MakerBot: Robots That Make Things!
MakerBot Industries is a company founded in January 2009 by Bre Pettis, Adam Mayer, and Zach Smith producing an open source 3D printer to democratize manufacturing. MakerBot is a machine that can make you almost anything!
The MakerBot Replicator™ is the ultimate personal 3D printer, with MakerBot Dualstrusion™ (2-color printing) and 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 Stepstruder™ MK8, 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. You can order your MakerBot Replicator™ with single or dual MakerBot Stepstruders on it. By choosing the dual extrusion option, you’ll print with two different colors at the same time. MakerBot Dualstrusion™ unlocks the ability to make beautiful combinations of colors and opens the door to experimenting with with multi-material objects.
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.
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 Industries 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 Industries 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.
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Things printed on a MakerBot
Photos by David Neff
What some of the press are saying about MakerBot:
11/1/2011 – MakerBot’s Thing-O-Matic 3D Printers Turn Ideas Into Reality
“The machines aren’t taking over quite yet, but you’d be forgiven for thinking they might be if you wandered into the Brooklyn, New York offices of Makerbot.”
9/14/2011 – A Machine That Gives Shape to Your Ideas
The MakerBot 3-D printer offers the possibility of manufacturing products in the home almost as easily as printing a document with an inkjet printer.
1/25/2010 – In the Next Industrial Revolution, Atoms are the New Bits
“Out of the box, the MakerBot produces plastic parts from digital files. Want a certain gear right now? Download a design and print it out yourself. Want to modify an object you already have? Scan it, tweak the bits you want to change with the free SketchUp software from Google, and load it into the ReplicatorG app. Within minutes, you have a whole new physical object: a rip, mix, and burn of atoms.
11/17/2011 – Engadget’s Holiday Gift Guide 2011: Fun Stuff!
What do you buy the nerd who has everything? The power to make anything. With the magic of open-source 3D printing, you can produce anything your imagination can conceive (so long as it’ll fit on the plate). Soon after setup, you’ll be producing jewelry, prototyping inventions or never buying birthday gifts ever again.
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