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Students Complete Mystery Obstacle Course Challenge With MakerBot

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As children, most of us loved a good obstacle course. The thrill of overcoming any obstacle that’s in front of you is as empowering as it is encouraging. Dimension Learning, a Harlem-based after school program, had this in mind when they created the Bot Enabled Task Accomplishment (B.E.T.A.) Challenge. Students were tasked with designing and 3D printing tools that would help robots get through obstacle courses. This sounds easy enough, which is why the program took the challenge one step further: the layout of the courses would not be revealed until minutes before the live event. The 3D printed tools had to be versatile enough to meet the demands of any obstacle imaginable. Game on.

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Maker Milestone: Large-Scale Innovation at PSU

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This week, we’re celebrating the large-scale innovation that’s raising the bar for big names in higher education. With MakerBot 3D Printers being used in research labs, libraries, and classrooms nationwide, college students everywhere are achieving STEAM related breakthroughs. As the first Big Ten School to get in on the action, Penn State University has ensured that every student, on or off campus, has the chance at creating milestones with 3D printing. That’s pretty amazing.

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Pfizer Scientists Use MakerBot to Streamline Research

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When your products affect the health of millions, you can’t afford to make mistakes. As one of the largest pharmaceutical corporations in the world, Pfizer is committed to producing medications that consumers can depend on. Popular go-to’s like Advil, Centrum, Lyrica, Zoloft, Celebrex, and EpiPen are just a few of Pfizer’s successes. Pfizer’s Global Research and Development scientists use trusted resources to streamline production and yield accurate results. That’s why they’ve chosen MakerBot to help them develop an efficient way to test a new line of osteo and rheumatoid arthritis drugs.
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First Thing Apps Now Available on Thingiverse

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Two weeks ago, MakerBot announced the Thingiverse Developer Program to invite the community to add new functionalities and services to the largest 3D printing community in the world. We’re excited to announce today that the first two Thing Apps from Mixed Dimensions and 3D Hubs are launching on Thingiverse. MakerBot believes that adding new features and services to Thingiverse will help make 3D printing more accessible for everyone. Read the rest of this entry »

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Milestones: Achieving Maker Breakthroughs in the Classroom

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On this Monday, we’re celebrating milestones in the classroom and the teachers who make it possible. We’ve seen time and again that 3D printing allows students to retain concepts, develop new skills, and bring their ideas to life. Throughout this process, students can achieve their own unique milestones that belong to no one else.

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How MakerBot is Helping Scrub Daddy Accelerate Innovation

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What do the following have in common?

• The most successful product on the reality TV show Shark Tank.
• One of the highest grossing campaigns on Kickstarter.
• The most innovative electric car company in the past decade.
• One of the largest pharmaceutical companies in the world.
• A computer company with a valuation larger than the GDP of most countries.

You probably guessed it. They’re all winning with MakerBot.

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MakerBot Sponsors Baauer’s “Aa” Listening Party

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The wait is over. Brooklyn producer Baauer is back at it with his first full-length album, Aa. In partnership with MakerBot and Soylent, Baauer hosted his album listening party in New York City on March 25th. The event was bustling with industry insiders, who sipped on Soylent while listening to Baauer’s freshest sounds. A personal fan of 3D printing, Baauer enlisted MakerBot to enhance the space with over one hundred 3D prints of the Aa album art. The prints lined bar shelves, tabletops, and DJ area, and were also included in gift bags. With the high-energy sounds of “Day Ones” and “GoGo!” playing in the background, the Aa prints became the perfect accent pieces for this uniquely edgy atmosphere.

