Makerbot

  • Hardware Battlefield wildcard ZMorph shows off its new multi-headed, iMac-like 3D printer

    Hardware Battlefield wildcard ZMorph shows off its new multi-headed, iMac-like 3D printer

    While the ZMorph 2.0 SX looks like an alien seed pod but it’s actually a powerful, multi-tool printer for the prosumer market. The company has been around for a bit but this is their latest entrant in the 3D printing world and features multiple tool heads including a standard plastic extruder, a laser, a CNC router, and dual-head extruder for multiple colors. The founder, Przemek… Read More

  • Evaluating IP infringement risks for designers and consumers of 3D printing services Crunch Network

    Evaluating IP infringement risks for designers and consumers of 3D printing services

    Incredible design and manufacturing capabilities are available to almost anyone right now, thanks to 3D printing services and the designers/makers who populate those services’ marketplaces with designs that are creative, original and/or functional. While we wait for the law to catch up to the technologies underlying 3D printing services, it makes sense to consider where the biggest IP… Read More

  • Makerbot doubles-down on its sure bets, professionals and teachers

    Makerbot doubles-down on its sure bets, professionals and teachers

    The promise of premium home 3D printing hasn’t panned out. Hobbyist printers are common and cheap these days – there are plenty of models at around $500, the price of a really good laser printer – but the original vision of a 3D printer on every desk didn’t quite pan out. And Makerbot learned that piece of news the hard way. When the company started it was the brand… Read More

  • Here’s MakerBot’s bid for the future

    Here’s MakerBot’s bid for the future

    The other week, I spoke with the new CEO of 3D Systems. He told me that he believes the consumer 3D printing business “is not real.” That’s not exactly the vote of confidence one is looking for when talking to the head of the company that more or less created the space three decades back. And indeed, it’s been tough going, of late. The once hyped technology has taken… Read More

  • Glowforge raises $22 million to popularize its 3-D laser printers, catalog of materials

    Glowforge raises $22 million to popularize its 3-D laser printers, catalog of materials

    Of all the ways to make a 3-dimensional object, 3D printing is still the freshest, whether what’s involved is plastic extrusion, milling away wood or metal, or the spinning of cells into functional living tissues. Now, a company that makes a desktop laser cutter and engraver for home or office use, Glowforge, has raised $22 million to start mass production of its devices. The startup… Read More

  • Students’ 3D-printed fungarium and Martian mini-farm win NASA ‘Star Trek Replicator Challenge’

    Students’ 3D-printed fungarium and Martian mini-farm win NASA ‘Star Trek Replicator Challenge’

    NASA believes the children are our future. Why else would it ask them for ideas about how to feed astronauts in 2050? The nationwide “Star Trek Replicator” contest that began in February has spawned hundreds of 3D printable ideas, and the winners have just been announced: a housing for radiation-loving fungi and a tiny farm for Martian pioneers. Read More

  • Cities drive the maker movement Crunch Network

    Cities drive the maker movement

    Bringing back local industry to cities helps build strong local economies and strengthens our workforce. The maker movement is encouraging entrepreneurs to share ideas, and the city is the central place where it lives, breathes, and succeeds. Read More

  • Makerbot Releases The Smart Extruder+

    Makerbot Releases The Smart Extruder+

    Makerbot has just announced the availability of their new Smart Extruder+, a PLA 3D printer head that offers “better performance over a longer period of time.” This is the first major upgrade to Makerbot’s extruder since the launch of their Fifth Generation printer. The new head is the first that has been tested by parent company Stratasys for reliability. I tested an… Read More

  • Despite Layoffs, MakerBot Is Confident Going Forward

    CEO Jonathan Jaglom Talks About MakerBot’s Challenges

    It’s been an eventful year for 3D printing company MakerBot: it got a new CEO, opened a new factory in Brooklyn’s Industry City and announced multiple rounds of layoffs. We visited the Industry City facility back in September and spoke to CEO Jonathan Jaglom (previously an executive at Stratasys, which acquired MakerBot in 2013) about where he sees MakerBot going from here. Read More

  • Makerbot Lays Off 20% Of Employees, Restructures Brooklyn Offices

    Makerbot Lays Off 20% Of Employees, Restructures Brooklyn Offices

    Makerbot CEO Jonathan Jaglom has announced that they are laying off about 20% off the company’s 400 staff or about 80 people. The move follows a previous round of layoffs that dropped 20% of the original workforce and closed the company’s three retail stores. The company is also closing one of its office spaces in Industry City and is relocating the software and sales teams to… Read More

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