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MakerBot Launches New 3D Printing Solutions for Professionals and Educators

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New MakerBot Solutions Address the Wider Needs of Professionals and Educators; Include New MakerBot Replicator+, MakerBot Replicator Mini+, MakerBot Print, MakerBot Slate Gray Tough PLA Filament Bundle, Thingiverse Education, and More

BROOKLYN, N.Y., September 20, 2016 — MakerBot, a global leader in the desktop 3D printing industry, today announced new 3D printing solutions that address the wider needs of professionals and educators. MakerBot believes its new solutions offer engineers and designers a faster and more effective way to develop ideas and offer educators a better way to integrate 3D printing in the classroom to teach creativity and problem solving. Read the rest of this entry »

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Get a Full Tour of 3D Design Programs from a MakerBot Expert

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3D design gives you the freedom to easily add depth and dimension to your biggest ideas. Knowing how to design files correctly helps you bring ideas to life faster. When you have accurate 3D design files from the start, it’s easier to assess your design work and discover ways to improve upon your ideas. When it comes to creating and downloading 3D files, there are lots of free programs, methods, and options to choose from. To help you choose which methods will work best for you, we present two free 3D design webinars hosted by Drew Lentz, a 3D design expert on the MakerBot Learning Team.

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3D Printing Terminology 101: Learn Your Lingo with MakerBot!

8-15_3DPterminology-blogheader-3At MakerBot, we believe the easier the user experience, the more you can focus on developing your ideas. Whether you’re already 3D printing or just starting out, learning how to read, write, and talk about your process with the right terms can help you advance your goals. The 3D Printing Terminology Guide is a valuable resource from MakerBot that can help you bring ideas to life through a deeper understanding of desktop 3D printing.

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MakerBot Learning’s Top Five Educational 3D Design Apps

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Every school deserves access to quality resources for its students. Every student should have the chance to learn, explore, and grow with the best resources available. After frequent talks with educators and other customers, we’ve learned that 3D design apps are extremely valuable for the learning process. These 3D design apps, best explored on laptops, desktops, or iPads, help students conceptualize, shape, and model designs for new projects. Read on to check out MakerBot’s top five free 3D design apps that will help elevate learning in your classroom.

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Improve Retention: 8 Lesson Plans That Reinforce STEAM Learning for Students

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Enhance STEAM learning in your classroom with engaging challenges like building racecars, creating 3D puzzles, designing airboats, and more! MakerBot Learning has brought together advanced 3D printing lessons that are as rewarding as they are challenging. Through lessons that involve 3D design and iteration, educators can improve learning retention and reinforce tough concepts. Peruse this fun collection of Thingiverse lesson plans and pick a project that’ll inspire big STEAM exploration in your classroom.

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MakerBot Learning Tips: How to Lay Out Files in MakerBot Desktop

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You’ve downloaded, designed, or scanned a 3D file. You’ve imported it into MakerBot Desktop and are staring hard at that Print button. We know you’re itchin’ to print; but before you do, you always want to find the best layout for your file in MakerBot Desktop. Doing so will ensure greater overall success and a better foundation once you start printing.

3D printing is like building a house; if the foundation isn’t solid, the house probably won’t be stable. To set you up for success, this MakerBot Learning Tips video offers general guidelines for laying out your design file in MakerBot Desktop. We also provide more info and tips later in this post.

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MakerBot Learning Tips: Print Settings in MakerBot Desktop

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The more you know about MakerBot Desktop, the more powerful it becomes. One of the most important features in MakerBot Desktop, if not the most, are the Print Settings. These settings dictate how your print will be made. With these settings, you can optimize your 3D print for the best results, no matter what you’re printing —be it a prosthetic, a prototype, a jig, or a coaster.

To help you achieve more with MakerBot Desktop, this MakerBot Learning Tips video defines key settings and offers general best practices. Below, we also break down how different settings can affect your print time as well as the strength, surface quality, and weight of your 3D print. Ultimately, what’s a priority for your 3D print is entirely up to you, so we encourage you to experiment with these settings.

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MakerBot Learning Tips: Exporting Files from MakerBot Desktop

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You’re almost there. You’ve imported your print file, you’ve laid it out, and you’ve tweaked your print settings. All you need to do now is export and print. In this short MakerBot Learning Tips video and post, we’ll go over best practices for exporting your file from MakerBot Desktop.

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MakerBot Celebrates The National Week of Making with our Washington, D.C. STEAM Makeathon

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In celebration of this year’s National Week of Making, we held our final MakerBot STEAM Makeathon in the nation’s capital. Educators collaborated together on exciting 3D printing projects and lessons that will inspire our next generation of tinkerers, designers, builders, and makers. They took a two-day journey through the world of 3D printing with the MakerBot team, who hosted breakout sessions on 3D design, modeling, printing, and more. As with the previous Makeathons, educators split into teams to design and create 3D printing projects for their classrooms and went on to compete for the first place prize of MakerBot Replicator 3D Printers. Read the rest of this entry »

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Educators Use 3D Printing to Bring STEAM Lesson Plans to Life at MakerBot’s Chicago Makeathon

