During World Maker Faire New York last weekend Bre Pettis announced the new Thing-O-Matic, a larger, fully automatic MakerBot open source 3D printer. The MakerBot Thing-O-Matic Kit is now available in the MakerBot Store for $1,225.
The MakerBot Automated Build Platform is truly a revolution in 3D printing. Updated to be larger for the Thing-O-Matic, it allows you to have a print queue where your machine will clear the build surface between builds by printing, then ejecting. It prints objects one after another. This turns your MakerBot into a little factory that sits on your desktop. Best of all, this is completely automated: you hit print, and the machine does all the work. Want to print 100 butterflies? Easy. Want to print an entire chess set? No problem. Want to start a business selling printed things that you’ve designed? Awesome. Have the MakerBot Thing-O-Matic 3D printer do all the work while you design new things.
photos by Scott Beale