BROOKLYN, N.Y.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Boston and Greenwich are getting a MakerBot Store! MakerBot, the global leader in desktop 3D printing and scanning, is scheduled to open two new retail stores this holiday season. The MakerBot Store in Boston will be located in the busy downtown-shopping district at 144 Newbury Street. The MakerBot Store in Greenwich, Conn., will also be located in the area’s top shopping destination at 72 Greenwich Avenue. The new stores will showcase MakerBot’s innovative 3D printers and scanner and will feature the MakerBot 3D Photo Booth, workshops and unique 3D printed gifts. The soon-to—be opened MakerBot Stores in Boston and Greenwich are currently hiring staff and those interested in working for one of The World’s Top 10 Most Innovative Companies in Consumer Electronics, as named by Fast Company, should apply online at makerbot.com/careers. The two new MakerBot Stores are planned to open their doors prior to the start of the holiday season. These two new locations are in addition to the company’s current flagship MakerBot Store at 298 Mulberry Street the NoHo district of New York City. MakerBot also sells online and through a global network of resellers throughout the world.
MakerBot is a Brooklyn-based 3D printing company and its award-winning MakerBot® Replicator® 2 Desktop 3D Printer has been heralded as Time magazine’s Best Inventions of 2012, Popular Mechanics’ Editor’s Choice Award for Overall Winner - Best 3D Printer, received a TechCrunch Crunchies award for Best Hardware Startup, a Popular Mechanics’ Product of the Year designation, a Gold Edison Award for Best Design, and was a Fast Company Innovation by Design Award Winner 2012. The MakerBot® Digitizer™ Desktop 3D Scanner, released this fall, was just named a Popular Mechanics’ Breakthrough awardee.
“Boston and Greenwich are great retail environments and we are excited to bring the MakerBot Store to both cities,” noted Bre Pettis, CEO of MakerBot. “This is also a homecoming of sorts for some of our employees as many attended schools in the area; our president, Jenny Lawton, has also been a retail fixture in Greenwich, Conn., and ran her own tech company in the Boston area.”
Lawton is a long-time tech industry executive and is one of the top women in technology. A few years ago, she took a break from the high tech world and ran two successful independent bookstores, Just Books in Greenwich and Old Greenwich, as well as owning Arcadia Coffee in Old Greenwich, Conn. In Boston, Lawton was founder of an information technology-consulting firm that was recognized on the 1998 Inc. 500 list of the fastest growing privately held U.S. companies and on the Deloitte and Touche Fast 50 and Fast 500 lists for 1997 and 1998.
“Boston and Greenwich are both terrific, tech-savvy communities, so it seemed natural to expand the MakerBot Store presence in these two areas,” noted Jenny Lawton, president of MakerBot.
When scouting for a new location for the MakerBot Store, Lawton stated that she believed Boston and Greenwich would make great retail markets for the company. “We considered locations all around the world, but knew these two neighborhoods offered vibrant retail communities,” she said. Lawton noted that the MakerBot Store in New York City, which opened in 2012, has become a very successful venture for the company, and is one of the few places in the New York City areas where you can walk in and walk out with a MakerBot product. The MakerBot Store in New York City has become so popular that it is often touted as a tourist destination and has school groups visiting for field trips and visitors from around the world that make the MakerBot Store a must-see place to visit. In addition to the MakerBot Stores, MakerBot also sells its popular MakerBot Replicator 2 Desktop 3D Printer, MakerBot Digitizer, and MakerBot Filaments both online and through retail partners, such as Microsoft Stores.
Visitors to the MakerBot Store in Boston and Greenwich, as well as the New York MakerBot Store, will have the unprecedented opportunity to experience the wonder of MakerBot 3D printing technology, such as the MakerBot Replicator 2 Desktop 3D Printer and the MakerBot Digitizer Desktop 3D Scanner, live and in-person. Patrons will also have the chance to purchase amazing 3D-printed gifts and accessories made on MakerBot Desktop 3D Printers created at the company’s Brooklyn workshop.
The MakerBot Replicator 2 Desktop 3D Printer and MakerBot Digitizer Desktop 3D Scanner will also be available for immediate purchase at the MakerBot Store, as will MakerBot PLA and an assortment of ABS Filament, available in more than 30 colors.
Other attractions scheduled to be at the Boston and Greenwich MakerBot Stores that are sure to delight 3D printing enthusiasts, from hobbyists to professional engineers and designers, include:
- A MakerBot Gum Ball machine with a variety of MakerBot-made miniature 3D printed keepsakes to choose from – look for iconic Greenwich and Boston specialty-themed items
- Ongoing demonstrations by MakerBot 3D Design staff
- Really cool 3D project installations and window displays made on MakerBot Desktop 3D Printers
- Coming soon – The MakerBot Photo Booth – have your photo taken and then printed in 3D! The popular MakerBot Photo Booth takes just minutes to create a 3D portrait file, which you can then take and create other 3D creations with, or have MakerBot print a 3D portrait or bust
- And much, much more
The two new MakerBot Store location and hours are:
MakerBot, a subsidiary of Stratasys, Ltd., is leading the Next Industrial Revolution by setting the standards in reliable and affordable desktop 3D printing. Founded in 2009, MakerBot has built the largest installed base of desktop 3D printers sold to innovative and industry-leading customers worldwide, including engineers, architects, designers, educators and consumers. The MakerBot 3D Ecosystem drives accessibility and rapid adoption of 3D printing and includes: Thingiverse.com, the MakerBot Digitizer Desktop 3D Scanner, the MakerBot Replicator line of Desktop 3D Printers, MakerWare software, MakerCare, the MakerBot retail store, and strategic partnerships with top-tier brands. MakerBot has been honored with many accolades, including Popular Mechanics’ “Overall Winner” for best 3D printer, Time Magazine’s “Best Inventions of 2012,” Popular Mechanics’ “Editor’s Choice Award,” Popular Science’s “Product of the Year,” Fast Company’s “One of the World’s Top 10 Most Innovative Companies in Consumer Electronics,” and many more. Join the Next Industrial Revolution by following MakerBot at makerbot.com.
Stratasys Ltd. (Nasdaq:SSYS), headquartered in Minneapolis, Minn. and Rehovot, Israel, manufactures 3D printers and materials for prototyping and production. The company’s patented FDM® and PolyJet® processes produce prototypes and manufactured goods directly from 3D CAD files or other 3D content. Systems include 3D printers for idea development, prototyping and direct digital manufacturing. Stratasys subsidiaries include MakerBot and Solidscape and the company operates the RedEye On Demand digital-manufacturing service. Stratasys has more than 1500 employees, holds over 500 granted or pending additive manufacturing patents globally, and has received more than 20 awards for its technology and leadership. Online at: stratasys.com or blog.stratasys.com.
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