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As MakerBot Struggles, Desktop Milling Machines Are On The Rise

The maker community is embracing affordable mini-mills designed to machine wood and metal.

MakerBots 3-D printers will soon be able to produce items thatlooklike bronze, limestone, and wood, thanks to a new line of plastic-based composite materialsshipping later this year. But the launch may be too little, too late: Entrepreneurs and artists interested in working with metal and wood are already embracing desktop milling machines that can handle the real deal.

The calculation is simple: Buy a MakerBot Replicator, the leading desktop 3-D printer, for $2,889, and you can produce plastic prototypes or the kind of trinkets that you might find in a Happy Meal. Buy a small-scale milling machine like the Othermill, which retails for $2,199, and you can make jewelry and mechanical parts out of everything from aluminum to walnut.

Once you can cut metal, you can make things that last, says Danielle Applestone, chief executive of Other Machine Co. For the first couple of months that I was working here, I was scared of cutting with metal. It was louder, I was worried I was going to break the tool. But as soon as I jumped in, it quickly became like wax to me.

Metal is power, it really is, she says. You dont go back.

Milling machines, which subtract materialin the simplest terms, you can think of them as smart chiselsare having a moment, as entrepreneurs launchaffordable models on Kickstarterand crafters discover their potential, through software far friendlier than the G-code of old. Printers like MakerBots Replicator, in contrast, suddenly seem better suited for party tricks. Undercurrent, a New York-based digital agency recently acquired by Quirky, used to wow clients visiting its Soho offices by 3-D printing a plastic whistle during the course of their meeting. It was a neat gimmick, but one emblematic of the challenges facing 3-D printing companies catering to consumer audiences.

While no one disputes that 3-D printing or additive manufacturing is growing quicklyresearch analysts at Canalys projectthat the market will be worth $16.2 billion by 2018, up from $2.5 billion in 2013the vast majority of that growth is expected to come from industrial applications in fields like medicine and aerospace. Desktop 3-D printing, for hobbyists and small-scale fabricators, has so far failed to live up to the hype surrounding it, and the recent tribulation at industry poster child MakerBot is case in point. Brooklyn-based Makerbotannouncedlayoffs, cost reductions, and three store closings in April.According to Motherboard, the company fired 20% of its 500-member staff.

These organizational moves are part of the continued scaling of MakerBot, David Reis, chief executive of Stratasys, MakerBots parent company, said in a statement. Former employees are less oblique, describing management as horrific at worst and questionable at best inGlassdoor reviewsOn Amazon, customers have been blasting the companys most recent, fifth-generation Replicator as a complete disaster, and not ready for prime time. MakerBot executives declined to be interviewed for this story.

We dont expect desktop milling machines to impact our business, since we believe that both technologies will continue to complement each other, spokesperson Johan-Till Broer toldFast Company. A desktop milling machine can be a great addition to a MakerBot Desktop 3-D Printer and is another tool in the makers toolbox.

Increasingly, though, a desktop mill can be a makers only machine. On the lower end, there are customizable kits likeInventabless X-Carve, which requires some assembly but starts at just $799. For $2,500, there are options like theCarbide3D, which takes several swipes at 3-D printers in its marketing materials (Ready to make real 3-D parts?). And for around $3,500, there are innovative models like thePocket NC, a five-axis desktop mill, set to ship next year.

A big mill is $10,000; you need half a garage. The little desktop mills are pretty nice, says Mark Hatch, CEO of TechShop, a membership-based chain with eight locations. For $125 per month, membersmany of them aspiring entrepreneursgain access to TechShops laser cutters, printers, mills, and lathes.

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Hatch estimates that 70-80% of the jobs being done on TechShops desktop 3-D printers are prototypes, not finished products. You can iterate two or three times in a single day, and thats incredibly powerful, he says. Sometimes its good enough. Sometimes its an interior component so it doesnt really matter what it looks like. But for finished products, or jobs like custom gears, more accurate machines that can accommodate wood or metal are typically a better fit. Basic 3-D printer plastics, he says, dont have the compression strength, the tension. And for most members, contracting out jobs to industry-quality 3-D printers, who can accommodate a wider range of materials, isnt economical. When you amortize the cost, in many cases you should just mill that baby out, he says.

Jony Ive agrees. To test their ideas, the Apple staff members working in Ives famous design studio dont use 3-D printers; they use three computer-numerical-control (CNC) milling machines, the desktop models full-size equivalent.According to theNew Yorker, Ive wanted the machines to be as integrated into the studio as noise and dust pollution allowed, because of their ability to shape the metals and other materials that distinguish Apple products.

