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  • MakerBot Comes To Select Home Depot Stores

    MakerBot Comes To Select Home Depot Stores

    Home Depot is redefining the term DIY now that MakerBot printers and scanners are available in some retail locations. As part of a pilot program (pdf link), the 3D printers will sold and demonstrated in 12 stores throughout California, Illinois and New York. Home Depot started selling the printers on its website three months ago. The latest generation of the Replication, the new Replicator… Read More

  • MakerBot Now Shipping Massive Z18 3D Printer

    MakerBot Now Shipping Massive Z18 3D Printer

    When MakerBot announced the Z18 printer last January at CES, there wasn’t much of a shipping date. Now, however, the company has begun shipping the massive 3D printer to customers who have pre-ordered thus far and expect to ship from their Brooklyn factory in six to eight weeks for new orders. Read More

  • MakerBot Responds To Critics Who Claim It Is Stealing Community IP

    MakerBot Responds To Critics Who Claim It Is Stealing Community IP

    MakerBot CEO Bre Pettis made an official statement regarding the claims that the company has patented a number of community-created 3D printing improvements and tools. The claims emerged after a number of MakerBot patents appeared online. “At MakerBot we file patents. There is a Patent Office and patent process and we have chosen, since the beginning of MakerBot, to participate in… Read More

  • The Next Open Source Battle Is Being Waged In The 3D Printing Industry

    The Next Open Source Battle Is Being Waged In The 3D Printing Industry

    After its creation in 1991 it took another eight years or so to be widely recognized, but during that period, arguments arose as to what Linux really was. Could Red Hat, a company founded in 1993, sell services around it? Who made money when you sold a CD containing the latest version of Mandrake Linux? Who owned code written on top of Linux for specific purposes? To the open source community… Read More

  • Autodesk Announces A Cheap, Open-Source 3D Printer Called The Spark

    Autodesk Announces A Cheap, Open-Source 3D Printer Called The Spark

    Autodesk has been moving decisively in the home 3D printing space, buying 3D modeling software Tinkercad and releasing apps to help amateur modelers create 3D goodies using their phones. Now they have somewhere to send all those 3D models: a new 3D printer called the Spark. The project is two-pronged. First, Spark will exist as a platform that users can build upon and use to render 3D prints. Read More

  • MakerBot Patents An Automatic Filament Switching System While Parent Company Stratasys Enjoys A Financial Bump

    MakerBot Patents An Automatic Filament Switching System While Parent Company Stratasys Enjoys A Financial Bump

    A MakerBot patent shows that the company is working on a dual-filament solution that can change print colors on the fly. By leading the filaments through the heated extruder using a sort of “slider” system, the patent suggests that future MakerBots should be able to change colors mid-print, a vast improvement over current dual-color solutions. Current dual-filament solutions use… Read More

  • Stratsys Acquires 3D Filament Researcher Interfacial Solutions

    Stratsys Acquires 3D Filament Researcher Interfacial Solutions

    Stratasys, the 3D-printing company that bought Makerbot, has purchased Interfacial Solutions, a Wisconsin-based R&D house and maker of plastic filament for FDM-style 3D printing. Read More

  • Tiles Is An Easy-To-Use 3D Design Program That Lets You Print Your Own Objects

    Tiles Is An Easy-To-Use 3D Design Program That Lets You Print Your Own Objects

    Tiles by Cadigo is a 3D modeling program for kids that lets the wee tykes drop blocks, walls, and pixels into an environment and then output the object for 3D printing. Designed to be dead simple, you basically create a shape in 2D and then “extrude” it into 3D, adding features as you build. The software costs $25 for an early “Founders” edition with free updates… Read More

  • Build Your Own Makerbot-Inspired Robotic Tattoo Machine

    Build Your Own Makerbot-Inspired Robotic Tattoo Machine

    I actually checked to see if today was April Fool’s but, seeing as how it wasn’t and seeing as how it would be quite simple to recreate this cool piece of hardware, I figured we could check it out. Basically it’s a DIY tattoo machine that uses a Makerbot base with a needle attached to the extruder. To use it you simply strap your arm to the platform (!!!) and wait for the… Read More

  • HP Planning To Enter The 3D Printer Space In June

    HP Planning To Enter The 3D Printer Space In June

    HP CEO Meg Whitman casually noted that the company would have a “big technology announcement” in June related to the 3D printing space, a move that could place 3D printers into the hands of casual home and industrial users. Whitman also mentioned that the company has solved a number of 3D printing problems and expects that “the bigger market is going to be in the… Read More

