Thursday, March 6, 2014 - 20:34MakerBot Filament | Mad March Discounts
Save Big On MakerBot Filament Orders
This is the month we start to shake off the cold and greet spring with a smile. But just in case Old Man Winter isn’t cutting any breaks, MakerBot is giving you something else to grin about.
Smiling yet? We’ve got another trick up our sleeve. You’ll also get 10% OFF when you grab all three Armed Forces colors. Feel like throwing in some other great PLA or ABS Filament colors? That free shipping offer still applies.
We can’t wait to see what you make!
Thursday, March 6, 2014 - 16:59MakerBot Careers | Design our Digital Products
Make Us Even More Awesome
We’re looking for passionate UI and UX Designers to create human-friendly, clean and effective consumer experiences for our desktop software, the MakerBot Thingiverse web community, Mobile Apps and more. Candidates should have experience envisioning interactions for web and/or desktop applications, taking concepts from the whiteboard to wireframes, prototypes and mockups.
We love people who love to create things, so tell us what you’ve made. This could be your chance to join MakerBot in leading the Next Industrial Revolution!
Thursday, March 6, 2014 - 16:28MakerBot Retail | Save Spools, Money, and the Planet
Wouldn’t it be great if there were a way to help preserve our environment and save a little dough at the same time? With MakerBot’s spool exchange program, now you can.
Stay Green and Save Some Greenbacks
Drop off your empty spools of MakerBot Filament to any MakerBot Retail Store and not only will we recycle them for you, we’ll also give you 10% off on your purchase of up to five new spools (Large or Small). Now it’s easier than ever to innovate and create sustainably with your MakerBot Replicator 3D Printer.
Wednesday, March 5, 2014 - 19:34MakerBot Stories | Teen Turns Smartphone Into Stethoscope
When high school students learn how to 3D print, they’ll often start with a smartphone case. It seems simple, it’s practical, and it’s personal. Something they’ll have with them — and, while carrying it around, they will think about how to make it better.
Suman Mulumudi didn’t wait for high school. Last summer, between eighth and ninth grades, Mulumudi’s parents bought him a MakerBot Replicator 2 Desktop 3D Printer. Designing his iPhone case took a couple of weeks. Some teenagers customize theirs with a Darth Vader silhouette. Mulumudi added a diaphragm that collects low-frequency sounds and sends them through a tube to the microphone, turning his iPhone into a stethoscope. He named it the Steth IO, made more 3D printed prototypes, and founded a company called StratoScientific, which applied for a patent and plans to seek FDA approval.
“People have tried to put the microphone over the chest, but that doesn’t work,” said Mulumudi, who is 15 and lives in Snohomish, WA. “Interestingly enough, that’s how the first stethoscope was invented.” Before 1816, he explained, doctors used to put their ears to patients’ chests. Then a young woman went to see the French physician René Laennec. He rolled up a piece of paper like a megaphone, and put the narrow end to his ear.
Mulumudi’s father, Mahesh, is a cardiologist, so heart murmurs are dinner conversation, and Suman couldn’t believe doctors couldn’t record the data from the sound of the heart. (Mahesh and Suman are now business partners.) Suman Mulumudi has also prototyped the LesionSizer, which uses the technology behind an optical mouse to help a doctor performing an angioplasty use the right stent.
When Mulumudi was in sixth grade, a few parents pooled money to buy his school a MakerBot Thing-O-Matic. “We put it together. We used it for about half a year. That got me exposed, to the extent that I could see the power 3D printing would have,” he says. So when Mulumudi started on the Steth IO, “the first thing that came to mind for prototyping was 3D printing.”
That was at his old school. He now attends The Lakeside School, in Seattle, where Microsoft founders Paul Allen and Bill Gates went to school. And Mulumudi’s dream is to be an entrepreneur. “People like Bill Gates, Steve Jobs, Jeff Bezos, Howard Schultz — mostly Washington people — they all did one thing: They took an idea and expanded that concept into something that changed the world.”
Wednesday, March 5, 2014 - 17:29MakerBot Studio | Chill Out with PetPals and Chunky Trucks
The weather outside may be frightful, but the MakerBot Studio been hard at work this winter bringing delight and warmth and cheer to MakerBot Desktop 3D Printer owners. These all-new printable 3D models will give you two reasons to crack a smile this winter.
