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Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer Tours MakerBot

Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer has been a vocal fan of MakerBot , even shouting out the company in his state of the borough address.

Today, Stringer visited MakerBot HQ for the first time and got the grand tour.

Bre shows the BP around the BotFarm

Bre explaining how The Replicator works

Stringer left MakerBot with his very own 3D printed Empire State Building!


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Winners of 3D Artist Mag’s Pet Monster Contest!

It’s time! Find out who has been lucky enough to win their very own 3D printer, courtesy of MakerBot Industries…

We collaborated with 3D Artist for the competition and giveaway and were charged with judging the 48 fantastic submissions. It was a tough decision, but we have winners!

The competition asked entrants to design their own pet monster – this could be an adorable companion or a fearsome critter; the idea was to encourage artists to use their imagination, to be innovative within a small footprint.

Artists could use any 3D software to design their monsters, but they had to generate a manifold (watertight) mesh suitable for 3D printing. This meant things like feathers, small joints and thin clothing was going to be a particular challenge.

Characters also had to be designed within 100x100x120mm, with the ability to have different parts printed in different colours. ‘Makerbotability’ was an important part of the design – and judging – process.

Runners up

Our three runners up have each had their designs 3D printed at the MakerBot Industries HQ, soon to be shipped to the talented creators. We can’t wait to see the photos of the winners with their new 3D-printed pets!

Runner up #1: Ben Malouf – aka BenitoSanduchi – with Fat Bunbun. 3D Artist says: “What a monstrously greedy bunny? We could easily imagine this little fella sat on the 3D Artist desks, munching away. Just as long as he sticks to carrots – we’ve got first dibs on the chocolate biscuits!”


Runner up #2: T. Shawn Johnson – aka Whystler – with Teacup Dragon Puppet. 3D Artist says: “This is such a clever idea! While a dragon isn’t a new concept, it’s been scaled down to live in a teacup designed to move: turn her head and make her speak using a tiny rod below her body.”


Runner up #3: Matt Thorup – aka Redbeard – with Pug Monster Pet. 3D Artist says: “This is adorable: cute from the front, nasty on the reverse! We love his quizzical expression and helpless pose – can we adopt him, please?”


And the winner is…


Andreas Böhler – aka andreas – with Pet monster Blobby. Andreas submitted a handful of charismatic monsters, making the hardest part of the judging process choosing which of his entries was the ultimate winning design!

Andrea submitted a lot of  awesome monsters to the contest! This one prints really well and got a lot of likes on Thingiverse!

Check out a bunch of other wonderful entries on Thingiverse.

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“Inside MakerBot”

Hit the play button on the video above for a behind the scenes look inside MakerBot Indstries courtesy of Business Insider. The crew got some great footage of Bre in the BotFarm before heading to the Botcave to see where MakerBots are built, tested, and shipped. You may even recognize some familiar faces from previous blog posts!

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Want to MakerBot Your Office? Businessweek Shows You How

Why honor your company’s Employee of the Month with a generic trophy when you can customize the award with their own image? Bloomberg Businessweek included this personalized Employee of the Month award in their story, “A MakerBot for the Office,” which features MakerBot user Brendan Dawes.  An interactive designer and the founder of Beep Industries in Manchester, U.K., Dawes has designed a number of things for his office including cable holders, clips for attaching pens to notebooks, and a hexagonal organizer to keep his desk tidy.

For more ideas of ways to perform a MakerBot takeover on your office, check out Businessweek’s accompanying slideshow, which includes this sweet 3-D printed tie.

UPDATE: As Nudel points out in the comments below, the items featured in the BusinessWeek piece and slideshow are all designs that have been uploaded to Thingiverse. If you have a MakerBot, print at will. Thanks, Nudel!

