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.

140 thoughts on “MakerBot Thing-O-Matic

  1. 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

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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…

  5. 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..

  6. 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.

  7. 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?

  8. 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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