Brace Yourself: Winter-Themed Pet Pals Are Here
Think it’s cold here? Try living in the North Pole with Ping the Polar Bear for a day.
Ping has to stay busy to keep warm, but she also knows how to make the most of her Arctic lifestyle. When Ping isn’t exploring the frozen expanse with her trusty companion The Snowman, she’s spending the night snuggled up in her igloo with a tub of fish-flavored ice cream.
Get Funky and Chunky This Mardi Gras
We may not be New Orleans, but here at MakerBot, we still love to celebrate Mardi Gras. Beads? Playful masks? Funny hats? What’s not to love?
Meet the Carnival Truck from Chunky Trucks. Sporting a “Fat Tuesday” license plate and all of the aforementioned Mardi Gras accessories, the Carnival Truck is perfect for any parade. We’re especially proud of the jester hat.
Monday, March 3, 2014 - 16:20MakerBot Academy | Dissect a Frog, Piece By 3D Printed Piece
MakerBot Academy is on a mission to bring 3D printing to schools across the nation, but it’s about more than putting a MakerBot Replicator 2 Desktop 3D Printer in every classroom. We’re also dedicated to providing teachers and students with the resources they need to achieve a world-class STEM education.
This 3D printed frog dissection kit is the perfect tool for teaching elementary school students about basic anatomy—without having to deal with messy frog guts or formaldehyde.
The kit includes a lesson plan, a 3D printed frog body, and six 3D printed organs that fit together like puzzle pieces. Download the kit from Thingiverse, and stay tuned for more enriching educational experiences from MakerBot Academy.
Thursday, February 27, 2014 - 20:59MakerBot Stories | Recreating the 4-8-8-4 Big Boy Locomotive
Paul Fischer makes 3D sketches of big, complicated machines for fun. He recreated the King Tiger and other German tanks from World War II, but that only made him more ambitious. “I was looking for something bigger to draw after tanks,” says Fischer, who has been drafting since high school.
So he ordered the original blueprints of the 4-8-8-4 Big Boy, an American steam locomotive used by Union Pacific Railroad from 1941 into the 1960s, when diesel supplanted steam. He began with the main drive wheels, which were in two parts. “Even something as simple as those wheels, I always assumed that they were one piece of metal.”
Fischer reconstructed an entire Big Boy engine, first in SolidWorks 3D modeling software and then in real life, on a MakerBot Replicator 2 Desktop 3D Printer in his basement in Earleville, MD. “From what it looks like on the outside, I made it as close to the original as possible,” says Fischer. Fischer spent between 700 and 800 hours drafting and another 1,000 hours 3D printing the locomotive.
All told, Fischer spent eight months on the Big Boy. At times, it was like having a newborn. “In the middle of the night I would hear the printer stop, and I would get up and start a new build.” Fischer went through 16 rolls of MakerBot True Black PLA Filament and two 2-oz. tubes of Zap Super Glue. “I used more Super Glue than I probably should’ve,” says Fischer. He filed some parts to fit them together, but the Big Boy is black, so there was no need to paint it.
The finished engine is six feet long. “Just short enough to fit in the SUV when I put the seats on one side down,” says Fischer, who drove his model up MakerBot headquarters in Brooklyn, NY. “It was a tough journey,” says Fischer, “But when I got to the end and saw the look on Bre’s face, it made it all worth it.”
As formidable a project as Fischer undertook, Union Pacific is restoring Big Boy No. 4014, which is now on display in Pomona, CA. At 132 feet long including a tender, it will not fit in an SUV, but Union Pacific will find a way to bring it to its Cheyenne, WY, headquarters, this spring.
If you’re an experienced model maker and want to make your own Big Boy, Fischer has posted a complete set of files on Thingiverse. You should finish your Big Boy before Union Pacific restores No. 4014. Or if you’re not ready to commit, you can start with the main drive wheels, like Paul Fischer did.
(Big Boy No. 4014 photograph courtesy Union Pacific.)
