The Pioneer of 3-D Printing
Bre Pettis
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


A Brief History of the Technology
2004
Designer Patrick Jouin printed the intersecting ribbons of the Solid C2 chair to give it its unique shape.
2010
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.
2013
Dubbed the "Liberator," the first 3-D-printed gun threatens to make the notion of gun control obsolete.
2014
A Dutch architecture studio will print all 11,840 square feet of its Landscape House as a single piece.

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The Makers
 

The Renaissance Man
+ His A-List Collaborators

The Electric-Car Man
+ The Body Builder
+ The Outsider Artist

The Spin Master
+ The Wrap Star
+ The Scent Scientist
+ The Fragrance Archivists
 

The Shape Shifter
+ The Musical Mad Man
+ The Food & Drink Innovators
+ The Life Preserver

The Running Men
+ The Disruptive Designers
+ The E-Commerce Curator

The Bionic Man
+ The Power Ranger
 

The Spice Alchemist
+ The Art World's New Naturalists
+ The Light Sculptor

The Pioneer of 3-D Printing
+ A Brief History of the Technology