By wbp labs, December 9th, 2009

The sign on the door reads MakerBot industries. Inside, boxes line the floors and there is a flurry of activity. A light humming sound fills the air. Machines buzz as they print physical objects that merely minutes before were 3D renderings on a computer screen. This is Bre Pattis’ ‘Botcave’ and within its walls resides a startup that intends to change the face of printing. The MakerBot is a box-like unit that prints using thin plastic, which it lays down layer by layer. Eyeglass frames, wall brackets, tweezers, action figures even a 3D rendering of Walt Disney’s head are all possible. Makerbot came out of NYC Resistor, a hackers collective offering shared knowledge and camaraderie. And out of Makerbot, the hopes are to create a revolution in crowd-sourced manufacturing.

Relevant sites:

www.makerbot.com

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CREATED & PRODUCED by Lance Weiler & Alex Johnson
CREATIVE DIRECTOR Alex Johnson
DIRECTOR Lance Weiler
EDITOR Josh Cramer
SERIES PRODUCER Josh Cramer
SEGMENT PRODUCER Zeke Zelker
SERIES MUSIC T. Griffen
TITLE SEQUENCE Jordan Gray
POST PRODUCTION House of Trim

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  • Scott

    From watching the video it looks as if this is a single-nozzle head. I am curious as to how well it builds in 3-d space for parts of an item that at a given layer are not connected. I know there are units out there that use two types of material: build and support, where the build material is abs/abs+ plastic and the support material can be dissolved in a detergent bath.

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