Thursday, February 27, 2014 - 19:27MakerBot Partnerships | Everyday Objects Are Heroes at MODA
The Museum of Design Atlanta (MODA) is teaming up with MakerBot to put a 3D printed twist on Hidden Heroes: The Genius of Everyday Things. The internationally touring exhibit shows the design process behind ubiquitous household items from chopsticks to corkscrews.
MODA collaborated with MakerBot to expand the exhibit, including an intro to 3D printing featuring MakerBot Replicator 2 Desktop 3D Printers and a design bar where visitors can create their own 3D designs.
“3D printers provide a revolutionary way to manufacture everyday objects and to customize them in accordance with individual needs,” said Laura Flusche, MODA’s Executive Director. “We’re thrilled to bring MakerBot into the MODA Design Bar so that our visitors can have hands-on experiences designing and creating 3D objects.”
See Hidden Heroes: The Genius of Everyday Things for yourself in Atlanta through May 11th. If you can’t make it out there, you can view the entire exhibition online.
Wednesday, February 26, 2014 - 20:11MakerBot Retail Store | Maggie Gets Creative with the MakerBot Photo Booth
A MakerBot Operator Improves on a 3D Model
Everyone knows the MakerBot community does its research, so our MakerBot Retail Operators need to know 3D printing inside and out. It’s no surprise that Maggie Dilley from the MakerBot retail store in New York City has seen a lot of 3D prints and designs. From the functional to the downright funny, she is well versed in MakerBot Thingiverse and beyond.
We asked Maggie to give us a bit of background on herself and her favorite 3D print, made on a MakerBot Replicator 2 Desktop 3D Printer.
I started working at the MakerBot retail store about a year ago. I’m a visual artist at heart, and working at here allows me to express my talent through a cool new medium. I’ve been a big fan of our photo booth from the beginning; it’s such a fun feature of the store. I got the idea to print out a hollow bust of myself and insert a small LED light as a way of boosting its dramatic nature. It’s so amusing that way!
Be sure to visit Maggie at the NYC MakerBot retail store at 298 Mulberry Street. And don’t forget to peruse a seemingly endless amount of ready-to-print content at Thingiverse, the 3D design community for discovering, printing, and sharing 3D models.
Tuesday, February 25, 2014 - 22:09MakerBot Replicator Mini | The Next Generation Keeps Blossoming
The Fifth Generation MakerBot Replicator 3D printers are starting to emerge, with the MakerBot Replicator Mini Compact 3D Printer its newest arrival.
Perfectly sized to transform a small desk in your home or classroom into an exciting creativity center, the award winning MakerBot Replicator Mini is a reliable, durable, and easy-to-use desktop 3D printer. It runs on free MakerBot Desktop software, which lets you print, manage, and share your 3D creations simply and seamlessly from your PC or Mac.
Tuesday, February 25, 2014 - 22:00MakerBot Filament | Salute the Armed Forces with PLA
Celebrate our men and women in uniform with three new colors of MakerBot PLA Filament: Ocean Blue, Army Green, and Khaki. They’re the perfect shades to 3D print models of soldiers, battleships, fighter planes, military vehicles, and more.
The real battle will be deciding how to honor your creativity while deploying these noble hues. We suggest using them to print bold designs from the Famous Flyers collection from the MakerBot Digital Store. When these awesome aircraft arrive on your MakerBot Replicator 2 Desktop 3D Printer, we’re sure your imagination will take off!
Thursday, February 20, 2014 - 01:08Thingiverse | ‘On Such a Full Sea’ Fish Challenge Winners
We’ve found our fish. Thanks to everyone who entered such supremely creative and innovative designs in our ‘On Such a Full Sea’ Fish Challenge.
A subjective panel, including Chang-Rae Lee himself, selected the winners based on ease of printing, beauty, and creativity of fish design entries.
A grand prize winner will receive a signed collection of Chang-Rae Lee’s books and three spools of MakerBot Filament. The second and third runners-up of this challenge will receive the regular edition of Chang-Rae Lee’s On Such a Full Sea signed by the author. All winners will have their creations featured on Thingiverse and displayed in the MakerBot Retail Stores.