Im typing this story on a MacBook Air that Apple machined on a CNC, placed on top of a simple standing desk that I designed and machined on a CNC. Its easy for me to imagine having a desktop CNC at home, in order to make custom kitchen tools for my cooking projects or gifts for friends.

Its the small craft businessesthats really where the broader market opportunity is for these kinds of machines, Applestone says. So far Other Machine Co. has raised $6 million and sold 500 Othermills, many to design and engineering labs at schools and universities. As the company expands to serve a broader consumer market, she sees an opportunity on par with other household toolsnot for everyone, but still mass market. Everybody has a toaster. Maybe its more like a sewing machine, she says, with a range of price points.

TechShop anticipates a similar trajectory. We believe that a substantial set of the economy5, 10, 15%will give way to locally produced materials, local artists co-creating with consumers, Hatch says. And theyll leverage this combination of design tools and computer-aided manufacturing to do it.

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Makerbot Constructions

This page collects some models I have made with theMakerbot Cupcake. I presented some of this material in my talk at theBotacon 0conference, and here you can get the stl files. Feel free to build, repost, and modify these stl files in any way you like, but please include a link to this page as your source. For more complex models that I have made on other 3D printing machines, seemy Rapid Prototyping page.

Also: I now have a Thing-O-Matic as well and started a separate page ofthings I have made with the Thing-O-Matic.

I soon progressed to open-faced forms of polyhedra. Above is how an open-faced dodecahedron should appear.

As a tougher challenge, here is an open-faced rhombic triacontahedron nested inside another one.

But if you take the same idea and apply it to a cube or octahedron, you can make a very nice 12-stick puzzle.

My first Makerbot version ran into some errors when the stepper motors lost registration several places.

Heres a version of the classic visualization puzzle to design a shape which fits snugly through a square hole, a circular hole and a triangular hole. The answer is the wedge shape shown here, which has a circular base, but looks square from one side and triangular from another. Although I dont usually use 3D printers to make flat parts, (because there are usually better ways to make flat parts) here I made not only the wedge but also three holes for it to pass through.

Gluing the three panels together—I used plumbers PVC cement—gives a frame which illustrates the three different projections of this shape, and gives you someplace to play with your wedge.

And as a bonus: this snapshot shows that the wedge is hollow. At this point in the build, I used tweezers to drop two 3mm nuts into the cavity, so they are sealed in and it rattles very nicely. And if I ever use up all my other spare 3mm nuts for holding the Makerbot together, I know where I can get an emergency supply. Here are the four stl files:wedge,square hole,circular hole,triangular hole.

Heres the outside of a light dimmer knob in the shape of a rhombic enneacontahedron. A complete sphere would have 90 rhombic facets, but this is just slightly more than a hemisphere. There are two different rhombus shapes.

The inside is largely hollow and has the proper 1/4 inch socket for a standard U.S. light dimmer knob.

It came out well. The structure is clearer in person than in this photograph. The hole on the inside came out a bit messy on my Makerbot, but it cleans out easily with a 15/64 inch drill, and then works fine on the wall switch. Heresthe stl file.

I decided to make another design, this time with higher relief. This is the (7,6,6) hyperbolic tessellation, mapped into the Poincare disk, and draped over about two thirds of the sphere. Very cool! Heresthe stl file.

Above is another stick puzzle. It is assembled from thirty sticks you can build fromthis stl file.

A paper describing the theory behind these puzzles and my Mathematica code for designing them ishere.

And here is another example in the stick puzzle series. This took me a bit of work to clean up the messy ooze threads in the notches with a cylindrical cutter on a dremel before I could get it together. I wont give detailed assembly directions except to say that rubber bands help and this is harder than the other stick puzzles above, so do them first for warm-up. Here are the necessary stl files for theinner stickand theouter stick. Making twelve of each is an ideal job for theAutomated Build Platform. There is more information on the design, including a rotating animation, onthis page.

And here is yet another experiment inmy series of stick puzzles. It is described in some detail, with rotating animations,here.

The puzzle piece is a 3D zigzag that is difficult to make on the Makerbot without support, so I sliced piece each into two identical halves which can easily lie flat. The stl file ishere. You need to build it six times (totaling twelve halves) for the complete puzzle. Glue halves together along their flat surface to make one puzzle piece. Again, some scraping and sanding was needed, but I think it does make a nice puzzle, not too hard, but not trivial.

I was inspired byChris Palmers sphericons on Thingiverseto make some sphericons of my own. His have elegant curves to the cross sections, but I wanted some straight-sided ones, to make clear the basic mathematical principles. Above are six-sided and eight-sided examples, opened so you can see the magnets inside.

