Cutting edge printing store opens

Jenny Lawton, president of MakerBot, and Bre Pettis, CEO of MakerBot, at the recent Grand Opening of the new MakerBot Store in Greenwich. — Louis Seigal photo

Jenny Lawton, president of MakerBot, and Bre Pettis, CEO of MakerBot, at the recent Grand Opening of the new MakerBot Store in Greenwich.
— Louis Seigal photo

Technology was brought to life last month when MakerBot, the global leader in desktop 3D printing, officially opened a new MakerBot retail store in Greenwich at 72 Greenwich Avenue, just in time for the holidays.

MakerBot was named one of The World’s Top 10 Most Innovative Companies in Consumer Electronics, by Fast Company magazine earlier this year, and the company has grown tremendously in the past year, going from 100 employees one year ago, to 400 today.

MakerBot also operates its flagship retail MakerBot Store in the NoHo district of New York City.

“We are very excited to open two new MakerBot retail stores,” said Bre Pettis, CEO of MakerBot. “We opened our first MakerBot retail store last year because we wanted to provide a place where you could step inside the future and see, touch, and even smell 3D printing.”

Mr. Pettis noted that the MakerBot Replicator 2 Desktop 3D Printer uses MakerBot PLA Filament, a bioplastic made out of corn, that actually emits a pleasant scent when 3D printing and fills the MakerBot Store with the aroma of waffles or syrup.

The two new locations, one in Greenwich and one in Boston, Mass., will be a great place for those interested in 3D printing to experience the award-winning MakerBot Replicator 2 Desktop 3D Printer that has been heralded as one of Time magazine’s Best Inventions of 2012, Popular Mechanics’ Editor’s Choice Award for Overall Winner — Best 3D Printer, a MAKE Magazine Best in Class Prosumer Fused-Filament Fabrication 3D Printer, the Best Consumer Printer at the 3D Printshow in London, received a Popular Mechanics’ Product of the Year designation, a Gold Edison Award for Best Design, and was a Fast Company Innovation by Design Award Winner 2012. In addition, the MakerBot Digitizer Desktop 3D Scanner, released this fall, was recently named a Popular Mechanics’ Breakthrough awardee.

Other attractions for the Boston and Greenwich MakerBot Stores that are sure to delight 3D printing enthusiasts — from hobbyists to professional engineers and designers — include a MakerBot Gum Ball machine with a variety of MakerBot-made miniature 3D printed keepsakes to choose from; ongoing demonstrations by MakerBot 3D Design staff; unique 3D project installations and window displays made on MakerBot Desktop 3D Printers and, coming soon, the MakerBot Photo Booth. The booth will allow individuals to have their photo taken and then printed in 3D. The popular device takes just minutes to create a 3D portrait file, which participants can then take and create other 3D creations with.

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