Posts with tag: ‘makerbot’

Printing ‘n Presenting

Makerbot kindly sent us a Replicator 2 ever so recently in thanks for the Design Challenge we finished last week. So we decided to print off a copy of Grabby (by GrabCADr Stephen Nyberg).


Not a bad start? Send us more suggestions for things we should print off!


Lauri, Pritt and Martin and the newest member of the team.

In other news, we will be publicly announcing the results of the BLOODHOUND SSC Design Challenge at the Product Innovation Congress on Feb 19th. This has been a truly exciting challenge and we can't wait to see the final design in the hands of driver Andy Green. In addition, we have our new VP of Sales and Marketing Rob Stevens making a presentation on 'Crowd Design' on Day 2 (February 20th). If you're so inclined you should drop in and say hello - presentation begins in Room 4 at 14:35.

Results are in! Makerbot Replicator 2 Design Challenge

The future is a difficult thing to predict - unless your obsession is cars and you're an Engineer or Designer. You'll likely be making these very vehicles a reality! But one thing that was hard to predict was which one would be the winner. According to Bre Pettis, CEO of Makerbot. “We were amazed and awed by the designs submitted for the MakerBot and GrabCAD 3D Print Challenge. Judging was incredibly difficult, especially since many, including myself, are major automotive enthusiasts.” So without further ado, congratulations to GrabCADr Omega for winning first prize, a Makerbot Replicator 2!


1st Place - ALPHA by Omega

This futuristic aerodynamic flying spacecraft combines gorgeous curves with hot rod triple exhaust and spoilers. The description of Alpha reads: After solving the energy crisis with cold fusion in 2039, scientists made two very important breakthroughs in energy storage and propulsion. A new type of capacitor with an enormous energy density of 1MWh/dm^3 emerged out of a billon dollar project. Secondly, a highly advanced circular magnetoplasmadynamic thruster (cMPD) entered a practical stage. It works by accelerating hydrogen atoms very efficient almost to the speed of light. Through the relativistic mass dilatation, which occurs at such particle velocities, only a very small amount of working mass has to be carried along the vehicle. In 2040 the prototype Alpha, utilizing this technology, was built in cooperation with MakerBot Industries. The first flight beat all expectations. From then on it was an ease taking off vertically and flying out into space. Only a year later, the Alpha consumer product came to the market. Traffic was quickly heaved into the third dimension, and after two decades, massive autonomous cargo ships left earth heading towards Mars to initiate large-scale terrafomation.
…And so a new area for mankind began.



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New Challenge: MakerBot Replicator 2 Desktop 3D Printer

"See a need, fill a need," like they said in the animated film, Robots.  MakerBot certainly understands the innate human need to build, create, and solve problems. People like to see a problem, come up with solutions, and then make those solutions real. GrabCAD is the place to share your solutions and The MakerBot Replicator™ 2 Desktop 3D Printer makes it even easier for makers to bring their ideas to life.

MakerBot Replicator 2 Desktop 3D Printer

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We have a Makerbot! Suggest Something to 3D Print!

Our fellow GrabCAD workmate Gabe happens to attend MIT and borrowed their Makerbot for the Summer break. We've been fooling around with it and finally have it working. We want you to suggest or make something for us to print off for our Boston office!

Have a crush on a particular propeller design? Turn it into an STL for 3D Print file and post it below. Got an idea for an outstanding 3D GrabCAD logo? Send it in! We'd love to print it off and display it. But before you submit anything, please consult with the design guidelines for the Makerbot. Two important things to remember: wall thickness should be more than 1 mm and overhangs are discouraged (<45°). We can print a model with overhangs, but that means we have to print it with removable supports that leave marks on the model.

As you can see, we've already begun. First we 3D printed Russell Donovan's 3D Printable Penholder, which is a really stunning piece of work. As advertised, Russell's design wasn't all that difficult to 3D print, in spite of outward appearance. Gabe's friend made a few great modifications to the Makerbot - adding a better extruder and hotend means it runs better than the standard one! Next we printed Aaron Dabrowski's response to a request: The Speedshape. This car body printed quite easily - now we need some wheels and we're off to the races.

Got a suggestion? Make one below!

Mr. Maker is Makerbot’s new mascot

Hugely popular Makerbot challenge got it's winners. EricJDurwoodII and his Mr. Maker showed the other robots the blinking lights and grabbed the 1st prize.

Makerbot 1st prize - Mr Maker

MakerBot describes the winner as being 'a great mix of friendly, printable, and cute.' We like it because of the 'stomach' that gives endless possibilities to customize it, the spool and the potential of making Mr. Maker making the next Mr or Miss.

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Design a new superstar robot for MakerBot – win your very own MakerBot!

Yes, it's finally here - challenge for all the robo-fanatics. MakerBot Industries is desperate for a new robo-mascot and looking to pick the winning design from a whole troop of charmers. The challenge has a robo-sweet prize - your very own MakerBot Thing-O-Matic 3D Printing Kit.


What can we say - the challenge itself is going to be massive fun. Based on many excellent robot models in the Library, the potential to have one kicking mascot for MakerBot is already through the roof. The sweetest thing - the winner is going to have his desk tuned up with a personal MakerBot.

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