- NYC: 298 Mulberry Street
- Boston: 144 Newbury Street
- Greenwich, CT: 72 Greenwich Avenue
Fish Pen Pot by HEJHEJ
Not only does this fishy friend help organize your desk, but it’s also fun to feed. You’ll be seeing spare SD cards, highlighters, and thumbtacks as fish food in no time.
Air Jellyfish by XstrudeStudios
A perfect way to display your rootless, soil-free air plants, these bubbly, beautiful jellies will add underwater charm to any space. They print easily with no supports and look especially mystical in translucent filament colors.
Wednesday, February 19, 2014 - 22:58MakerBot Retail | Learning 3D Design, From Uganda to the US
The MakerBot Retail Store in Greenwich, CT is a long way from Gayaza High School in Uganda. But that’s not going to stop elementary school students in both places from learning about 3D printing, thanks to our relationship with educational non-profit Level Up Village.
This series of lessons will teach students how to make battery-powered reading lights with 3D printed cases, the first of many projects we at MakerBot hope will provide electricity solutions for the developing nation. To make this goal more personal for students, the girls at Gayaza High School have been sending videos and photos documenting the lack of electrical infrastructure in Uganda. Students in Uganda and the US will use this data to inform their designs.
MakerBot is donating a MakerBot Replicator 2 Desktop 3D Printer to the students of Gayaza High School, and we’ll be eagerly awaiting the results.
But you don’t have to wait. Participate! Sign your fourth and fifth graders up for the course at the Greenwich MakerBot Retail Store.
Tuesday, February 18, 2014 - 17:05MakerBot Stories | Rick Baker 3D Prints, Paints Popeye
Rick Baker is the Hollywood makeup artist behind dozens of films, from “American Werewolf in London” to “Norbit.” He has seven Oscars for Best Makeup (a record), two adult daughters (who turn into monsters when they come visit him), and, after attending a charity auction last fall, a MakerBot Replicator 2 Desktop 3D Printer.
“I bought the MakerBot Replicator 2 for more than what it cost retail,” said Baker, who expected this purchase to do more for Big Brothers Big Sisters than for himself. He saw it as “something to play with,” and thought, “I can probably print up custom palettes to put makeup in.” Baker is adept at 3D modeling software (his handle on the ZBrush forums is monstermaker). Still, it took him a couple of weeks to get a feel for 3D printing. “Most of the problems were my mistakes,” he said.
Baker persevered. “I do makeup effects, but I like learning new things,” he says. Before long, he started making figures that met his high standards. The piece he’s spent the most time on is a 3D print of his wizened Popeye; his digital rendering of the sailor man has become popular icon since he designed it seven years ago in ZBrush. “People have gotten tattoos of it,” he said.
The 3D printed Popeye has a head about four inches high, and Baker used multiple layers of paint. “That final Popeye print has 20 different glazes on it.” Popeye’s hat is a separate print; Baker melted real thread into the MakerBot Warm Gray PLA Filament to create the stitching. (See the whole Popeye statue, spinach can and all.)
Though the term did not exist when he was born in 1950, Baker is a maker. His interest in makeup began by watching the Shock Theater package of horror films on TV. “Famous Monsters of Filmland magazine had articles on people who made this stuff. They became my idols.”
Baker made his first nose by dyeing his mother’s pie crust. Now he has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. So perhaps some 10-year old who is painting 3D printed models from the MakerBot Digital Store will find similar inspiration in Rick Baker’s Popeye statuette.
Monday, February 17, 2014 - 16:00MakerBot Digitizer | A Scantastic Deal
Make 3D Models Fast—for Less!
Now, for only $799, you can create, scan, and share your very own 3D models. With no design or 3D modeling experience required to get started, the MakerBot Digitizer lets you:
– Digitally capture and preserve your 3D mementos, creations, and precious objects.
– Explore the frontiers of 3D scanning. Share adventures with enthusiasts of all ages.
– Participate in educational and entertaining 3D scanning projects and challenges.
– With our easy-to-use software, you can create clean 3D models in just two clicks.
Check out our blog post that shows examples of beautiful scans as well as helpful tips on using your MakerBot Digitizer. We can’t wait to see what you make!
