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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.
1/6/2014 11:47:21 PM
Hello, everyone and welcome to CNET's live blog of MakerBot's CES press conference
1/6/2014 11:53:57 PM
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.
1/6/2014 11:54:38 PM
Nick Statt, Josh Miller and I are inside. Three big boxes on stage.
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.
1/6/2014 11:59:27 PM
Early prediction: lower-cost 3D printer. Current MakerBot Replicator 2's all around $2k or more.
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."
1/7/2014 12:00:51 AM
Chisels, then. (stealing Josh's joke from earlier)
1/7/2014 12:01:12 AM
And we're on. Bre Pettis takes the stage
1/7/2014 12:02:49 AM
The next era begins, says the screen behind Pettis.
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.
1/7/2014 12:03:25 AM
1/7/2014 12:03:36 AM
"We're a company that's a 3D printing ecosystem"
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.
1/7/2014 12:03:53 AM
Going through history of MakerBot 3D printers on screen.
1/7/2014 12:04:32 AM
Will still sell Replicator 2 with powder coated chassis. Sounds like a new chassis coming up.
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
1/7/2014 12:05:09 AM
44,000+ MakerBots in the world, says Pettis. 450 employees total.
1/7/2014 12:05:13 AM
1/7/2014 12:05:34 AM
1/7/2014 12:06:03 AM
Wow. more than 218,000 designs on Thingiverse now. Was a tenth of that two years ago.
1/7/2014 12:06:37 AM
There's been 48 million 'things' downloaded from MakerBot's Thingiverse.
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.
1/7/2014 12:07:33 AM
1/7/2014 12:08:33 AM
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.
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.
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.
1/7/2014 12:10:36 AM
More anecdotes. A soccer ball lamp. USB jumprope. Ok.
1/7/2014 12:10:51 AM
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.
1/7/2014 12:12:40 AM
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
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."
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.
1/7/2014 12:14:37 AM
1/7/2014 12:15:06 AM
Ok, first announcement today. Partnership with SoftKinetic, 3D sensor company.
1/7/2014 12:15:07 AM
1/7/2014 12:15:35 AM
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.
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.
1/7/2014 12:16:44 AM
106,268 students have access to a MakerBot to date.
1/7/2014 12:16:54 AM
1/7/2014 12:17:36 AM
MakerBot Replicator 3D Printing Platform now. On to the boxes.
1/7/2014 12:17:54 AM
First box is the MakerBot Replicator Mini.
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