The Pioneer of 3-D Printing
When MakerBot, the 3-D-printing start-up, was bought by manufacturing giant Stratasys in June for $403 million, it was clear that Bre Pettis' brainchild was destined for more than just making tiny Star Trek figurines. But serious business has always been the goal of the 41-year-old CEO: MakerBot's Replicator printers, which debuted last year, are already being used to make prosthetic hands for children and prototypes for the next generation of Hubble telescopes. In August, the Brookyn-based entrepreneur launched the Digitizer, a desktop scanner that reproduces objects up to eight inches tall, like a 3-D copy machine. "Just wait," Pettis says. "Soon, when you want something, instead of buying it, you'll say, 'I could make that.'"
A MakerBot Replicator printer
Designer Patrick Jouin printed the intersecting ribbons of the Solid C2 chair to give it its unique shape.
The exterior of the Urbee car was 3-D printed out of plastic, paving the way for its second prototype (shown here), out this year.
Dubbed the "Liberator," the first 3-D-printed gun threatens to make the notion of gun control obsolete.
A Dutch architecture studio will print all 11,840 square feet of its Landscape House as a single piece.