MakerBot to Showcase MakerBot Innovation Center and 3D Ecosystem at formnext powered by TCT

MakerBot to join Stratasys at their largest-ever trade show booth 

STUTTGART, Germany, November 06, 2015 - MakerBot, a global leader in the desktop 3D printing industry, will be showcasing the MakerBot 3D Ecosystem at the inaugural formnext powered by TCT Show 2015 in Frankfurt (November 17th-20th). The leader in desktop 3D printing will join parent company Stratasys and Solidscape at their largest-ever trade show booth (Stand G40 in Hall 3.1) to showcase an unmatched variety of 3D printing solutions.

"We are excited to join Stratasys and Solidscape at this year's formnext powered by TCT Show. This collaboration will allow us to showcase a wide variety of additive manufacturing solutions, ranging from the portable MakerBot Replicator Mini to the industrial Stratasys Objet1000 Plus. Booth visitors will be able to see first hand how combining MakerBot Desktop 3D Printers with industrial Stratasys 3D Printers can help them accelerate their innovation process. The Stratasys booth will also feature a MakerBot Innovation Center, a custom solution for organizations that want to embrace 3D printing at a larger scale," says Andreas Langfeld, General Manager with MakerBot Europe.

The MakerBot Innovation Center is the next step in intelligently scaling up 3D printing and integrating it into design processes. A MakerBot Innovation Center empowers an organization to innovate faster, collaborate better and compete more effectively. It is a large-scale installation of MakerBot 3D printers that are connected through the MakerBot Innovation Center Management Platform. This software gives the operator control over a large number of 3D printers to manage print requests and minimize downtime. We believe that the MakerBot Innovation Center is an ideal solution for companies and educational institutions like universities and schools.

"We believe that the use of 3D printing in education is a catalyst for growth and can help drive mainstream adoption of the technology", Langfeld continues. "In order to make 3D printing an essential tool for future generations, we need to introduce students to 3D printing today. Desktop 3D printing allows students to bring their ideas to life in a way that's high-fidelity, affordable, and fast. With 3D design software getting simpler, students can close the gap between ideas in their heads and real objects in their hands with less friction than ever before. 3D printing can help teach many of the 21st century skills that employers are looking for, such as STEAM[1] literacy, collaboration, problem-solving, and applying knowledge to the real world."

MakerBot offers a variety of resources that help educators introduce 3D printing in the classroom and that will be on display at formnext powered by TCT. MakerBot in the Classroom, for example, is a free handbook that includes an introduction to 3D printing and a range of hands-on 3D design lesson plans.

Additionally, MakerBot will be showcasing the comprehensive MakerBot 3D Ecosystem, combining products, materials, software, accessories, services, and content that integrate seamlessly with each other to make 3D printing more accessible for everyone. The MakerBot 3D Ecosystem includes MakerBot Desktop software for preparing prints, the MakerBot Mobile app with cloud platform to initiate and monitor prints remotely, and MakerBot Thingiverse, the world's largest 3D design community. The MakerBot Replicator Smart Extruder is a groundbreaking innovation that minimizes printing downtime by enabling users to swap a worn extruder in minutes. The Smart Extruder also allows users to adapt quickly to new innovations in the evolving world of 3D printing.