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MakerBot Industries is a company founded in January of 2009 by Bre Pettis, Adam Mayer, and Zach “Hoeken” Smith producing an open source 3D printer rapid prototyping machine called the Cupcake CNC. The Cupcake incorporates the ideas of the RepRap Project with the goal of bringing desktop 3D printing into the home at an affordable price, partially due to being able to produce some of its own parts.  It allows people to make their own bots that can build almost anything up to 4"x4"x6". They print with acrylonitrile butadiene styrene (ABS) , high-density polyethylene (HDPE) and polylactic acid (PLA) plastics.
MakerBot started shipping in April 2009 and has sold units as fast as they can produce them. As of September 2009, there are over 200 machines. Demand for the kits was so large in 2009, that the company solicited MakerBot owners to provide parts for future MakerBots from their own MakerBots.
Cupcake CNC machines are sold as do it yourself kits. The circuit boards are already soldered, requiring only minor soldering on non-critical parts from the user.
MakerBot Industries has an online community called Thingiverse where users can post files, document their designs, and collaborate on open source hardware. The site is not just for MakerBot, but rather for anyone with a digital fabrication device to share their designs.
- Social engineering-Knowledge Database (SKDB)
- ^ Adrian Covert (2009-09-21). "At Gizmodo Gallery 2009: MakerBot 3D Printer". Gizmodo. http://gizmodo.com/5364435/at-gizmodo-gallery-2009-makerbot-3d-printer.
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- ^ http://store.makerbot.com/cupcake-cnc/cupcake-cnc-deluxe-kit.html
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- ^ MakerBot is pioneering distributed manufacturing! Get paid to make parts for future MakerBots., http://blog.makerbot.com/2009/08/06/makerbot-is-pioneering-distributed-manufacturing-get-paid-to-make-parts-for-future-makerbots/
- Official website
- http://thingiverse.com Community dedicated to open source three dimensional design files.
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