MakerBot has just released two important announcements: first that they have shipped a 100 micron-resolution version of their Replicator printer; second, that they have opened a central Manhattan storefront to bring the gospel of 3D printing to the masses. MakerBot co-founder Bre Pettis has penned Boing Boing a MakerBot Operator Manifesto to mark the occasion:
Where we're going, there are no limitations: create your working flux
capacitor by glueing MakerBotted components together for installation
in your DeLorean.
Go big. With the MakerBot Replicator 2's 410 cubic inch build volume,
you can finally create the trumpet you've been dreaming of.
Compete with the industrial machines. With the MakerBot Replicator 2's
100 micron layer resolution you can create models that will look like
they were made on a refrigerator sized machine that costs 100 times
the MakerBot Replicator 2.
Make the unreal real. Use your MakerBot to manifest unicorns, dragons,
or a functional sonic screwdriver.
Resist buying things that you can make on your MakerBot Replicator 2.
There is no deeper nerd cred than MakerBotting frames for your
Optimize the world. That contraption to hold your microscopes glass
slides together in the dishwasher is just waiting for you to design
and MakerBot it.
Repurpose everything. The springs in pens and motors pulled from old
technology can be used to create the replica of that V8 supercharged
hemi you've been lusting after.
Repurpose the models in Cornell's wonderful mechanical library to
power your perpetual motion machine.
Prototype your inventions. We're still waiting for you to align the
lasers with your MakerBotted oscillation overthruster.
Use what you've got. If you are a programmer, use the openSCAD tool to
create parametric gears If you are a photographer, learn to use 123D
Catch to scan the greatest works of art at your local museum.
Ignore the naysayers. Your jackalope powered hovercraft is achievable
and don't forget to MakerBot a helmet for the jackalope.
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