Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Makerbot Digital Store: The new iTunes of the 3D Printing?

Back in 2008, Makerbot created a sharing site called Thingiverse, which is comprised of a community of thriving designers dedicated to sharing user-created digital content for 3D Printing. With over 100,000 digital files and growing everyday, 3D enthusiasts can create, share or download unique 3D printing models in a public forum. With it's open platform, Thingiverse inspires people to create and do awesome things.

Taking it a step further in 2014, MakerBot sweetens the pot by launching it's new MakerBot Digital Store, bringing to 3D Printing, what iTunes has brought to the music world. With high quality designs created by 3D Printing experts, 3D enthusiasts can print models that have been proven and tested to work right out of the gate with no fuss or prep work. Thingiverse is an amazing place to experiment and collaborate for all users alike, but MakerBot Digital Store is a place where you can find designs with more detail and precision, something a little more polished.

“3D printing can be a bit daunting from the outside, so we’ve created all these 3D designs that you can buy individual models or as a collection – a bit like songs – and create fun for kids and adults alike,” said Bre Pettis, co-founder and chief executive of MakerBot.

Makerbot offers six exciting new collections of fun & colorful 3D designs to start. Purchase designs individually or purchase the whole series, and print them as often as you like. All 3D digital designs are "MakerBot Verified" to successfully print on MakerBot Replicator 2 Desktop 3D Printers and Fifth Generation MakerBot Replicator 3D Printers. MakerBot's Digital Store is still in it's infancy, with the objective to learn from it's customers through purchases and feedback. With this data, MakerBot will take their service to the next level by giving back to the customer, exactly what they are craving.

Mwave3D is excited to see what MakerBot's Digital Store has in store for us in the near future.

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