I also wanted one based on a five-pointed star. This is very cool to play with in all five of its possible configurations. There are mode photos of it in the Math Mondays posthere. You can make your own copies with these stl files:6-sided (rotated about a vertex),6-sided (rotated about a face),8-sided (rotated about a vertex),8-sided (rotated about a face),5-sided,5-sided star. These are all scaled to receive cylindrical magnets that are 1/8 inch in diameter and 1/8 inch long.

My Cupcakes motherboard died and it took me a while to get it repaired, so it has been a while since I posted anything here. But now that it is working again, here is a catenary arch made of seven pieces. The puzzle is to assemble them (with no glue) into the arch below.

MakerBot Digitizer User Manual



TABLE OF CONTENTS WELCOME Safety and Compliance About your MakerBot Digitizer SETUP Accessory Checklist Unpacking the MakerBot Digitizer MakerBot Digitizer Placement Install MakerWare for Digitizer Calibration Set Preferences SCANNING Scanning 101 Scanning an Object Post-Scan Steps TROUBLESHOOTING AND MAINTENANCE Troubleshooting…

Welcome to the Leading Edge of the Next Industrial Revolution! Lets Get Started.

3D printing was finding great 3D models. Now you hold one of the keys to crossing this hurdle, the MakerBot Digitizer Desktop 3D Scanner. The engineers here at MakerBot had a big task: build a machine that scans physical objects quickly and always delivers clean 3D models with no holes or extra pieces floating around.

D.C. 20402. Changes and Modifications not expressly approved by the manufacturer or registrant of this equipment can void your authority to operate this equipment under Federal Communications Commissions rules. MANUFACTURER MakerBot Industries, LLC One MetroTech Center 21st Floor Brooklyn, NY 11201…

Caution: Avoid excessive humidity or temperatures. When the MakerBot Digitizer is in use, avoid temperatures above 32 C or below 0 C. Do not store the MakerBot Digitizer in areas where temperatures exceed 32 C or fall below 0 C.

The MakerBot Digitizer Desktop 3D Scanner uses two (2) Class 1 lasers when it is scanning. The Digitizer is reported certified as a Class 1 laser product under the requirements of 21 CFR (J) 1040.10 and IEC 60825-1 as per Laser Notice 50. Class 1 lasers are safe under all conditions of normal use.

Do not open the MakerBot Digitizers laser modules or attempt to repair them. Service on your MakerBot Digitizers lasers may only be performed by authorized, factory trained technicians. To report a problem with your MakerBot Digitizer or to arrange for service, email All maintenance tasks for the MakerBot Digitizer must be performed with the power turned off.

Les changements et modifications apports cet appareil sans lautorisation expresse du fabricant ou du dclarant peuvent annuler votre autorisation utiliser cet appareil aux termes du rglement des la Commission Fdrale des Communications. MANUFACTURER MakerBot Industries, LLC One MetroTech Center 21st Floor Brooklyn, NY 11201…

Attention: Evitez une humidit ou des tempratures excessives. Lorsque le MakerBot Digitizer est en cours de fonctionnement, vitez les tempratures suprieures 32 C ou infrieures 0 C. Nentreposez pas le scanner dans des endroits o les tempratures dpassent 32 C ou tombent en-dessous de 0 C.

SCURIT ET RESPECT DES NORMES Scurit laser Le scanner de bureau 3D MakerBot Digitizer utilise deux (2) lasers de Classe 1 pour lopration de numrisation. Les lasers de Classe 1 sont sans danger dans toutes les conditions dutilisation normale. Cela signifie que la limite dexposition admissible nest pas dpasse si vous regardez un laser sans protection oculaire ou …

BAS DE MAKERBOT DIGITIZER Rparations Attention: Ne pas ouvrir les modules laser de la MakerBot Digitizer ou dessayer de les rparer. Les services aprsvente sur les lasers de votre MakerBot Digitizer doivent tre raliss exclusivement par des techniciens agrs forms dans nos usines.

Vernderungen und Modifizierungen, die nicht ausdrcklich vom Hersteller oder vom Registranten dieses Gertes genehmigt sind, knnen nach den Richtlinien der Federal Communications Commission Ihr Recht erlschen lassen, dieses Gert zu bentzen. MANUFACTURER MakerBot Industries, LLC One MetroTech Center 21st Floor Brooklyn, NY 11201…

Vorsicht: Vermeiden Sie extreme Temperaturen oder Feuchtigkeit. Wenn der MakerBot Digitizer bentzt wird, vermeiden Sie Temperaturen ber 32 C oder unter 0 C. Bewahren Sie den MakerBot Digitizer nicht an Orten mit Temperaturen ber 32 C oder unter 0 C auf.

