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Watch MakerBot's Replicator Make A Chess Piece

Brooklyn-based MakerBot Industries exists to make 3D printing available at affordable prices. Their devices, like Thing-O-Matic and the new Replicator, do an interesting, artsy job of that, via melted plastic and a Play-Doh aesthetic that might make hipster haters cringe, but the rest of us want to mash everything together and build more. Replicator, sold like prior products as a do-it-yourself kit and in preassembled form, works with most available 3D imaging software (and works with Mac OSX, Windows and Linux). It builds a physical 3D model based on any user-created image by feeding spools of brightly colored plastic cable (mainly acrylonitrile butadiene styrene, high density polyethelyne, and polylactic acid) through a heated extruder so that it collects in a slightly melted heap on the build platform. A robotic arm shapes the material as it cools, eventually ending up with the desired shape. Replicator is currently available in a version that prints one color at a time and a version that can print using two colors. 

It ain't cheap - the single-extruder version costs $1749. But you have to admit it's kind of adorable. Here's a clip of the Replicator in action at CES, building a Rook chess piece.

(Corrected to fix inaccuracies)

  • jayracer7474
    # years later its done :) wow its slow
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  • teamcarlisle
    Um, thats not a "thing-o-matic", thats the Makerbot "Replicator." The Thing-o-matic came out last year...
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  • dericko23
    Rook to C-4
    Checkmate on Wallet
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  • teamcarlisle
    Oh, and thats actually a decent speed for a 3d printer.
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  • freggo
    and my wish list is getting longer again...
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  • bak0n
    Worlds smallest T-1000?
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  • gokanis
    Kinda like watching paint dry.
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  • alidan
    if i was any good at 3d modeling, i would get one asap... what could be better than this to someone who makes things in 3d apps?
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  • alx_gret
    Don't want to be an a** but you got the pricing wrong the DIY is only 1099$ wich in my opinion is pretty cheap for a 3D printer.

    Ref:(http://store.makerbot.com/thing-o-matic-kit-mk7.html)
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  • alx_gret
    Don't want to be an a** but you got the pricing wrong the DIY is only 1099$ wich in my opinion is pretty cheap for a 3D printer.

    Ref:(http://store.makerbot.com/thing-o-matic-kit-mk7.html)
    Reply