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MakerBot Teams up with Future Engineers to Support the Star Trek (TM) Replicator Challenge for K-12 Students

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MakerBot is excited to inspire the next generation of astronauts and Starfleet cadets by supporting the Star Trek Replicator Challenge, a 3D printing challenge developed by Future Engineers for the ASME Foundation, NASA and Star Trek. Participants in the challenge must create a digital model of a non-edible, food-related item for astronauts to 3D print in the year 2050. The Star Trek Replicator Challenge is the third in a series of ‘Future Engineers’ challenges aimed to educate students K-12 about 3D printing and engineering design. Read the rest of this entry »

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PS 121 Students Enjoy Access to Better Learning with MakerBot

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Every student, no matter where they’re from, should have access to quality education. Located in a low income community in the Bronx, NY, students at PS 121 Throop struggle with not always having the resources they need to absorb new material and excel in STEAM classes. With funding from the NYS Department of Youth and Community Development, the school was able to start an after school program with The Sports & Arts in Schools Foundation (SASF). The SASF staff was able to improve student performance, increase engagement, and make a real difference for the students at PS 121 Throop with MakerBot.

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Milestones: Celebrating Invention through Iteration with MakerBot

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MakerBot is celebrating milestones achieved by our community of makers and on this Monday, we’re recognizing inventors. The quintessential 19th century inventor, Thomas Edison once said “Genius is one percent inspiration, ninety-nine percent perspiration.” Even if that quote sums up a realistic, healthy attitude towards work, Edison may have tweaked those percentages were he to 3D print today.

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How to Provide Proper Attribution for Designs from Thingiverse

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VEND – the totally printed candy dispenser by Mr_MegaTronic is licensed under the Creative Commons – Attribution license.

We recently provided a brief explanation of Creative Commons (CC) licenses.  This week, we want to focus on the attribution obligation of CC licenses and explain best practices for providing attribution for designs from Thingiverse.

Attribution is a condition of every CC license. We believe attribution is incredibly important because those who spend the energy and time to create all the amazing Things on Thingiverse deserve credit for offering their work to everyone. So what does proper attribution look like? Read the rest of this entry »

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The #MakerMilestones Giveaway

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In gratitude to our customers and community for helping us reach the milestone of selling 100,000 MakerBot printers, we have some special Spring plans! We dropped the price of the MakerBot Replicator Desktop 3D Printer (5th Gen) to $2499 and launched a giveaway on social media to share in the celebration!

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Milestones: Celebrating Lives Touched by MakerBot

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There’s something bigger and more important than 3D printers at the heart of MakerBot’s 100K milestone. It’s the thousands upon thousands of milestones others have achieved by aspiring to make things better through 3D printing. Amazingly better.

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MakerBot Announces Winners of MakerEd Challenge

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The MakerEd Challenge asked Thingiverse users to consider future designers and create projects that educators could bring to their classrooms. After more than 785 submissions, The Fillet Gauge design was selected as the winner of Makerbot Thingiverse MakerEd Challenge. Fillet gauges are used to measure curves on objects, like the edge of a phone case for example. In the original post the designer writes that the Fillet Gauge project is perfect for students who are beginning to use more advanced modeling software. This design can help teachers explain to students why fillets gauges are useful and will help students learn more advanced designs.

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MakerBot Reaches Milestone: 100,000 3D Printers Sold Worldwide

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Today, we’ve set a new record in 3D printing with more than 100,000 3D printers sold worldwide. By providing the most accessible, easy-to-use 3D printing experience, MakerBot is the first company in the 3D printing industry to reach this important milestone.

“Being the first company to have sold 100,000 3D printers is a major milestone for MakerBot and the entire industry,” said Jonathan Jaglom, CEO at MakerBot. “MakerBot has made 3D printing more accessible and today is empowering businesses and educators to redefine what’s possible. What was once a product used only by makers and hobbyists has matured significantly and become an indispensible tool that is changing the way students learn and businesses innovate.”

To celebrate, we’re launching the #MakerMilestones social media contest and reducing the price of our MakerBot Replicator® Desktop 3D Printer to $2,499 for a limited time.

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PS 15 Advances Project-Based Learning with MakerBot

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If you were to spend a day in any classroom, you’d know how hard it is to keep students engaged and interested. The teachers at Red Hook’s Patrick F. Daly School of the Arts are dedicated to reinforcing lessons and concepts through academic projects that are creative and multi-dimensional. Through the federally-funded Magnet Grant, STEM educator Jenna Utter was able to make projects more dynamic, interactive, and enjoyable for her students with 3D printing.