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Art Info Says 3D Printing Is Shaping the Future

Art Info wrote a very cool piece on what 3D printing means, not only for artists and designers, but for everyone in the world. The article featured MakerBot’s collaboration with fashion designer, Asher Levine, who describes how 3D printing makes prototyping easier:

“The fashion industry is stuck in this archaic method of manufacturing, while we’re on the cusp of a new method,” Levine told us. He also let us in on a secret: “I can’t sketch sunglasses.” Instead, he molded models from clay and subtly tweaked the designs using a CAD program — “move this in a bit, move this out a bit, make it a quarter-of-an-inch shorter” — input them into his Replicator, and had a revised version in just nine hours — more quickly, efficiently, and cheaply than the traditional method. The machine took the design and extruded melted ABS plastic through a nozzle onto a platform, building the sunglasses layer by layer via FDM (think ’90s, line-by-line dot-matrix printers, but in three dimensions). Thanks to Thingiverse, Makerbot’s open source website, you can actually download Levine’s designs and make them at home — the only catch is that it’s BYOMB. Bring your own MakerBot.”

The writer also paid a visit to Material ConneXion’s and the article includes a slideshow of 3D-printed objects from the Print/3D exhibition.

Read the full article here!

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MakerBot Featured in Material ConneXion’s “Print/3D” Exhibition


Material Connexion, a global materials and innovation consultancy, is currently featuring 3D-printed objects and designs in an exhibition at its NYC headquarters. “Print/3D” includes an impressive collection of 3D-printed objects from an array or artists, designers, and manufacturers, including MakerBot’s Rocket Playset, as well as objects from Thingiverse like the skull bowl, pirate ship, and stretchy bracelet.

Not only can visitors see a wide range of 3D-printed pieces, but they’ll have the chance to see a Thing-O-Matic live printing objects as part of the installation!

Material ConneXion
Open to the public from 9am-6pm
60 Madison Avenue, 2nd Floor
New York, NY 10010


“Print/3D” has already been written about in these fine publications, click the links for full articles:

New York Mag
NY Times

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MakerBot at DIY DAYS NY This Saturday!

MakerBot Industries is excited to be part of DIY DAYS this Saturday, March 3rd at the New School.  We will be demoing The Replicator starting at 1:30 p.m. in Wollman Hall (a.k.a. Experience Hall).

Consisting of a series of talks, workshops, prototyping sessions and a hands-on Experience Hall, DIY DAYS becomes more than just an event to learn and network, it becomes a place where inspiration is turned into action. Different than other conferences or industry events, DIY DAYS is free and open to all, launching projects that the community can participate in year round

Prior to DIY DAYS, FreedomLab will stage a special two-day “Think and Do” Lab called Wicked Solutions for a Wicked Problem (WSWP). Together, scientists, engineers, storytellers, hackers, anthropologists, game designers, educators and futurists will collaborate with a group of elementary school students to create various prototypes of the future. These prototypes will come to life in 3D on MakerBots for DIY DAYs on March 3rd!

The New School
66 W 12th St.
NY, NY 10011
March 3, 2012

Full schedule here!

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MakerBot’s Bre Pettis Speaks on the Importance of Co-Creation at TED2012


It’s time for TED2012!  MakerBot’s CEO and co-founder, Bre Pettis, is among the TEDFellows speaking at the conference in Long Beach, California this week.

Bre’s talk today focused on the importance of  community and co-creation in making something that seems impossible, possible. Case in point:  the open-source collaborative design phenomenon where 3D printed clocks were developed collectively  by MakerBot’s Thingiverse users. Remember the Clock-a-Thons? Well kids, we successfully made a clock!

Thingiverse users from around the world began uploading their designs for the pieces of a clock, and the final stages of construction happened here in MakerBot’s Brooklyn workshop, with clock mastermind, Syvwlch himself in attendance, over a meeting of minds and some shared food.



Want to make a clock of your own? Download the files from Thingiverse, get your bot warmed up, and start printing! The clock does have a few necessary non-printable parts, but fear not – MakerBot is selling these parts in our online store! In the kit, you’ll even get a laser cut wooden shelf stand signed by Bre Pettis himself!

For the inside scoop from TED2012 follow Bre on Twitter – @bre!


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Stop Talking. Start Making.

General Assembly’s Start Making campaign launched this week, including this video of Bre discussing the early days of MakerBot. The Start Making series raises awareness for General Assembly’s soon-to-be launched free online learning program, aimed at helping empower people to start the entrepreneurial endeavors and projects they’ve always imagined. The series also features videos from Mayor Bloomberg, Mario Batali, and David Kelley.

Support Start Making by sharing the video via Twitter or Facebook, or even better, download and print this keychain from Thingiverse on your MakerBot. Put it on your keyring or give one to your friends and family!


