I first saw a 3D printer from a Brooklyn startup called MakerBot a few years ago at a trade show. I could not figure out why someone would want to own one. Today, not only do I understand what it’s all about but I genuinely feel these units are going to become a part of our lives just like any other digital device we so heavily rely on. In fact, Staples just announced that they are the first major U.S. retailer to get into the business. They are selling a 3D printer from 3D Systems.
Staples is educating the marketplace by explaining that 3D printers let you create fully-formed objects right in your home or office. The unit sells for $1,300, is WiFi-ready, and is compatible with Mac and Windows software. The machine comes with 25 free templates designed by professional artists.
My recommendation is to visit the MakerBot website first. The founder, Bre Pettis, CEO, is the genius behind the whole category. MakerBot actually has a store on Mulberry Street in New York City that is becoming a destination for tourists and anyone interested in the innovative technology. Pettis has often said, “Technology like our Desktop 3D Printers has to be seen to be believed. The MakerBot Store is a utopia for creative explorers and it’s full of MakerBot-made things that make perfect gifts. Visitors will have the unprecedented opportunity to experience MakerBot technology, such as the MakerBot Replicator 2 Desktop 3D Printer, live and in-person. The machines will be up and running, and patrons will have the chance to purchase amazing gifts and accessories made on MakerBot Desktop 3D Printers.”
If you go to the store, make sure you check out the MakerBot Gumball machine. If you are looking for something totally unique as a gift, this is the place to go. Tell them DigiDame sent you. Make sure you watch the video demo. It will get you ready for any dinner conversation where you might want to be the star of the evening.