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Not Even Martha Stewart Can Take 3D Printing Mainstream

Martha Stewart’s affinity for drones has been well-documented, and now she’s trained her domestic eye on another buzzy emerging technology. Stewart has launched a line of custom designs with 3D printing darling MakerBot. But will the celebrity backing really create an insatiable rush for at-home fabrication? Will a 3D printer suddenly become as indispensable to the occasional crafter as a hot glue gun? It seems unlikely.


3D-Printable Cookie Monster And Grover Figures Hit The MakerBot Store

The first series of Sesame Street characters to hit the MakerBot Digital Store weren’t exactly its A-list residents. We all love Snuffleupagus, but he can’t hold a candle to Big Bird. So thankfully Series 2 is finally here, just in time for Halloween, bringing with it some bigger Sesame Street stars you can 3D print at home including Grover and Cookie Monster.


Bold Machines: MakerBot Founder Bets Big On 3D Printing's Next Wave

When Bre Pettis, the co-founder of MakerBot, began his company in 2009, the mission was clear: make 3D printing accessible. Five years later, the company has sold tens of thousands of printers and joined forces with the industry stalwart Stratasys. Now that these creation machines are (relatively) financially feasible, how are we going to use them?


Can You Tell Me How To Print, How To 3D-Print Sesame Street?

In order to show the average consumer that 3D printers aren’t just for prototyping parts or building a plastic housing for an Arduino project, the MakerBot Digital Store has added a handful of downloadable 3D models of Sesame Street characters that parents can print for their kids.


Start Your Own Private Museum With A 3D Printer And This T-Rex Model

Does waiting in line at a museum just to check out some old dinosaur bones that may or may not be real sound like a terrible way to spend a weekend? If you have a 3D printer at home, MakerBot’s Digital Store is now selling this anatomically correct T-Rex skeleton model that you can print at home as a start to your own personal private museum.


Photoshop Is Getting Support For 3D Printing

Adobe is updating Photoshop to let you create 3D-printable files within the program. Hooray! The update is available today for free for existing Creative Cloud subscribers, or for $50 for new signups.


MakerBot Mini: A Smaller 3D Printer You Can Maybe Actually Afford

If a tiny workshop has prevented you from adding one of MakerBot’s Replicator 3D printers to your toolkit, today is your lucky day. The company has announced a smaller version of its Replicator 3D printer — aptly called the Replicator Mini — with a smaller footprint, easy one-touch printing, and even a networked camera inside allowing you to remotely keep tabs on a print job in process. It will be available sometime this spring for $US1375.


You Can Now 3D-Print With This Spooky Glow-In-The-Dark Filament

We’ve been 3D printing in metal, gold and even sugar for years now — so it seems only natural that we’d also be able to print in glow-in-the-dark plastic. This week, MakerBot announced a limited-edition run of PLA filament that glows in the dark, just in time for Halloween.


MakerBot's New Scanner Is A Copier For 3D Items

Today, MakerBot introduced what’s basically a Xerox machine for physical items: the Digitizer Desktop 3D Scanner. It will make 3D-printing at home a lot easier, but that doesn’t mean it will make it cheaper.


One Man Is Resurrecting Forgotten Patents Of Yore With 3D Printing

The charms of the patent office archives — and the hilariously insane inventions they contain — are well-known. But is it possible that a few of those failed entrepreneurs were actually onto something? New York lawyer Martin Galese thinks so — and he’s resurrecting the ghosts of patents past by offering 3D models of them online.


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