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Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz Visits MakerBot!

Brooklyn Borough President, Marty Markowitz, stopped by MakerBot HQ this afternoon to chat with MakerBot CEO and co-founder, Bre Pettis.

Markowitz admires a giant 3D-printed chess piece

Bre explains how The Replicator works

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Crain’s Covers 3D Printing in NYC

Crain’s New York Business just featured MakerBot in an article on the growing presence of 3D printing in NYC. The story looks at the expansion of the industry and the potential that it offers the city.

A sneak peek from the article: “The technology is transforming industries such as jewelry-making, medical devices and architecture. New York City, with its robust design trade, may be a natural home for 3-D printing. Indeed, the Bloomberg administration is betting that the technology will create new businesses and help existing ones be innovative and more competitive.”

Read more here!
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CBS News Visits the BotFarm

The folks from CBS News came by the BotFarm last week and took some photos for this awesome slideshow! Scroll through to see a collection of some of our favorite MakerBotted objects and the Replicators and Thing-O-Matics in action.

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What the Press are Saying About Asher Levine + MakerBot

The press are weighing in on MakerBot’s NYFW collaboration with Asher Levine…

CNN’s Laurie Segall says “3D printed glasses are Fashion Week’s hottest accessory” – Read the article

MTV Style exclaims “Yay, 3D printing for everyone!” – Read the article

BlackBook Magazine calls The Replicator a “highlight of the show” – Read the article ponders, “Can 3-D printers revolutionize fashion?” – Read the article

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Videos from Asher Levine and MakerBot’s Fashion Week NY Collaboration

You’ve seen the photos from fashion designer Asher Levine’s Fashion Week NY presentation, now you can watch the video (above, shot by Matt Schaff). It’s almost like you were there!

MakerBot’s latest artist in residence showed off his Fall/Winter 2012 collection, including those awesome sunglasses printed on the MakerBot Replicator, at Jefferson Market Library last Friday. We weren’t lying when we said The Replicators were hired as models for the show!

Levine also created a short promo film for the collection, shot by director and photographer, Bon Duke, which you can view below. Who knew a MakerBot could look so glamorous?

Check back later this week for Asher Levine’s page on Thingiverse where you’ll be able download and print your own designer sunglasses!

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Project Shellter Makes NY Mag’s Approval Matrix!

Pick up this week’s issue of NY Mag to see MakerBot as one of the items featured in the Approval Matrix. Project Shellter’s 3D-printed hermit crab shells made it into the territory between highbrow and brilliant, alongside some other pretty awesome things!


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Nightline’s Bill Weir Thinks MakerBot “Could Be Big”


Nightline co-anchor, Bill Weir, visited MakerBot HQ earlier this week for an episode of his ABC News/Yahoo web series This Could Be Big. Watch the video above to see what happens when Bill meets Bre (Hint: They talk about The Replicator, open source, Thingiverse, and The Future!)

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MakerBot Demo at Apple Store 5th Avenue Tomorrow Night!


Tomorrow night, New Yorkers will have the chance to see The Replicator in action at The Apple Store Fifth Avenue! Explore the emerging world of 3D printing with MakerBot Industries and see a live product demonstration by CEO and co-founder Bre Pettis.

Space is limited to get there early!

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

8:00 p.m.

767 Fifth Ave.

New York, NY 10153

(212) 336-1440

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Support NYU’s Center for Urban Science and Progress in Downtown Brooklyn

NYU’s upcoming Center for Urban Science and Progress (CUSP) aims to tackle urban challenges by becoming a central hub for bold new ideas, urban design, and science and technology. They’ve chosen Downtown Brooklyn (370 Jay Street) as the site for CUSP because of the neighborhood’s vibrant, creative, and entrepreneurial energy.

This focus on the future and support for Brooklyn is something we can get behind! Learn more by watching the video above (you might recognize a familiar face) and on the CUSP website.

Please help spread the word by sharing this video. Tweet the video to @NYCMayorsOffice @MikeBloomberg @MTAInsider @NYGovCuomo @NYUPoly & @NYCEDC with the hashtag #CUSP.

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Watch MakerBot on Live! with Kelly

In case you missed it (or like me, don’t have a TV), check out The MakerBot Replicator on this morning’s episode of Live! with Kelly. TWiT’s Leo Laporte shows Kelly Ripa “the future”… and she likes it!