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At our third STEAM Makeathon event, educators convened at the Industrial Arts & Design Center in Chicago to create exciting 3D printing projects for their curriculums. In just two days, these teachers, tinkerers, and 3D printing enthusiasts brought STEAM lessons to life with engaging 3D models and prints. Attendees also enjoyed breakout sessions on 3D printing, 3D design, photographing 3D prints, and post-processing 3D prints. With some help from the MakerBot team, they created 3D printing lesson plans that could advance student learning while satisfying standards.
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7 Fun & Easy Lesson Plans to Jumpstart 3D Printing in Your Classroom

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Are you ready to take on a learning journey that keeps students motivated and engaged from start to finish? The MakerBot Learning Team’s got a great collection of 3D printing lesson plans to help get you started. You’ll reinforce complex STEAM concepts with Thingiverse projects that encourage experimentation and innovation. You’ll give your students the freedom to explore, design, and create new things, all in one lesson.

Many Thingiverse lesson plans come with step by step instructions, downloadable activity sheets, photos, and more. You’ll keep them engaged with interactive activities like building bridges, designing artifacts, making 3D-printed games, and more. Read on to check out some lesson plans that are sure to excite the innovators in your classroom.
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5 Benefits of a Connected MakerBot 3D Printing Experience

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The creative process is more than just making new things. It’s being able to conceptualize and create without compromise. It’s having the ability to expand your project in any direction without any fear or limitation. It’s innovating more and stressing less. When you’re 3D printing with MakerBot, it’s exactly that.

Through our uniquely connected experience, everything you need to optimize your 3D print process is a click, a link, or a swipe away. You have the freedom to create, monitor, and share your print through a range of convenient options. We’ve connected each part of this experience in a way that you can’t find anywhere else. Dive in, and read more about how you can create exactly what you want, on your terms.

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Educators Come up Big at the First MakerBot STEAM Makeathon in NYC

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The first summer STEAM Makeathon was a resounding success! Hosted at our Brooklyn headquarters, our Makeathon gathered educators from all levels for two fun-filled days of collaboration and learning. Attendees had free access to both Spheros and Ozobots, enjoyed a SOLIDWORKS breakout session, and walked away with their own 3D printing project for the classroom.

In the end, the Makeathon generated 14 projects that showcased the true potential of what 3D printing can do for students in STEAM classrooms. A few lucky teams even won MakerBot Replicator® Desktop 3D Printers or an Ozobot Bundle with MakerBot in the Classroom.

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3D Design Made Easy: 3D Slash App Launches on Thingiverse

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Learning 3D design software can be daunting for those who are just getting started with 3D printing. Luckily, there are a range of software solutions available that make it easy to take the first steps. 3D Slash is one of them and they just launched their first app on Thingiverse, allowing anyone to easily customize or create Things right within Thingiverse. The app offers a unique interface with a set of tools that allow users to build or modify 3D models by subtracting or adding a variety of cube shapes in a fun and game-like way. The app also offers advanced features, such as allowing users to import a 2D picture as a template for their 3D modeling creations. Read the rest of this entry »

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Thingiverse MakerEd Challenge 2.0: Share Your 3D Printing Lesson Plans

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Desktop 3D printing is transforming the way educators teach 21st-century skills by enabling students to tackle real-world problems in clear, tangible ways—at any grade level. Integrating 3D printing in the classroom, however, isn’t easy and finding lesson plans can be challenging.

To encourage educators who have experience with 3D printing to share their lesson plans with others, MakerBot is excited to announce the Thingiverse #MakerEd Challenge 2.0. As the world’s largest 3D printing community, Thingiverse has become a popular destination for educators and the increasing number of lesson plans available make it an even greater resource. Educators can publish and discover 3D printing lesson plans on Thingiverse, complete with learning objectives and instructions. Read the rest of this entry »

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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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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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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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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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Thingiverse Developer Program Invites Community to Shape the Future of 3D Printing

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We’re excited to announce a new Thingiverse Developer Program that enables developers to add new functionalities and services to the largest 3D printing community in the world. We believe that the future of 3D printing will be defined by new apps and use cases that drive broader accessibility and adoption of the technology. The new Developer Program invites you to shape this next chapter with us. The new additions include Thing App APIs that allow developers to create apps and services that appear directly on a Thing page, in app purchases and tips, as well as a new Thingiverse Developer Portal. Read the rest of this entry »

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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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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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Your Rights When You Upload to Thingiverse

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Several members of the Thingiverse community have recently raised concerns about an eBay member who is selling 3D prints of design files from Thingiverse. In many cases, the restrictions or obligations placed on those files by Thingiverse users are being completely disregarded. While we are still investigating the exact circumstances, we want to emphasize that MakerBot views violations of our community members’ rights with the utmost seriousness. We firmly oppose this kind of use of our talented community’s creations. To put it simply, we see such violations as a direct attack on the very goal of Thingiverse and the Creative Commons (CC) framework. Because there has been some misinformation being disseminated as part of the discussion, we wanted to take this opportunity to clarify how Thingiverse works and the rights that you as Thingiverse users have when using our platform. Read the rest of this entry »

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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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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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