Andrew Plumb is a really active member of the MakerBot community, and there’s a nice interview with him about his experiences up on the MakerBot blog. I’m writing a piece about MakerBot for Make: 21, and found his story particularly interesting.
I was fortunate to be going through university in the early â€™90s right when Linux was making the rounds â€“ Math and Engineering, Control and Communications Systems program at Queenâ€™s University in Kingston, Ontario. (Cool! There wasnâ€™t a Control and Robotics option back then.) That box of a hundred-odd 3.5â€³ floppies landed on my desk and I was plunged into the second emerging wave of Open Source software â€“ the first being the BSD origins of UNIX. With healthy wiki, forum, google group and twitter extended participation (to name a few channels), the RepRap+MakerBot+Thingiverse projects feel like they could be leading a third wave of open source innovation and community.