Makerbot

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

    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

  • The Makerbot Digitizer Is Nearly Magic

    The Makerbot Digitizer Is Nearly Magic

    When I was a kid I was amazed by advances technology. I went to a friend’s house when I was in fifth grade and his father had a PC – an IBM PC, I believe – with a built in hard drive. We loaded King’s Quest and Colossal Cavern in seconds and he even had a menu of apps that you could select by tapping a key. As a kid who grew up with tapes and later floppy disks, this… Read More

  • MakerBot Digitizer Launches in Brooklyn

    Hands On With The Brooklyn-Made Makerbot Digitizer

    The Makerbot Digitizer looked too good to be true. It was a solid, compact 3D scanner that could replicate a solid object without much fuss and had a level of detail unparalleled in the home scanning market. Now it’s clear that this is much more than a compelling idea. Read More

  • GitHub Adds 3D Modeling Features That Make It A Printer-Agnostic Choice For Object Sharing

    GitHub Adds 3D Modeling Features That Make It A Printer-Agnostic Choice For Object Sharing

    Github, everyone’s favorite nerdery, added STL object file support – basically a system for uploading and rendering 3D models – in April. Now, however, they’ve improved their service with a system for finding the differences in subsequent versions of these 3D files, essentially adding an undo button to 3D modeling. Read More

  • YouMagine Brings Some Heat To The Free 3D Model Space

    YouMagine Brings Some Heat To The Free 3D Model Space

    Is the 3D modeling space big enough for multiple competitors? Martijn Elserman, Siert Wijnia and Erik de Bruijn sure think so. They’re the founders of a new 3D object sharing site called YouMagine and were the creators of the Ultimaker, a $1,500 3D printer that comes in kit form and is a favorite with the DIY set. Read More

  • This Week On The TechCrunch Gadgets Podcast: Ubuntu, Omate, Digitizer And A Gold iPhone?

    This Week On The TechCrunch Gadgets Podcast: Ubuntu, Omate, Digitizer And A Gold iPhone?

    The Ubuntu Edge may have been the most successful crowdfunding campaign in history, but that doesn’t mean it made its goal. Meanwhile, yet another smartwatch joined the fray this week, coaxing John’s money out of his wallet by being just a tad “smarter” than the rest. Makerbot released a scanner this week called the Digitizer, which lets you scan objects to then print… Read More