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How the Alien Suit in Colony Was 3D Printed on a MakerBot Replicator Z18

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We’re all under the rule of extra-terrestrial invaders in USA Networks’ new sci-fi drama, Colony. Mysteriously unseen, they’ve surrounded cities across the globe with giant walls and employ a military regime of humans to brutally govern mankind. As the plot unfolds in Los Angeles within the near future, you’re left wondering who or what is behind it.

For the finale of the first season, we moved one step closer to finding out. What we saw seemed almost too real: a chiseled, tech-smart exoskeleton, a helmet fit for an oblong head, a menacing pitch-black visor, and underneath, the alien itself.

What you didn’t see —or would ever suspect— is that most of the exoskeleton was 3D printed on a MakerBot Replicator Z18 at Legacy Effects Studios.

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Back to the Future: The Making of the MakerBot Smart Extruder+

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Forget a crystal ball, palm reading, or tarot cards. To see what’s on the horizon for desktop 3D printing, consider the past. In a recent interview with Actionable Intelligence, MakerBot’s CEO Jonathan Jaglom compared desktop 3D printing now to what he saw 10 years ago in industrial 3D printing at Stratasys.

Though rapid prototyping was new then, customers sought more sophisticated 3D printing materials and features as their skills with the equipment developed. Jaglom finds that we are at a similar tipping point today: “As adoption gains momentum, designers and engineers are coming back to us and asking for more.” So what’s this have to do with the Smart Extruder+?

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NEW THINGS! MakerBot and Syfy Announce Fresh Designs for New Series

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At Comic-Con last week, Syfy announced an expansion of their successful partnership with MakerBot by publishing a new line of exclusive 3D models from the network’s original series 12 Monkeys, The Magicians, Hunters, Killjoys and Dark Matter. The new designs will include the 12 Monkeys iconic time machine and an alien skull from Hunters, a new thriller from executive producers Gale Anne Hurd (“The Walking Dead”) and Natalie Chaidez (“Heroes”). Printable files are available on Syfy’s page on Thingiverse, and the network will launch additional show-inspired models on Thingiverse in the coming weeks.

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Thingiverse Creative Commons Licenses Explained

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Three weeks ago, we discussed a case of an eBay seller here on our blog who was violating the rights of several Thingiverse users. The seller was offering prints of Thingiverse designs on eBay while completely ignoring the licenses our users attached to these designs. The Thingiverse community rallied behind this cause and well-known designer Loubie created a Sad Face that quickly became a symbol for this controversy, garnering more than 850 comments. In the spirit of Thingiverse, many users iterated on the design and uploaded their own versions to show their support. Since then, the eBay seller has taken down their store and we’re happy to see that the Sad Face is now a Happy Face! Read the rest of this entry »

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4 Fun Clover Facts About St. Patrick’s Day!

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Create your own luck this St. Patrick’s Day with MakerBot! Celebrate by making 3D-printed charms that embody the true spirit of holiday cheer. We’ve compiled a quick list of four St. Patrick’s Day facts to help you decide which prints are most suited for your celebration. Learn more about St. Patrick’s Day and how you can enjoy this exciting time with these holiday-themed 3D prints.

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The MakerBot Innovation Center Helps a Young Entrepreneur

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With the help of the MakerBot Innovation Center at SUNY New Paltz, Danielle Aylmer could develop her product design into a full blown entrepreneurial enterprise. While still in high school, Aylmer designed, “Syngies,” a toy car that sits on top of a syringe, concealing the needle so children will relax more when getting a shot. From the start, her product concept picked up steam after she received local recognition for its design. With a gleaming vision of success in mind, Aylmer was determined to bring her product to life.

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The New MakerBot Smart Extruder+ is Now Shipping!

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Get ready for superior results, reliability, and ease of use—the MakerBot Smart Extruder+ is now shipping! From the moment you unbox the extruder, we want your experience to be as successful as possible. Before you can enjoy the results and reliability from the Smart Extruder+, you must download MakerBot Desktop 3.9 and Firmware 1.9.

