up video as their project winds to a close!


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blablabLAB: still at it, this time in Brazil!

That’s right: the intrepid world-travelers from Barcelona’s blablabLAB are still playing world traveler, this time in São Paulo, Brazil.  They performed their “Be Your Own Souvenir” installation once more, this time seven days straight for an audience of 7,000 students!

Perhaps even better, they’ve recently posted a scan of Jon “maddog” Hall, legendary Linux programmer and community organizer, to Thingiverse! (Not enough beard detail if you ask me.)

Keep up the good work, guys!  And for everybody else: are you involved in a project that’s as awesome as what they’re doing?  Drop us a line at and we’ll help share your story.

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Cthulhu mini – Lovecraft Collection

Ahh, mid-February.  The week we all turn our thoughts to love.  And here we have the perfect Valentine’s Day gift — an adorable Cthulhu figurine!  What better way to celebrate an ersatz holiday popularized by Chaucer than with a Lovecraftian gift?

This design even comes with a lullaby you can sing with your beloved:

Rock-a-bye Cthulhu, In R’lyeh deep.
Dead you may be, or only in sleep.
When you awake, the madness will fall

Romantic, right?  cymon‘s significant other sure is a lucky one.  The only thing you’ll have to worry about it setting the bar too high for next year!

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Autodesk wants you to know how to print your 123d models on your MakerBot!

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Autodesk 123d is one of many freely-available apps that new MakerBot users might consider learning.  And unlike some other programs we love, it looks like Autodesk wants it to be easy to print your models on a MakerBot.  In fact, they want it so much that they’ve just posted the above video on their youtube channel.

It’s a bit long (over 9 minutes) but put it on your list for when you’re woodshedding your 3d-modeling chops.  While it’s specifically aimed at the Thing-O-Matic, most of what they’re saying should transfer to the Replicator.  Just model for a larger build area!

123d is a bit different from other modeling programs, and might be a bit counter-intuitive if you’re used to one of the others.  However, their youtube channel has a number of tutorials and there are some neat things about the project (like an iPad app and a photo-to-model program.)

If you’re looking to pick up some 3d modeling skills while you’re waiting for your Replicator, this is one of many great programs to learn!

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Pasta Dryer by fma

In the past, I’ve decried the lack of kitchen-related items on the Thingiverse, but previous few of us (myself certainly included) have done much to fill in this gap.

It thus gives me all the more pleasure to share this brilliant, largely 3d-printed solution to one of mankind’s oldest and most challenging culinary problems: the drying of fresh, hand-made pasta.

At one time or another, our less culinarily-oriented partners have all walked in on a horror scene of kitchen chairs festooned with eggy, yellow strands, fresh from our well-loved Marcato Atlas.  If only we had known we were just a few dowels and 3d-printed connectors away from a workable pasta-drying solution!  Think of the pasta-related arguments we would have been spared…

Thank you fma for your thoughtful design!

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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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Cat Toy by Surveyor

Well now…it’s the end of January, which means the post-holiday glow has subsided and we’re back to the long slog…in a few months, there might be vacations to look forward to (or maybe just warm, sunny days) but for now, we’re all just trying to get through the week.  If you’re like most people on the internet, this means only one thing:


So why not print some cat enhancements on your MakerBot?!  Luckily, brand-new Thingiverse user Surveyor has posted a cool design to let us do just that.

Just in case you’re wondering, links to youtube videos of your cat playing with this printed toy will be appreciated.

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