Events & Cons

Published on July 10th, 2012 | by geeky


MakerBot is a 3D Printer

What is the MakerBot 3D printer? It is more accurately called a Replicator. It does not just print a picture of an object; it actually “prints” that object. Yes, that’s right. It makes a three-dimensional object, based on the design you give it.

The Replicator uses the design you provide for it (your own creation, or one of many designs available for download at MakerBot’s “Thingiverse”). It then uses plastic cord, which is heated up and shaped to form your object, one horizontal layer at a time.

It MAKES whatever you want! That is amazing! Every inventor, engineer, imaginative toy lover deserves a Replicator! Unfortunately, not everybody has a bunch of extra money lying around… The Replicator will set you back $1749, if you want to start saving up. Stupid money, spoiling all the fun.

But if you’re going to be at Comic Con, you can see the Replicator in action.

This year, MakerBot and legendary pop artist Ron English are teaming up on an original toy design just for Comic-Con, and visitors will have a chance to see the toys created live on The Replicatorâ„¢, right before their eyes. MakerBot will also host a Toy Design workshop with Dave Bondi at the Munky King booth on Day 1, followed by a live demo at the annual Munky King Comic-Con Party at Basic.

In the meantime, watch this demonstration video. It is a beautiful thing!

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