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MakerBot Stories | Feinstein Institute for Medical Research

What if doctors could grow you a new windpipe from your own cartilage cells? A team of surgeons and scientists at the Feinstein Institute for Medical Research has grown cartilage on a scaffolding made from ordinary MakerBot PLA Filament.   MakerBot provided the Feinstein Institute with a MakerBot Replicator 2X Experimental 3D Printer, which has two extruders. Lead researcher Todd Goldstein converted it into a low-cost bioprinter by replacing one extruder with a syringe that dispenses the chondrocyte-collagen “bio-ink.”  

MakerBot Stories | TOM Bay Area Makeathon

Are you maker interested in testing your skills against other teams with access to cutting edge technology? Join MakerBot and the NYC maker community in this amazing cause, sign up for TOM:NYC today!   For a better idea of how TOM harnesses makers and need-knowers to innovate new assistive technologies, check out the above video from the 2015 Bay Area Makeathon.   TOM:NYC Makeathon will connect people with disabilities with teams of designers and engineers to create groundbreaking assistive technology devices.  

MakerBot Stories I Mishimoto Automotive

Like a pit crew, Mishimoto, the leading manufacturer in aftermarket performance cooling products is always pushing to make their process faster and more efficient. “It’s all about speed to market,” says Jeremy Godin, Mishimoto’s VP of product.   See how Mishimoto gets its Ecoboost Intercooler and other products to market faster by using a MakerBot Replicator Z18.  

Makerbot Stories | Pratt Institute School of Architecture

For a course at the Pratt Institute School of Architecture, Leland Jobson and Andrew Reitz designed an artificial iceberg that is also a floating resort. They used a MakerBot Replicator Desktop 3D Printer to make a model of vaulted chambers of ice. “The way me and Andrew were able to be more confident in pursuing this project was having a way to build it,” said Jobson.   The MakerBot Replicator in the school’s Digital Futures office also helped them to develop the concept. 3D printed study models, they said, help them see their ideas more objectively than on a computer…

MakerBot Explorer – Square Helper

Chris Milnes had never 3D printed anything when he invented an iPhone accessory he desperately needed. While the Square credit card reader makes his life easier as a business owner, it tends to spin and twist during use. His simple design, the Square Helper, connects the Square unit to an iPhone or iPad and prevents it from twisting, saving the merchant time and hassle. With his MakerBot Replicator 2 Desktop 3D Printer, Chris has a factory on his desk for making high-resolution, durable units. Even better, the Square Helper accessory is selling for a big profit, without any need for…

MakerBot and Robohand | 3D Printing Mechanical Hands

When Richard Van As, a woodworker in South Africa, decided to make a set of mechanical fingers, it wasn’t just for fun. He’d lost four of the fingers on his right hand in an unfortunate work accident. For a carpenter, a disabled hand is a big professional risk, so Richard decided on the day of the incident that he would use the tools available to him to remedy his situation. Watch the inspiring video above to hear how Richard’s project, Robohand, is changing lives with patience, spirit, and a MakerBot Replicator 2.  

MakerBot and ZBoard

MakerBot is proud to support Intuitive Motion Inc., a start-up company based in Hermosa Beach, California, that used a MakerBot desktop 3D printer to help create the ZBoard: the weight-sensing electric skateboard.  

MakerBot Stories | Carrie Mae Rose

Does mankind’s destiny lie in the stars? Artist Carrie Mae Rose thinks so. Her show, “Light As a Feather” at New York City’s Eyebeam Gallery, exhibited Carrie Mae’s fashion concepts for space-dwelling humans of the future. Carrie Mae wanted to use a basic 3D shape as a building block for her designs, and ended up 3D printing thousands of tetrahedrons to bring her ideas to life. She was able to easily produce shapes of different size and thickness on a MakerBot® Replicator® 2 Desktop 3D Printer.  

MakerBot Stories | Sebastian Errazuriz

Sebastian Errazuriz, a Chilean artist who works in Brooklyn, NY, designed and made “12 Shoes for 12 Lovers” on a MakerBot Replicator 2X Experimental 3D Printer. Errazuriz talks about his design process and what 3D printing offers to future generations of artists and designers.  

MakerBot Stories | Rapid Prototyping at Kisi

Kisi is a startup that turns your smartphone into a keycard and lets you send keys over email with more security and flexibility than, say, leaving a spare key under the flower pot. Kisi began in Munich, Germany is now based in Brooklyn, NY.   Kisi uses a MakerBot Replicator 2 Desktop 3D Printer to prototype its hardware rapidly along with its software. Kisi also produces the housing for its devices on a MakerBot Replicator 2 Desktop 3D Printer. 3D printing allows Kisi to continue improving their devices based on real-world feedback from customers.  

MakerBot Stories | Perkins+Will

W Scott Allen, associate architect and designer at the New York office of the global architecture firm Perkins+Will, discusses how rapid prototyping on a MakerBot Replicator 2 Desktop 3D Printer profoundly changes an architect’s creative process.   The MakerBot Replicator 2 “frees us up to test more ideas for clients and come at a nicer solution in the same timeframe,” says Allen. “You can almost print at the same speed that you can draw.”  

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