As a part of these updates, you can now experience a faster pre-print process. Your MakerBot 3D printer will pre-heat the extruder and start the homing process while slicing and transferring your design file from MakerBot Desktop. To ensure a smooth print process, check out these tips below.

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5 Student Designs That Prove 3D Printing is Reshaping Education

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When MakerBot Thingiverse passed the one million uploads mark this past October, it became clear that professional engineers and designers aren’t the only ones skilled in 3D design. In fact, thanks to the many modeling programs available, 3D design is getting so easy that some of the most innovative uploads are coming from K-12 students. Just like a 12-year-old Mark Zuckerberg went from writing a private messaging application to creating Facebook, any one of these student 3D designers now has the skill to design tomorrow’s game-changing innovation. Here are five incredible examples of student designs available now on Thingiverse: Read the rest of this entry »

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Your Valentine’s Day DIY Gift Guide

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Treat your loved one to something they won’t be able to find anywhere else. 3D printed gifts and trinkets are an easy and affordable way to give something that’s truly unique. You can personalize your prints using the free Customizer feature on Thingiverse, giving your gift a tailored touch that your sweetheart can readily recognize and appreciate. For more functional designs, you can even insert photos, trinkets, candy, and more into your prints. Read on for a few cost effective, intimate do-it-yourself Valentine’s Day gift ideas from MakerBot.

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Sign Up Now for Updates on the MakerBot Thingiverse Developer Program

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Thingiverse is the world’s largest online 3D printing design community and has become the go-to place on the Internet for anyone interested in 3D design and 3D printing. What makes Thingiverse special is the active community of contributors behind it. At MakerBot, we have big plans to empower this community to become even more engaged.

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MakerBot Announces Winners of Make It Loud Challenge!

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After more than 200 submissions, Joe Zisa’s “V29” survival whistle was selected as the winner of the the MakerBot Thingiverse Make it Loud Challenge. The challenge asked Thingiverse users to make the loudest thing they could, and the loudest creation would be selected as the winner. Whistles, drum machines and many other types of designs were uploaded in what was one of the most popular Thingiverse challenges in 2015.

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Safe and Sound: MakerBot PLA Filament

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At MakerBot, providing the best possible 3D printing experience for our customers is about more than releasing new, innovative products. It’s about ensuring that our products are among the safest on the market, so that even our most active customers can print with confidence.

A recent study has sought to answer safety-related questions regarding 3D printing filament. As supported by this study, we would like to underscore that our latest generation of 3D printers only use filament that is safe for your classroom or business. Known as PLA, or polylactic acid, this filament is a nontoxic resin made of sugar derived from starches found in foods, like potatoes, corn, grain, or even beets.

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Classic Contemporary Design with MakerBot and Stratasys

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A spoon isn’t just a spoon, when it’s from Robert Welch Designs Ltd. At this UK-based home goods company, one piece of cutlery can be prototyped as many as 50 to 100 times. Every design is questioned, challenged, and refined until it meets their distinct standards of timeless, elegant beauty. Key to helping them meet these standards are MakerBot and Stratasys 3D printers.

As Senior Designer, Kit deBretton Gordon puts it, “The Robert Welch brand is contemporary classic design, so we design things that we want to last for years.” Typically, products in their catalogue feature a classic silhouette with a contemporary twist.

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MakerBot and Syfy Channel Announce Thingiverse Partnership

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During last week’s Consumer Electronics Show (CES), the Syfy Channel made designs from their newest show, The Expanse, available on MakerBot Thingiverse. Syfy is the first major television network to share exclusive content on this platform. As the Internet’s largest 3D printing community, MakerBot Thingiverse is the ideal platform for Syfy Labs to give fans access to printable files from their favorite Syfy shows.

During CES, Syfy featured a MakerBot Replicator equipped with the new Smart Extruder+, which 3D printed various models based on Syfy’s show, The Expanse. Syfy’s partnership with MakerBot is the first step for Syfy to expand their science fiction content from the television format into new territories of technology, ultimately allowing viewers to bring physical content to their homes.

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