SICHERHEIT UND EINHALTUNG DER RICHTLINIEN Laser-Sicherheit Der MakerBot Digitizer Desktop 3D Scanner verwendet zwei (2) Laser der Klasse 1 im Scan- Prozess. Laser der Klasse 1 sind unter Bedingungen des normalen Gebrauchs sicher. Das bedeutet, solange die maximal zulssige Bestrahlung (MZB) nicht berschritten wird, wenn man das bloe oder mit blichen optischen Vergrerungsbehelfen versehene Auge dem…

Service an Ihrem MakerBot Digitalisierer-Laser-Module darf nur von autorisierten, im Werk ausgebildeten Technikern ausgefhrt werden. Darber hinaus kann jegliche Manipulation an Ihrem MakerBot Digitizer oder das Entfernen von Schutzabdeckungen oder des Gehuses die Garantie erlschen lassen Um ein Problem mit Ihrem MakerBot Digitizer zu melden oder um einen Servicetermin zu vereinbaren, schreiben Sie an …

Digitizer software. MakerWare for Digitizer creates industry standard stereolithography (STL) files which can be imported into or modified with most 3D modeling software. Before you start using the MakerBot Digitizer, let us tell you a little more about how it works and what its capabilities are.


ABOUT THE MAKERBOT DIGITIZER How it Works The MakerBot Digitizer Desktop 3D Scanner creates a digital 3D model of a physical object by taking a rapid sequence of pictures as the object rotates on the MakerBot Digitizer turntable. Here is how it happens: Two lasers, mounted on the left and right corners of the MakerBot Digitizer, create laser lines that outline the profile of the object, while a camera takes a series of photographs.

ABOUT THE MAKERBOT DIGITIZER What can be Scanned? Some objects will produce better scans than others. Here are a few guidelines to help you determine what will produce a good scan. GREAT TO SCAN Objects that are larger than a 50 x 50 mm (2 x 2 in) cylinder …

Setting Up Your MakerBot Digitizer…

In this chapter you will be guided through everything you need to do to set up your new MakerBot Digitizer Desktop 3D Scanner, from unpacking it to producing your first 3D scan.


UNPACKING YOUR MAKERBOT DIGITIZER Open the Box Place the MakerBot Digitizer box on a stable surface. Cut the tape on both sides of the box as well as the tamperproof sticker located on the front secure tab. Open Accessory Box Remove and open the accessory box.

UNPACKING YOUR MAKERBOT DIGITIZER Lift MakerBot Digitizer out of Box Grasp the protective foam packaging at both sides and lift the MakerBot Digitizer out of the box. Remove Packaging Separate both foam packaging pieces from the MakerBot Digitizer and remove the clear…

Attach Rubber Traction Feet Locate the four rubber traction feet from the accessory box. Carefully turn the MakerBot Digitizer upside down and insert one rubber traction foot into each of the four holes on the underside of the MakerBot Digitizer.

MakerBot Digitizer extends over the surface edge. If it is not in a stable position, the MakerBot Digitizer could fall, damaging itself and causing injury to the user. Make sure to set up your Makerbot Digitizer at least one foot away from the nearest wall. AERIAL VIEW OF ROOM Set up at least 1 ft away from a wall.

MakerBot Digitizer and plug the power cord into an electrical outlet. Caution: The socket-outlet must be installed near the equipment and must be easily accessible. Note: MakerBots distributor will provide a certified plug adapter with national pin configuration for international users. SETTING UP YOUR MAKERBOT DIGITIZER…

When you first run MakerWare or MakerWare for Digitizer, a folder called My Things (on PCs), or Things (on Macs), is created in your home directory. This is where your MakerBot Digitizer scans will be saved by default.

Recalibrate the turntable and lasers about once a weekor every 20 scansto make sure that scan quality remains constant. If you move, bump or drop your MakerBot Digitizer, the positions of the lasers and turntable might change slightly. In any of those cases, you might need to recalibrate the lasers and turntable.

CALIBRATE YOUR MAKERBOT DIGITIZER Calibrate the MakerBot Digitizer Camera Locate the calibration tool from the accessory box and place it on the turntable with the letter A pointing up, as shown on the screen. Insert the tab on the lower edge of the calibration tool into the hole at the center of the turntable.

Continue. Calibration Complete Before you start scanning, lets name your MakerBot Digitizer and set your sharing options. Click Continue again to begin. You can change your preferences at any point by choosing Settings from the File menu. On a Mac, the same options are available as Preferences in the MakerWare for Digitizer menu.

Click Skip this Step. You can log into Thingiverse at any time by choosing File Settings on a PC or MakerWare for Digitizer Preferences on a Mac, or by choosing Share on Thingiverse at the end of a scan.

