Kit-A-Day Giveaway: Free MakerBot!

We’re giving away amazing kits from our new Make: Ultimate Kit Guide EVERY DAY — thousands of dollars worth of merchandise, including MakerBots!

To celebrate the release of our latest publication, the Make: Ultimate Kit Guide 2012 (and its companion website), we’re giving away one of the cool kits reviewed in the issue each day during the holiday season.

To kick things off, we’re giving away a MakerBot Thing-o-Matic (a $1,300 value), featured on the cover of the Ultimate Kit Guide. Here’s Make: Labs intern Eric Chu’s review of Thing-O-Matic from the issue:

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.

To be eligible for today’s giveaway, all you have to do is leave a comment below in this post. The entry period for today’s prize will be until 11:59pm PST today. We’ll choose one person at random, you’ll be notified by email and you’ll have 48 hours to respond. The winners list will be kept on the Giveaway landing page. That’s it! No purchase necessary or anything else to do. Please leave only one comment per post. You can enter as many giveaways as you like until you win. This giveaway is for US residents only. See the Kit-A-Day Giveaway landing page for full sweepstakes details and Official Rules.

Note: Commenting is closed for this giveaway. See the Kit-A-Day page for today’s giveaway (announced every day at 9am PST).

3,334 thoughts on “Kit-A-Day Giveaway: Free MakerBot!

  1. I have a Makerbot already, but there is nothing in the world I would like more than to give one to my brother.  Sign me up!

      1. Yes, we’re giving away more than one MakerBot (more than two, even). But two for this phase of the giveaways. Stay tuned… There are lots more surprises to come. Spread the word!

  2. Woo Hoo  I just found out that I have Grand Boyz…. My boyz are now too cool for this….. but 5-6 year olds are just the right age…. We could make many many things!!!

  3. Woo Hoo  I just found out that I have Grand Boyz…. My boyz are now too cool for this….. but 5-6 year olds are just the right age…. We could make many many things!!!

  4. With one of these, I wouldn’t even need to find a credit card to get all my holiday shopping done.  Stephen Colbert heads for everyone!

  5. I’ve been following the development of the MakerBot line for some time now, and I’m very impressed with the evolutionary process it has undergone, with tons of input from the user community.  I’ve been saving my pennies to buy one for a very long time, but the economics just haven’t allowed it.  Winning one would certainly put a major new tool in the toolbox!

  6.  Wow, Make IS the greatest magazine in the world!  Honestly after finding Make last year it has stirred my soul to build things,  I am now relearning all the electronic lessons from my college years and introducing my kids to all the fun things we can build. The Toy issue is perfect for that.

     Thanks Again, Craig

  7. So want- Im a student and dont have the money for a bot- but I’m gonna try to save and get something awesome.. Maybe it will pay for itself :)

  8. Make magazine rocks, I have been following you guys for years. It would be pretty awsome to win somthing cool from one of your givaways. -Marshall

  9. I LOVE ROBOTS AND TECHNOLOGY!!!  I am a FIRST FRC and FIRST Lego League robotics coach in Indiana.  I would love to share the Thing-O-Matic with my students!  Thank You!  :)

    Happy Holidays!  :)  

  10. 3d printer would be perfect for helping me prototype my graduate projects, and possibly to use later for examples to bring to interviews.

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  12. Woohoo. Would love to have one to use as a teaching tool at my daughters elementary school. Good luck everyone!

  13. I had the chance a few weeks ago to play around with a friend’s Thing-O-Matic. Once you start using it, you begin to ‘see’ all sort of uses for it. I don’t have access to the machine anymore, and I’m starting to feel withdrawal symptoms. It’s sort of like when a musician has their amplifier break down. You can’t manifest your creativity into the world anymore. It’s a sad day… for the world.

    I’ve been designing 3-D objects like crazy in an effort to cope.
    (Help me, Gareth Branwyn; you’re my only hope.)

    tl;dr: I’ve got a fever, and the only cure is extruded ABS.

  14. Would totally love this for JaxHax, the new Jacksonville Florida HackerSpace. We just got they keys to our new space and are looking for funding and donations to continue the process of acquiring more equipment!

    Thanks for MakeZine for already pitching in by sending us some magazines and other awesome swag!

