Hello, everyone and welcome to CNET's live blog of MakerBot's CES press conference
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.
Nick Statt, Josh Miller and I are inside. Three big boxes on stage.
Welcome to our live blogging team, Rich Brown and Nick Statt. Josh Miller will be bringing you the photos.
Early prediction: lower-cost 3D printer. Current MakerBot Replicator 2's all around $2k or more.
MakerBot PR just tweet-teased about "a new suite of tools that will turn anyone into a maker."
Chisels, then. (stealing Josh's joke from earlier)
And we're on. Bre Pettis takes the stage
The next era begins, says the screen behind Pettis.
Says he's going to announce a couple things. MakerBot Replicator 3D printing platform (?), and a bunch of other things, says Pettis.
"We're a company that's a 3D printing ecosystem"
"We're a company that's a 3D printer ecosystem." Pettis says. "What I'm showing you is kind of a big deal."
Going through history of MakerBot 3D printers on screen.
Will still sell Replicator 2 with powder coated chassis. Sounds like a new chassis coming up.
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44,000+ MakerBots in the world, says Pettis. 450 employees total.
Wow. more than 218,000 designs on Thingiverse now. Was a tenth of that two years ago.
There's been 48 million 'things' downloaded from MakerBot's Thingiverse.
Showing Robohand project, crowd-sourced, 3D-printed prosthetic hand for disabled kids now. Really a pretty awesome project.
Now showing telescope dev project at Lockheed Martin using MakerBot to build model of part in a scope that will replace the Hubble.
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.
This seems like more promo than MakerBot has done before. Usually they're pretty quick to unveil the new stuff.
More anecdotes. A soccer ball lamp. USB jumprope. Ok.
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.
"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
Now on to MakerBot store in NY. "Can't say it's an experiment since we're committed to a 10-year lease."
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.
Ok, first announcement today. Partnership with SoftKinetic, 3D sensor company.
MakerBot working with them to make next-gen 3D scanners. No tech details beyond that, but MakerBot has an exclusive apparently.
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.
106,268 students have access to a MakerBot to date.
MakerBot Replicator 3D Printing Platform now. On to the boxes.
First box is the MakerBot Replicator Mini.