SET BASIC PREFERENCES SET-UP CONNECT SCAN Start Scanning Start Scanning The setup process is complete. Proceed to the next chapter to start scanning with your MakerBot Digitizer. SETTING UP YOUR MAKERBOT DIGITIZER…

Scanning with Your MakerBot Digitizer…

MakerWare for Digitizer home screen. Before you start scanning with your MakerBot Digitizer, lets go over some basics and best practices. Note: You can return to New Scan screen at any time by choosing New from the File Menu.

Then the information from the right and left scans are combined to create a detailed point cloud. After the scanning stage, MakerWare for Digitizer will convert the point cloud it has created into a continuous mesh. This process should take approximately two minutes.

Tip: If your object doesnt stay in place by itself, try resting the object on a piece of modeling clay. For more tips, go to the Learn More section at m/digitizer Note that there may be exceptions to these rules. Its not always possible to predict what position will produce the best scan, so if youre having trouble getting a good scan of an…

SCANNING 101 Scan Presets To get the best scan possible, choose the scan preset that best matches the object you want to scan. Scan presets are based on an objects shade value, and each preset covers a range of shades. An objects shade value is described as light,…

Choose this for moderately dark neither light nor dark. objects. Note that extremely dark objects may still cause problems. Note: We love gnomes! If you have any, please digitize them and upload them to Thingiverse with the tag GnomeScan. SCANNING WITH YOUR MAKERBOT DIGITIZER…

Rotate your object on the turntable to expose those areas to the camera. Click Start MultiScan to begin a new scan. MakerWare for Digitizer will gather the new set of scan data, combine it with the scan data you already have, and create a new mesh.

SCANNING 101 Crop MakerWare for Digitizer will make sure your scan is completely watertight, but a difficult to scan object or a bad lighting situation can create unwanted artifacts in your 3D mesh. For those situations, or for occasions when you need to give your scan a flat top or bottom, MakerWare for Digitizer includes a crop function.

SCANNING 101 Scanning Tips During a scan, the MakerBot Digitizer Desktop 3D Scanner shines laser beams on your object. The camera captures images of the laser lines and MakerWare for Digitizer translates those images into a point cloud. Objects that are either too reflective or not reflective enough will result in images that are difficult for the software to interpret.

SCANNING AN OBJECT To begin a new scan, MakerWare for Digitizer must be in the New Scan state. You will be taken to the New Scan screen at the end of the initial calibration and setup routine. You can also access the New Scan screen at any time by choosing New Scan from the Scanner menu.

If you can see yourself in the camera view, step out of the cameras line of sight. Before starting to gather scan data, the Digitizer will capture an image of your object and its background and use it to filter the background out of the scan images.

To zoom: scrollwheel After the MakerBot Digitizer finishes scanning your object, MakerWare for Digitizer will automatically turn the generated point cloud into a manifold 3D mesh. A manifold 3D mesh is completely enclosed and has no holes, reversed faces or extra geometry.

My Scan at [datestamp]. MULTISCAN Click Start MultiScan to add additional scan data. MakerWare for Digitizer will walk you through adding as many scans as you need to capture every part of your object. See page 42 for instructions on using MultiScan Technology.

1. TAKE A PHOTO During the Take a Photo step, the camera view of your MakerBot Digitizer will appear at the right. To take a picture: Center your object on the turntable so that it appears in the camera view.

The license is set to CC – Attribution – Non – Commercial by default. For descriptions of the available Creative Commons licenses, see /licenses If you do not want to be guided through sharing your scans to MakerBot Thingiverse in the future, select the Dont show again checkbox. If you want to skip the sharing process completely, click Skip this step.

PRINT WITH MAKERWARE MakerBot MakerWare is the software that drives MakerBot 3D printers. When you click Print with MakerWare, the most recent scan is opened in MakerWare. You can also open the most recently saved scan in MakerWare at any time by choosing Open in MakerWare from the File menu.

This chapter describes basic troubleshooting and maintenance tasks for your MakerBot Digitizer Desktop 3D Scanner. For information on more advanced troubleshooting and maintenance tasks, go to…

MakerBot Digitizer to your computer. Try restarting the MakerBot Digitizer, rebooting your computer, or using a different USB port or USB cable. If MakerWare for Digitizer still does not recognize your Digitizer, please contact MakerBot Support by emailing The calibration routine fails…

TROUBLESHOOTING PROBLEM SOLUTION The camera feed does not Restart the MakerBot Digitizer, reboot your appear in the viewport on the computer and make sure the USB cable is New Scan screen connected to both the computer and the MakerBot Digitizer.