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MakerBot Goes Live! with Kelly Tomorrow Morning

Tune in to your local ABC station tomorrow, Friday, February 3rd to see MakerBot featured on Live! with Kelly. TWiT’s Leo Laporte will be showing Kelly Ripa and co-host D.L. Hughley his favorite items from CES.

Check out this video interview of Bre talking to Leo Laporte during CES for TWiT’s Triangulation.

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MakerBot Takes Home Three Awards from CES!


Check ’em out! We are extremely proud to have returned from this year’s CES with three awards!

CNET Best of CES 2012 – Best Emerging Tech

From CNET: “The MakerBot Replicator one-ups the Cube 3D with “dualstrusion” technology, meaning it can print objects in multiple colors and materials. Pre-orders available now for $1,999, shipping in 6 weeks.”

Popular Mechanics Editor’s Choice Award

Popular Science Product of the Future

Convinced you need The Replicator? Order yours today!

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3D Artist Magazine Contest: Design Your Own Pet Monster!

MakerBot Industries has partnered with 3D Artist Magazine in the UK for an exciting design contest! Our challenge is to design your own pet monster – whether it’s an adorable companion or a fearsome crittter, use your imagination to create the pet you wish you had. Each design will be judged on its creativity, character and ‘MakerBot-ability’, by a judging panel of 3D Artist and MakerBot Industries staff. The winner will receive a custom, fully-assembled MakerBot 3D printer, and the top 3 runners up will have their models printed, photographed and mailed back to them.

How to enter

You can submit as many designs as you like. Simply:

  • Create a free account at Thingiverse
  • Upload your original design files and ready-to-print STLs (under an Attribution – Share Alike – Creative Commons license) plus at least 3 non-textured renders
  • Tag your creation with ‘3D Artist mag’
  • Submission deadline is 1 March 2012


Use any tools you like to design – 3ds Max, Blender, Maya, modo, Rhino, SketchUp or ZBrush, for example. The goal is to generate a manifold (watertight) mesh model (STL file) that can be printed on a MakerBot (consider that thin elements like feathers, amll joints, thin clothing etc are difficult to fabricate on a MakerBot). See a tutorial here from 3D Artist Mag on how to make a model for 3D printing.

Your character design can be made up of one or multiple parts, but must be smaller than 100 x 100 x 120mm when assembled. Different parts can be made in a variety of colors.

The ‘MakerBot-ability’ of your model will be an important factor in the judging – the challenge is to be innovative within a small footprint!

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NY Times Gadgetwise Answers Your Questions About The Replicator

Check out the the NY Times’ Gadgetwise blog, or yesterday’s print issue of the Times, for a quick FAQ on The Replicator! Warren Buckleitner wrote the piece, “A 3-D Printer for Under $2,000: What Can It Do?” after visiting the MakerBot booth at CES. He answers such burning questions as “What does a 3-D printer use?” and “How long does it take to make a plastic chess piece?” For more info, watch the video interview above that Buckleitner did with MakerBot’s  John Dimatos.

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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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LA Weekly Writes About Fun Food Things You Can Make on Your MakerBot!

Thingiverse is filled with useful items from the pig salt & pepper shakers to an array of cookie cutters. And who can forget the episode of MakerBot TV where Annelise MakerBotted her entire kitchen?

Jenn Garbee from LA Weekly’s Squid Ink food blog visited MakerBot at the Affordable Art Fair last week and was surprised to learn that “you could buy a 3-D printer for less than the price of dinner for four at The French Laundry.” (Yep, that’s $270 a person without alcohol or tip!) After perusing Thingiverse she blogged about the “Fun Food Things You Can Make on MakerBot’s New 3D Printer.” Check it out and start printing a hamburger press of your own!


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Watch Bre on Today’s Engadget Show!

The guys at Engadget got a sneak peek of The Replicator at CES, and liked it so much that they invited Bre to bring The Replicator to the January Engadget Show! Tune in tonight at 6pm EST to see a live interview with Bre and some new awesome objects printed on The Replicator!

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Print This Coin and Stop SOPA, PIPA!

The Internet is a fascinating place, providing the creative, industrious and entrepreneurial with an equal and open platform from which to be heard.

