Makerbot Industries: Building and Leading a Technological Enterprise

This is an essay I wrote for uni (23rd March 2011). I seem to remember it receiving a good mark and it kinda fits with the blog. Haven’t read through it or updated it though so – you know – take it easy.

I’m not apologising for NOT linking the references, either. It would’ve taken aaaages. Bite me.

Makerbot Industries is based in Brooklyn, New York and was founded by Bre Pettis, Zach Smith and Adam Mayer in January 2009. (1) Inspired by the RepRap project, they design and build desktop-sized affordable 3D printers, known as Makerbots, allowing customers to print physical objects from ABS plastic.

“Right now, you can download books and movies. Someday you’re going to be able to download things.” – Bre Pettis (2)

Bre Pettis is “passionate about invention, innovation and all things DIY” (2) and has founded a Brooklyn based hackerspace called NYC Resistor (2007) and co-founded Makerbot Industries (2009) and Thingiverse.com (2008) which allow users to share digital designs, often suitable for reproduction on a Makerbot. He is also an international speaker at several conferences and has, in-the-past, worked as a school teacher, artist and puppeteer as well as producing many tutorial videos for Make Magazine and Etsy.com. (3)

Zach “Hoeken” Smith and Adam Mayer are both members of NYC Resistor. Zach has previously founded the RepRap Research Foundation (RRRF) (2007), a non-profit corporation that provides a support base and a cheap source of RepRap parts for researchers interested in the project. (4)

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