MakerBot: A brief history


(techno music) – MakerBot’s origins lie in RepRap, an open source project aimed at building a self-replicating machine. A 3D printer capable of
creating its own parts. The company was founded in 2009, determined to commercialize
that project’s technology. Later that year, the company
launched Cupcake CNC, a wooden kit that
represented an early foray into the world of desktop 3-D printing. Source files for the
hardware were also hosted on Thingiverse, MakerBot’s
online design file database, which has since become a vital resource for makers across the world. In 2011, co-founder Bre Pettis appeared on the Colbert Report. The following year, it opened it’s first retail store in Manhattan. That same year, MakerBot
introduced its first Replicator, its most mainstream product to date, featuring improved software,
an on device display, and a control pad. The company also managed to raise the ire of the Maker community when
it abandoned it’s open source hardware model for all
devices moving forward. In 2014 MakerBot was
acquired by Stratasys, a leading maker of industrial 3D printers. The following year, the one-time darling of the desktop 3D printing
revolution underwent multiple rounds of layoffs and began
shuttering retail stores. In January of 2017, the
company changed CEOs for the fourth time in as many years, handing the reigns over to Nadav Goshen. MakerBot’s new CEO has acknowledged
the company’s struggles and promised to maintain a
focus on the professional and education markets
after years of chasing the consumer space.

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7 thoughts on “MakerBot: A brief history

  1. I'm really sorry, but there are so many holes in the information given. MakerBot also helped destroy a lot of the open source communities that helped create MakerBot. The video was put together well but there's a reason MakerBot is failing and I hope that you all will be able to report on what really happened when they went closed source because of Bre Pettis.

  2. You have some of the beginning models and video of the models out of order. The first printer was a cupcake CNC then they made the Thing-O-Matic. They were both open source and made of wood they were also sold as kits that the buyer built in about a weekend. After that they released the replicator and replicator duel. They where preassembled printers that where made of wood as well. Though some of the early designs for the printer where made open source the final version that was sold was not released online. This decision was driven by some companies, mainly in china, copying there design instead of iterating upon it. After that is when they decided to go closed source with the replicator 2 and 2x. The rep2 and 2x where preassembled with a metal frame and where manufactured in the USA. But due to the closed source design they alienated there client base that they built over the years. Since then they have been purchased and nearly driven to the ground with costly and slow support. The newer printers are designed not for the average tinkers but the engineer at a Fortune 500 company. With the non-serviceable parts and uncustomizable slicer a lot of costumers that may have tried it have written them off due to the high cost of operation and poor software support.

  3. I believe you have some major information holes, there buddy. that video clip of the replicator dual is claimed by you to be the cupcake CNC. that is clearly not true. did you have the voice-over delayed, or do you really think what you said?

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