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The DIY Economy

Makerbot Replicator: Bigger, Better and Now Two Color

Extra extruder means more making

3D printing for the masses has always been the mission of Brooklyn-based Makerbot. Today the company unveiled the Makerbot Replicator, a souped up version of its original device. It lets users print way bigger items, we’re talking the size of a breadloaf, instead of a cupcake. And because it comes with a dual extruder it now, “supports Dualstrusion 2-color printing” (dualstrusion, fun word to say), users can now print in multiple colors and materials, opening up all sorts of new possibilities.

The company is selling its new item as the gateway to a brighter future. “Students with access to a MakerBot have an edge in the future job market. Just like the youth of the 1980’s, who had access to computers, children with access to a MakerBot Replicatorâ„¢ will become the leaders who make a better tomorrow.” Bill Gates brains not included. But seriously, there is an open position for a “maker” at the NY Times R&D lab right now, and according to Vimeo founder Zach Klein, “We’re going to be seeing a lot more of that job.” Read More

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Makerbot Launches Web Series to Promote the World of 3-D Printing

Model from a head scan of comedian/singer Reggie Watts via Makerbot

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: Read More