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If you want to get into 3D printing but don’t know where to start, the MakerBot Thing-O-Matic Kit is the way to go. It’s a complete kit, so you need no additional parts, and a large user community can back you up if problems pop up (not to mention Thingiverse, where you can find awesome open source designs). It took me about 20 hours to build the Thing-O-Matic and start printing, and I improved its accuracy with more tuning, calibrating, and tinkering with settings in the ReplicatorG software. If you have any trouble, read the discussion at the bottom of every build step. I’ve since 3D-printed many fun and handy things (everyone loves a 3D-printed gift!) and the MakerBot is now by far the most-used machine at MAKE Labs.


  • dsfds

    Cool

  • caboaza

    hola vivo en Colombia pero mi país es muy pobre en ese campo de la invención y me gustaría saber si tienen la revista en español

    • http://jakespurlock.com/ Jake Spurlock

      No publicar la revista en español. Sin embargo, echa un vistazo al blog MAKE en español! http://es.makezine.com

  • Ryan

    so want

  • http://www.n5jld.net Jon D

    Very Cool indeed

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000304481170 Alexander Van Parys Piergili

    Great kit, I will dream with it, as it is almost impossible to bring it to Brazil (would need to pay around 80% in taxes)!

    • http://www.twitter.com/mfusion Mike Fusion

      Take a look at the Reprap wiki. I’m sure that getting the parts would be less expensive

  • http://www.siliconfarmers.com SiliconFarmer

    Makerbot Thing-o-Matic takes some tweaking to get good results, but the output is worth the tinkering needed.

  • cristovao osorio

    this is the 1st step to do incredible things

  • Tod Tyler

    I have been watching all of the great stuff made by so many people out there. I am looking forward to showing off the stuff I can create with the Maker-Bot. The Maker-Bot is absolutely elegant and beautiful.

  • tw

    so very useful

  • John McCaffrey

    This would be the ultimate toy, I mean tool.

  • Paul Carson

    Would love to add this to my workshop in progress

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  • Dkim777

    Can I make Lego blocks with this?
    wonder which is more economical :)

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  • Jay Roth

    Cool! I’d love to win a Makerbot!!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/eadhed Scott David Edwards

    First step thing-o-matic, next step Replicator.

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  • Scott G

    I hope I win!

  • Matt O

    I want one!

  • http://twitter.com/saltygal Karen (@saltygal)

    This would be the best gift I could ever get for my hubby .

  • Ron Lauzon

    Cool Toy!

  • Scott Pollmann

    A replicator would be great. Star Trek technology is becoming a reality.

  • Lucas

    Really want this!!!! Could make so much stuff

  • Lucas

    did I win?

  • JD Mabry

    Me want!

  • http://gravatar.com/gradh Elizabeth Andrews

    So many amazing possibilities! I would love to have one of these for my two engineering loving boys!

  • zerode

    These 3D printers are so weird and fantastic. I can’t get over them, really.

  • bobness

    they just get better and better

    • Lucas

      Luv engineering . REally want to win!!!!

  • http://linkhuang.com link

    Awsome product. MUST HAVE!

  • Jay Roth

    Gimme gimme gimmie! 3D printing is awesome, and Makerbot is leading the charge!

  • http://www.gafirst.org Emanuel Lowe

    I’ve used a 3-D printer before (not this one, but one for some school systems). If I could do the things it does at home, I could make a bunch of neat things for my robots and teams.

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  • Stanton

    I saw a demo at an art show. It would be an interesting thing to have around the house.

  • Zarfmedia

    What base does it use? Would love to see one up close!

  • Chris

    Fascinating…

    Are other printing materials supported, though? What are the options for using different or more readily available plastics, etc.?

    Was directed to this site by the Make kitaday competition…

  • http://charlesbeaute.fr Charles B

    i’d love to have a makerbot ! 3D printing is the next revolution !

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1411106889 Rebecca Robinson

    this is sweet

  • Kevin Quan

    I so want one!

  • Martin T.

    MakeerBot Thing-O-Matic: it’s not SciFi anymore!

  • Greg

    I work in the movie industry and my friends in props would love one of these babies….
    (Wishful Canadian)

  • http://www.facebook.com/chuck.d.ward Chuck Ward

    It would be so cool to own one of these magnificent machines :-)

  • http://www.facebook.com/Achelon Jussi Mäki

    Im trying to get together a Prusa Mendel, getting the plastic parts seems to be very hard, with that one, damn, I could print them myself. Also could start to feed the hungry reprap builders here in finland..

  • Hugh

    That’d be incredible to own

  • jay

    I really want this. A lot.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000069782397 Steven J Ulbrich

    A designers dream tool.

  • Brian Duchscherer

    what is the resolution of the machine… how fine can it go?

  • Lucas

    I’d love one of these for the holidays

  • pvzine

    nice blue bunny

  • Gerri Korbel

    This would be a great project to do for the holidays, to print in 3D your pictures of the Xmas tree.

  • Hilmar Eckhardt

    The makerbot , if what you need isn’t invented, now it will be…please send it to me…

  • Max Hayden

    This is the ideal machine to make one of a kind objects.

  • Kris McElligott

    I have always dreamed of having one of these. It would be great to take it into the schools and teach more about engineering to the students.

  • Jay Roth

    The whole idea of being able to fabricate things at home or your garage with this is truly amazing. As a traditional model maker as well as a 3D model maker, I always missed actually being able to hold the things I created on the computer. As a conceptualization aide, 3D printers are an incredible asset. I want one :). Can you tell?

  • Tod Tyler

    Absolutely awesome! I have a huge list of things just waiting to be made.

  • Melvin

    I want it

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  • Tod Tyler

    You will be mine….oh yes, you will be mine….come to me Makerbot….I said come to me!!!!!!!

  • Jay Roth

    No, it’s mine, mine, mine, all mine, ‘cuz I’m a greedy little duck!

  • Melvin

    Is this where I enter to win?

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  • Chad Newhouse

    I’ve been amazed at 3d printing for years, this would be very cool to try out!

  • Steven Ulbrich

    The idea of 3d printing is completely amazing.

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  • http://hccmarketing.com Scott Clark

    If only I could make a MakerBot with a MakerBot… then I would rule the world!

  • Li-Wan Chia

    The first time I saw the MakerBot 3D printer was at the NYC Comicon. It is an awesome machine and inspires creative designs. Hope I can win one.

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  • http://make geoff wright

    how do i win one this could be the answer to all my finantual problems