Sep.27, 2012

This weekend, on Saturday, Sept. 29, and Sunday, Sept. 30, attendees at World Maker Faire, at the New York Hall of Science (NYSCI) in Queens, N.Y. will get a chance to feel the 3D printing enthusiasm at two venues: the 3D Printer Village and the 3D Pavilion.

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3D Printing is the hottest area at World Maker Faire this year. As more 3D printer startups enter the market and compete on price -- with new offerings under $1,000 -- the interest is going mainstream. In fact, attendees at World Maker Faire will be treated to a 3D extravaganza -- from three times the number of personal 3D printers to a diverse display of 3D printed objects including a 3D printed humanoid robot and 3D printed food.

In the last two weeks, two new printers have hit the market: the Replicator 2 from Brooklyn-based MakerBot and Form 1 from Formlabs. These new 3D printers will be featured in 3D pavilion. Meanwhile, Type A Machines will be printing a geodesic dome at their exhibit, Solidoodle will showcase their latest offerings. Other printer companies and their offerings include Afinia, B9Creator, Rapid Pro, Bukobot, Fablicator from K&L Services, UP!, Ultimaker, and Printrbot.

The 75+ 3D entries also include companies offering 3D design and scanning options, software for creating your own 3D designs, filament providers, accessories, and fun and functional 3D creations from motors and robots to jewelry and fashion, even performance art from ThreeForm.

You can find some of your favorite makers as following locations:


  • 3D Printed Humanoid Robot Michael Overstreet - 3D printed derivative of the DARwIn-OP (Dynamic Anthropomorphic Robot with Intelligence–Open Platform).
  • 3D Printed Sugar and Chocolate - edible 3D printed sugar and chocolate sculptures and decorations made on RepRap
  • DIWire Bender - The DIWire Bender is a DIY rapid prototype machine that bends metal wire to produce 2D or 3D shapes.
  • Large ULtimaker 3d printer
  • Largest Home Brew 3D Printer - A 3D printer with a print area of 4x3x3.
  • MakieLab - First 3D printed action dolls
  • Mendel RepRap
  • Rapman 3.1 - Benjamin Foster
  • RepRap Prusa i3 Josef Prusa
  • Rostock Delta Robot - Open source Delta Robot designed by Johann.


  • 3d Printer R&D Lab - demonstrating the MendelMaxPro, the TrinityMetal and the SmoothieBoard
  • Bukobot 3D printer
  • Ditto 3D Printer - from Tinkerine Studio
  • Form 1 from Formlabs
  • MakerBot - Replicator 2
  • SeeMeCNC 3D Printers
  • Shapeways
  • Type A Machines
  • Vision 3D Printer


  • Printrbot 3D Printer
  • The Ultimaker 3D Printer

"With 3D printers getting more reliable, the type of exhibit is moving from Makers coming to demonstrate their printers to people coming to show off the creative, incredible things they're building with these new tools," said John Abella, MAKE's 3D printing laureate.

2011 saw unprecedented growth in the personal 3D printer market of 289% year-over-year in unit sales, according to Wohlers 2012 Additive Manufacturing and 3D Printing State of the Industry Report. Unit sales for 2011 alone were 23,265 with market leader MakerBot Industries and Bits from Bytes constituting 35% of the sales.

As the 3D market takes root, 3D printer startups are turning to non-conventional resources to fund their growth like crowdfunding website Kickstarter, the choice of 31 projects, making 3D printing the hottest category for Kickstarter. PrintrBot, marketed as "your first 3D printer," was funded to the tune of $830,800 exceeding their funding goal by 3,323%. B9Creator, a high-resolution 3D printer and Bukobot, a $599 printer, also sought funding through Kickstarter, receiving pledges well beyond their goals by 1,026% and 389% respectively.


Source: Marketwatch

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