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Thanks to Peloton, you can take a cycling class in your own home on your own time with your own teacher. In 2014, this startup introduced a sleek, silent exercise bike that could livestream classes over Wi-Fi on a built-in touchscreen console. In so doing, the startup opened up a whole new exercise market. Now, to extend this experience to public places, like hotel gyms, universities, or even hospitals, Peloton unveiled an all-new commercial bike and content platform at the 2017 Consumer Electronics Show.

With this novel, connected approach to exercise, Peloton is disrupting an industry that’s generally based on going to the gym. To further capture market share and stay a step ahead of competitors like FlyWheel Sports and SoulCycle, the startup must continue to innovate at a fast pace and release new products like this commercial bike.

To speed up design cycles and cost-effectively prototype many smaller components on this new bike, Peloton’s industrial design team used MakerBot. In total, Peloton accelerated the iterative design process by prototyping twenty different parts on the MakerBot Replicator (5th Gen). “It’s our primary 3D printing solution,” says Jason Poure, Director of Industrial Design. “Any designer can walk in the door and start 3D printing.” The company now also has the Replicator+.

From the end of 2015 when development started through 2016, the industrial design team printed over a hundred iterations for twenty different parts. With MakerBot, Peloton could save approximately $20,000 dollars and a few months in time compared to using a service bureau. The team sometimes relies on the latter to prototype larger parts or parts in higher-end materials.

By iterating with MakerBot, the team could get instant feedback with every new design at approximately a dollar a prototype and make changes immediately without having to wait a week for parts to come back from a service supplier. The team could also verify the size, scale, and ergonomics of these parts with enough confidence to decide when each design was ready for production.

The bright red resistance knob on the Peloton Commercial Bike is a prime example of how the industrial design team could rapidly and efficiently finalize a design. As probably the most used piece of hardware on the bike, it determines the level of resistance during a workout. Less resistance is better for sprinting and more is better for simulating an uphill ride.

“You want the touchpoint of your brand to be the most beautiful element,” says Poure. To perfect the knob’s design, Industrial Designer, Nigel Alcorn started with drawings in Illustrator or CAD, would model them in SolidWorks, and then 3D print designs on the MakerBot. Each design represented a distinct direction, which Alcorn would then discuss with Poure. Designing the right form and shape for the knob was also critical, since users will need to frequently grip and adjust it through cycling classes. That’s also why iterating with precise, accurate 3D prints from a MakerBot was a huge advantage in the process.

Over approximately 36 iterations, Alcorn experimented with 8 and 6-sided forms, tried a base-cap structure, and eventually struck upon an elegant design with three valleys and three peaks. With this design, he could account for riders who would subtly turn the knob or slap it to drastically change the resistance. In the process of designing the knob alone, the team saved a few thousand dollars and a few weeks by iterating with MakerBot.

Alcorn sometimes enjoys the free-flowing control of modeling with foam board; however, by the time he starts iterating on very similar designs, he prefers the precision of 3D printing with MakerBot: “I can make a really educated comparison between two models that have a single feature that’s different by a millimeter.”

Beyond cutting costs and saving time, the industrial design team also 3D printed with MakerBot to “verify ergonomic placement, scale, and size right on the spot” according to Poure. Most, if not all, of the plastic parts were prototyped on a MakerBot, including levers, the weight holders, water bottle holder, and a hub inside the wheel.

In addition, the team could also verify the feel, snap, and function of a specific tolerance for a part, especially if that part was going to fit in an assembly. For Poure, this process is extremely helpful in deciding whether a part is ready for production or not. After, the team has injection-molded versions created.

Ultimately, what’s at stake for Peloton is more than cycling classes or exercise bikes. The Peloton team has created an entirely new model for instructor-based exercise. Previously, your options were to either attend classes and use machines at the gym or the solitary experience of working out at home. For the latter, you would need to purchase your own equipment and find your own content.

So, here’s Peloton’s big twist: the startup has mashed up social media, high-energy content, and high-quality equipment to make the experience of exercise social, interactive, and seamless. Now you can connect with friends, log your workout stats, and stream Peloton’s live or recorded classes on your own time, whether at home or a hotel gym. You can even sync your Fitbit with either bike.

In order to quickly build out this model, the Peloton team must release new products before their competitors can catch up. To work at this accelerated pace, they need an accessible, reliable technology like MakerBot’s 3D printing solutions. With MakerBot, the startup’s industrial designers can quickly, confidently, and cost-effectively shorten product development cycles, release pioneering new products, and pave the way for freewheeling success.

Wednesday, 18 January 2017 11:07

MakerBot Announces New CEO

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MakerBot announced the resignation of CEO Jonathan Jaglom and the appointment of company president Nadav Goshen as his successor. Over the last two years, Jaglom and Goshen have worked closely together leading MakerBot’s reorganization and strategic shift. Jaglom will be returning to Israel to spend more time with his family.

“I joined MakerBot two years ago to lead the turnaround of the company and I’m proud of what we’ve been able to achieve in such a short time. We have defined a new strategic direction, completely revamped the company’s quality control processes, and successfully launched a new lineup of products,” said Jonathan Jaglom, CEO of MakerBot. “Having put the company on a new track and put in place a new organizational structure, I believe that now is the right time for me to step back and spend more time with my young family. Nadav Goshen has been crucial in defining MakerBot’s new direction and he is the ideal candidate to lead the company on its new path.”

“I’m excited to continue working towards our vision of putting a desktop 3D printer in every classroom and on the desk of every designer and engineer,” said Nadav Goshen, president of MakerBot. “MakerBot today is in a much stronger position and I would like to thank Jonathan for his contributions. I look forward to leading the company and continuing to build out our 3D printing solutions for professionals and educators.”

Goshen has 15+ years of experience leading turnarounds at tech companies and his expertise lies in defining new products and business models, as well as growing digital ecosystems. Prior to joining MakerBot, he led private equity investments in mobile and tech, served as CEO for a fast growing ad-tech company and in various other C-level executive roles at tech companies.

Under Jaglom’s leadership, MakerBot has gone through a cultural shift to prioritize product quality and listening more closely to customers. As a result, MakerBot recently introduced new 3D printing solutions for professionals and engineers that have been very well received. MakerBot’s new 3D printing solutions offer engineers and designers a faster and more effective way to develop ideas and educators a better way to integrate 3D printing in the classroom

Tuesday, 20 September 2016 11:02

MakerBot Launches New 3D Printing Solutions

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MakerBot announced new 3D printing solutions that address the wider needs of professionals and educators. MakerBot believes its new solutions offer engineers and designers a faster and more effective way to develop ideas and offer educators a better way to integrate 3D printing in the classroom to teach creativity and problem solving.

The new MakerBot Print and Mobile applications are designed to allow professionals to easily integrate MakerBot into their workflow and help educators introduce their students to 3D printing. These applications help streamline the print preparation process, save time, and produce higher quality prints. The new MakerBot Replicator+ and Replicator Mini+ have been re-engineered and tested to provide improved performance—that means faster, easier, and more reliable printing with a bigger build volume. With the new MakerBot Slate Gray Tough PLA Filament Bundle, engineers can create more durable, high-impact strength prototypes and fixtures. For educators, MakerBot is also launching Thingiverse Education to discover 3D printing classroom content created by other educators.

“We have gone through a cultural shift here at MakerBot over the past year, where listening and understanding the needs of our customers are cornerstones of our company. As a result, we’ve gained an in-depth understanding of the wider needs of professionals and educators that has informed our product development process,” said Jonathan Jaglom, CEO of MakerBot. “Our new solutions for professionals and educators are based on feedback addressing how we could accelerate and streamline the iterative design process and make teaching with a desktop 3D printer easier and more effective.”

MakerBot Print & Mobile


Integrating desktop 3D printing into your design workflow can be challenging and time consuming. That’s why MakerBot has developed connected 3D printing solutions that make the process easier. A new version of MakerBot Mobile includes a Guided Setup feature that walks the user through the entire 3D printer setup process step by step. Once you’re up and running, the new MakerBot Print software helps streamline the 3D printing experience for any workflow. Native CAD Support, for example, allows users to easily import common CAD files and assemblies. This new feature eliminates the need for STL files and can result in significant time savings by reducing the number of files the user needs to manage and mundane steps for each iteration. Users can now even organize 3D files and multiple build plates into projects and easily email project files as attachments to collaborate with others. Storing information as complete project files instead of stand-alone model files allows users to save the print settings and build plate layout of one or more designs as one file.

