Makerbot

  • 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

  • MakerBot's Bre Pettis on His Home Based 3D Printing Machine

    (Founder Stories) Bre Pettis' Ambition: "One MakerBot Per Child" (TCTV)

    In this episode of Founder Stories, host Chris Dixon takes a look at a 3D printer while talking to the maker behind the MakerBot, Bre Pettis. If printing 3D objects sounds impressive, think about this. Pettis thinks “it’s early days”—drawing comparisons to early PC’s like the Altair. About the size of a mini-fridge, the Makerbot ships for $1,299 and allows users… Read More

  • Now You Can Download My Head!

    Good news, everybody! My head, scanned at Makerbot Industries by artist Jon Monaghan with a high-resolution laser scanner, is now a Thing, available for everyone to own, covet, and place into terrible places. That’s right: I’m now 3D-printable. Read More

  • Video: A Look At High-Res 3D Laser Scanning With Makerbot’s Bre Pettis

    In the olden days, when you wanted a bust made, you hired some fancy sculptor to come to your house and sit with you for hours a day until, months later, you had a handsome marble or ceramic bust. Now, however, you can get a bust made in a few minutes using laser scanners and Makerbot rapid prototyping machines. Ain’t progress wonderful? Makerbot’s Bre Pettis invited me over to his… Read More

  • Bre Pettis On The Colbert Report

    http://media.mtvnservices.com/mgid:cms:video:colbertnation.com:388966 The Colbert Report
    Tags: Colbert Report Full Episodes,Political Humor & Satire Blog,Video Archive This is so great. I love Bre and I love Makerbot and I love Colbert. It’s like a geek threesome! Watch as Bre makes Colbert’s head in a Makerbot. Read More

  • Printed Clock Doesn't Quite Work But Is Amazing Anyway

    This wild printable clock doesn’t have a working escapement yet (that’s in the works) but it does prove that you can build complex mechanical objects using MakerBots. Read More