Exclusive: MakerBot CEO Bre Pettis Speaks out on the Future of 3-D Printing

MakerBot CEO Bre Pettis talks to The Motley Fool's Rex Moore about the company's newest line of consumer-focused 3-D printers, and where consumer 3-D printing could go from here.

Feb 1, 2014 at 11:14AM

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MakerBot CEO Bre Pettis. Image: MakerBot

3-D printing has become an enormous area of interest for investors and consumers alike recently, with companies such as Stratasys and 3D Systems leading the charge in this space. The Motley Fool's Rex Moore caught up with MakerBot CEO Bre Pettis at the 2014 International CES in Las Vegas, and had a most interesting chat. Pettis is a character, and was more than willing to discuss all things MakerBot, as well as the entire world of 3-D printing.

MakerBot operates as a subsidiary of Stratasys after last year's acquisition, and it complements Stratasys' manufacturing and prototyping industrial printer offerings with its consumer-oriented printers.

In this video, Pettis showcases three new printer models the company is releasing at the consumer, "prosumer", and professional price points, and the capabilities of each. He also talks about the company's Thingiverse ecosystem, which is its social network of uploadable and downloadable 3-D printable designs that allow users to trade and share their objects -- in essence download real printable things from the Internet. Finally, he highlights some of the most recent advances in 3-D scanning from MakerBot, and talks about the most exciting moment for him from the last 12 months.

The next step in innovation.
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