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MakerBot, a global leader in the desktop 3D printing industry, was founded in January 2009 by Bre Pettis, Adam Mayer, and Zach Smith producing an open source 3D printer to democratize manufacturing. MakerBot is a division of Stratasys LTD.
The MakerBot Replicator Desktop 3D Printer (fifth-generation) is the ultimate personal 3D printer, with a bigger printing footprint, giving you the superpower to print things BIG! Assembled in Brooklyn by skilled technicians, the MakerBot Replicator is ready within minutes to start printing right out of the box. The MakerBot Replicator is an affordable, open source 3D printer that is compact enough to sit on your desktop. With a build envelope that’s roughly the size of a loaf of bread, The MakerBot Replicator gives you the power to go big. Make an entire chess set with the press of a button. Friends, classmates, co-workers, and family will see the things you make and say “Wow!”
The MakerBot Replicator creates anything you can imagine with the new MakerBot Smart Extruder, the extruder is the part of the machine that turns raw feedstock, like ABS (what Lego® is made of) or PLA (a biodegradable material made from corn), into the objects you desire. The Smart Extruder is an industry first, allowing the user to swap out extruders and keep your printer technology viable even as materials change.
The MakerBot Replicator is ideal for personalized manufacturing, providing a new way to make the things you want and need. It is also an essential tool for children and students; parents and educators with a MakerBot Replicator offer the next generation an opportunity to learn the digital designing skills required to solve the problems of the future. Students with access to a MakerBot have an edge in the future job market. Just like the youth of the 1980’s, who had access to computers, children with access to a MakerBot Replicator will become the leaders who make a better tomorrow. MakerBot is in over 5,000 schools across the United States.
The MakerBot Replicator is the tool from tomorrow, today. In the two years since the company was founded, the capabilities of a MakerBot have grown from printing cupcake-sized objects in 2009 to printing things as large as an entire loaf of bread today on on the MakerBot Replicator. MakerBot continues to demonstrate its dedication to putting the tools of creativity into the hands of the those brilliant and bold enough to bring their imagination into the physical world.
MakerBot has an online community at Thingiverse.com where users can post digital design files, document their designs, and collaborate on open source hardware. The site is not just for MakerBot, but also for anyone with a digital fabrication device to share their designs.
MakerBot Industries was named one of the top 20 startups in NYC, and has been featured in The New York Times, Wired, Colbert Report, Fast Company, Engadget, Make: Magazine, The Wall Street Journal, Rolling Stone, Time.com, IEEE Spectrum, CNN, Financial Times, NPR, the Economist and others.