MakerBot grand opening: Printing their way into the future

June 7, 2013 Editorial Staff
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Nothing seemed impossible in the mind of the CEO of MakerBot, Bre Pettis.

What started with an idea gradually became a realization that with hard work and perseverance he could make anything happen, most importantly, he could create “a thing that would make things” and empower creative explorers to do the same.

On Friday, June 7, in a room full of reporters, staff, cameras and neighborhood admirers, Pettis’ dream came true when MakerBot opened its doors at its new location in Sunset Park – 50,000 square feet of production and warehouse space to meet the growing demand of its innovative signature piece: the MakerBot desktop 3D printer.

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“Brooklyn is the best place in the world,” Pettis said as the crowd cheerfully applauded his decision to open the new and larger factory right here in our borough instead of overseas adding that the printers are made with “Brooklyn pride.

“We’re changing the face of personal manufacturing and changing the way the world thinks about things,” he added.

Pettis stood tall in the middle of the factory explaining the history of MakerBot—which included the challenges he faced earlier on when he could not afford to turn his idea into reality.

“We’d like to see more factories; empower people and innovate; have an idea and make it real, to get things out there and change the world,” Pettis said.

Among those present was Borough President Marty Markowitz, who presented Pettis with a proclamation and cut the ribbon welcoming the factory, along with Chief Digital Officer, Rachel Sterne, from Mayor Bloomberg’s office.

Staffers gave the attendees a tour of the premises, explaining in detail the function of each station; 3D printers sell for $2,799.

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