MakerBot Industries is a Brooklyn-based company founded by Bre Pettis, Adam Mayer, and Zach “Hoeken” Smith that produces 3D printers. MakerBot’s mission is to bring desktop 3D printing into the home at an affordable price.
In addition to their online store, MakerBot opened a retail location in Manhattan. ”Come to the MakerBot Store in New York City to get a taste of some of today’s most exciting technology, right at your fingertips. See the MakerBot Replicator 2 Desktop 3D Printer in action, making new things while you watch. Browse our selection of sculptures and models made on MakerBot machines right here in our Brooklyn workshop. Better yet, leave with a totally unique gift for yourself, or someone you think is cool enough to own something made on a MakerBot.”
Walking by the store is enough to get a glimpse of the 3D printing action that’s inside. Here are some photos of the window display where you can see items such as a 3D printed toy truck, a cupcake and this 3D building that was generated with a printing time of just over 5 hours.
A Notable Note
Recently, MakerBot donated two Replicator 2 3D printers to a two-person team that created a robotic hand for a boy in South Africa. “Folks at Makerbot heard about the project and donated two Replicator 2 3D printers to the pair who were then able to create parts by sending CAD files back and forth. In a few days, Liam had a prototype hand and the pair continued to refine and improve the model.”
You can read the full story on TechCrunch, Two Makers Come Together To Make A Robotic Hand For A Boy In South Africa.
If you’re in New York, MakerBot is launching a series of workshops, classes and lectures for anyone eager to learn the nuances of 3D printing. The company’s retail location will feature lessons like “Setting Up and Maintaining Your New MakerBot” on Friday nights from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m.. At $35 per class (this varies depending on which one you attend) space is limited, so register in advance. Not in NYC? MakerBot is all about connecting with their community, you can interact with the MakerBot crew on Twitter and check out their Facebook Page here.