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Kids, Hackers and Geena Davis All Shared Space at Maker Faire This Weekend

Mousetrap havoc. (Photo: Andrew Kelly for NYSCI.)

This weekend, tens of thousands of DIY enthusiasts, families and plain old nerds packed inside the 7 train for the trip to Maker Faire, held as always at the New York Hall of Science. It was a jumbled lot that poured out and onto 111th Street.

There were kids everywhere. On skateboards and razor scooters, in strollers and on their mothers’ hips. They couldn’t get their hands on the exhibits fast enough. They waved to robots and crawled all over the museum’s exhibits and painstakingly assembled their own projects. Read More

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At a Ribbon-Cutting for Shapeways’ ‘Factory of the Future,’ Bloomberg Talks New York Tech

The crowded presser for the factory of the future. (Photo: Shapways' Instagram)

This morning, Betabeat ventured forth to the industrial environs of Long Island City for a ribbon-cutting at what’s being billed as the “factory of the future.”

Naturally, quite a few tech scene regulars were in attendance, like New York City Economic Development Corporation president Seth Pinsky. But, by and large, it was mayor Michael Bloomberg’s show–that, and of course Shapeways, the company that’ll soon be 3D printing user-generated designs right were we were standing.

“There are plenty of good reasons we want New York City to be the epicenter of the industry, something, folks, that the factory and the research lab here at Shapeways will help make possible,” he told us, before adding, for anyone missing the point: “This is the future of our city.” Read More

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Among the IRL Hackers: Snapshots from the World Maker Faire

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Hey, those look familiar...

This weekend, Betabeat braved the utter and complete nightmare that was the subway situation–seriously, no 7 trains into Manhattan? No N trains into Manhattan? The R running on the F line?–to check out the third annual World Maker Faire. Nothing would stand between us and the robots.

The highly appropriate setting was the New York Hall of Science, which is located on the site of the 1964 World’s Fair. Rockets loomed above the check-in area, and talks were located in a refurbished pavilion that clearly showed its Jet Age origins.  The crowd seemed composed of equal parts tinkering geeks, respectable parents with tots in tow, and tatted-up hipsters who’d ventured northward in search of a DIY fix. Read More

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An Inside Look at MakerBot’s New Nolita Store [SLIDESHOW]

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3D Printer. (Photo: MakerBot)

At the conclusion of the unveiling of MakerBot’s latest 3D-printing marvel, Betabeat was treated to a look at the company’s brand-new store, located at Mulberry and Houston Street. But before setting out (as the assembled reporters snacked on sliders and waited for our rides back to Manhattan) we got a bit more detail from CEO Bre Pettis about his hopes for the store and for the Replicator 2.

For one thing, “the store is a dream of mine,” Mr. Pettis explained. Read More

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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

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Shapeways Can Now 3D Print Pretty Much Anything You Can Goddam Think Of

Shapeways Infographic 6 Billion Products

Shapeways, the Etsy of 3D printing, which moved to New York in after an investment from Union Square Ventures, is poised to open a “factory of the future” in Long Island City. Fresh off a $6.2 millon fundraising round led by Lux Captial, the company is eager to share some impressive new numbers.

Today, the company told Betabeat that Shapeways’ marketplace now offers “6 billion product variations.” Or, as they clarified, “one unique product for everyone on the planet.” To put that in perspective, Walmart only offers about 120,000 unique items in their stores. Suck it, big box bores.

Shapeways also shared this handy infographic with Betabeat, which sadly arrived by one-dimensional email: Read More

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Shapeways, the Etsy for 3D-Printing, Raises $6.2 M. Led By New York City’s Lux Capital

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Reinventing design and manufacturing for the 3D-printing age sounds more capital-intensive than your run-of-the-mill social networking app. Thus to fund its growth, Shapeways, a Dutch company now headquartered in New York, just announced $6.2 million in financing led by Lux Capital, which the company says is an add-on to the $5.1 million series B round raised from Union Square Ventures and Index Ventures last November.

Lux Capital doesn’t typically fund consumer-facing startups. According to its website, the Madison Avenue venture capital firm has been more concerned with cancer therapies and petroleum replacements, which is a vote of confidence in Shapeways’ potential. “We seek investment opportunities to help turn technical breakthroughs into world-changing businesses,” Lux cofounder Josh Wolfe said on the company’s blog. Read More

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3D-Printer Shapeways Opens a U.S. Distribution Center in Queens: Next Step, ‘Factory of the Future’

Kegan set up

Shapeways, the Dutch 3D printing startup that moved out to New York after a $5.1 million investment from Union Square Ventures and Index Ventures, has been on a steady crusade to introduce the future-facing practice of 3D-printing to the mainstream.

After a year in New York, the Esty of 3D printing, which makes it easy for people to create and sell their own designs on its open source 3D printers, got that hockey stick growth on its way to becoming the factory behind a growing maker community. (MakerBot is also a fan.)

Today, the company announced its first U.S. distribution center, a 5,000 sq. ft. facility in Long Island City in Queens with a nearby factory in the range of 15,000 sq. ft. to follow. Betabeat talked to Kegan Fisher, Shapeways’s director of industrial engineering, about the particular challenges of building out production and shipping for a company that processes hundreds of thousands of completely unique items on demand.

(We have it on good authority from one of her coworkers that in addition to being a “serious rockstar” in the office, Ms. Fisher also “wears the coolest heels” in New York.) Read More