The three MIT graduates behind Rest Devices used to spend their days working on systems for solar panels and combustion chambers for spacecraft. When the co-founders formed their start-up, they decided to tackle a problem closer to home: perfecting the baby monitor. Come hear a lecture and Q&A from the founders of Rest Devices this Thursday, May 8th at the Boston Retail Store. Rest Devices will discuss the role rapid protoyping on a MakerBot 3D Printer played in developing the Mimo Baby Monitor, which detects sleep apnea in infants. “Back when we started in 2011, MakerBot was the first and best company to offer high-quality 3D printers for not a lot of money,” recalls Rest Devices’ CEO and Co-founder Dulcie Madden. To date, MakerBot 3D Printers have saved the company a quarter of a million dollars and an estimated year’s worth of development time on the Mimo. With each iteration, the team streamlined the design and technology behind their product, finally settling on the Mimo’s current Lilypad and Turtle design, and adding impressive features like the ability to detect a baby’s activity level and skin temperature. All this innovation won the Mimo Baby Monitor the award for best kid-friendly product at CES 2014. Rest Devices is now prototyping a new line of products, with their trusty MakerBot 3D Printer close at hand. “We rely on quick and inexpensive prototyping and iterations to help us get crazy amounts of user feedback as we develop a product,” says Madden. “Our MakerBot has changed the way we build, the way we interact with users, and our bottom line. It is literally essential to what we do.” Register for the lecture, which starts at 7:30pm on May 8th at the Boston MakerBot Retail Store.