Friday, February 15, 2013

What will it take for MakerBot to put you in this spacecraft by 2040?

This spaceship, created on a 3-D printer, took the prize in a MakerBot Industries contest that called for submissions of vehicles suitable for 2040. MakerBot
Your ride in 2040?

Futuristic machines that look like insects are in the works. Space Aliens and their equipment look like insects according to abductees. As humans receive more Alien technology humans will look and be more like Aliens. Humans are Aliens in denial, for now.


by Teresa Novellino , Entrepreneurs & Enterprises Editor February 15, 2013  |  3:13pm EST
Last Modified: February 15, 2013  |  4:02pm EST
Here’s one way to get your customers engaged in your business: Ask them to imagine what personal transportation will look like 30 years from now, and then get them to create a rendering of their vision of a futuristic spaceship or set of wheels and share it with the world.
That was the tactic of MakerBot Industries, the Brooklyn, New York-based startup that makes 3-D do-it-yourself printers for consumers and which partnered with GrabCAD to run a 3-D Printer Challenge asking fans to design futuristic vehicles for the year 2040.
Since MakerBot opened its first store in New York City late last year, the company co-founded by Bre Pettis has been encouraging more and more interaction with its customers, including holding in-store workshops to show how its 3-D printers work. On Thursday, six winners out of 151 entries were selected as representing the most futuristic and beautifully designed cars, planes, spacecraft and other space-age vehicles that would exist in 2040. The No. 1 entry, which MakerBot called a "futuristic aerodynamic flying spacecraft that combines gorgeous curves with hot rod triple exhaust and spoilers" was crafted by a user called "Omega" from Germany, who called the creation "Alpha," and who wins a MakerBot Replicator 2 Desktop 3-D Printer.
Over the holiday season, another DIY startup called littleBits, also based in New York City, ran a contest encouraging children to make electronic gizmos with their do-it-yourself toy kits, and enter a design competition to win prizes.
Basically, what these do-it-yourself startups are doing is kind of the anti-Lego. Instead of telling their customers what to make and how, they’re letting them create their own uses for their products, and the results often veer toward the unexpected.