MakerBot Print also enhances the print preparation process, saving time and helping users achieve high quality prints. The new Auto Arrange feature automatically positions objects across multiple build plates to print them simultaneously or sequentially. With Dynamic Print Settings, users can change settings like resolution or thickness for each individual model on the build plate, saving time by printing models with varying print settings simultaneously. A new Print Preview option lets users review the Smart Extruder+’s path to make adjustments before printing a model. Users can either review each individual layer or play an animated video preview to see support material placement and validate that small features are printable.

MakerBot Print and the new MakerBot Mobile app support different office or classroom setups by building upon MakerBot’s remote monitoring and printing capabilities. Individual users and small to large organizations now have the flexibility to control and monitor multiple 3D printers throughout an office or school, in different buildings, or even different parts of the world through live camera feeds and print status updates. MakerBot Print and an updated version of MakerBot Mobile are available now.

MakerBot Replicator+ and Replicator Mini+

The new MakerBot Replicator+ and Replicator Mini+ have been re-engineered and tested to provide improved performance—that means faster, easier, and more reliable printing with a bigger build volume. Both printers feature an improved gantry and Z-stage through stiffer materials and sturdier construction for consistent and predictable printing. MakerBot’s new 3D printers went through extensive printer and subsystem testing of 380,000+ hours across multiple facilities over the course of development to help ensure reliable, high quality performance. During this process, MakerBot worked closely with Stratasys to implement new, consistent procedures for enhanced print quality, product lifetime testing, and for validating test results.

The new MakerBot Replicator+ and Replicator Mini+ are both faster and quieter than their predecessors and feature larger build volumes for printing bigger models or more prints at one time. The MakerBot Replicator+ is approximately 30 percent faster, has a 25 percent larger build volume, and is 27 percent quieter than the MakerBot Replicator 5th Generation Desktop 3D Printer. The MakerBot Replicator Mini+ is approximately 10 percent faster, has a 28 percent larger build volume, and is 58 percent quieter than the MakerBot Replicator Mini Compact 3D Printer. The MakerBot Replicator+ and Replicator Mini+ both come with the swappable MakerBot Smart Extruder+, which is designed and tested to provide improved performance over a longer period of time.

When it comes to 3D printing, designers and engineers put a high priority on predictability and how accurately a print resembles its digital model. In that regard, the new MakerBot Replicator+ and MakerBot Replicator Mini+ improve several aspects of print quality, including print precision, surface appearance, and reduced warping and curling. These print quality improvements are enabled by the re-engineered hardware, including the gantry, Z-Stage, build plate, and extruder carriage (Replicator+ only), in combination with fine-tuned firmware and a new slicing engine. The MakerBot Replicator+ also features a flexible build plate, making it easy to remove larger prints by simply bending the plate. The new Grip Build Surface included on both new printers ensures that prints adhere better without the use of blue tape, resulting in improved reliability and reduced warping and curling. Redesigned rafts and supports break away more easily for a cleaner print surface of printed parts.

The industrial design team at Canary, the fastest growing home security startup, has been using MakerBot 3D Printers for a while and recently had a chance to test MakerBot’s new solutions for professionals. "Using a MakerBot Desktop 3D Printer helped us accelerate the development of the new Canary Flex by allowing us to prototype quickly and go through multiple iterations of the design” said James Krause, Director of Industrial Design at Canary. “We were enthusiastic to test the new MakerBot Replicator+ and right away we noticed the faster workflow, as well as huge improvements to print quality and speed."

The MakerBot Replicator+ has an MSRP of $2499 and the MakerBot Replicator Mini+ has a MSRP of $1299 and both are available now. MakerBot is offering the MakerBot Replicator+ at an introductory price of $1999 and the MakerBot Replicator Mini+ at $999 until October 31, 2016.

Slate Gray Tough PLA Filament Bundle


MakerBot is also launching a new Slate Gray Tough PLA Filament Bundle that is designed to allow professionals to create durable, high-impact strength prototypes and fixtures that save time and money in testing. The new bundle consists of three spools of MakerBot Tough PLA Filament in slate gray bundled with the MakerBot Tough PLA Smart Extruder+. MakerBot Tough PLA combines the best characteristics of PLA and ABS filament: It is as tough as ABS with similar tensile, compressive, and flexural strength and it prints as easily and reliably as PLA. It's also designed to flex more before breaking, similar to ABS. These qualities make it especially suitable for functional prototypes and prototyping jigs and fixtures with threaded and snap fits. MakerBot Tough PLA has been tested and optimized to print reliably and easily with the Tough PLA Smart Extruder+. The Slate Gray Tough PLA Filament Bundle has a MSRP of $379 and is available now.

"The new MakerBot Tough PLA is a workhorse for functional printing. We mainly use it for prototyping parts and jigs for product cycle testing,” said Mack Mor, Senior Product Engineer at OXO, who’s been testing MakerBot Tough PLA over the past months. “The flexibility is key for parts that don't break, even with thin features that would normally be troublesome. The interlayer adhesion is strong, but the raft is still super easy to remove. The material also slides well so it is good for snap fits."

To help engineers and designers take their prototypes to the next level, MakerBot is also releasing step-by-step guides that explain techniques such as gluing, sanding, painting, vacuum forming, brass inserts and silicon molding.

Thingiverse Education

Thingiverse Education is a new platform that allows educators to connect with each other to learn 3D printing best practices and exchange knowledge, already offering over 100 lesson plans created by other educators and vetted by MakerBot’s education and curriculum experts. Educators can filter lesson plans by subject or grade, and, in the spirit of Thingiverse, remix them to match specific learning goals. “We believe that Implementing 3D printing in the classroom can only be successful if the technology complements a teacher's goals for their students,” said Drew Lentz, MakerBot Learning Manager.

“With a new section of Thingiverse dedicated to educational content, teachers can engage in a rich community of educators to find lesson plans, resources, and to find more ways to use 3D Printing in the classroom than ever before.” Thingiverse Education will be available in the coming days.

Florida International University (FIU) and MakerBot will be holding a grand opening of the new CARTA Innovation Lab at the FIU College of Architecture + The Arts (CARTA) Miami Beach Urban Studios on September 29, 2015. The FIU Innovation Lab incorporates a MakerBot Innovation Center, a large-scale 3D printing installation designed to empower universities and organizations to innovate faster, collaborate better, and compete more effectively. FIU is the first university in the United States to house a MakerBot Innovation Center in a college focused on design and the arts where students, faculty, and local entrepreneurs will work on creative projects and explore the intersection of art and technology. Grand opening festivities will begin at 10 a.m., Tuesday, September 29, at FIU's Miami Beach Urban Studios, with speeches from FIU President Mark Rosenberg and MakerBot CEO Jonathan Jaglom.

"The College of Architecture + The Arts is the first arts college in the nation to work with MakerBot to embrace 3D printing at a large scale," said Brian Schriner, dean of FIU's College of Architecture + The Arts. "This new creative space will prepare students for the jobs of tomorrow by exploring the intersection of arts, design, and technology. The CARTA Innovation Lab is a major milestone that will help establish FIU as a national destination for innovative teaching, research, entrepreneurism, and creativity."

Miami's startup scene has seen enormous growth over the last few years, but the city has few established makerspaces where entrepreneurs can experiment and build. The CARTA Innovation Lab will help fill this gap, providing the next generation of Miami talent with a space to realize their ideas and inviting the community. The 3D printing lab will be part of the Miami Beach Urban Studios, which provide expansive space for design and fine arts students, practice, and performance spaces for music and theatre students, and expansive gallery/exhibition spaces and classroom space for use by the entire College. The location is an ideal base for the study in arts, design, communication, and entrepreneurship, and for exposure to the wealth of arts organizations and design firms located in Miami Beach.

The CARTA Innovation Lab features an open layout to encourage collaboration and will be made available to the community. It will bring together students from various disciplines with local entrepreneurs and artists to work on creative projects, develop new products, and conduct research. The lab will support a range of activities, from dual-enrollment programs for local high-school students to for-credit classes for FIU students and start-up programs for recent graduates.

