The DIY Economy
3-D printing is still pretty far from the mainstream, but Makerbot, the New York firm which has done the most to bring it to the attention of the masses, just scored a $10 million round of funding from some big names. They aren’t wasting any time putting that cheddar to work, launching a spiffy new web series, Makerbot TV, that profiles people, places and things in the world of 3-D printing.
The series kicks of with a “head scanning” party Makerbot threw in collaboration with Brooklyn’s Afro-Punk festival. Some sample reactions from the crowd when asked the question:
First off, thanks to all the great start-ups who applied, and hope to see everyone at the event, (which is free!).
Second, we’re pumped to announce that Makerbot is the winner of a free Silver Sponsorship at the gdgt Live event here in New York on June, 21.
Industrial Revolution 2.0
Bre Pettis sat down with the Colbert Nation last night to give the comedian an introduction to the world of 3D printing. The founder and CEO of Brooklyn based Makerbot did a live demo on air.
“This seems to have unbelievable implications,” said Colbert, holding a miniature rendering of his own head. “Right now we rely on the Chinese for our little plastic pieces of crap. Now you don’t have to. Because what’s cheaper than Chinese worker, a robot.”
Fabricate the Future
Dutch designer Ulrich Schwanitz recently printed up the impossible, using a 3D printer to create the Penrose Triangle, a famous optical illusion.
The achievement created a little buzz in design circles, but since Schwanitz refused to reveal his design, admirers were left with just a few tantalizing screen shots. The Dutch dynamo did post a Read More