CES 2014: Makerbot press conference (live blog)

Join CNET for live coverage of Makerbot's press conference at CES 2014, starting at 4 p.m. PT (7 p.m. ET) on Monday, January 6.

  • Kent German 1/6/2014 11:47:21 PM
    Hello, everyone and welcome to CNET's live blog of MakerBot's CES press conference
  • Rich Brown 1/6/2014 11:53:57 PM
    Hi everyone.
  • Nick Statt 1/6/2014 11:54:26 PM
    We're all set up here at the MakerBot press conference. People still filing in. 90s alternative rock band Incubus soothing us at the moment. 
  • Rich Brown 1/6/2014 11:54:38 PM
    Nick Statt, Josh Miller and I are inside. Three big boxes on stage.
  • Kent German 1/6/2014 11:55:39 PM
    Welcome to our live blogging team, Rich Brown and Nick Statt. Josh Miller will be bringing you the photos.
  • Rich Brown 1/6/2014 11:59:27 PM
    Early prediction: lower-cost 3D printer. Current MakerBot Replicator 2's all around $2k or more.
  • Rich Brown 1/7/2014 12:00:18 AM
    MakerBot PR just tweet-teased about "a new suite of tools that will turn anyone into a maker."
  • Rich Brown 1/7/2014 12:00:51 AM
    Chisels, then. (stealing Josh's joke from earlier)
  • Rich Brown 1/7/2014 12:01:12 AM
    And we're on. Bre Pettis takes the stage
  • Rich Brown 1/7/2014 12:02:49 AM
    The next era begins, says the screen behind Pettis.
  • Rich Brown 1/7/2014 12:03:22 AM
    Says he's going to announce a couple things. MakerBot Replicator 3D printing platform (?), and a bunch of other things, says Pettis.
  • josh.miller 1/7/2014 12:03:25 AM
  • Rich Brown 1/7/2014 12:03:36 AM
    "We're a company that's a 3D printing ecosystem"
  • Nick Statt 1/7/2014 12:03:49 AM
    "We're a company that's a 3D printer ecosystem." Pettis says. "What I'm showing you is kind of a big deal."
  • Rich Brown 1/7/2014 12:03:53 AM
    Going through history of MakerBot 3D printers on screen.
  • Rich Brown 1/7/2014 12:04:32 AM
    Will still sell Replicator 2 with powder coated chassis. Sounds like a new chassis coming up.
  • Kent German 1/7/2014 12:04:38 AM
    In addition to following Nick, Rich, and Josh here, you can follow them on Twitter at @nickstatt, @joshmillerphoto, and @rh_brown
  • Rich Brown 1/7/2014 12:05:09 AM
    44,000+ MakerBots in the world, says Pettis. 450 employees total.
  • josh.miller 1/7/2014 12:05:13 AM
  • josh.miller 1/7/2014 12:05:34 AM
  • Rich Brown 1/7/2014 12:06:03 AM
    Wow. more than 218,000 designs on Thingiverse now. Was a tenth of that two years ago.
  • Nick Statt 1/7/2014 12:06:37 AM
    There's been 48 million 'things' downloaded from MakerBot's Thingiverse. 
  • Rich Brown 1/7/2014 12:07:26 AM
    Showing Robohand project, crowd-sourced, 3D-printed prosthetic hand for disabled kids now. Really a pretty awesome project.
  • josh.miller 1/7/2014 12:07:33 AM
  • josh.miller 1/7/2014 12:08:33 AM
  • Rich Brown 1/7/2014 12:08:39 AM
    Now showing telescope dev project at Lockheed Martin using MakerBot to build model of part in a scope that will replace the Hubble.
  • Nick Statt 1/7/2014 12:09:14 AM
    Pettis in full blown anecdote mode right now, extremely relaxed. Someone should have pointed Michael Bay in his direction prior to the Samsung press conference. 
  • Rich Brown 1/7/2014 12:09:49 AM
    This seems like more promo than MakerBot has done before. Usually they're pretty quick to unveil the new stuff.
  • Rich Brown 1/7/2014 12:10:36 AM
    More anecdotes. A soccer ball lamp. USB jumprope. Ok.
  • josh.miller 1/7/2014 12:10:51 AM
  • Rich Brown 1/7/2014 12:11:57 AM
    Printing material so cheap you don't even think about what it costs, says Pettis. For some, I suppose. $50 a spool still not free.
  • josh.miller 1/7/2014 12:12:40 AM
  • Nick Statt 1/7/2014 12:12:41 AM
    "If you had an idea and wanted to get it out into the world, you used have to be a tycoon in an industry. Now you just need an idea and the willingness to fail until it works." -- Pettis
  • Rich Brown 1/7/2014 12:13:13 AM
    Now on to MakerBot store in NY. "Can't say it's an experiment since we're committed to a 10-year lease."
  • Rich Brown 1/7/2014 12:14:15 AM
    This is a lot of prologue, but I kind of get it. MakerBot profile getting bigger, more generalist press at CES though, not everyone keeps up with day-to-day news from them.
  • josh.miller 1/7/2014 12:14:37 AM
  • Rich Brown 1/7/2014 12:15:06 AM
    Ok, first announcement today. Partnership with SoftKinetic, 3D sensor company.
  • josh.miller 1/7/2014 12:15:07 AM
  • josh.miller 1/7/2014 12:15:35 AM
  • Rich Brown 1/7/2014 12:15:58 AM
    MakerBot working with them to make next-gen 3D scanners. No tech details beyond that, but MakerBot has an exclusive apparently.
  • Rich Brown 1/7/2014 12:16:42 AM
    Now on to MakerBot's school mission. MakerBot made a goal earlier this year to put a MB 3D printer in every school in the U.S.
  • Nick Statt 1/7/2014 12:16:44 AM
    106,268 students have access to a MakerBot to date. 
  • josh.miller 1/7/2014 12:16:54 AM
  • Rich Brown 1/7/2014 12:17:36 AM
    MakerBot Replicator 3D Printing Platform now. On to the boxes.
  • Rich Brown 1/7/2014 12:17:54 AM
    First box is the MakerBot Replicator Mini.
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