"Desktop 3D printing is changing the way we think, work, and create things, and FIU is taking the lead in unlocking the creative potential of this transformative technology to art students," noted Jonathan Jaglom, CEO of MakerBot. "By bringing in a large-scale 3D printing center and providing access to 3D printers to students at an early stage, FIU can create an atmosphere of collaboration and accelerate the creative process like never before."

According to John Stuart, AIA, associate dean for cultural and community engagement and the executive director of Miami Beach Urban Studios, "FIU students already have ideas of how to utilize the lab, ranging from architecture students who want to use MakerBot Replicator 3D Printers to reimagine urban landscapes and showcase models, to art students who are designing 3D printed musical instruments.'' With collaborators from other disciplines, students in the lab will also explore the design and 3D printing of objects that address a variety of issues from sea level rise, world potable water shortages, aging in place, health, prosthetics, and mobility. Composer-in-Residence, Orlando Jacinto Garcia, has even begun working on a new composition in which 3D printers will join the world-renowned FIU School of Music's ensemble-in-residence Amernet String Quartet in a production of a quartet with 3D printer soloists that produce sound and relevant objects.

Support for the CARTA Innovation Lab is a part of the Knight Foundation's efforts to invest in Miami's emerging innovators and entrepreneurs as a tool to build the community while fostering talent and expanding economic opportunity. Over the past three years, Knight has made more than 100 investments in entrepreneurship in South Florida.

The CARTA Innovation Lab includes 30 MakerBot Replicator 3D Printers, 1 MakerBot Replicator Z18 3D Printer, 1 MakerBot Replicator Mini Compact 3D Printer, a large supply of MakerBot PLA Filament, and 5 MakerBot Digitizer™ Desktop 3D Scanners.

For more information, visit: carta.fiu.edu/innovlab

MakerBot believes that providing accessibility to 3D printers in retail stores will help accelerate the adoption of 3D printing with a wide variety of customers: professionals, small business owners, entrepreneurs and educators. With that in mind, MakerBot recently started selling the MakerBot® Replicator® Mini Compact 3D Printer at more than 300 Sam’s Club® retail locations across the United States. The MakerBot Replicator Mini Compact 3D Printer is an educational, useful and easy-to-use compact 3D printer that is just right for the office, classroom or home.

“I truly believe that having the opportunity to learn about 3D printing first-hand is a big step towards a better understanding of the technology,” noted Frank Alfano, acting CEO of MakerBot. “By expanding our retail presence into Sam’s Club, we’re providing opportunities to reach professionals, entrepreneurs and small business owners and show them the power of 3D printing. Offering MakerBot Replicator Desktop 3D printers in retail stores exposes potential users to 3D printing technology and provides them an opportunity to understand the benefits of 3D printing today. We’ve made a conscious effort this past year to expand accessibility to MakerBot Replicator 3D Printers by working with key retailers like Sam’s Club.”

Alfano noted that a big attraction for retailers is the comprehensive MakerBot 3D Ecosystem that provides ease-of-use and accessibility to the world of 3D printing through software, apps, MakerBot Learning, lectures, classes, and parts and support offered through its MakerCare program.

“We strive to provide our members with access to the latest technology, at a great value. Offering the comprehensive MakerBot 3D Ecosystem is just one example of delivering on that commitment,” said Dawn VonBechmann, senior vice president of technology, Sam’s Club. “Our members have shown interest in 3D printing, both from a professional and small business aspect. Any member with a natural interest in creating things will be excited to learn more about this amazing technology.”

MakerBot 3D printers are used for Real-Time Prototyping and for the 3D printing of customized models, replacement parts, architectural designs, collectibles and many other items. 3D printing transforms the design process and is also a great tool for educators that want to train and teach future engineers, designers and those interested in the tech industry so they are better prepared for the jobs of tomorrow. The continuously growing MakerBot 3D Ecosystem makes 3D printing more accessible and includes the MakerBot 3D printers and scanner, its website Thingiverse, the world’s largest 3D printing design community for discovering, creating, and sharing of 3D printable files, as well as software and apps like MakerBot Mobile and MakerBot PrintShop partnerships with leading companies, MakerBot Learning training programs, MakerBot MakerCare, and its own retail stores in New York, Boston and Greenwich, Connecticut, as well as partner retailers.

For more information, visit: www.makerbot.com/store-locator

MakerBot, a global leader in the desktop 3D printing industry, is now taking applications for its 2015 MakerBot Summer Intern Program. Since the company’s founding just six years ago, MakerBot has helped define the desktop 3D printing category and has grown from just three employees in 2009 to more than 600 employees today.

MakerBot is offering opportunities this summer for passionate, driven, talented college students to gain valuable work experience in the exciting and challenging environment of one of New York’s fastest-growing tech companies. Internship positions include engineering, manufacturing, production, customer support, sales, marketing, public relations, software and business development.

MakerBot internships are paid positions. As part of the internship experience, participants will attend special lectures and participate in programs on 3D printing within their area of expertise, as well as interact with senior leadership. The program begins with an orientation on June 15, 2015, and concludes on August 14, 2015. Previous MakerBot interns have gone on to work at other top technology companies, as well as come back to work at MakerBot.

“MakerBot has had a robust internship program since finding and mentoring young talent is an integral part of our company culture,” said Jenny Lawton, CEO of MakerBot. “At MakerBot, interns aren’t just observers; they get to work on real projects and gain valuable experience that we believe will help them kick-start their careers. We see 3D printing as a tool that is necessary to prepare students for the jobs of tomorrow, and our interns get the unique opportunity to experience and learn about the fast-growing 3D printing market firsthand.”

For more information or to apply, visit: www.makerbot.com/careers

Xavier University recently signed an agreement with MakerBot to bring a MakerBot® Innovation Center to the university’s campus. Xavier University joins a growing number of universities throughout the country that offer MakerBot Innovation Centers, which are designed to empower organizations to innovate faster, collaborate better and compete more effectively. Xavier is the first university in the Midwest and the first private college in the United States to implement a MakerBot Innovation Center. MakerBot is providing the consulting, technical support and training required to implement the MakerBot Innovation Center and will work closely with Xavier’s faculty to develop a curriculum that introduces professors and students to the world of 3D printing and its real-time possibilities.

“We’re so excited to be the first private institution in the country and the first university in the Midwest region to partner with MakerBot,” said Shawn Nason, chief innovation officer with Xavier University. “Our mission at Xavier University is to educate our students so that they are able to make the world a better place. We’re positioned to do just that with the unique 3D printing and prototyping technology of MakerBot! With these innovative MakerBot Replicator 3D Printers, we will transform how our students learn here at the Xavier Center for Innovation and beyond. With MakerBot, we’ll not only be ‘making’ 3D objects in our classrooms, but helping shape the leaders and innovators of future industries as well.”

The MakerBot Innovation Center at Xavier is a custom, centralized and scalable 3D printing solution that has been developed to meet the specific needs of the university. It is designed to create an environment in which entrepreneurialism, education and innovation can be cultivated and encouraged in the Cincinnati area and beyond. With the MakerBot Innovation Center, students, faculty and the community are provided opportunities to collaborate on Real-Time Prototyping™, model making and small-scale creative and manufacturing projects. This provides a unique way to prepare students for the jobs of tomorrow by putting them at the forefront of technology and giving them access to a thriving community of innovators. With dedicated spaces for startups and networking, the MakerBot Innovation Center at Xavier is designed to attract local entrepreneurs, innovators and researchers. It will serve as a local innovation hub where students from different academic disciplines can gain invaluable hands-on experience by collaborating with entrepreneurs and researchers on real-world projects.

The MakerBot Innovation Center for Xavier includes 31 MakerBot® Replicator 3D Printers (25 MakerBot Replicator Desktop 3D Printers, three MakerBot Replicator Z18 3D Printers and three MakerBot Replicator Mini Compact 3D Printers), a large supply of MakerBot PLA Filament, several MakerBot Digitizer™ Desktop 3D Scanners and MakerBot MakerCare® Protection Plans. At the core of the MakerBot Innovation Center is the MakerBot Innovation Center Management Platform, a proprietary and innovative 3D printing software platform that links all 30+ MakerBot Replicator 3D Printers together, provides remote access, print queuing and mass production of 3D prints, and is designed to streamline productivity and staffing of the center. The scalable design of the MakerBot Innovation Center allows Xavier the option to easily add additional MakerBot 3D printing technology in the future.