  15. This would be great for my women in computer science club! We’ve been looking for one for a while, so this would definitely come in handy.

  16. Thanks for always featuring inspiring things and for contributing to that sense of limitlessness we all have!  I’d love a kit.  Cheers!

  17. wow, a makerbot? if i had one i could finally build that zero grav no fuel propulsion engine!
    testing it would be tricky though……

  18. I have wanted a Makerbot since I first read about them in Make: magazine.  I was *this* close to buying one last year and then my son needed to see the orthodontist!  Doh!

  19. Perfect timing, I have been drooling over this beauty, and Arduino. Just retiring and thinking one or the other would be a great hobby too start. Nice Idea for the Christmas season.


  20. You guys have been doing a great job hyping the kits! I picked up the Kit Guide and thanks to you I have almost all of my shopping done. Keep up the great work.

    And Yes I would like to win a makerbot.

  21. i read the instructions to build, nicely done. i want to get my
    14yr old niece who loves science into lego mindstorm and CAD.
    this would be awesome as a learning and bonding experience for her
    and myself. 

  22. It would be so awesome to have one of these at home. I can think of so many things I’d make with it!

  23. I would love to win a MakerBot Thing-o-Matic. I believe home manufacturing is one of the great game changers of the 21st century.

  24. I’ve been drooling over Makerbots since Bre first posted the initial Make blog videos, and it would be amazing to finally own one. Checking out the kit guide now!

  25. Yes please: Every kid should grow up in a home with one of these. It’s like needing to visit a farm and see where our food comes from. This is like part of knowing where your gadgets come from. I have a third kid on the way now.

  26. Amazing!  I just had major spine surgery, and cannot do much, but I think I could swing assembling a thing-o-matic.  I have 8-12 weeks for full osseointegration, until then, I will be bored trying to pass the time with video games I havent played in years, and other such things I haven’t done in years.  Something like a makerbot that I actually want to do, tha’t just be amazing!

  27. I would love a Thing-o-matic.   I have a lot of ideas to print for my childrens’ classroom and my work.  I have been following Bre and progress for MakerBot Industries and have been wanting one for a long time. Please pick me for the Maker bot, it would make a great addition to my workshop.

  28. It would be nice to win this, as I would never be able to afford a Thing-O-Matic otherwise. Really nice of Make to be doing this! Good luck everyone!

  29. Wow, I would love to own a makerbot Thing-O-Matic!  My kids and I could dream and print all sorts of objects.  What a treat that would be for our young family!

  30. Just shared this with my four kiddos who find it truly incredible. They are 10 yrs down to 5 yrs and have been working on mindstorms, arduino, and Alice projects. They would love to get their hands on the Makerbot Thing-o-Matic to incorporate into the small video series they are working on to teach other kids go to make stuff, launching summer 2012. Please add our name to the drawing. Thanks.

  31. I’ve wanted a 3D printer so badly, but there’s no way I can afford one, and there aren’t any hackerspaces nearby.

  32. really?  just a post?  just one?  like this one?  this is all I need?  this will be enough?  I don’t have to promise to make you my first born? or to give you my first make?

  33. I would love a makerbot! My wife and I want to get one so she can have it at the school and have the kids be able to print out thinks and hopefully get some of them more interested in making things!

  34. I promise not to make my infamous doomsday machine when you so graciously give this to me, muahahahahaaaaaa!!!

  35. Not only would I make gifts for others, but I would be more than happy to lend this to a middle or high school FIRST team so they could learn about rapid prototyping!  

  36. A couple of the guys in the robot club I’m a member of have one of these, I was very impressed buy the demo a good choice as a gift for the maker in your life

  37. Really? You’re really giving one of these away? I would cut off a finger to win it. Because then I could just print up a new one.

  38. it would definitly be awesome to have one of these things… mounting electronics to my robots using cardboard is getting a little bit annoying…

  39. I would love to have a thing-o-matic. I always have projects or ideas that I would be able to realize if I could print that one part. I would also love to print legos (but without the brand name).

  40. My printer queue is filled with animations for my 3D zoetrope…but my computer can’t find a 3D printer connected to me computer. Help!

  41. Looking forward to a great Maker 2012, tools like the MakerBot Think-O-Matic are reshaping the design process. I look forward to getting more high school student creating physical parts.