"Industries that have settled, where it does not change for years and years, you can afford to put in for heavily automated machines but we came out with a machine last January and we came out with another machine in September," Bre quipped in an interview with TechHive. "You have to be limber and actually making these machines with a person's touch on them; it really adds value to them. Don't get me wrong, though, I love robots."
As for MakerBot's next steps, it will release its upcoming 3D scanner sometime this fall. It's a project that will not only expand the library of 3D-printable objects, but will also make it easier for anyone to create 3D-printed renditions of household items.
Various 3D-printed objects
"My daughter is going to be able to make something out of Play-Doh [and] stick it on the turntable," Bre explained. "The lasers will point at it and it'll make a digital design that will be able to make copies, and that will be her first manufacturing project ever at age two."
Bre also believes that right now, 3D printing is in the midst of a great time of change, particularly for MakerBot. "The MakerBot 3D ecosystem is growing. We've got MakerBot, Thingiverse, there's going to be the digitizer. Game's on."
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