Milestones: Celebrating Invention through Iteration with MakerBot
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. From our very beginning, we’ve seen an impressive variety of new products created through the faster, cost-effective power of 3D printing with MakerBot. Consider Aaron Wypyszyniski. He’s in the process of starting an incredible, new outrageous extreme sport, dubbed “Wingboarding”. It involves surfing behind an airplane. He’s prototyping his WingBoard on MakerBot 3D Printers, which allow him “to create parts that would not be cost effective to make any other way.” For him, each new step in the WingBoard’s development is a potential milestone, not to mention the day when WingBoarding and the WingBoard are a reality. MakerBot’s reliable, accessible 3D printers are a key-ingredient to the major milestone of funding a project on Kickstarter. Take it from Ryan Gepper, inventor of the Coolest Cooler, or Dustin Sell, inventor of the Bruvelo. Both successfully prototyped their products on MakerBot 3D Printers and both are selling their products now. To entrepreneur Loyd Nornes, 3D printing also serves to prove whether a product is possible or not. He gives us insight into why: “3D printing makes it hard to argue that a solution won’t work. If I can make a working model, I can also make a full-sized product. In short, it makes it easier to sell new ideas.” He invented a handheld drum that allows people to quickly retract cable webbing, then quickly secured a deal with a distributor in his home country of Norway. Nowadays, Edison might have also been shocked to see who’s inventing with a 3D printer. There’s story after story of younger makers bringing products to life through their own hard work and 3D-printed ingenuity. Matt Sauer, a 17-year old student, designed a medication bottle opener for persons with disabilities. Sauer was inspired to design the opener for his dad who suffers from MS. Danielle Aylmer, a recent high school graduate, designed a toy that fits on syringes to relax kids before a shot. Jeffery Olander designed a modification to the seat belt on his wheelchair, instead of having to wait for insurance to offer the solution. While not necessarily a product, he created his own solution faster all on his own. All three went from design to iteration to final product with MakerBot 3D Printers. To share in the celebration, we’re giving away three MakerBot Replicator Fifth Generation 3D Printers. To enter, tell us your maker milestones on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter. Just make sure to include #MakerMilestones and @MakerBot. You can also save $400 on the MakerBot Replicator Desktop 3D Printer until June 15th. At MakerBot, we believe there’s an innovator in everyone. Join us in celebrating anyone who dreams and aspires to innovate.