Makerbot: innovation, invention & prototyping (3d printshow talk)

Erin Arden from Makerbot takes us through the various possible uses of the makerbot with some case studies.

Obviously it starts with a short promotional part on the digitizer and the replicator 2, pointing out this time how already having 3d printers was useful also to create their new products. The importance of 3d printing is to prototype projects and be certain they work as intended before spending money on injection moulds. Then it's time for other case studies.

The robo hand: not the first time we see it but the smiling boy with the 3d printed hand is always a happy sight.

Peeko monitor: sleep apnea device for infants that attaches to shirts. The nice thing is that the print can be stopped, electronics can be added and then the print restarted so the electronics are inclosed in the printed object. It's a new way of thinking.

Architects: the inside and outside of the houses can be printed in detail, and more and more designers are using it for this purpose saving money. Erin tells us that before leaving for the show she printed 500 snowflakes on 5 printers for the kids that participated to the talk of the morning regarding these subjects.

Chris Milnes instead does not stop at prototyping but manufactures his final product on the makerbot. It's a small object that easily helps out when using the Square on various phones without spending money on injection mould for a small amount of objects.

Cosmo Wenman shows you are not limited to plastic using the makerbot to prototype and then cast in bronze his replicas of the statues of the major museums.


Ford uses makerbots to prototype parts of his engines, and finally the Verlan dress, downloadable on thingiverse and printed in flexible filament.

Question time: some curiosities on dual extrusion and how to avoid messing up the object with the other extruder's color, how to change the temperature of both extruders to cope with different materials and to close up the speech Erin shows how to level the printer's plate as the object printing during the conference had not stuck appropriately and stopped midprint.


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