Scanner menu. You receive a Scan Failed This means that MakerWare for Digitizer is message not collecting any data. If your object adheres to the guidelines listed on page 21, there may be a problem with the MakerBot Digitizers…

MultiScan Technology should only be used to combine scans of the same object, scanned under similar conditions. If MultiScan Technology fails to merge your scans, MakerWare for Digitizer will revert your scan to its previous state. TROUBLESHOOTING + MAINTENANCE…

Calibration Recalibrate the MakerBot Digitizers turntable and lasers approximately once a week or every 20 scans to maintain optimal scan quality. To run the calibration routine, go to the Scanner menu and choose Calibrate Turntable & Lasers.

MAINTENANCE Laser Alignment MakerWare for Digitizer will correct small changes in laser alignment by itself, so you will probably never need to manually adjust laser alignment. However, if the MakerBot Digitizer is jarred or shaken the lasers could be misaligned badly enough that they will need to be manually adjusted.

MAINTENANCE Caution: The range of the angle adjustment screw is limited. Do not use excessive force to turn the screw. Adjust the direction of the right laser. Turn the inner adjustment screw so that the laser line lines up with the spine of the calibration tool. Turn the adjustment screw clockwise to move the laser line to the right or counter-clockwise to move the laser to the left.


This chapter includes hardware and software specifications for your MakerBot Digitizer Desktop 3D Scanner, a list of the menu options available in MakerBot MakerWare for Digitizer and a glossary to help you understand terms you may be unfamiliar with.

Scanner Specifications SCANNER Scan Technology Laser Line Triangulation Scan Volume 203 x 203 mm (8 x 8 in) cylinder SOFTWARE Software Bundle MakerBot MakerWare for Digitizer File Types STL, Thing Supports Windows (7+) Mac OSX (10.7+) Ubuntu Linux (12.04+) PHYSICAL DIMENSIONS Length 474.5 mm [18.68 in]…

SPECIFICATIONS TEMPERATURE Ambient Operating Temperature 032 C [3290 F] Storage Temperature 032 C [3290 F] ELECTRICAL AC Input 100 240 V, ~2 amps, 50 60 Hz Power Requirements 12 V DC @ 2.08 amps Connectivity Lasers 2x Class 1 Laser Line Generators 1.3MP CMOS Image Sensor Sensor MECHANICAL…

Close: Quits MakerWare for Digitizer. If a completed scan is open but has not been saved, a dialog will alert you and ask you to confirm that you wish to quit MakerWare for Digitizer. On a Mac, this option will appear as Quit in the MakerWare for Digitizer menu.

Align Lasers: Turns on both lasers for manual alignment. Update Firmware: Walks you through the process of uploading new firmware to your MakerBot Digitizer. If MakerWare for Digitizer is connected to the internet, it will notify you when a firmware update becomes available.

MakerBot Digitizer Desktop 3D Scanner. CLASS 1 LASER: The class of laser used in the MANIFOLD: A term used to describe 3D models MakerBot Digitizer. Class 1 lasers are safe under all conditions of normal use. that consist of one completely enclosed three-…

MULTISCAN TECHNOLOGY: A feature of THINGS FOLDER: See My Things folder. MakerWare for Digitizer that allows you to scan an object from multiple angles and merge the TRANSLUCENT: A translucent object allows scans to create a better 3D model.

Support Our website has extensive documentation and troubleshooting information about your MakerBot Digitizer Desktop 3D Scanner. Its a great resource when you want to try to solve issues quickly on your own. If you ever need help resolving an issue with…

All information in this Manual is subject to change at any time without notice and is provided for convenience purposes only. MakerBot reserves the right to modify or revise the Manual in its sole discretion and at any time. You agree to be bound by any modifications and/or revisions.

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MakerBot will no longer make its own 3D printers

MakerBot will no longer make its own 3D printers

The company is outsourcing its manufacturing to China

MakerBot will no longer make its own 3D printers

MakerBot hasannouncedthat it will no longer manufacture its own hardware. Over the course of the next six months, the company will transition the building of its 3D printers and other products to Jabil, a contract manufacturer with facilities in China. As a result, the company will shut down its manufacturing operations in the Industry City complex in Brooklyn, NY, and will part ways with an undisclosed number of staffers. MakerBots headquarters and its other teams namely design, engineering, logistics, and repairs will remain in Brooklyn.

Its a specific, painful decision in the sense that were going to have to let some people go, but its captured over a much broader strategic decision, which is a very important one and a very positive one for MakerBot in the long term, Jonathan Jaglom, MakerBots CEO, tellsThe Verge.

