Trickin’ out the Makerbot

When I think of the hobbyist 3D printer pioneers of today, I’m reminded of the days of Steve Wozniak and the Homebrew Computer Club. Wozniak wanted to create an open source personal computer that anyone could customize the way they wanted.

It feels like the 1970s again, but this time instead of personal computers we have RepRap, Makerbot and other open-source 3D printers. And this time around we have the internet to spread the word, the knowledge and tinkering.

Today, Makerbot has updated their fun blog with a video that shows how others have tricked out their Makerbots. While hobbyists make very technical modifications and additions to their 3D printers, this playful video focuses on the fun side of things. The bling, so to speak.

The video won’t really teach you anything, but we put it up to show you just how much fun the home 3D printing community is having.

Makerbot Industries, the three year old company out of Brooklyn, NY, is the maker of the open-source Cupcake CNC, Thing-O-Matic and Replicator 3D printers. Their company built upon the success of the RepRap Project with the goal of easy assembly and an affordable price so that desktop 3D printing could spread to almost anyone.