MakerBot® Partners with Adafruit
Limited Edition MakerBot® Replicator® 2 Desktop 3D Printer Offers Custom Build-Plate and three Adafruit Kits – Available Through Adafruit.com and Adafruit kits at the MakerBot Store
Brooklyn, N.Y., March 7, 2013 – MakerBot and Adafruit have joined together to bring the latest technology to electronic and 3D printing enthusiasts throughout the United States with a unique partnership offering a Limited Edition MakerBot® Replicator® 2 Desktop 3D Printer with special Adafruit kits inside. The Limited Edition MakerBot Replicator 2 Desktop 3D Printer will come with three of Adafruit’s most popular kits – the Timesquare DIY Watch Kit, the MintyBoost® Kit, and Adafruit’s most popular Raspberry Pi®. The Limited Edition Adafruit MakerBot Replicator 2 Desktop 3D Printer will be available beginning March 14, 2013, online at Adafruit.com and the MakerBot Store in New York City will offer the three Adafruit kits as companion accessories.
“Adafruit has always been a company that offers creative and engaging products and we are excited to be able to partner with them to offer the Limited Edition MakerBot Replicator 2 Desktop 3D Printer,” noted Bre Pettis, CEO of MakerBot. “To be able to create this very cool offer with some of Adafruit’s most popular products, is so cool for me. It’s like coming full circle, as I’ve been a big fan of Adafruit products for a long time, but this makes it even more awesome than I could have originally imagined.”
“Adafruit is thrilled to be able to partner with MakerBot and 3D printing with this Limited Edition offering,” said Limor “Ladyada” Fried, Adafruit Industries founder. “We were one of the first early adopters of 3D printing and it’s exciting to now be able to partner with a growing company like MakerBot and provide both of our customers a product they can explore, build, print, and have fun with.”
The Limited Edition MakerBot Replicator 2 Desktop 3D Printer will be sold on Adafruit.com and will come with a custom Adafruit MakerBot build-plate and three of Adafruit’s most popular kits including: Tiimesquare DIY Watch Kit ($29.95); MintyBoost® Kit ($19.50); and the Raspberry Pi ($39.95). These three kits are perfect companions to the MakerBot Replicator 2 Desktop 3D Printer, as they all require custom items to hold the electronics, which can all be 3D printed on a MakerBot. The price for the special Limited Edition Adafruit MakerBot Replicator 2 Desktop 3D Printer will be $2,296.00.
“You can design and 3D print your own cool watch band or watch face holder for the Timesquare Watch; 3D print a cool case for the MintyBoost phone charger; and 3D print a really fun and personalized holder for the Raspberry Pi single-board computer,” noted Pettis.
Founded in 2009, Brooklyn-based MakerBot has grown to be a global leader in desktop 3D printing. MakerBot had 16 percent market share of all 3D printers (industrial and personal) made from 2009 to the end of 2011. In 2011, MakerBot had 21.6 percent market share. In 2012, MakerBot estimates that it now has a 25 percent market share of the 3D printer market. There are more than 15,000 MakerBot Desktop 3D Printers in use by engineers, designers, researchers, and people who just like to make things. The MakerBot Replicator Desktop 3D Printer has been named Popular Mechanics “Overall Winner” for best 3D printer and was honored as one of Time Magazine’s Best Inventions of 2012. In addition, MakerBot was named “Best Emerging Tech” at the 2012 Consumer Electronics Show, won Popular Mechanics Editor’s Choice Award, the Popular Science Product of the Year, and recently was awarded the Fast Company 2012 Innovation by Design Award as well as being named by Fast Company as “One of the World’s Top 10 Most Innovative Companies in Consumer Electronics.” And MakerBot was recently awarded a TechCrunch Crunchies Award for best hardware start-up. The company has been featured in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, the Economist, Wired, The Colbert Report, Fast Company, Engadget, Make: Magazine, Rolling Stone, Time.com, IEEE Spectrum, CNN, Financial Times, NPR, Vogue Italia and many others.
Adafruit was founded in 2005 by MIT engineer, Limor “Ladyada” Fried. Her goal was to create the best place online for learning electronics and making the best-designed products for makers of all ages and skill levels. During the past 6 years Adafruit has grown to more than 45 employees in the heart of NYC. Adafruit has expanded offerings to include tools, equipment and electronics that Limor personally selects, tests and approves before going in to the Adafruit store. Limor was the first female engineer on the cover of WIRED magazine and was recently awarded Entrepreneur magazine’s Entrepreneur of the year.
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