Friday, February 14, 2014 - 18:19MakerBot Digital Store | Chivalry is Alive!
In these cynical times, sometimes it takes a hero to bring out the romantic in all of us. Luckily for us, the Dragons of Glastonbury series from the MakerBot Digital Store has just the knight for the job. Sir Thomas the Gallant is a lover, not a fighter. He woos the lively Princess Amelia with a bouquet of roses and a box of chocolates instead of swordplay, and that’s why she loves him.
Buy the “Courtly Love” character bundle for only $4.99 at the MakerBot Digital Store, and you’ll also receive a life-size rose as a downloadable file for the prince or princess in your life. This offer is only available through this Sunday evening, so don’t miss out.
Thursday, February 13, 2014 - 21:53MakerBot Innovation Center | Grand Opening at SUNY New Paltz
We’re proud to announce the grand opening of the nation’s first MakerBot Innovation Center at the State University of New York New Paltz. The MakerBot Innovation Center is outfitted with over thirty MakerBot Replicator 2 and 2X Desktop 3D Printers and seven MakerBot Digitizer Desktop 3D Scanners, paving the way for students and local residents to access 3D printing technology, not to mention creating a valuable recruiting and fund-raising asset for the university.
Supercharging Additive Manufacturing
This powerful addition represents a huge leap forward for the university’s existing 3D printing initiative, the Hudson Valley Additive Manufacturing Center (HVAMC), which already offers a bevy of 3D printing resources and training, such as:
– Collaborative educational programming with local community colleges and high schools.
– Active recruitment of 3D printing enterprises and access to venture capital funding.
– A unique certificate program in Digital Design and Fabrication.
Bre Cuts the Ribbon
MakerBot has worked for months with the folks at SUNY New Paltz to bring the first MakerBot Innovation Center to fruition. On Tuesday, February 11, our CEO Bre Pettis traveled to the SUNY New Paltz campus to deliver a lecture about the history of MakerBot and our continued dedication to innovation, and cut the ribbon on the new MakerBot Innovation Center. We can’t wait to see all the bold ideas that spring from Hudson Valley makers.
Thursday, February 13, 2014 - 16:54Thingiverse | Customize a Valentine’s Pendant
We’re full of ideas for Valentine’s Day gifts here at MakerBot, and with Thingiverse Customizer, we’re giving you the ability to personalize a token of affection for your loved ones.
Simply log on to Thingiverse, open the Monogram Pendant or Half Heart Monogram Pendant in Customizer, and choose which letters you want to use. There are options for size, font weight, and whether to join the initials with a heart shape. Create an embossed monogram by opting for a backing on your pendant, then swapping the filament midway through the print.
Nothing says “I love you” like a one-of-a-kind gift!
Wednesday, February 12, 2014 - 20:56MakerBot Retail | 3D Printed Gift Ideas For Your Valentine
Valentine’s Day is a couple of days away. So for all of you lovebirds out there on a tight deadline, let the MakerBot Retail Stores provide you with the perfect gift for your Valentine.
Keep that passion burning and those heart gears turning.
Candy Heart Box
Place your special someone’s favorite confection (or an engagement ring for that matter) inside this tiny heart-shaped box.
Wear your heart on your sleeve and on your finger.
Stop by our New York, Connecticut, and Boston locations to see these beautiful 3D printed objects.
If you’re really smitten, why not treat your sweetheart a MakerBot Replicator 2 Desktop 3D Printer? Spend some quality time with your significant other learning the ins and outs of 3D printing, and see what you can make together!
Wednesday, February 12, 2014 - 20:52New York 2014 3D Printshow | Your Card = 3D Printer?
Drop It In for a Chance to Win
We’re giving away a free MakerBot Replicator 2 to a lucky visitor to the MakerBot booth (A13) at the New York 2014 3D Print Show, February 12–14. Just put your business card in the bucket and you’ll be entered in our raffle.
The MakerBot Replicator 2 is a fast, easy, and affordable (especially if you win) tool for making professional-quality models. If you take one home, you’ll own the 3D printer that propelled MakerBot into leading the Next Industrial Revolution. The biggest problem you’ll have then will be deciding what to make.
See you in New York City!