“The MakerBot Innovation Center has garnered huge interest since we first introduced the concept last year, and we’re excited that Xavier University has decided to work with us to unleash the creative potential of 3D printing on its campus and in the Cincinnati area. The passion for innovation and 3D printing at Xavier is contagious and we can’t wait to see what comes out of their MakerBot Innovation Center,” noted Jenny Lawton, CEO of MakerBot. “We’re particularly thrilled to provide the team at Xavier with Consulting from MakerBot to help develop a curriculum that integrates 3D printing. This is an important step that will help introduce more students, community members and entrepreneurs to the idea of 3D printing and how this technology can help them visualize and memorize complex theoretical concepts, gain hands-on experience and unleash their creativity.”

Xavier University’s MakerBot Innovation Center is being built in conjunction with Consulting from MakerBot and training for university staff is being provided by MakerBot Learning.

For more information, visit: www.xavierinnovation.com

MakerBot is pleased to announce it is expanding its retail pilot program with its in-store MakerBot Experience with The Home Depot. Visitors in 39 select stores throughout the U.S. will now be able to see and purchase MakerBot® Replicator® 3D Printers and MakerBot PLA Filaments. This expansion extends the availability of MakerBot 3D printing products from the initial pilot program in 12 stores, where the program was launched earlier this summer.

The Home Depot stores that will feature the in-store MakerBot 3D Printing Experience include:

  • 1781 E. Bayshore Road, East Palo Alto, CA
  • 3838 Hollis Avenue, Emeryville, CA
  • 7100 Warner Avenue, Huntington Beach, CA
  • 1675 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angels, CA
  • 1125 Old County Road, San Carlos, CA
  • 22855 Victory Blvd., West Hills, CA
  • 5215 Wadsworth Blvd., Arvada, CO
  • 500 S. Santa Fe Dr., Denver, CO
  • 10003 Grant Street, Denver, CO
  • 3401 Oakwood Blvd., Hollywood, FL
  • 11305 SW 40TH Street, Miami, FL
  • 650 Ponde de Leon, Atlanta, GA
  • 2525 Piedmont Road NE, Atlanta, GA
  • 2450 Cumberland Pkwy., Atlanta, GA
  • 1232 W. North Avenue, Chicago
  • 2665 N. Halsted Street, Chicago
  • 1300 S. Clinton Street, Chicago
  • 2920 Audrey Avenue, Naperville
  • 4700 Cherry Hill Rd., College Park, MD
  • 13100 Valley View Rd., Eden Prairie, MN
  • 1705 Annapolis Lane, Plymouth, MN
  • 980 3rd Ave, New York, NY
  • 40 West 23rd Street, New York, NY
  • 11633 NE Glen Widing Dr., Portland, OR
  • 14800 SW Sequoia Parkway, Tigard, OR
  • 181 S Gulph Road, King of Prussia, PA
  • 1651 S Columbus Blvd., Philadelphia, PA
  • 10515 N Mo Pac Expy., Austin, TX
  • 3600 Interstate Hwy 35 S, Austin, TX
  • 6110 Lemmon Avenue, Dallas, TX
  • 11682 Forest Central Dr., Dallas, TX
  • 1100 Lumpkin Rd., Houston, TX
  • 8400 Katy Freeway, Houston, TX
  • 5445 West Loop, Houston, TX
  • 400 S Pickett St., Alexandria, VA
  • 2815 Merrilee Drive, Fairfax, VA
  • 6200 E Lke Samammish Pky., Issaquah, WA
  • 2701 Utah Ave South, Seattle, WA
  • 11616 Aurora Ave N., Seattle, WA

“We are really excited to expand MakerBot’s presence in physical stores,” noted Jenny Lawton, acting CEO of MakerBot. “The addition of these new locations will bring the magic of 3D printing with a MakerBot Replicator directly to customers. It’s a very cool thing to be able to walk into a store, see and experience a MakerBot Replicator 3D Printer, then be able to purchase and take a MakerBot Replicator 3D Printer home with you.”

MakerBot 3D printing products are showcased inside stores in specially designed kiosks that encourage visitors to experience MakerBot 3D printing firsthand. Trained MakerBot retail associates staff the MakerBot kiosks to help with purchase decisions and also provide in-store 3D printing demonstrations, often offering 3D printed keepsakes for interested customers to take home.

MakerBot 3D printing is used for Real-Time Prototyping™ and for the 3D printing of customized and inexpensive replacement parts, architectural designs, art projects, collectibles and many other items.

For more information, visit: www.makerbot.com/locator

MakerBot is pleased to announce the acquisition of the start-up software company Layer By Layer. Layer By Layer, originally based in California, joined MakerBot to help create user-friendly platforms and has been working with MakerBot on developing systems that help make 3D printing technology easier and more accessible through innovations in design combined with computer science. The goal of the acquisition of Layer By Layer is to help accelerate MakerBot’s position in the entertainment and 3D printing management spaces, as part of its effort to build a more robust 3D ecosystem.

One of the recent projects the Layer By Layer team has tackled is the ability for MakerBot to implement streaming technology into the MakerBot Digital Store and provide a digital rights management system for 3D printable files. Secure streaming, launched in October with MakerBot’s Digital Store, is a first for MakerBot and what the company believes to be a major inducement for more licensed content partners to join MakerBot and provide their intellectual property for 3D printing.

“We’re excited to announce the acquisition of Layer By Layer and move forward with the projects we have been working on with the Layer By Layer team. We see this as a major step forward in being able to support not only our licensed content partners with a secure digital rights management system, but other content as well,” noted Jenny Lawton, acting CEO of MakerBot. “The team has been working on several really interesting projects and we are excited to implement added features and benefits to the MakerBot 3D Ecosystem.”

Layer By Layer was started two years ago by Jonathan Schwartz, Max Friefeld, Graham Tremper, Dustin Kane, Becca Schwartz and Oliver Ortlieb. As part of the acquisition, Max Friefeld, Oliver Ortlieb and Jonathan Schwartz have joined MakerBot full-time and work out of the company’s Brooklyn office directly with MakerBot’s Digital Products, Software and Business Development groups. It was Layer By Layer’s goal to push 3D printing forward by building a complete and seamless user experience. The team has been, MakerBot believes, successful in bringing 3D printing technology to a level where there is little need for expertise to run a 3D printer or move files between 3D software and the printer.

“Since we started Layer By Layer almost two years ago, it has been our goal to push 3D printing forward by building a complete and seamless user experience ­ from finding something you want to print, to actually printing it,” noted Max Friefeld, co-founder of Layer By Layer. “We have always strived to make 3D printing a more accessible technology by reducing the barrier to entry with innovations in design and computer science. So, as you probably can tell, we're incredibly excited to now be working at MakerBot, where we'll continue to innovate and explore within 3D printing.”

To learn more about MakerBot, visit: www.layerbylayer.com

MakerBot and The Home Depot® announce a collaboration to bring MakerBot® Replicator® Desktop 3D Printers to 12 Home Depot stores in California, Illinois and New York beginning July 14, 2014. This is the first time The Home Depot has offered 3D printers for sale in its stores and will be a pilot program for MakerBot and The Home Depot.

MakerBot 3D Printing and Scanning products will be showcased inside The Home Depot stores in specially designed kiosks that will encourage visitors to experience the wonder of 3D printing firsthand. Trained MakerBot retail staff will provide continual 3D printing demonstrations and offer 3D printed keepsakes for interested customers to take home with them, as well as help with purchase decisions.

The Home Depot stores (12) to offer the MakerBot Replicator 3D printing products and hands on demonstrations will be:

California
3838 Hollis Avenue, Emeryville
1781 E. Bayshore Rd., East Palo Alto
1125 Old County Rd., San Carlos
1675 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles
22855 Victory Blvd., West Hills
7100 Warner Ave., Huntington Beach

Illinois
1232 W. North Ave., Chicago
2920 Audrey Avenue, Naperville
1300 S. Clinton Street, Chicago
2665 N. Halsted Street, Chicago

New York
40 West 23rd Street, New York
980 3rd Avenue, New York

By joining forces to showcase the power and versatility of 3D printing in a DIY retail environment, the companies hope to educate customers, who range from builders, architects and contractors to designers, landscapers and general consumers, on the benefits of 3D printing technology. MakerBot 3D printing is used for fast, inexpensive production of replacement parts, product prototypes, architectural designs, art projects, collectibles and many other items.