MakerBot has a lot more competition these days

Jaglom says hes trying to put MakerBot in a position to meet the consumer demand it expects will crop up in the near future, while also continuing to compete with other startups that are selling increasingly cheap 3D printers. We need to be able to manufacture printers on a much higher volume in the coming years, Jaglom says.

Companies like MakerBot have struggled to establish a consumer market since the awareness of 3D printing boomed a few years ago. MakerBot tried, unsuccessfully, to reach general consumers through partnerships withstores like Home Depotand Micro Center. The company even opened retail stores of its own, but those have since closed.

Those struggles (along with a lawsuit that alleges MakerBot willfully sold faulty hardware) forced MakerBot to lay off 20 percent or more of its staff ontwo separateoccasionsin 2015.

The company also shifted much of its focus toeducationaland industrial pursuits. (Its hard to manage the expectations of people who saw the magic of this technology and wanted it to be easy, Jenny Lawton, the former CEO of MakerBot,toldThe Vergeat CES last year.)

MakerBot expanded its presence at Industry City less than a year ago

But at the same time, MakerBot was working on expanding the space it had been leasing since 2013 in the 170,000-acre Industry City complex. When MakerBotofficially opened up its new digsthere last summer, the companydoubled its production capacity. And a large part of Jagloms interactions with the press centered around the companys commitments to its New York City roots.

The singlemost thing that we are very proud of is that its all happening in Brooklyn, Jaglom said at theribbon-cutting ceremony. The launch of factory here today… is just evidence to the fact that we expect and are committed to remaining here.

MakerBot isnt the first company to do this, but Brooklyn is part of its identity

Asked how he will reconcile those claims with the staff after todays announcement, Jaglom says he will point to other companies, like Apple, that design in the United States but manufacture elsewhere. If we play our cards right and Im sure we are, were doing a lot of great things here over time, the company will grow further, and through that growth we will bring more talent under our rooftop, he says. Our DNA and our culture very much remains a Brooklyn one, were very proud to be here in Brooklyn.

The change is also likely to rankle the die-hard MakerBot fans, who have become increasingly frustrated with the company over the years. The company, which was founded in 2009, turned away from making open-source 3D printers in 2012, and soon after was acquired by 3D-printing giant Stratasys.

During the last round of layoffs in October 2015, MakerBot announced that it was leaving one of the Industry City buildings the company occupied. When asked how much more floorspace it plans to cut after todays announcement, Jaglom would not go into detail.

Last month, however,that MakerBot was relinquishing some 90,000 additional square feet at Industry City. While theCrainsreport framed this as fallout from the October layoffs, it appears now that this is directly related to todays announcement. This means MakerBot will occupy 135,000 square feet at Industry City going forward, almost half the amount of space it occupied last summer.

Weve done a lot of great things here in Brooklyn, Jaglom says. But we are really following a global trend, which has been around for many years now, whereby were stepping away from manufacturing in Brooklyn.

Update April 25th, 2:28PM ET:MakerBot has disclosed the name of the contract manufacturer that its partnering with. The story has been updated to reflect this new information.

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The folks atMakerBothave been teasing their Digitizer desktop 3D scanner since this past March, but now theyre just about readypush it out the door. For $1,400, you too can scan all the little knick-knacks in your life and turn them into 3D schematics to print or share with others.

In case you havent been keeping tabs on the Digitizer, heres how the thing works: you place an object on its central turntable and fire up the device, at which point a pair of lasers (for greater accuracy, naturally) will scan the objects surface geometry and turn that cloud of data points into a 3D model. MakerBot says the whole process takes about 12 minutes, after which youre able to push the file to a 3D printer of your choosing and have a grand ol time.

There are, of course, some limitations to be aware of. The turntable can only support objects that are 3kg (or about 6.5lbs) or lighter, and you should ideally use the thing a very well-lit room. And while the Digitizer promises to be fast and easy, at $1,400 its not exactly impulse buy material.

When we visited MakerBots new50,000 square foot factory in Brooklyn, CEO Bre Pettis referred to the Digitizer as a game changer for the 3D printing movement and its not hard to see why. For the past two years now, MakerBots efforts have largely been about making the process of 3D printing as accessible as possible. With a little bit of tinkering (and some patience for the occasional screw-up), 3D printing novices can get a feel for turning the contents of pre-produced files into actual physical objects.

Its the other half of that equation thats so tricky if you wanted things to print you either had to trawlThingiversein hopes that someone had already modeled the thing, or figure out a way to model it on your own. To put it mildly, thats a fair bit of work. With the advent of scanners like the Digitizer though, the barrier to creating those 3D blueprints and disseminating them to the world is almost nil as long as you can afford it.

