Openalia just posted a video from Ignite in which the founder of Adafruit lists off several open source hardware companies that make real money.
As if to put an exclamation point on the idea, Makerbot is expanding into a new building.
Not only are they expanding into downtown New York, they aren’t giving up their old space in Brooklyn, so they’ll have over 30,000 square feet to make more awesome stuff. As part of the expansion they’re planning on adding 50 employees by the end of the year.
Makerbot started just three years ago. Today, propelled by a rabid base of hobbyists and makers (and more than a little bit of excellent marketing), Makerbot is poised to become the “Kleenex” of 3D printers. When these little machines are as common as microwaves we might just be calling them all Makerbots out of habit.
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