"We are thrilled to partner with The Home Depot to help bring MakerBot 3D printing technology to The Home Depot customers," noted Bre Pettis, CEO of MakerBot. "Imagine a world where you can 3D print replacement parts and use 3D printing as an integral part of design and building work. Every day we see the magic of 3D printing becoming a reality with our customers; now The Home Depot can also see that magic. We can't wait to see what The Home Depot customers make with our products."

For more information, visit: www.homedepot.com/makerbot

Thursday, 13 February 2014 11:16

MakerBot Announces Summer Intern Program

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In just five years, MakerBot has helped define and become a leader within the desktop 3D printing industry. Now MakerBot is on a mission to bring 3D printing to everyone! With a workforce that is rapidly expanding, growing from just three employees in 2009, to 40 in 2011, 160 in 2012, and now more than 450 in 2014, MakerBot has opportunities this summer to bring in passionate, driven, talented interns to work with the company.

The 2014 MakerBot Summer Internship Program is a great opportunity to get exposure to the exciting and challenging environment of one of New York's fastest-growing tech companies. Internship positions range from engineering, manufacturing, production, customer support, sales, marketing, public relations, software and business development. College and grad-level students interested in applying for a summer internship position should visit the makerbot careers page.

MakerBot internship positions are paid positions. As part of the internship experience, participants will attend special lectures and participate in programs on 3D printing within their area of expertise, as well as interact with senior leadership. Internships begin with an orientation on May 27, 2014, and a second session on June 2, 2014, and the program concludes on August 15, 2014. Previous MakerBot interns have gone on to attend MIT, work at Google and other technology companies, as well as come back to work at MakerBot.

"MakerBot is a big believer in supporting and mentoring young talent," commented Bre Pettis, CEO of MakerBot. "We've have had a robust internship program since our founding and have enjoyed having a lot of young talented interns and employees that have helped shape our company. My background as a teacher and as a CEO provides a unique perspective for how real-world experience is beneficial for helping create our future engineers and programmers. When you expose young, creative, kids to 3D printing, you encourage them to look at the world through ‘MakerBot eyes' and see the world differently."

For more information or to apply, visit: www.makerbot.com/careers

MakerBot is launching a comprehensive new 3D Printing Platform and 3D Ecosystem that is designed to enable improved reliability, ease of use, and seamless connectivity for MakerBot Replicator Desktop 3D Printers and the MakerBot Digitizer Desktop 3D Scanner.  Announced at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES), MakerBot debuted new software, app and digital store products, new strategic partnerships, and its fifth generation of 3D printers: the MakerBot® Replicator® Desktop 3D Printer, the MakerBot® Replicator® Mini Compact 3D Printer, and the MakerBot® Replicator® Z18 3D Printer.

A major part of the MakerBot 3D Printing Platform includes the new MakerBot Desktop and MakerBot Mobile applications; MakerBot PrintShop, a fun, easy and free way to create and 3D print unique items; a MakerBot Digital Store where 3D printing enthusiasts will purchase, download and print incredible MakerBot Verified 3D collections and models; and an exclusive alliance with the innovative 3D vision company SoftKinetic.

MakerBot's new 3D Printer Platform includes:

MakerBot Replicator Desktop 3D Printer
A professional quality desktop 3D printer that MakerBot believes will have unmatched speed, reliability, quality, and connectivity for all 3D printing needs.  The new MakerBot Replicator Desktop 3D Printer has an 11 percent larger build volume than the previous MakerBot generation with a build volume of 25.2 L x 19.9 W x 15.0 H cm (9.9 L x 7.8 W x 5.9 H in) and faster print times that accelerate rapid prototyping and model making.  Offering 100-micron layer resolution, the MakerBot Replicator is app and cloud enabled, offers USB, ethernet and available Wi-Fi connectivity to ensure a seamless production workflow; features a 3.5-inch full-color LCD display and intuitive dial to create a rich user experience; has an on-board camera for monitoring and sharing, assisted build-plate leveling; and features a new MakerBot Replicator Smart Extruder that is easy to swap or replace and detects filament absence and automatically pauses a print, as well as being optimized for MakerBot PLA Filament.  The new MakerBot Replicator Desktop 3D Printer will retail for $2,899 and is available for order.

MakerBot Replicator Mini Compact 3D Printer
The MakerBot Replicator Mini Compact 3D Printer is an easy-to-use compact 3D printer for everyone.  The MakerBot Replicator Mini is just right for smaller spaces such as college dorm rooms, classrooms, multi-workspaces, and the home.  The MakerBot Replicator Mini offers fast and easy One-Touch™ 3D printing.  It has a maximum build volume of 10.0 L x 10. W x 12.5 H cm (3.9 L x 3.9 W x 4.9 H in) and offers plug-and-play features.  It is optimized for speed, has a build plate that requires no leveling, and produces a default 200-micron layer resolution in prints.  The MakerBot Replicator Mini offers fifth generation technology that MakerBot believes defines the new standard for ease-of-use, quality and reliability.  It is optimized for MakerBot PLA Filament and offers downloads of free MakerBot Verified and ready-to-print 3D models from Thingiverse, MakerBot's 3D design community.  The MakerBot Replicator Mini's expected retail price will be $1,375 with planned availability spring 2014.

MakerBot Replicator Z18 3D Printer
The MakerBot Replicator Z18 3D Printer offers massive build volume and MakerBot believes the best price/performance in its category.  The MakerBot Replicator Z18, named after its 18-inch height capability, will 3D print extra-large industrial prototypes, models, and products and will print multiple models at once.  It has a massive 30.5 L x 30.5 W x 45.7 H cm (12.0 L x 12.0 W x 18.0 H in) build volume, yet is cost effective as it uses low-cost consumables, such as MakerBot PLA Filament.  The MakerBot Replicator Z18 is app and cloud enabled and USB, ethernet and available Wi-Fi connectivity creates a seamless production workflow.  The enclosed and heated build chamber and super flat build plate enable printing of large models. The expected price of the MakerBot Replicator Z18 will be $6,499 and orders are expected to be taken beginning in spring 2014.

MakerBot Desktop and MakerBot Mobile Apps
MakerBot is also announcing the new apps, MakerBot Desktop and MakerBot Mobile, which provide a complete 3D printing solution to discover, manage and share 3D prints — from your desktop computer or a mobile device.  This availability to your 3D printing files, accessed via a personal MakerBot Cloud Library, allows users to explore Thingiverse, prepare files for printing, and most importantly, remotely monitor and control a MakerBot Replicator 3D Printer. MakerBot Desktop is expected to be available February 2014, while MakerBot Mobile is expected to be available on IOS spring 2014, and then on Android in 2014.

MakerBot PrintShop App
MakerBot is very excited to announce the introduction of the MakerBot PrintShop and the MakerBot Digital Store.  These two new model and collection-based offerings provide an easy entry into 3D printing models that can be used for personal use, collecting and giving. MakerBot PrintShop is a tablet-based fun, easy and free way to create and 3D print unique signs, jewelry and much more.  No 3D design skills are needed to use MakerBot PrintShop.  Users can create and 3D print without a learning curve that often comes with developing 3D design skills.  MakerBot is making 3D design and 3D printing even easier for everyone.  MakerBot PrintShop users can also explore and print MakerBot Verified Files -- ready-to-print files from MakerBot Thingiverse.  MakerBot PrintShop works with all MakerBot fifth generation printers and is a powerful and intuitive tool to create and make cool things.  The Type Maker tool lets you easily make signs, letters, nameplates and more; the Bracelet Maker tool lets you design and print your own custom created bracelets and there are more tools on the way. MakerBot PrintShop is free to all MakerBot users and is expected to be available spring 2014. Available on IOS at launch and then on Android in 2014.

MakerBot Digital Store
The MakerBot Digital Store is MakerBot's very exciting venture that will provide a place that offers original, fun and collectible digital content directly to the end user.  The MakerBot Digital Store is only available for the MakerBot fifth generation desktop 3D printers and the MakerBot Replicator 2 Desktop 3D Printer (fourth generation).  In the MakerBot Digital Store, visitors can purchase high-quality, delightful, printable and paintable digital 3D models and collections.  The models are MakerBot Verified to successfully print on MakerBot Replicator 2 and fifth generation MakerBot Replicator Desktop 3D Printers.  The MakerBot Digital Store effectively turns a MakerBot Replicator Desktop 3D Printer into an in-home entertainment device and completely redefines the distribution channel:  there is no packaging, no shelving requirements, no distributor/retailer mark-up, and the customer can print as many copies from the digital file as they want. MakerBot has created the models so they do not require supports or glue.  Pricing is based on individual digital 3D file (.x3g and .makerbot) or by the collection.  Models can be printed as many times as you want.  Prices start at $0.99 per file or $9.99 for a collection and are only available through the MakerBot Digital Store.

