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Makerbot Gets Cloned…Again

Well that escalated quickly.

Open source hardware hasn’t really been a thing for very long, so it doesn’t have many success stories. Arduino is probably the only obvious one. Makerbot is quickly becoming the second. How can you tell when an idea is successful? Easy, it gets copied.

Matt Strong figured out how to source the parts for a Makerbot Replicator from China and joined Kickstarter with a proposal: if he could gather $500,000 he would offer his TangiBot (a clone of the Replicator) for 30% less. How that turned out and what it means…after the jump.

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DIY Wire Bender from PENSA!

PENSA! has demonstrated a new DIY rapid prototyping machine.

Their wire bender can take 3D files, vector files, or even text files, and automatically “print” them out with aluminum wire.

The shapes it can make are truly impressive. Also, one of the first things they printed was a text bubble with the word “$#!?” in it. My kind of people.

They just released this little marvel on May 2nd. Hopefully, they’ll provide the design files so we (I) can add yet another machine to the DO WANT list.

Found on Core77 and Hack A Day.

For what it’s worth, a year ago the P2P Foundation listed a “CNC wire bender” in their hypothetical Digital Manufacturing Ecosystem. They got it 2/3 right…PENSA!’s works in 3D instead of 2D.

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Solidoodle, a Pre-assembled 3D Printer for Cheap

Solidoodle was included in a post on my older blog ‘printthat‘ back in the distant past (Dec 2011). Today, Solidoodle seems to have gotten more press in a month than Makerbot has gotten in a year.

Okay, not that much, but the story definitely took off. I’m going to go ahead and take credit for Solidoodle’s breakout success.

Sam Cervantes helped design the Mosaic at MakerGear, then did some time as the COO at Makerbot. Now he’s designed and is selling the Solidoodle. Its primary feature is its low price; $500. That’s the same price claimed for RepRaps, but the Solidoodle comes fully assembled.

I suspect he is taking a loss selling them at that price. My guess is that it’s a promotional thing to help get market share. Believe it or not, there are actually a lot of options for people who want to buy a 3D printer. Particularly when you consider the fact that the most likely customers are DIY’ers who aren’t all that concerned about maybe having to assemble the thing themselves.

Introducing a pre-assembled 3D printer means that he’s primarily competing against Makerbot’s Replicator and the UP! printer. Maybe the BFB-3000, but I don’t hear much about people using those. Anyway, it looks like Cervantes is trying to carve out a name for his printer in an unoccupied place in the market: RepRap price with high-end preassembly.

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Hardware Innovation Workshop

Do we really need more gatherings for people to talk about innovation? Yes. Yes we do.

Make Magazine is hosting a bunch of people to talk about, “shaping the future of manufacturing and the global economy.” Sounds good to me. A bit of hyperbole never hurt anyone.

Personally I think it would be more accurate to put “business” or “profit” somewhere in the name of the convention. As you can tell from the lineup of presenters, this is primarily a for-profit networking event.

  • Kai Backman, Co-Founder & CEO of Tinkercad
  • Massimo Banzi, Co-Founder of Arduino
  • Carl Bass, President & CEO of Autodesk
  • Ayah Bdeir, Founder of littleBits
  • Greg Borenstein, author of Making Things See: 3D vision with Kinect, Processing, Arduino, and MakerBot
  • Liam Casey, Founder & CEO PCH International
  • Allan Chochinov, Partner & Editor-in-Chief of Core77
  • Jeremy Conrad, Co-Founder of Lemnos Lab
  • Ben Einstein, Principal of Bolt Accelerator Program
  • Brad Feld, Co-Founder of Foundry Group
  • Travis Good, Co-Chair of Hardware Innovation Workshop
  • Ted Hall, Founder & CEO of ShopBot
  • Mark Hatch, Co-Founder & CEO of TechShop
  • Andrew “Bunnie” Huang, Founder of Chumby
  • Zach Kaplan, CEO of Inventables
  • Tod Kurt, Co-Founder of ThingM
  • Catarina Mota, Co-Founder of openMaterials
  • Tim O’Reilly, Founder & CEO of O’Reilly Media
  • Bre Pettis, Co-Founder of MakerBot Industries
  • Bryce Roberts, Co-Founder of OATV
  • Jay Rogers, Founder & CEO of Local Motors
  • Nathan Seidle, Owner & CEO of SparkFun Electronics
What I wanna know is who let that guy in? Apparently, “Greg Borenstein is an artist and researcher in New York.” He seems a bit out of place in a list of CEOs, partners and founders. Oh, wait, “He recently finished writing a book for O’Reilly about the Microsoft Kinect, titled: Making Things See: 3D vision with Kinect, Processing, Arduino, and MakerBot.” O’Reilly Media publishes Make Magazine, and is hosting the event. I wonder if he’s going to wear a shirt without a collar just to mess with everyone else.
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