Tuesday, February 11, 2014 - 23:00MakerBot Apps | Thingiverse 1.1 Upgrade for iOS
A Host of New Capabilities
When you’re leading the Next Industrial Revolution, it’s important to stay at the vanguard on all fronts. So today we released an upgrade to our iPhone app for MakerBot Thingiverse that will boost your mobile experience with awesome new features that let you:
– Add photos to Thing designs or MakerBot Digitizer Desktop 3D Scanner scans posted to Thingiverse.
– Browse your own collections and favorites in your profile.
– Browse collections in all user profiles.
– View and respond to comments on Thing detail pages.
– Get push notifications when new designs are published to Thingiverse, or when a MakerBot Digitizer scan is published.
– Easily add photos, or respond when someone follows you.
If you already have the Thingiverse iOS app, keep your eyes open for the upgrade to version 1.1. If you haven’t yet downloaded the Thingiverse app, click this link to get started and join the community for discovering, printing, and sharing 3D models—on the go!
Saturday, February 8, 2014 - 14:00MakerBot Events | MakerBot Goes Big (and Small) in Tokyo
Half an hour outside of Tokyo stands the Makuhari Messe, a massive convention center that will host this winter’s Wonder Festival, the world’s largest Japanese collectibles expo with a typical attendance of more than 50,000 fans from around the world. MakerBot will be there with Good Smile Company, the global leader in Japanese hobby products and services.
Good Smile, by far the biggest player in attendance (they take up a sixth of the showroom floor) will draw the usual throngs of thousands. MakerBot will be there to introduce the latest designs from the MakerBot Studio, our in-house designers of high-quality, delightful, printable, and paintable digital 3D models, as well as our new Fifth Generation MakerBot Replicator 3D Printers.
These sleek ninjas are the first of many designs developed by Good Smile that we hope to see as 3D prints. Keep checking the MakerBot Blog for updates.
If you’re in the greater Tokyo area, stop by the Makuhari Messe on Sunday, February 9, from 9 am—6 pm to say ‘konnichiwa.’
Friday, February 7, 2014 - 22:06MakerBot Careers | Get a Job at MakerBot
We Are Hiring
Now is your chance to be part of a team that’s leading the Next Industrial Revolution. Here’s a sample of what you’ll find at makerbot.com/careers:
Development Manager for MakerBot Academy
Mission-driven strategist to develop sponsorships and fundraising efforts.
Senior Manufacturing Engineer
Technical lead to focus on process improvement, product lines, facility and equipment.
Director of Sales, Enterprise & Key Accounts
Responsible for team’s productivity and setting sales strategies.
SOX Compliance Manager
Manage company’s first year SOX 404 program to ensure regulatory compliance.
Summer Internship Program
Experience challenging work, access to leadership, exposure to company culture.
These are just a few examples of the many opportunities available right now at MakerBot. Feel free to browse our careers page or pass it on to someone you’d think would be a great fit. We can’t wait to meet you!
Friday, February 7, 2014 - 19:51Thingiverse | Customize a Valentine’s Gift Box
With Valentine’s Day right around the corner, give a little gift to your sweetheart in a 3D printed box customized just for him or her. Simply log on to Thingiverse, open the Customizable Box in Customizer, and either opt for one of our preset shapes or draw your own. You can also adjust the size of the box to perfectly fit the gift inside.
Fair warning: these boxes may elicit more excitement than their non-3D printed contents!
Friday, February 7, 2014 - 16:59MakerBot Stories | How Architects Can Build a City of Ideas
Buildings designed today may not open for a decade, so architects make models to help people understand the future. Before presenting ideas to the clients, governments, and communities who must buy into (and pay for) their vision of the future, architects need to envision it themselves, through sketches, computer renderings, animations, and physical models.
“The earlier you can look at a physical object, the sooner you can understand a building and also make better design decisions,” says W Scott Allen, an associate architect and designer for Perkins+Will, a global architecture firm that has seven MakerBot Replicator 2 Desktop 3D Printers in its offices.
On a recent morning, Allen set out more than 40 six-inch towers on a conference room table at the global architecture firm’s New York office. The towers, process models used to reimagine the space around the Bernardine Monastery in Lviv, Ukraine, ranged from thin spires to fat blocks to something resembling a stack of old Life Savers. “You might have an entire set of models that are exceptionally functional and some that are wildly impractical but just look really awesome,” said Allen, who made these models on a MakerBot Replicator 2.
Rapid prototyping “profoundly changes our own creative process,” says Allen, who will set up the 3D printer before going home for the evening, returning the next morning to analyze the models with his colleagues. Then Allen will go back to the computer and generate new designs for the next night’s print run.
“Making all of these on the MakerBot frees us up to test more ideas for clients and come at a nicer solution in the same timeframe,” says Allen. The great thing, he adds, is that “you can almost print at the same speed that you can draw.”