Nice ink for our MB pals! – From a Brooklyn Startup, MakerBot, a D.I.Y. 3-D Printer @ NYTimes.com via .
It was the end of a three-day binge of invention in March 2009. Bre Pettis, Zach Hoeken Smith and Adam Mayer had locked themselves in a bare cement room in Downtown Brooklyn pretty much around the clock. No one was hollering Eureka; they had to chase screws that rolled under the table.
They were building a three-dimensional printer, a machine that works like an inkjet printer except that it squirts molten plastic, not ink. The layers of plastic rise into almost any shape — bolts, tools, toys — based on digital models sent to the printer from a computer.
“We were making a machine that makes things,” Mr. Pettis said. “We’d say to people: ‘Right now, you can download books and movies. Someday you’re going to be able to download things.’ ”
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