MakerBot attempts to embrace the open-source community with its new Labs platform

The topic of open source has been a touchy one for MakerBot over the past decade. The one-time 3D-printing darling was the subject of some serious smack talk when it stopped disclosing machine design

MakerBot co-founder Bre Pettis buys electronics milling machine maker Other Machine

Entrepreneur Bre Pettis and Berkeley-based Other Machine seem like a match made in heaven. The MakerBot founder has been through the ringer once already, leaving the company he co-founded and ran afte

The OverLord ProPlus is a 3D printer for making really tall objects

Most 3D printers have a fairly small build envelope. The Makerbot, which is one of the biggest for home use, offers 29.5 L X 19.5 W X 16.5 H CM and others hover around that range. The $499 OverLord Pr

The past, present, and future of design in Silicon Valley

Steve Vassallo Contributor Steve Vassallo is a general partner at Foundation Capital and the author of the new book The Way To Design. More posts by this contributor The Realm Of Venture Circa 2014 Th

MakerBot’s technology of the future grapples with its rocky past

Goshen has a small stack of papers sitting on a table beside him, should he need to consult any notes. He never actually looks over, however. After months of behind the scenes meetings, he’s got the

MakerBot says its new print process reduces times and costs by around 30 percent

Crunch Report | Judge Rules CRISPR-Cas9 Belongs to Broad Institute

Verizon is reportedly getting a $250 million discount on its Yahoo deal, judge rules CRISPR-Cas9 belongs to the Broad Institute and not UC Berkeley, Pixar teaches the art of storytelling on Khan Acade

MakerBot lays off 30% of its staff as company’s scope narrows

MakerBot is laying off 30 percent of its staff as part of an ongoing effort to adapt to a changing market, the company announced in a blog post today.

Voodoo Manufacturing raises $1.4 million to make a factory full of 3D printers

Max Friefeld, Jonathan Schwartz, and Oliver Ortlieb aren’t just co-founders – they’re roommates. These three former Makerbot employees are working on creating Voodoo Manufacturing,

Maker Bre Pettis talks about the way forward for tech in this new century

On this week’s episode of Technotopia I talked to Bre Pettis, former CEO of Makerbot and the founder of Bre&Co. Pettis has been thinking about new manufacturing chains, the rise of the local

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 entr

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 desi

The Makerbot Replicator+ is still the easiest 3D printer on the market

3D printing is in a bit of a doldrums. The novelty has worn off and the limited utility of the technology has been made clear. The bloom is especially off the rose of home 3D printing thanks to slow i

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 p

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 loo

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

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 h

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 pla

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 upgr

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 Cit
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