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3D Printing for Architects with MakerBot by Matthew B. Stokes

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The origin of MakerBot

The RepRap project was founded in 2005 by Dr. Adrian Bowyer, who can be credited for being the first to target the hobbyist/DIY/early adopter community. The intended purpose of the RepRap project was to be an open source, affordable, self-replicating 3D printer (self-replicating meaning capable of producing all its own parts with the exception of electrical components). All of RepRap's printer specifications are released to the open source community who contribute to its evolution. MakerBot would later be birthed in 2009 from progress made by RepRap printers.

MakerBot's first printer was the CupCake CNC in early 2009, which was a repstrap (3D printer cobbled together from whatever parts you can find, which will eventually ...

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