Makerbot

  • MakerBot Announces Its First Easy-To-Use Desktop 3D Scanner, The Digitizer

    MakerBot Announces Its First Easy-To-Use Desktop 3D Scanner, The Digitizer

    Bre Pettis, founder of 3D-printer manufacturer MakerBot, announced their first desktop 3D scanner, the Digitizer, at a SXSWi keynote today. Pettis was coy about availability or final design but instead was focused on making a splash at the event. “We’re excited to put ourselves out there with the announcement. I have a tradition of announcing things at SXSW. I don’t think… Read More

  • Two Makers Come Together To Make A Robotic Hand For A Boy In South Africa

    Two Makers Come Together To Make A Robotic Hand For A Boy In South Africa

    Two makers on opposite ends of the globe, Ivan Owen in Bellingham, Washington and Richard Van As in South Africa, have teamed up to build a custom robotic hand and publish it on Thingiverse. The best part? They built it for Liam, a five-year-old South African boy who was born without fingers on his right hand, by collaborating online between continents. Read More

  • The Upcycling Filabot Turns Regular Plastic Scrap Into 3D Printer Filament

    The Upcycling Filabot Turns Regular Plastic Scrap Into 3D Printer Filament

    A fascinating project is making the rounds this weekend that could change the way we think of 3D printers. The Filabot is a robot that can turn scrap plastic into 3D printer filament, thereby allowing an almost endless supply of material for prototyping and manufacturing. Read More

  • Bre Pettis Discusses the Latest Makerbot Versions Onstage at CES

    Makerbot Announces Improved Experimental 3D Printer, The Replicator 2X, New Apps, And API

    We were lucky to have a few minutes to sit down with Bre Pettis of Makerbot. The company just announced an interesting improvement to the Replicator 2, called the Replicator 2X, that is tweaked to work with ABS plastic rather than the rigid, organic PLA. This new version is for experimenters who are looking to print in more materials. The extruders – the things that squirt out… Read More

  • MakerBot Introduces 3D Photo Booth In Its New York Store, Print Your Face In 3D

    MakerBot Introduces 3D Photo Booth In Its New York Store, Print Your Face In 3D

    Today was the official grand opening of the MakerBot Store in New York. Head over to 298 Mulberry Street and you can buy MakerBot printers, filament, and pre-made items, such as bracelets, watches and toys. And that’s not all. MakerBot CEO Bre Pettis unveiled a new 3D photo booth powered by ShapeShot. The photo takes a couple of minutes and costs $5 for three reusable shots. Then you… Read More

  • The EFF Needs Help Keeping 3D Printing Free

    The EFF Needs Help Keeping 3D Printing Free

    The Electronic Frontier Foundation is planning for a future when 3D printing, thanks to “creative” patents, could no longer be free. Because the technology is so nascent, patenting parts of the process or renewing expiring patents could prevent incremental improvement of the technology out of fear or patent infringement. The EFF wants to head this off at the pass. Read More

  • Home 3D Printing Is Killing The Manufacturing Industry

    Home 3D Printing Is Killing The Manufacturing Industry

    If you’ve followed the news, a collective of hackers recently rented a 3D printer to build a real, working gun. The group, Defense Distributed ,began the project but once the renter, Stratasys, discovered what they were building, they took the printer back. Writes the Danger Room: Cody Wilson planned in the coming weeks to make and test a 3-D printed pistol. Now those plans have been put… Read More

  • Inside The Brand New Makerbot Retail Store

    Inside The Brand New Makerbot Retail Store

    The handsomest man in the world, Bre Pettis, gives the second handsomest man in the world, Phil Torrone, a nice visit to the Makerbot Store in Manhattan. The store is now selling Makerbots, filament, as well as pre-made items like watches and toys. The store is at 298 Mulberry Street. Read More

  • MakerBot Unveils Its Next Generation Printer

    Makerbot Releases The $2,199 Replicator 2.0, A Leap Forward In Home 3D Printing

    Makerbot has just announced the Replicator 2.0, a brand new Makerbot Replicator with a larger build plate, coated metal chassis, and improved software as well as better print resolution. In short, this is the Makerbot all grown up. As you can see from the video, the new Replicator is completely rebuilt with new materials and a larger cavity that allows you to make projects of up to 410… Read More

  • Can Open Source Hardware Companies Survive Clones?

    Can Open Source Hardware Companies Survive Clones?

    In theory, this Kickstarter project aiming to sell a sub-$2,000 MakerBot clone shouldn’t be that much of a big deal. The MakerBot Replicator, one of the first (and best) home 3D printers in the world, is an open source product, and as such, anyone with a little wood, some soldering experience, and a dream should be able to build one – or a hundred and one. But in practice the… Read More