  • Sense 3D Scanner | Fly or Die

    Fly Or Die: 3D Systems Sense Scanner

    If you followed along with this year’s CES coverage, you know that one trend that emerged over the past couple years is here to stay. If you haven’t made your peace with the 3D printing revolution, you should. One company that’s taking the 3D-printed bull by the horns is 3D Systems, an incumbent in the space. The company revealed the Sense, a hand-held 3D scanner in November… Read More

  • Martha Stewart Tours the CES Showfloor | CES 2014

    Martha Stewart Goes 3D Printer Shopping At CES 2014

    Interested in 3D printing and smartphone-controlled aerial drones? So is Martha Stewart. She and I had the pleasure of touring CES 2014′s South Hall, where we checked out Parrot, Form Labs, and MakerBot, among a few other companies. Read More

  • MakerBot Is Changing The World

    MakerBot Is Changing The World

    It was an inauspicious beginning. At the Makerbot event last night at CES 2014 the intro music tended towards soft hard rock. On the plate was a lilting guitar anthem by the Foo Fighters and then a song by Incubus, Pardon Me. Read More

  • MakerBot Unveils The Replicator Mini, Z18, And A New Prosumer Replicator

    MakerBot Unveils The Replicator Mini, Z18, And A New Prosumer Replicator

    Today at CES 2014, MakerBot CEO Bre Pettis announced the MakerBot Replicator 3D Printing Platform. This “platform” consists of the MakerBot Replicator Mini, a smaller 3D printer with the build volume of the original MakerBot Cupcake. Pettis called it the “consumer 3D printer” with one-touch 3D printing as well as printing via mobile devices. Read More

  • Analysts Expect 3D Printer Shipments To Grow Ten Times Before 2017

    Analysts Expect 3D Printer Shipments To Grow Ten Times Before 2017

    Hardware analysts at IDC are estimating that 3D printer shipments will grow ten times in the period between now and 2017. Printers, once the provenance of hackers and engineers, will soon be household commodities. Read More

  • This Is The Year Of The Makers

    This Is The Year Of The Makers

    We are at a turning point in terms of gadget manufacturing. The heavy hitters in hardware – the Sonys, the Samsungs, the LGs – are stuck in the mire of slow innovation. We haven’t heard much out of that camp this year – they’re keeping CES plans under wraps – but I suspect we’ll see a few big TVs and some thin laptops and a nice fridge or two and… Read More

  • Big 3D Printing Needs To Stop The Bullying

    Big 3D Printing Needs To Stop The Bullying

    Stratasys, one of the two giants in the 3D printing market (the other is 3DSystems), is on a roll. This summer it bought one of the biggest and beloved home 3D-printer makers, MakerBot, and watched its printers churn out the first 3D-printed gun. Now it’s back in the news for suing printer reseller Afinia for infringing on its patents. Read More

  • Gift Guide: Gadgets For Budding 3D Printing Fans

    Gift Guide: Gadgets For Budding 3D Printing Fans

    3D printing is all the rage and it’s hard to know just where to start. If you have a budding manufacturing magnate on your Christmas list we’ve got a few fun things for them to check out. One word of advice? Don’t buy cheap 3D printers. I’ve tested a few so far and a number of the “cheap” open source models and some of the models you find at Office Depot… Read More

  • LittleBits Brings Open-Source Electronics Home

    LittleBits Connects With $11.1M To Transform Its Electronics Kit Business Into A Hardware Platform

    Big things are coming for littleBits — the New York-based startup that makes lego-style electronics kits. The company, originally conceived by founder Ayah Bdeir in the MIT Media Lab (and backed in part by its head, Joi Ito), has already picked up traction for its first product: kits for children and hobbyists to create fun objects at home (see more in the video below). Today, it is… Read More

  • Makerbot Wants To Put A 3D Printer In Every School

    Makerbot Wants To Put A 3D Printer In Every School

    3D-printer company Makerbot is leading a crowdfunding drive to buy 3D printers for every school in America. The push, called Makerbot Academy, will begin with CEO Bre Pettis personally pledging a Makerbot to every public high school in the company’s home town of Brooklyn. “MakerBot Academy is a big thing. It is epic. There are around 100,000 schools in the USA and we want those… Read More