MakerBot: The 3D Printing Robot

Rocketboom Tech correspondent Ellie Rountree talks to Bre Pettis, and Zach Hoeken about their new company, MakerBot Industries (, building open source robot kits that allow you to do rapid prototyping and 3D Printing at home. Music Can Opener by The Discoghosts For an extra piece of fun from this shoot, go watch Ellie and the Flaming Bunny!

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25 thoughts on “MakerBot: The 3D Printing Robot

  1. how cool thaqt they …
    how cool thaqt they used wood, make it look more oldschool funky =-)

  2. Thats creepy. Exact …
    Thats creepy. Exact same wallpaper and colour theme as my Ubuntu.

  3. Looks like hot glue …
    Looks like hot glue – the ‘head’ there seems 2 B just like a heater element from a hot glue gun, & the material goops around like hot glue. Something they could maybe do 2 make it work better is have it lay down goo in a cool water bath, or @ least with a cooling fan near the object – so maybe eliminates a lot of that dripping junk & blockyness – they could also place the layers much closer together & use a smaller apperature. It’s really the ‘Hot Glue 3D Modeler’ (2 name it honestly =)

  4. Sure, & U know the …
    Sure, & U know the 3D printers will sell 4 like $50, but the ‘ink’ will B a comical anal-rape ripoff @ $20 per!

    I have the solution: NEVER PRINT N E THING OUT! PRINTING IS A HUGE RIPOFF! Or, get ya’self an old ‘junk’ printer like an HP722C, where the cartridges aren’t these MICROSCOPIC $30 ‘dead in 50 pages’ consumer slave monuments to crippleware design. Micro$oft N E 1? HAHA

    Makerbot wants 2 peddle $100 hot glue gun printers. Just $40 4 the ‘goo’ yes?? & ‘maintainance’ $ OMG LoL

  5. Yes we ‘geeks’ ( …
    Yes we ‘geeks’ (even hot geex like ma’self 😉 know.. can’t even remember when I first saw – was around @ least from the early 90’s when I was in college. I think the 1’st 1’s used plastic like the dental stuff – plastic bath, & would solidify shapes as the subjerged object moved down, layering them like dentists glue on vineers W/a light stick.

    Problem with the ‘makerbot’ in particular as U can C is very blocky lookin’, & drips goo everyplace. Multi-axis routers give a smoth result tho’ =D

  6. I like 2 use a …
    I like 2 use a router & 1″ thick plywood. It’s cheap & strong & with freaky curvy bits can make loads a groovy toys U can actually USE! =) Like 4 instance big groovy speakers U can sell 4 thousands of $

    U can make templates also from ‘cardboard wood’ (‘pressboard’ type stuff) 4 templates – that is, ’till U go big wheel from the protos n’ just subcontract 2 a CNC place like mois HAHA

  7. Not New! See also:

    Not New! See also:
    Laser Sintering
    Fused deposition modeling
    Stereolithography (SLA)
    Laminated object manufacturing
    Electron beam melting
    3D printing

  8. Good idea is to use …
    Good idea is to use organic papermache-like filler from flour, water, paper, and maybe some sand… Cheap and easy accessible, yet with 3d-printed forms downloadable from internet possibilities would be endless.

  9. This was pretty …
    This was pretty cool, but i have to ask something nobody else is:

    Where the did Joanna go?

  10. How about using …
    How about using some kind of silicone as material and reverse model to a form that can be used to quickly replicate as many models as needed with variety of modeling waxes and fillers?

  11. I thought so to, …
    I thought so to, but this thing actually supplies the material. In other 3d printers you have to place a block of material and it carves from that.

  12. m really sorry, but …
    m really sorry, but these things freak me out sooo much!
    dnt read this(cuz it really wrks). u will gt kissd on the nearest frieday by the love of ur life. 2mara wll b the bst day of ur life hwever if you dnt post ths comment 2 at least 3 vids u will die withn 2 days nw uv startd readn this dnt stp this is so scary snd ths ovr 2 5 vids in 143 mins when ur done press f6 nd ur crush’s name wll appear on the screen n big letters ths is so scary cuz it actully wrks ths really wrks

  13. Um this isn’t …
    Um this isn’t anything new… 3D printers have existed for a while now.

  14. I wonder if that’s …
    I wonder if that’s patented…
    I reckon in a few years we can all make those 3Dimages and send them to our friends.

    Even better, a newer version of the machine that colours it, too.

  15. I think 3D printers …
    I think 3D printers will be the most important development of the next 20 years. Manufacturing, retail, maintenance and who knows what else will all be drastically effected by the increasing sophistication & availability of 3D printers.

  16. that’s awesome! But …
    that’s awesome! But I can’t help wondering what material it “prints”! It looks like a combination of soap and cheese!

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