Strategic Partnerships
MakerBot is also thrilled to announce a strategic alliance with innovative 3D vision company SoftKinetic.  This partnership will help MakerBot, a global leader in desktop 3D printing, expand its 3D Ecosystem and 3D Printing Platform and enhance the ease of use, and connectivity of MakerBot Replicator Desktop 3D Printers and Scanners.   MakerBot is also excited to announce that it will be attending the Tokyo Wonder Festival on February 9th in partnership with Good Smile Company.

For more information, visit: www.makerbot.com

What's black and white and has lasers? The MakerBot® Digitizer™ Desktop 3D Scanner! The MakerBot Digitizer Desktop 3D Scanner is a fast and easy way for anyone to create 3D models. Pre-orders are being taken now, with shipping expected mid-October.

"Bringing the MakerBot Digitizer Desktop 3D Scanner into the world has been a big goal of ours this year," stated MakerBot CEO Bre Pettis. "We are really excited about the MakerBot Digitizer. This is another innovative product for visionaries, early adopters, experimenters, educators, creative hobbyists, 3D sculptors, organic modelers, designers, and architects who want to be the first to become an expert in Desktop 3D Scanning."

The MakerBot Digitizer takes a real-life object, scans it using a camera and two lasers, and creates a 3D digital file — without any need for design or 3D software experience. The MakerBot Digitizer Desktop 3D Scanner is optimized for and works seamlessly with MakerBot's Replicator Desktop 3D Printers and MakerBot Thingiverse. The MakerBot Digitizer can be used in the office, manufacturing space, workshop, classroom, or in the home to jumpstart the modeling and prototyping process and create artworks, sculptures and figurines, as well as memorializing keepsakes and archiving. Just connect the MakerBot Digitizer to a laptop or computer and you are ready to digitize.

The MakerBot Digitizer Desktop 3D Scanner offers:

  • Simple, yet sophisticated software to create clean, watertight 3D models with just two clicks
  • A 3D digital design file in just minutes
  • No design skills, 3D modeling or CAD expertise required to get started
  • Outputs standard 3D design file formats that can be modified and improved in third-party 3D modeling programs, like Autodesk's free software MeshMixer
  • Creates a 3D digital file to be printed on a MakerBot Replicator 2 Desktop 3D Printer and on other 3D printers
  • Easily upload scans directly to MakerBot's Thingiverse.com, the community for discovering and sharing 3D printable things with more than 100,000 members.
  • Ability to digitize physical objects up to 8" in diameter and 8" tall and up to 3 kg (6.6 lbs.)

"We believe that the MakerBot Digitizer Desktop 3D Scanner is an innovative technological breakthrough that sets the standard for affordable desktop 3D scanning," noted Pettis. "We focused on making the MakerBot Digitizer super easy to use, intuitive and simple. The MakerBot Digitizer is powered by MakerBot MakerWare software, and we plan to offer in the future additional software updates that are expected to add even more features and capabilities."

For more information, visit: www.makerbot.com/digitizer

MakerBot® recently held its first successful Job Fair and is holding a second event on Friday, April 12, at its Brooklyn, N.Y., headquarters to interview for open positions in the rapidly growing 3D printing company.  MakerBot was recently named by Fast Company magazine as one of "The World's Top 10 Most Innovative Companies in Consumer Electronics."

To keep up with the growing demand in the 3D printing industry, MakerBot is hiring 50+ new employees in the coming months.  The MakerBot Job Fair will be held on Friday, April 12, from 10:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. Candidates interested in interviewing with MakerBot must visit www.makerbot.com/careers to apply and click positions they are interested in for the "Open House" or Job Fair.  Resumes and cover letters must be submitted online no later than April 9 to be considered for interview opportunities at the MakerBot Open House.  Candidates will hear by April 11 if they have been selected to come in and participate in an interview. Please include the position interested in the cover letter. No phone calls concerning interviews or open positions will be accepted during this time and walk-in interviews will not be accommodated; all interviews will be scheduled in advance by MakerBot.

"MakerBot is proud to be a Brooklyn-based company that is bringing more jobs to the New York area," noted Bre Pettis, CEO of MakerBot.  "To watch this company grow from the very beginning four years ago when we started with just three employees, to were we are today with close to 200 employees, is pretty exciting."

Open positions that MakerBot will be interviewing for at the April 12th Job Fair include:

Accounting:

• Financial Analyst - FP &A
• Senior Accountant
• Accounts Payable Clerk

Marketing:

• Production Coordinator
• Senior Designer
• Senior Product Marketing Manager
• Photography Internships
• Social Media Manager
• VP/Marketing

Business Development:

• Business Development Associate

Product:

• Software Engineer
• Senior Software Engineer
• Electrical Engineer
• Embedded Software Engineer
• Senior Product Manager
• Technical Project Manager
• Engineering Project Manager
• Test Engineer -Product
• Product Manager
• VP/Engineering
• Mechanical Drafting Technician
• Mechanical Lab Technician
• Mechanical Engineer
• Software Engineer for Build Systems

Retail Store:

• Retail Operator for MakerBot Store

Support:

• Support Representative
• Data Analyst
• Product Complaint Specialist

Human Resources:

• Executive Assistant for our CSO
• Payroll Coordinator

Sales:

• Data Entry Specialist
• Customer Service Representative
• VP/Sales

I.T.:

• Senior Systems Administrator
• MIS Manager

Web:

• Web Engineer
• Web Project Manager
• UI/UX Designer
• UI/UX Designer (Mobile Software)

Design:

• Designer-Entry Level
• Designer

Production:

• Productor!

Operations:

• Quality Engineer
• Material Scientist
• Manufacturing Process Engineer
• Quality Test Engineer
• Sustaining Engineer
• Senior Supply Chain Manager
• Manufacturing Project Engineer

Wednesday, 05 December 2012 08:50

MakerBot Announces New "Collections" Feature

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MakerBot's Thingiverse website, the best place to get and share downloadable 3D "Things," is going through an evolution.  Some exciting recent updates have included a new Dashboard, a Follow Feature, and as of today, a new way to create "Collections" on Thingiverse to organize all of your favorite Things!

"Since the beginning of Thingiverse, 3D printing enthusiasts have been using 'Favorites' by clicking 'Like.'  They have always craved a way to organize their favorites, and now they can," said Bre Pettis, CEO and co-founder of MakerBot Industries, which owns and operates the Thingiverse website.

Thingiverse is MakerBot's open resource for 3-dimensional designs.  The popular site offers more than 25,000 3-dimensional items and has had more than 8.5 million downloads of 3D objects for printing since the site began in 2009.  Thingiverse has also had more than 500,000 downloads in the last 90 days alone.  If you are looking for inspiration or specific items to print, Thingiverse is the place you want to visit.

With Thingiverse's new Collections feature, users have the ability to create not just one collection of their favorites, but as many collections as they want.  These Collection themes can be "Things I Absolutely Have to Print," or "Holiday Ornaments," "Replacement Parts," "Things with Moving Parts," "Houses & Buildings," "Medical Devices," "Fun Things," "Household Items," "Gifts" and more.

To make a "Collection," users find items they like and then just click "Collect It!"  It's that simple.  This new button has been in use by Beta members for several weeks and is now available to everyone!  You don't even need to visit the main page for a Thing - you can collect something directly from the thumbnail on the main page.  Thingiverse users will also be able to see updates to Collections in their Dashboards.  Whenever something has been added to a Collection, you can see this from the main page of a Thing.

MakerBot will also be "Featuring" Collections, so the race is on to create the best collections on all of Thingiverse!  A curated page will show the best Collections on the site.

All users will start with a "Things to Make" Collection right when they login; it's up to them to fill it up with all of the great items they love on Thingiverse.

"This systematic way of organizing favorites is a great tool for using Thingiverse," said Pettis.  "We've watched the evolution of items being added to the site, how our users favorite items, and listened to their comments for ways to improve the site even more, and are excited to announce this new 'Collections' feature."

