Makerbot

  • 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

  • MakerBot | TechCrunch Makers

    TechCrunch Makers Episode One: Inside Brooklyn’s Makerbot With Bre Pettis

    It’s been months in the making, but here it is: the first episode of TechCrunch Makers, featuring Bre Pettis of Makerbot. We visited Bre’s downtown Brooklyn factory where he and the rest of team design, build, and ship hundreds of Makerbots a week. Read More

  • Makerbot And The Met Team Up To Scan And Print Art

    Makerbot And The Met Team Up To Scan And Print Art

    Works of art are timeless and now, thanks to Makerbot and the Met, they can be deathless, too. A June 1 hackathon brought a group of artists and hackers together at the New York Metropolitan Museum of Art where they 3D scanned a number of well-known pieces of art. The work is now appearing on Thingiverse where you can download and print things like the head and shoulders of a sphinx and Bather… Read More

  • iModela Adds CNC Milling To Your Home 3D Printing Arsenal

    Upset that the Makerbot can’t produce solid, smooth objects for your home 3D printing pleasure? Why not give the iModela a look. Read More

  • What Is A 3D Printer Good For? Stop-Motion Cartoons Featuring Princesses, Of Course!

    Makerbot creator Bre Pettis and his musician friends from Scary Car made this cute little video featuring 3D printed action figures being created in (near) real-time and then discovering love. Read More

  • MakerBot 3D Plastic Printer Explained at CES 2012

    Bre Pettis Of Makerbot: “The Future Is Already Here”

    We got a great look at the new Makerbot Replicator and, more important, we sat down with founder Bre Pettis to talk about the future. His take? The future is here and 3D printing is one of the things that will change the world. Pettis built the first Makerbot at NYC Resistor, a hackerspace in Brooklyn. He realized the potential was, in a sense, infinite and, thousands of sales later, Makerbot… Read More

  • MakerBot Announces Their Latest 3D Printer, The Replicator

    MakerBot has just announced the MakerBot Replicator, a new, larger replicator that is larger than a breadbox (literally) and supports Dualstrusion 2-color printing. With a build envelope that’s roughly the size of a loaf of bread, The MakerBot Replicatorâ„¢ gives you the power to go big. Make an entire chess set with the press of a button. Friends, classmates, co-workers, and family… Read More

  • The Most Important Gadgets Of 2012

    The Most Important Gadgets Of 2012

    Rather than looking back (which I’m sure we will), I thought it would be nice to look forward to 2012 and beyond and note some of the gadgets that will change the world in the next few years. I’ve included mobile, gaming, and computing gadgets but I think 2012 will also be the year of Windows Phone, 3D printing, and fitness technology that actually makes a difference. I’m… Read More

  • CrunchDeals: Get Yourself A Thing-O-Matic For $999

    CrunchDeals: Get Yourself A Thing-O-Matic For $999

    Makerbot’s Thing-O-Matic is pretty pricey – $1,299 for the kit and $2,500 for the assembled kit – but (and this is my professional opinion) it is amazing and everyone in the world should own one. That said, Fab.com has a special deal on Thing-O-Matics this week – $999 for the kit and $2,000 for the assembled device – one of the first and biggest discounts ever on… Read More

  • And Makerbot Said: Let There Be 3D-Printed Shells For Pet Hermit Crabs

    And Makerbot Said: Let There Be 3D-Printed Shells For Pet Hermit Crabs

    We’re big fans of the home 3D printer here. It’s a truly disruptive technology, though for now the cost is still a bit too high, and the uses aren’t quite practical enough, for it to be a household item just yet. But that hasn’t stopped people from putting it to good use. Project Shellter is one of the most interesting applications of the technology I’ve seen. Read More

  • Print Your Own Padlock

    Print Your Own Padlock

    This project on Thingiverse is just about amazing. It’s a complete lock and key set made entirely using open source plans and a printed on a Makerbot. It can only be opened using the right key (or, given it’s made of plastic, a lighter) but it’s the engineering that clearly counts here. Read More

  • Makerbot Releases New Extruder

    Makerbot Releases New Extruder

    Now this is some pretty hardcore dorkitude, but our buddies at Makerbot just released a new extruder for their building devices. Why is it special? Well, the first extruders did 3mm streams while this one does 1.75mm streams, increasing the “resolution” of the objects and question and allowing you to extrude two streams of hot plastic simultaneously. Read More