The Makerbot is, as I type, making a barrel puzzle for a 7th grader.  Some upper school students wandered by and one declared, “That is the coolest thing I have ever seen in my life.  EVER.”  Earlier this morning, the Makerbot made an airplane designed by a 6th grader.   Yesterday, another 6th grader designed and printed a little racecar.

What’s a Makerbot?  Watch the video below, made by my coworker, for a quick description of this fun 3-D printer that is sparking the creativity of many of our middle schoolers.



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2 responses to “Makerbot!

  1. VERY COOL! What material does the machine use to make the designs and how expensive is it?

  2. The material is a plastic filament that the machine melts down. It’s kind of like LEGO plastic.
    It looks like you can now buy an assembled machine for $1750. We bought ours unassembled, and it took about 6 weeks for three people (not me!) to put it together–very complicated process, from what I could see.

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