For more information, visit: www.thingiverse.com

Step into the future at the new MakerBot Store in New York and experience 3D printing like you never have before. MakerBot, the global leader in 3D printing technology, is celebrating the grand opening of its first retail outlet in the United States on November 20th with the unveiling of a MakerBot 3D Photo Booth, powered by ShapeShot® and MakerBot®.

MakerBot and ShapeShot have joined forces to provide a 3D Photo Booth experience for the 21st century – a chance to capture and create a 3D image, but not just any image, but a 3D portrait and replica of your face! In a few minutes, a scan is made of your face and displayed on a screen.  Serious or funny expressions are immediately captured using ShapeShot’s 3D face data that can then be used to print out a 3D replica of your face! The 3D portrait is a cool souvenir, preserves your loved ones face forever, and is the perfect gift for birthdays, bar or bat mitzvahs, and holidays.  Customers can also get a 3D bust of their baby, friends, and the whole family.

“We are super excited to offer our MakerBot Store customers the chance to be ‘immortalized’ by the 3D Photo Booth,” noted Bre Pettis, CEO and co-founder of MakerBot Industries. “We’ve been playing with this technology for awhile, and to finally be able to bring it directly to our customers is just awesome.”

This first fully automated MakerBot 3D Photo Booth was unveiled to the media and the public at a Grand Opening celebration at the MakerBot Store on November 20th.

Visitors to the MakerBot Store, located at 298 Mulberry Street in New York City, step inside the MakerBot 3D Photo Booth and for $5, have a 3D scan made of their face. They can then choose to have MakerBot make a bust or specific item for them made by MakerBot (costs vary depending on item), or take the design with them to modify and print on their own.

The MakerBot 3D Photo Booth, powered by ShapeShot and MakerBot, uses digital cameras to capture or scan the subject instantaneously in high-resolution data. The images are then combined to create an accurate three-dimensional model of the face, including textures.  It’s a simple procedure – no makeup, no special preparations, just one scan and you now have your face in 3D!  ShapeShot was created by Direct Dimensions, Inc., of Baltimore.

“This is beyond digital photography – it is the future — and to be able to create a 3D image of yourself is just amazing,” noted Pettis. “We’ve had celebrities and musicians come in and get a 3D Portrait made.  It’s fun, it’s inexpensive, and it’s totally cool.”

Store Location and Hours:

The MakerBot Store
298 Mulberry St.
New York, NY 10012
(347) 457-5758

Mon-Sat 12pm-7pm, Sun 12pm-6pm

For more information, visit: www.makerbot.com/retail

Friday, 16 November 2012 10:30

MakerBot Store Holds Grand Opening Celebration

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Bre Pettis, CEO of MakerBot® Industries, extends an invitation to a very special event Tuesday, November 20, 2012, to officially open the MakerBot Store in New York. The MakerBot Store is the first 3D Printer Store of its kind in the world.

Step into the MakerBot Store and experience desktop 3D printing technology like never before. The MakerBot Store offers the unprecedented opportunity to experience MakerBot desktop 3D printers live and in-person. Technology like desktop 3D printers has to be seen to be believed, and the MakerBot Store is a utopia for creative explorers and those that just like to make things.

Visitors to the MakerBot Store can see the just-released MakerBot® Replicator™ 2 Desktop 3D Printer, as well as some inspiring items printed on a 3D desktop printer.

And on November 20th witness the unveiling of something so unbelievably amazing, you won’t believe your eyes! This is something not to be missed. Really. It will amaze and immortalize you.

Other attractions include:

  • A MakerBot Gumball machine with a variety of products to choose from, all made on a MakerBot Desktop 3D Printer
  • Ongoing demonstrations by MakerBot 3D operators
  • Changing window display installations made on a MakerBot
  • Holiday products and gifts

November 20, 2012
298 Mulberry Street
New York, NY 10012

2:00 – 3:00 PM – Media and VIP’s only                        
3:00 – 7:00 PM – Open to the Public

Founded in 2009, Brooklyn-based MakerBot® is a global leader in desktop 3D printing. There are more than 15,000 MakerBot Desktop 3D Printers in use by engineers, designers, researchers, and people that just like to make things. MakerBot was just named Popular Mechanics “Overall Winner” for best 3D printer, and honored as one of Time Magazine’s Best Inventions of 2012, as well as “Best Emerging Tech” at the 2012 Consumer Electronics Show, Popular Mechanics Editor’s Choice Award, the Popular Science Product of the Year, and recently awarded the Fast Company 2012 Innovation by Design Award.

For more information, visit: www.makerbot.com

MakerBot®, the global leader in desktop 3D printing, is excited to announce two new features on its Thingiverse™ website to help find, manage, and “follow” the digital designs, Things, designers, categories, and tags you like and care about most.

For those new to desktop 3D printing, MakerBot’s website Thingiverse is the leading digital design destination for anyone in the world to share, discover, and download digital designs, most of which can be made and printed with the MakerBot® Replicator™ 2 Desktop 3D Printer. Thingiverse is the go-to place to find out how to make any physical thing. It is truly the “Thing Universe.” Since 2008, Things on Thingiverse have been downloaded more than 8.5 million times, with 500,000 downloads in the past 90-days, and as of November 1, 2012, there are more than 25,000 digital Things just waiting for you to download and make.

“Thingiverse has been a driving force in the world of 3D desktop printing for some time,” noted Bre Pettis, CEO and co-founder of MakerBot. “I wake up every morning and the first thing I do is check-out what has been uploaded to Thingiverse.”

As part of Thingiverse’s new functionality, the newly added MakerBot Thingiverse Dashboard is an all-in-one place to track your favorite “Things” (digital designs), designers, and activity on Thingiverse.

“We have some of the most creative 3D printing enthusiasts on Thingiverse,” noted Pettis. “Designers like Erik Durwood actually gave us a very important member of the MakerBot family, our R. Maker mascot!”

Some of Durwood’s other contributions have ranged from a Filamometer to measure how much filament you’re using, to a functioning lunch box. His designs are simple, creative, practical, and always masterfully executed. Thingiverse is also a place for people to become pioneers within one certain area. Mike Moceri has become exactly that in the world of 3D scanning other people. Mike has scanned more than 230 people using an Xbox Kinect and the software ReconstructMe and shared nicely organized sets on Thingiverse. He’s also a go-to resource for scanning with 123D Catch, and a real leader on Thingiverse.

For more information, visit: www.thingiverse.com/dashboard/tour

Friday, 19 October 2012 10:00

MakerBot at the 3D PrintShow London 2012

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MakerBot® Industries of Brooklyn, New York will be at the 3D PrintShow London 2012, October 19-21 at the Brewery in London. MakerBot is credited with having a large portion of the market share of all 3D printers (industrial and personal) with 21.6% market share in 2011. There are more than 13,000 MakerBot Desktop 3D Printers in use worldwide by engineers, designers, researchers, and people who just like to make things.

MakerBot will be at the London 3D Print Show and will showcase some exciting products to event attendees, including its most recent new product, the MakerBot® Replicator™ 2 Desktop 3D Printer. Introduced in the United States just one month ago, the MakerBot Replicator 2 Desktop 3D Printer is designed for the desktop of an engineer, researcher, creative professional, student or hobbyist.

In addition, MakerBot is also featuring some incredible groundbreaking artwork by California-based artist Cosmo Wenman that are replicas of masterpieces from the British Museum.

MakerBot will also be hosting the 3D4D Challenge Finals held in the MakerBot exhibit area of the Lower Sugar Room, at 5:00 pm, Friday, October 19. Bre Pettis, CEO and founder of MakerBot Industries, will provide the introduction to the Challenge and the presentations will streamed live at: www.3d4dchallenge.org/final-event

The 3D PrintShow London 2012 will be held:

Friday, October 19, through Sunday, October 21, 2012

Friday: 12:30 – 9:30 pm
Saturday: 10:00 am – 8:30 pm
Sunday: 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

The Brewery
Chiswell Street
London, EC1Y 4SD

For more information, visit: www.3dprintshow.com/home

Le FabShop, the French digital workshop, is delighted to announce that it will be selling Makerbot products — including the new Replicator 2 — in France, through its online shop, le FabStore.
 
