You won’t believe what the Lockheed Martin Advanced Technology Center created for NASA with their MakerBot® Desktop 3D Printers. The James Webb Telescope will be NASA’s biggest science mission to date, the largest telescope ever launched, and the first to carry a camera optimized for viewing infrared light, the NIRCam. Lockheed Martin’s Advanced Technology Center (ATC) is tasked with building it. That doesn’t intimidate ATC engineer Alison Nordt, who believes that the James Webb Telescope’s pictures of deep space “will change our understanding of the universe and be much more spectacular than anything we’ve ever seen before.” To…
A class of Browning eighth-graders, who designed their own Lego-style pieces, learns how to print them on a MakerBot Replicator 2 Desktop 3D Printer. When the eighth-grade boys finish the project, these pieces will be mixed in to the building blocks in lower-school classrooms. When Stephen M. Clement, III, became headmaster, in 1988, parents didn’t ask much about what their boys would learn about technology, he says. Today, tours of the K-12 school for parents of prospective students make an obligatory stop at the technology lab. “From seeing it as a potential force that might wreck the finances of…
Helen Yentus, the art director of Riverhead Books, talks about designing a 3D printed slipcase for a limited edition of Chang-rae Lee’s novel “On Such a Full Sea.” The slipcase was printed on a MakerBot Replicator 2 Desktop 3D Printer. Yentus shows her early pencil sketches and describes how they evolved into the slipcase, which she designed in collaboration with the MakerBot Studio.
Brooklyn Tech is the largest specialized high school for STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) in the United States. In this video, teacher Tom Curanovic talks about how rapid prototyping is transforming his computer-integrated manufacturing lab, and senior Vishnu Sanigepalli describes what he has learned by using the MakerBot Replicator 2 Desktop 3D Printer.
The State University of New York at New Paltz is home to the world’s first MakerBot Innovation Center: a ground-floor room with 30 MakerBot Replicator 3D Printers. “3D printing is training students to think in a different way,” says Dan Freedman, dean of science and engineering at New Paltz. “If students come out of here knowing about 3D printing and different applications of it, it will give them a better chance of starting a career.”
Steven Jaworski, a biomedical technician, had to replace so many cables that monitor patients’ vital signs that he ordered cable tethers from a medical supplier for $24.50 per cable, or $73.50 for a set of three. But surgical scissors cut through these tethers easily. Then Jaworski appealed to the Brookhaven administration that a MakerBot Replicator 2 Desktop 3D Printer could help solve his cable problem. He designed a tamper proof cable tether. Between the dense black PLA and thick wire, it costs $7.94. It holds all three cables, and surgical scissors can’t cut through it.
Vinny Garrison is the technology teacher and racing commissioner at A. MacArthur Barr Middle School, in Nanuet, NY. Over the course of seven weeks, each eighth grader will shape a footlong wood block into a car and make a set of wheels on a MakerBot Replicator Desktop 3D Printer. Students eager to challenge the all-time record craft wheels weighing as little as eight-tenths of a gram. (Stock wheels can weigh as much as five grams each.) Others create elaborate patterns worthy of a custom rim shop while learning engineering principles.
Leslie Perry at Whitby School in Greenwich, CT uses MakerBot® Replicator® Desktop 3D Printers in the school’s Design Technology classroom to spark an interest in 3D printing and design and teach problem solving. In this project, students learned 3D design to create their own boats and buildings for a fictional place called Whitby Harbor, and then brought their ideas to life.
Felix Olivieri and his wife, Sarah, operate Olivieri’s Arts, Crafts, & Coffee in Kingston, a Hudson River town north of New York City. They feature specialty paints and pencils, a coffee bar, and a MakerBot Replicator Mini Compact 3D Printer. The Replicator Mini is great for making store parts, engaging customers, and educating the public on 3D printing.
MakerBot® collaborated with design teams from Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia to create the Trellis Collection, a set of branded table accessories that customers can download from the MakerBot Digital Store. MakerBot Replicator® Desktop 3D Printers enabled the designers to rapidly prototype and explore many different creative approaches, iterating on their ideas with precision and speed.
Florida Polytechnic University uses a MakerBot Innovation Center to introduce its students, faculty, and the surrounding community to hands-on STEM learning and applied research through 3D printing. The MakerBot Innovation Center boasts more than 50 MakerBot Replicator 3D Printers, all controlled by the MakerBot Innovation Center Management Platform.
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.”
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.
Check out Falcon Robotics – a high school robotics team using 3D printing to reinvent STEM learning with their autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV).