Meet Your Maker

MakerBot ‘Levels Up’ with the Replicator 2: a Sleeker 3D Printer with ‘Brooklyn Swagger’

Mr. Pettis.

“We leveled up to bring you this today,” MakerBot CEO Bre Pettis told the crowd at the company’s press conference in Brooklyn this afternoon.

The startup responsible for bringing 3D printing to the mainstream–with a nudge from Stephen Colbert, of course–announced a breakthrough: the fourth-generation of MarkerBot’s 3D printing device, dubbed the Replicator 2. You’ll see it soon enough. The gleaming metal rectangle graces the cover of the October issue of Wired. Read More

Foxconn in Brownsville?

Marty Markowitz Wants an Apple Factory In Brooklyn


Gianna Palmer is a guest blogger for Betabeat.

An Apple manufacturing plant in Brooklyn? Conventional wisdom says fat chance. After all, recent reports allege the company relies pretty heavily on cheap, abused, non-American workers.

But apparently Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz isn’t afraid to dream.

“Just like the Mayor had a competition for Roosevelt Island, I’m suggesting another competition to create a high-tech manufacturing zone,” Mr. Markowitz told the Daily News. “We desperately need manufacturing jobs.”

Apple, apparently, is at the top of his list of desired manufacturers. This, despite Brooklyn’s difficulty in attracting even a basic Apple retail store. Read More