When Big Technology Comes Home

Monday, October 28, 2013

Bre Pettis & the MakerBot Replicator 2 Desktop 3D Printer (MakerBot.com)

Remember the first time you ever heard about those crazy sounding 3-D printers? They seemed like the stuff of sci-fi movies, not everyday life. But today, 3-D printing is becoming much more common on the homefront—and not just the homes of geeks and scientists.

Bre Pettis has been on the forefront of this technology, and he has made efforts to get the technology into the hands of regular people. Pettis is the founder and CEO of MakerBot, which produces affordable 3-D printers. The company offers a forum called Thingiverse to help 3-D hobbyists crowd source ideas and share the things they make.

He joins The Takeaway to explain why he thinks it’s important to democratize this kind of technology, and why he thinks anyone of us can be an inventor.


Bre Pettis

Produced by:

Kristen Meinzer


T.J. Raphael

Comments [3]

RT from Santa Clara

"We used to think about photography as the object and the photo [as art? as craft?] and now it's about looking at it on your screen."

"We used to look at art as something to be created or perceived and now it's about looking at a three-inch image in your palm and holding up the progress of the grocery store check-out lane."

"We used to open up a cranium and see convolutions and complexity and now it's about looking at a featureless billiard ball."

Oct. 28 2013 04:40 PM
RT from Santa Clara

Sadly, no one left in North Carolina could make a Stoll Knitter. At least there *are* antique circular sock machines that were once made in the US.

3D printers are cool! So is an understanding of machine tools and surface machining, automatic controls, electroplating, sintering, load bearing, metal fatigue, alloy behavior, contaminant control, defect analysis, polymer behavior, refractory techniques, annealing processes, welding, casting, crystal interruption, surfactants, adhesive behavior, lubricant behavior, heat dispersion, thermodynamics, static electrical effects, magneto-fluidics, organic chemistry, and what it's like to have no education, make a part that fails under load and injures or kills someone.

Manufacturing Engineer

Oct. 28 2013 04:18 PM
Kimberly from Asheville

Really fascinating info on 3d printing.

How about these 3d printed wool sweaters: http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1289210625/custom-fit-sweaters-ethically-made-in-america

Very cool!

Oct. 28 2013 02:35 PM

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