• 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, 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

  • MakerBot Takes $10 Million In Funding From Foundry Group, Angels

    MakerBot Takes $10 Million In Funding From Foundry Group, Angels

    MakerBot Industries, creator of home 3D printers, has announced a total of $10 million in funding from a number of investors, the bulk coming from Foundry Group. Also included in the round were Bezos Expeditions, True Ventures, and RRE, along with a dozen or so angel investors. The company started in 2009 with around $75,000 in seed money, and since then has put together and sold some 5200… Read More

  • Stephen Colbert’s Head Goes Into Space

    Stephen Colbert’s Head Goes Into Space

    The folks at Makerbot made a bust of Stephen Colbert and gave him a copy when they appeared on his show a month or so ago. Not content to let it just moulder in the shop, they decided to attach it to a weather balloon and send it up over Long Island. The resulting video and images are striking: the Great Eagle himself in flight high over the salty waves of the Atlantic, overtopping the… Read More

  • MakerBot's Bre Pettis on Entering the Startup Game

    (Founder Stories) MakerBot’s Pettis: "We Are Going To See A Huge Amount Of Hardware Startups"

    Chris Dixon heads down the homestretch of his Founder Stories interview with Bre Pettis and the two touch on the fact that the barriers to entry for founders foaming at the mouth to launch hardware startups are being washed away. Pettis says, “we’re seeing this startup culture come into hardware, where normally this was just the realm of the really big companies who could afford to… Read More

  • Bre Pettis on Running a Nuts and Bolts Business

    (Founder Stories) MakerBot's Bre Pettis: "We Started With 3 Guys, A Laser Cutter, And A Dream"

    As Bre Pettis continues his conversation with Founder Stories host, Chris Dixon, the two discuss the challenges of running a business that literally requires nuts and bolts assembly. In this situation, scaling brings a whole new set of challenges unfamiliar to many software start-ups. Hardware is just a different game.  For example, as Pettis tells it, “we ran out of motors, we bought… Read More