Le FabShop is a community based hub for design and digital manufacturing as well as research & development activities and is equipped with a diverse range of tools to meet the needs of researchers, designers, students or consumers that may otherwise not have access to such tools. Responding to local demand across of range of sectors, Le FabShop brings together a full spectrum of digital techniques to provide custom manufacturing and collaboration for anyone that requires it.
 
A subsidiary of batitrad.pro, Le FabShop is led by visionary Bertier Luyt, who is an advocate for 3D digital technologies and specifically, 3D printing. With a passion for this technology area and a practical understanding of the processes this latest announcement regarding a distribution agreement with Makerbot is a particularly good fit.
 
Moving forward, Le FabShop will promote and distribute all Makerbot products, including the consumables, across France, which will include implementing a Replicator 2 in the digital workshop in Brittany.
 
For more information, visit: www.lefabshop.fr

Thursday, 11 October 2012 08:24

MakerBot® Announces New Retail Store

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MakerBot, the Brooklyn-based global leader in the 3D printing technology, has opened its first retail location in New York. The MakerBot Store, opened to the public on September 20th. The MakerBot Store opening follows three exciting announcements from MakerBot all on the same day: two new Desktop 3D Printers and a brand new software package, MakerWare.

“I have dreamed of opening this store ever since we started MakerBot. Technology like our Desktop 3D Printers has to be seen to be believed,” said Bre Pettis, CEO of MakerBot. “The MakerBot Store is a utopia for creative explorers, and it’s full of MakerBot-made things that make perfect gifts.”

Visitors to the MakerBot Store will have the unprecedented opportunity to experience MakerBot technology, such as the just-released MakerBot Replicator 2 Desktop 3D Printer, live and in-person. The machines will be up and running, and patrons will have the chance to purchase amazing gifts and accessories made on MakerBot Desktop 3D Printers, created at the company’s workshop.

The MakerBot Replicator 2 Desktop 3D Printer will also be available for immediate purchase at the MakerBot Store, as will MakerBot PLA and ABS Filament, which are available in more than 30 colors.

Other attractions at the store that will be sure to delight 3D printing enthusiasts all the way from hobbyists to professional engineers and designers include:

  • A MakerBot Gumball machine with a variety of MakerBot-made products to choose from.
  • Ongoing demonstrations by MakerBot 3D Design staff
  • Really cool project installations such as the MakerBot Marble Run, a giant contraption made almost entirely on MakerBot Desktop 3D Printers.
  • And much, much more.

Store Location and Hours
The MakerBot Store 298 Mulberry St. New York, NY 10012 (347) 457-5758
Open: Mon-Sat 12 PM-7 PM; Sun 12 PM-6 PM

Founded in 2009, Brooklyn-based MakerBot® has grown to be a global leader in desktop 3D printing. MakerBot had 16% market share of all 3D printers (industrial and personal) made from 2009 to the end of 2011. In 2011, MakerBot had 21.6% market share. There are over 13,000 MakerBot Desktop 3D Printers in use by engineers, designers, researchers, and people who just like to make things. The first generation MakerBot Replicator Desktop 3D Printer was named “Best Emerging Tech” at the 2012 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. The company has been featured in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, the Economist, Wired, The Colbert Report, Fast Company, Engadget, Make: Magazine, Rolling Stone, Time.com, IEEE Spectrum, CNN, Financial Times, NPR, Vogue Italia and many others.

For more information, visit: www.makerbot.com/retail

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MakerBot® Industries introduces the MakerBot® Replicator™ 2 Desktop 3D Printer, the company’s easiest, fastest, and most affordable tool yet for making professional-quality models. Designed for the desktop of an engineer, researcher, creative professional, or anyone who loves to make things, the MakerBot Replicator 2 features 100-micron layer resolution, setting a new standard in professional looking models and true-to-life replicas. In addition, the MakerBot Replicator 2 enables users to make big objects, up to 410 cubic inches in volume (11.2” L x 6.0” W x 6.1” H).

“The new MakerBot Replicator 2 Desktop 3D Printer, which is featured on the cover of the October 2012 issue of Wired, sets a new standard in resolution, build volume, and professional quality in the desktop 3D printer market,” said Bre Pettis, CEO of MakerBot. “With our fourth generation product, we have made the best desktop 3D printer on the market, made it affordable to both professionals and hobbyists, and made it cool looking.”

Pettis also announced other exciting breakthrough developments for MakerBot, including a total software update that enables faster and more consistent printing; an additional new product launch of the MakerBot® Replicator™ 2X Experimental 3D Printer for experienced users; and the company’s first retail location, which opened simultaneously with the launch of the new products in the NoHo neighborhood of Manhattan at 298 Mulberry Street in New York.

WHAT’S NEW WITH THE MAKERBOT REPLICATOR 2 DESKTOP 3D PRINTER

The 100-micron layer resolution setting on the MakerBot Replicator 2 Desktop 3D Printer means professional-looking prototypes and objects with less effort.
A build volume of 410 cubic inches (11.2” L x 6.0” W x 6.1” H) gives the MakerBot Operator much more space than before to make multi-part projects and big models.
The MakerBot Replicator 2 Desktop 3D Printer is designed with the renewable bioplastic PLA in mind. PLA is the most popular build material in 3D printing because of its strength and ability to make very large prints without cracking or warping.

MAKERWARE: THE ALL NEW WAY TO DRIVE THE REPLICATOR 2

MakerBot’s new slicing engine is up to 20 times faster than the previous technology. What’s more, the software is smarter and more efficient, which results in faster and more consistent models.
MakerBot MakerWare lets the MakerBot Replicator 2 Desktop 3D Printer make multiple models at one time. Combined with the huge 410 cubic inch build volume, it’s easier than ever to get more done, faster.
MakerBot MakerWare makes it intuitive to move, rotate, and scale models. When it comes time to choose print settings, MakerBot MakerWare simplifies the process while still leaving the control in the user’s hands.

The MakerBot Replicator 2 Desktop 3D Printer also has a new sleek and streamlined look, and according to Pettis, “is available in any color, as long as it is black.”

For more information, visit: store.makerbot.com/replicator2.html



Tuesday, 10 January 2012 10:45

Introducing The MakerBot Replicator™

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MakerBot Industries is excited to announce the launch of its latest product, The MakerBot Replicator™, which will debut at CES in Las Vegas, NV on Tuesday, January 10th. Available in the MakerBot store for pre-order today!

The MakerBot Replicator™ is the ultimate personal 3D printer, with MakerBot Dualstrusion™ (2-color printing) and a bigger printing footprint, giving you the superpower to print things BIG! Assembled in Brooklyn by skilled technicians, the MakerBot Replicator™ is ready within minutes to start printing right out of the box. Starting at $1749, The MakerBot Replicator™ is an affordable, open source 3D printer that is compact enough to sit on your desktop. Want to print in two colors? Choose the Dualstrusion™ option!

With a build envelope that’s roughly the size of a loaf of bread, The MakerBot Replicator™ gives you the power to go big. Make an entire chess set with the press of a button. Friends, classmates, co-workers, and family will see the things you make and say “Wow!”

The MakerBot Replicator™ creates anything you can imagine with the new MakerBot Stepstruder™ MK8, the extruder is the part of the machine that turns raw feedstock, like ABS (what Lego® is made of) or PLA (a biodegradable material made from corn), into the objects you desire. You can order your MakerBot Replicator™ with single or dual MakerBot Stepstruders on it. By choosing the dual extrusion option, you’ll print with two different colors at the same time. MakerBot Dualstrusion™ unlocks the ability to make beautiful combinations of colors and opens the door to experimenting with with multi-material objects.

The MakerBot Replicator™ is ideal for personalized manufacturing, providing a new way to make the things you want and need. It is also an essential tool for children and students; parents and educators with a MakerBot Replicator™ offer the next generation an opportunity to learn the digital designing skills required to solve the problems of the future. Students with access to a MakerBot have an edge in the future job market. Just like the youth of the 1980’s, who had access to computers, children with access to a MakerBot Replicator™ will become the leaders who make a better tomorrow.

The MakerBot Replicator™ is the tool from tomorrow, today. In the two years since the company was founded, the capabilities of a MakerBot have grown from printing cupcake-sized objects in 2009 to printing things as large as an entire loaf of bread today on on the MakerBot Replicator™. MakerBot Industries continues to demonstrate its dedication to putting the tools of creativity into the hands of the those brilliant and bold enough to bring their imagination into the physical world.

For more information, visit: store.makerbot.com/3d-printers/replicator.html

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