LAS VEGAS, Jan. 6, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- 2014 may well be the year of the 3D printer at CES, and it may just be the year that the world sees a drastic change in the way it thinks about manufacturing. MakerBot, the global leader in desktop 3D printing, is leading that shift to items being made in the U.S., made in offices, made in hospitals, labs, schools and in homes. As part of a larger "Made In…" movement, MakerBot is launching its "Made in CES" program at CES.
The MakerBot Made in CES program is a collaboration with the award-winning digital marketing agency R/GA, whom is working with MakerBot on select programs. Highlighting the power of 3D printing, the Made in CES program will send makers from MakerBot and R/GA to scout the halls of CES in search of hot new products that will benefit from 3D printed accessories. These could be a cool new 3D printed accessory, stand, component or complementary product or something from the massive library of 218,000 digital designs on MakerBot's Thingiverse.com. The MakerBot designers will then sculpt a corresponding product or accessory and 3D print the item overnight, and within 24 hours, present it to the exhibitor the next day.
"We were the first to bring a 3D printer to CES, and this year, we're going to support exhibitors with 3D printed accessories for their products," noted Bre Pettis, CEO of MakerBot. "We think we're on the cusp of a global maker movement and 3D printing can transform the way people think about products they use in their lives."
Companies interested in having their new product considered for MakerBot's Made in CES program can vie for the attention of MakerBot by posting a request for MakerBot to check out their product(s) on their social media channels. Simply tweet, Instagram or tag on Facebook a photo of the item(s) to be considered, using the hashtag #MadeinCES. MakerBot's team will also be out scouting the CES exhibit halls on their own, looking for the coolest and most groundbreaking products that will benefit from 3D printing.
MakerBot also encourages those interested in learning more about how 3D printing can help their business, to stop by the MakerBot CES booth and experience MakerBot first hand. The MakerBot CES booth is located in the new 3D printing area in the LVCC Hall, 2nd Floor, South Floor 3, Booth #31624.
For more information on MakerBot, its 3D printing platform and ecosystem that includes its MakerBot 3D printers, the MakerBot Digitizer Desktop 3D Scanner, MakerBot Filaments, Thingiverse, the MakerBot retail stores, and exciting partnerships, visit makerbot.com.
MakerBot, a subsidiary of Stratasys, Ltd., is leading the Next Industrial Revolution by setting the standards in reliable and affordable desktop 3D printing. Founded in 2009, MakerBot has built the largest installed base of desktop 3D printers sold to innovative and industry-leading customers worldwide, including engineers, architects, designers, educators and consumers. The MakerBot 3D Ecosystem drives accessibility and rapid adoption of 3D printing and includes: Thingiverse.com, the MakerBot Digitizer Desktop 3D Scanner, the MakerBot Replicator line of Desktop 3D Printers, MakerWare software, MakerCare, the MakerBot retail store, and strategic partnerships with top-tier brands. MakerBot has been honored with many accolades, including Popular Mechanics' "Overall Winner" for best 3D printer, Time Magazine's "Best Inventions of 2012," Popular Mechanics' "Editor's Choice Award," Popular Science's "Product of the Year," Fast Company's "One of the World's Top 10 Most Innovative Companies in Consumer Electronics," and many more. Join the Next Industrial Revolution by following MakerBot at makerbot.com.
Stratasys Ltd. (Nasdaq: SSYS), headquartered in Minneapolis, Minn. and Rehovot, Israel, manufactures 3D printers and materials for prototyping and production. The company's patented FDM® and PolyJet® 3D printing technologies produce prototypes and manufactured goods directly from 3D CAD files or other 3D content. Systems include 3D printers for idea development, prototyping and direct digital manufacturing. Stratasys subsidiaries include MakerBot and Solidscape and the company operates the RedEye digital-manufacturing service. Stratasys has more than 1,700 employees, holds over 500 granted or pending additive manufacturing patents globally, and has received more than 20 awards for its technology and leadership. Online at: stratasys.com or blog.stratasys.com.
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