Maker Faire New York: 3D Printer Census 2012

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Maker Faire New York: 3D Printer Census 2012

Back in May I compiled a census of all the 3D printers at the Bay Area Maker Faire; I thought I’d do the same at this past weekend’s Maker Faire New York. The trends are clear: more, more variations, and more better. I counted 70 different printers in the wild, and I surely missed a couple. That number does not include the dozens of Printrbots, Replicator 1’s, and Ultimakers we had for sale in the Maker Shed.

Maker Faire isn’t a contest, of course, but if it was I’d award these superlatives:

Best of Show: See Me CNC’s Rostock MAX delta bot
Most Numerous: Makerbot Replicators
Largest: Bruce and Nick Wattendorf’s gigantic Ultimaker variant
Most Theatrical: Ultimaker for their portable printer and their circus-like sideways-hanging-from-a-bungee-cord-while-printing demonstration

Ultimakers for sale in the Shed.
Printrbot demos and sales in the Shed.

Previously posted:

If you’d like to see larger images of the printers, read on.











44 thoughts on “Maker Faire New York: 3D Printer Census 2012

  1. STEM TECH 2012Isabeltech2012 says:

    FANTASTIC EVENT, I WOULD LIKE TO ATTEND ONE DAY.

  2. techknight says:

    Great to see some fellow Cupcake users still printing!

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  4. Bashtarle (@Bashtarle) says:

    I’m just pleased to see multiple Delta printers in there among the sea of generic rectangles.

    1. SeeMeCNC says:

      Delta bots FTW!

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  7. PancakeBot (@thePancakeBot) says:

    Awww. You forgot PancakeBot. We created the worlds first 3D printed Pancake Stack also known as the Tower of Hanoi. Okay, so it was printed flat and stacked by humans but it was close. :)

    1. Shawn Wallace says:

      PancakeBot was my daughter’s favorite thing at the Maker Faire. I think handing out pancakes helped win her over…

  8. Chris Krueger (@TheNewHobbyist) says:

    Woah an Automated Build Platform! Blast from the past!

  9. misc says:

    Great photos! As a non biased viewer I thought the form 1 was an incredible 3D printer(SLA). For filament printers I loved the delta printers. The pancake bot was a great mix of digital accuracy with analog fluidity. I particularly enjoyed the one guy walking around with his printer hanging from his hand as it happily printed away.

  10. Pensa (@thinkpensa) says:

    Don’t forget us! Even though the DIWire is different, it’s still a 3D printer too. If you missed us at Maker Faire, check out our blog.

  11. johnoly99 says:

    Dont forget, the Rostock MAX is on indiegogo.com/rostockmax right now! Kits start at only $849!

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  15. scottassoc says:

    Nice inventory. Thank you for taking a photo of the Afinia H-Series 3D printer! http://www.Afinia.com

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  19. Brian Thomas says:

    All the pancake to needs is a robotic arm to stack the pancakes LOL

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Shawn Wallace is a MAKE contributor, artist, programmer, and editor living in Providence, R.I. He designs open hardware kits at Modern Device and organized the Fab Academy at the Providence Fab Lab. He makes iPhone synthesizers with the Fluxama collective and is a member of the SMT Computing Society.

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