Our elected Representatives have been misled to believe that the needs of a few increasingly irrelevant corporate entities outweigh all the great things a free and open Internet has brought to the world.

Join us in reminding our congressional delegations that by altering the rules to protect the few, they will close the door on so many infinite possibilities the future may have held.

The rule of thumb is that a letter is 100X the value of a phone call. If a 2D action gets a 100X multiplier, then a 3D action could get 1000X the multiplier.

Please go to Thinigiverse and print this coin, and mail it to your Senator and Congressman.

Find your representative here:

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What the Press Are Saying…

“MakerBot’s Thing-O-Matic 3D printer is totally worth it. We already established that. How can the company improve on its homemade toy-printing potential? By making it bigger and more powerful. That and giving it a cool name like “The Replicator.”

“The 10 best gadgets and tech at CES 2012. In the future, you won’t BUY a new toy, you’ll PRINT it.”

“3D printing isn’t new, Matthew Griffin of MakerBot Industries was careful to point out when we talked to him at CES. It’s just always been really expensive. What’s unique about MakerBot’s new 3D printer, The Replicator, is that it’s the first 3D printer that retails for under $2,000 and does two-color printing.

At least we think that’s what he said. We were too busy thinking HOLY CRAP THAT THING IS TOTALLY MAKING THAT OTHER THING! Matt needn’t have been so modest. Bringing a tiny little factory within financial reach of every inventor, toy designer, artist, certainly qualifies as “new” in our book. Doing it under a Star Trek-inspired name is gravy.”

“It turns out that while the MakerBot Replicator can print pretty much anything your heart desires, it positively excels at creating Lego-esque zombie nightmare humanoid astronauts.”

“If you haven’t yet heard about Makerbot, you haven’t been paying close enough attention to this year’s CES…The Makerbot Replicator is an open-source, 3D printer that can create just about any plastic object you can imagine.”

“At Consumer Electronics Show, it’s hard to miss Sony, LG, Panasonic, etc. But sometimes — actually, make that most time — the thing that makes you stop and say “whoa, that’s just cool” can be found in the smallest booths tucked away in the farthest reaches of the show’s most remote exhibition hall. At this year’s CES, one product that delivered that cool factor for me was the MakerBot Replicator 3D printer.”
Consumer Search

“The big news this week comes from the Consumer Electronics Show event in Las Vegas. One of the items on display may be a huge boost to your marketing. The best part is, it’s not a tablet or a laptop or even anything that might manage time or the like. We’re talking about the Makerbot Replicator and an item like this might be just what you need to up the stakes of your small business’ marketing needs.”

I love how it’s still open source — even as MakerBot inches toward a more general audience, it hasn’t lost sight of its origins as an open source company”

“Seemingly torn out of the minds of Star Trek fans, the Replicator boasts some new features when compared to its older sibling, the Thing-O-Matic. First it has the capability to print in two different colors thanks to a new dual-extrusion head that can be had in the more expensive model of the device. In addition to two-color printing, you can experiment with using different printing materials at the same time, expanding the already practically limitless creation possibilities. Another added benefit the Replicator has is the ability to make use of a larger printing area. While it would be nice to print actual bread like pictured above, the loaf has been placed there to illustrate the area available to owners of this new device.” 

“The folks at MakerBot Industries have not exactly been resting on their laurels since causing a stir at CES last year with the Thing-o-Matic 3D printer. Even though the original small object creation device would still see the jaws of most people dropping in wonder, the company has now unveiled a new model at CES 2012 called the Replicator that is not only capable of fabricating much bigger objects than its predecessor, but can also do so in two colors at the same time.”



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The MakerBot Replicator wins Best of CES 2012 for Emerging Tech!

MakerBot is excited to have been named among The Best of CES 2012! These honors, granted during the official awards program of the Consumer Electronics Show, recognize the most impressive products appearing at the event. The MakerBot Replicator was given the award for The Best of CES 2012 in the Emerging Tech category.

Watch the full awards ceremony video, and skip to 4:45 to see Bre accept the award on the CNET stage on behalf of MakerBot Industries.

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MakerBot in today’s NY Post!

Check out today’s NY Post for an article on the Hottest Tech Gadgets from CES, calling MakerBot “one of the most buzzed about companies at CES.”

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