Section: Barbara Adams
Headline: Makerbot Replicator 2 Desktop 3D Printer
Date: Sep 19 2012
Abstract: Yesterday Makerbot announced the latest in its line of Desktop 3D printers, the Replicator 2. Small, professional, and affordable (at $2199, the cost of a Replicator 2 is cheaper than one copy of the Adobe Creative Suite Master Collection [$2599]), Makerbot is bringing the cutting edge technology of 3D printing to the amateur engineer or hobbyist product designer. As he explains in the product announcement video, before Makerbot, “you probably had to use either some expensive service, or sneak into an academic institution on the weekend and get access to a refrigerator sized machine.” Now it’s easier than ever to make high-quality models in a home or small office. In the context of the reading and lecture, I think this is the type of thing Ed Keller would consider hacking. The snippet of Rainbows End that we read begins with hobbyist data-analyzers outdoing both the professionals and the general public. In bringing high end technology to the mainstream, Makerbot is allowing for situations like the one in Rainbows End where hackers are the ones designing solutions for the future.
Primary Design Lens: Industrial/Product Design
Secondary Design Lens: Hacking