CES Update: MakerBot Gets a Badge

We visited the MakerBot Industries booth to give them one of our badges (post pending), say what’s up and meet the creators behind the creators of our lapel-sticking creations. They were excited to see us, so excited in fact that they gave us a small spool of the PLA they are about to carry in their store.

Comments

  1. PeterM says:

    Post pending? Don’t you mean “Pat. Pending” ?

  2. charliex says:

    I think he means they’ll be making a post about the badge..

  3. Erwin Ried says:

    I really want a Makerbot.

    Any coupon or something?

  4. Life2Death says:

    I personally think the makerbot has some rough edges to fix before I care enough to get one – like how parts warp more than star trek

  5. Neil says:

    3d printing is not 2d printing. Even the commerical machines are moody. I own a Makerbot, and would NEVER go back!

  6. chris says:

    The warping frequently happens from uneven cooling (and yes, commercial machines can suffer from this too). The bottom layer starts to cool (and contract) while the upper layers are still hot, causing warping to occur. You could try to build a controlled temperature chamber for it, but it would add significantly to the cost.

    The makerbot is absurdly cheap (only $750 I think) compared to it’s next closest competitor from a company like Z-corp (probably closer to $10k).

  7. Bre says:

    Yarr. We are now carrying pla!

  8. Haku says:

    I’d like a Makerbot but one that could do larger sized objects.

    BTW, anyone up for a game of “Spot the guy who’s watched Real Genius a few too many times”? ;)

  9. anonymous says:

    dear life2death and chris, these warping problems are a thing of the past now that Makerbot is carrying PLA. PLA is much stickier, harder, more heat absorbing, and less warping than ABS. It also looks incredible! You should consider buying a Makerbot now. They are really incredible machines.

  10. ebidk says:

    RepRap http://reprap.org in another cheap solution. I’ll be building one of those myself over the next few months as I can afford the parts for it.

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