How An Army Of MakerBot Replicators Will 3D-Print The Future

Ever seen a 3D printer in action? If not, here’s your chance.

At CES 2013, MakerBot showed off its new Replicator 2X, an “experimental” version of the company’s landmark 3D printer that offers some twists on the Replicator 2’s design. The 2X features dual extruding nozzles that allow printing in multiple colors, and it uses thermoplastic ABS instead of the material known as PLA, which tends to be the preferred material for those new to the 3D printing world.

3D Printers Get Big Boost: Foundry Group Leads $10m Investment in MakerBot | ReadWriteWeb
Consumer-grade 3D printer manufacturers MakerBot Industries has raised $10 million in venture financing lead by Brad Feld’s Foundry  Group, the fund announced today.  The MakerBot project is exciting  because it represents a democratization of physical manufacturing.
"I believe that we’ll look back in 20 years and 3D printers will be as ubiquitous as laser printers are today," Feld wrote this morning.   “We aren’t yet at the point that is equivalent to the first HP  Laserjet in 1984, but I think we’ll see a comparable product from  MakerBot within a year. In the mean time, I’m going to keep downloading  3D things from the Thingiverse and keeping my Thing-O-Matic busy.”

3D Printers Get Big Boost: Foundry Group Leads $10m Investment in MakerBot | ReadWriteWeb

Consumer-grade 3D printer manufacturers MakerBot Industries has raised $10 million in venture financing lead by Brad Feld’s Foundry Group, the fund announced today. The MakerBot project is exciting because it represents a democratization of physical manufacturing.

"I believe that we’ll look back in 20 years and 3D printers will be as ubiquitous as laser printers are today," Feld wrote this morning. “We aren’t yet at the point that is equivalent to the first HP Laserjet in 1984, but I think we’ll see a comparable product from MakerBot within a year. In the mean time, I’m going to keep downloading 3D things from the Thingiverse and keeping my Thing-O-Matic busy.”

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Shapeways | Passionate about creating

Have you ever wanted to turn your 3D designs into reality? Enter Shapeways! Just upload your design, we print it and ship it to you - it’s easy. Within ten working days you’ll hold your own design in your hands.

Shapeways is about

Welcome to Shapeways

    • Shapeways is a fun, inspiring place where you make your own designs come to life.
    • Our Co-Creators allow you to personalize existing designs to your liking, alternatively use our Creator.
    • Rather upload your own designs? Shapeways 3D printing service will turn them into real objects.
    • Keep your products for yourself, give them away as a gift or even sell them in the Shapeways Shops.
    • Tell us how we could improve Shapeways’ service via the forums or by contacting us directly.
    • Please note that you need to login to rate, upload or create. If you do not have a login yet you can get one by signing up here.

To get going now, check out the following links: How to upload & 3D print or  Simple creating

Rise of the replicators - New Scientist
MakerBot is one of a range of desktop manufacturing plants being developed by researchers and hobbyists around the world. Their goal is to create a machine that is able to fix itself and, ultimately, to replicate … MakerBot and most of its kin are essentially a cut-price reinvention of the 3D printer. While professional machines still cost upwards of tens of thousands of dollars, a coalition of academics and tinkerers has created versions that do much the same thing for much less. Anyone with a few hundred dollars and some spare time can build their own 3D printer from a set of plans distributed free on the internet. 

Rise of the replicators - New Scientist

MakerBot is one of a range of desktop manufacturing plants being developed by researchers and hobbyists around the world. Their goal is to create a machine that is able to fix itself and, ultimately, to replicate … MakerBot and most of its kin are essentially a cut-price reinvention of the 3D printer. While professional machines still cost upwards of tens of thousands of dollars, a coalition of academics and tinkerers has created versions that do much the same thing for much less. Anyone with a few hundred dollars and some spare time can build their own 3D printer from a set of plans distributed free on the internet.