Bre Pettis, CEO of Makerbot, is stepping down to create a co-branded Stratasys/Makerbot “innovation lab” where he will use 3D printers to work with artists, designers, and makers. Makerbot President Jenny Lawton will move into the CEO position and Pettis will be on the Makerbot board of directors.
Wrote Stratasys CEO David Reis:
The news, originally broken after 3DPrint.com received a leaked internal email, comes as a bit of a surprise. Pettis has long been the visible face of Makerbot worldwide and was instrumental in its move from little startup to 3D printing behemoth. Now, however, he is returning to his roots.
The planned workshop will allow him to control a small skunkworks where future Stratasys and Makerbot products will be built. The team will also work with designers to build and give away or sell 3D printed models. The most recent example of this, their Zee action figure, is just the first of their upcoming projects.