Of course, MakerBot isnt the only company making it easier to turn physical objects into printable data hackers and startups have harnessed Microsofts venerable Kinect to do just that, theres a sea ofthat aim to put their own spin on the experience. Still, MakerBot is easily one of the best known proponents of the 3D printing movement, and a device like Digitizer may just be what the movement needs to make 3D printing a fixture of the mainstream.

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MakerBot is iconic. Their 3D printers are iconic. And its hard to argue against their technology and products as being responsible for enabling a new generation of designers, engineers and makers. Today that continues in the new line of MakerBot 3D printers that level up the 3D printing playing field across functionality, speed and design quality. MakerBots Industrial Design team captures these attributes for the visuals created in the development and launch of their new printers. Visuals created using KeyShot and focused on building MakerBots design language while highlighting the newest features.

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At first, MakerBot used KeyShot to analyze their designs in true-to-life lighting scenarios and develop visuals for design presentations. After working with the software consistently for a few months, MakerBot realized how they could leverage the power of KeyShot for the majority of its Marketing Assets. Over the years, we have created hundreds of photo-real stills used to communicate our products features and aesthetics. says Mark Palmer, Head of Experience Design at MakerBot. In recent months, we began experimenting more with the animation tools for marketing purposes.

There were animations featured in our launch presentation at a recent MakerBot press event where we used them in combination with After Effects to showcase enhanced features of the new MakerBot Replicator+. Weve also used KeyShot animation in our promotional video assets, such as the MakerBot for Professionals video.

At a high level, MakerBot found the most powerful capability KeyShot offers their team is the ability to swiftly analyze product design and quickly make decisions. This has ranged from quickly rendering out design concepts to quickly exploring color and material options or analyze surface continuity for various parts. We rely on KeyShot to help us align on and sell our design intent internally, say Mark. It has become a powerful tool to excite stakeholders and staff about the future we are designing. KeyShot has helped us make the right decisions for our products from the first day of concepts to the day parts are sent out for tooling.

KeyShot has helped us make the right decisions for our products from the first day of concepts to the day parts are sent out for tooling.

When considering how to illustrate the functionality of the product before its even made, motion is a major factor needed to explore and convey the interactions between moving components, but conveying motion through static images was a challenge.

When we were working on initial concepts for the redesigned X-gantry in the newMakerBot Replicator+, we envisioned an almost magic gliding motion between the extruded aluminum cross-member and the carriage (the part that holds the printers extruder) that moves along it. As we explored and rendered design concepts, we initially created a basic looping animation that conveyed to the team how these parts would relate and slide relative to each other. That simple KeyShot animation was a great example of quickly creating compelling assets to explore, communicate and sell an idea. People got excited and the concept made it into the final product.

That simple KeyShot animation was a great example of quickly creating compelling assets to explore, communicate and sell an idea. People got excited and the concept made it into the final product.

Weve also started to put a lot of effort into our packaging design in the last few years and KeyShot played a big role in helping us articulate the value and vision for doing this. Weve used KeyShot to create basic scenes of various package and box form factors without artwork, which we can then share with our marketing team designers, exploring visual design concepts and working in harmony with Illustrator and Photoshop graphic comps. This workflow is a quick and efficient way to explore design concepts and a big enabler for collaboration between the teams, and once again, everyone gets excited by the results.

Working toward the launch of the newMakerBot Replicator+andMakerBot Replicator Mini+, the team knew they wanted to showcase the completely redesigned features and internals of the printers. As we approached the design of the new printers, we decided that the exterior ID of these products wasnt begging to be changed. Theyve won design awards and are very iconic, so in the development of the new printers we really worked intimately with our mechanical engineering team to optimize the performance, design, and ergonomics of many of the secondary components in and around the build area, such as the Z-stage and build plate, and the gantry system.

When it came to launching the products, we wanted to emphasize what had changed internally, but do so in context. To do this, they created multiple render passes for the product exterior, product internals, and combined various animation sequences. Mark says they, composited all of these together in After Effects, along with explanatory motion graphics. The result was a really engaging fly-through of the product, selectively exposing internal components along with supporting information. It was a completely different way of showing our products and it was one of the most exciting parts of our presentation to the press.

Did it take weeks and months of preparation? Not quite. We undertook this very close to launch and were able to get it done in only a couple days. The tools and reliability of KeyShot (along with a 32 core workstation) played a critical role in making it happen!

For our fly-through animation during the launch event, we used a combination of all the animation types (object translation and rotation, camera orbits and pans) to create unique animations that are specific to features we want to show off. We must say, a slow orbit or turntable always looks hot.

KeyShots learning resources have helped us immensely over the years to teach us new software features and how to create trickier materials. Each time we watch a webinar, we learn low level information like new techniques and higher level concepts around the way certain materials behave.

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