Bloomberg Businessweek

Source May 9, 2012: PrePettis 3D Printing's First celebrity:
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Pettis, 39, runs MakerBot Industries, which produces the world's most popular consumer 3D printers. The latest MakerBot machine-the Replicator-takes up about as much space as a small microwave. It receives 3D images from a computer and then sets to work turning them into real objects by melting plastic and squirting it out of a nozzle. The Replicator lays one layer of super-thin plastic on top of another until the object-a toy castle, an LED flashlight, a Windsor chair-is done. Founded in 2009, MakerBot used to specialize in selling hobbyist 3D printer kits that people would need to assemble on their own. Hardcore types can still go the kit route, but in a bid to make consumer 3D printing mainstream, MakerBot now sells pre-assembled machines. The Replicator just hit the market and has two nozzles so you can print with different colored plastics at the same time, a bigger surface to print on, and a sleeker overall design. It costs ,749. (...) MakerBot has received more than million in venture capital from a huge variety of sources and has put that money to good work so far. Pettis is just about the only 3D printing celebrity-holding his own, for example, during an appearance on The Colbert Report last June. Using a hand-held laser scanner, Pettis captured a three-dimensional image of Stephen Colbert's head and then printed it on the spot. "We no longer have to rely on the Chinese for our plastic pieces of crap," Colbert said. "Because what's cheaper than a Chinese worker? A robot." Pettis also presented Colbert with a chimera, fusing Colbert's head to the body of an eagle, perched atop the dome of the Capitol Building. Moving forward, though, MakerBot will face much stiffer competition. 3D Systems (DDD), one of the commercial 3D printing giants, has just come out with the Cube, a pre-assembled consumer 3D printer that looks flashier than the Replicator and costs about less. (...)