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MakerBot, the Brooklyn-based creation tech pioneer, is ready to rock San Diego Comic-Con with a live demo of their latest and greatest 3D printer, The Replicator™. During the convention from July 12-15, 2012, MakerBot will join Toy Tokyo in Booth #5336, printing custom toys by the legendary Ron English to show off the powers of MakerBot’s groundbreaking new tool.

For over three years, MakerBot has been building the world’s most popular desktop 3D printers in Brooklyn, NY.  Immediately winning the hearts of skilled hobbyists, craftspeople, and committed DIYers, the company has since  attracted a passionate following among engineers, scientists, teachers, kids, and artists of all kinds who use The Replicator™ to make the stuff of their imaginations come to life.

This year, MakerBot and legendary pop artist Ron English are teaming up on an original toy design just for Comic-Con, and visitors will have a chance to see the toys created live on The Replicator™, right before their eyes. MakerBot will also host a Toy Design workshop with Dave Bondi at the Munky King booth on Day 1, followed by a live demo at the annual Munky King Comic-Con Party at Basic.

Comic-Con International: 2012 San Diego will be an opportunity for comic lovers, artists, animators, and enthusiasts of all stripes to get to know The Replicator™by MakerBot. The Replicator is the first 3D printer of its kind to offer Dualstrusion™, the ability to create things in two colors or two materials at once. The Replicator also gives you the superpower to print things BIG, making it the ideal tool for people who prototype characters and create memorabilia.

Thingiverse.com is a website that MakerBot operates where anyone in the world can upload, download, alter, and improve 3D designs for free. It’s the leading place for those on the digital frontier to express themselves with 3D designs and a go-to destination for cosplay outfits and accessories. Thingiverse has also become an incredible resource for finding and sharing fan art from books, movies, comics and television. With a MakerBot 3D printer, the virtual designs you’ll find on Thingiverse can be turned into real, customized physical objects.

Visitors to the MakerBot/Toy Tokyo booth and Munky King workshop will have the chance to experience The Replicator first hand and learn about all the awesome things it can do.

ADDITIONAL MAKERBOT SAN DIEGO COMIC CON RESOURCES

Events Schedule

MakerBot will be featured in Toy Tokyo Booth #5336
Come see a special custom Ron English design printed on the MakerBot!

MakerBot is also at the Munky King Booth #4539!
MakerBot Toy Design workshop with Dave Bondi at the Munky King booth
Thursday, July 12th : 12 Noon – 1:30pm

MUNKY KING Annual Comic-Con Party Featuring Demos by MakerBot
Thursday, July 12th; 7:30pm – 1:00am
Bar Basic  410 10th Avenue, San Diego, CA 92101
Kicking off the event is a nominations ceremony by Designer Toy Awards. Early attendance is encouraged for first-come, first-serve entry.

See the MakerBot in action at the Toy Tokyo booth along with these amazing artists:
Thursday July, 12th : Pushead
Friday, July 13th : Pushead presents Guest
Friday, July 13th : Mishka, Lamour Supreme & Healeymade
Saturday, July 14th : Ron English & Guest

About MakerBot
Winner of the Popular Science ‘Product of The Future’ award and the Consumer Electronics Show ‘Best Emerging Tech’ award for 2012, The Replicator™ is an affordable, open source 3D printer by MakerBot. Like previous generations of MakerBots, The Replicator™ is a personal factory compact enough to fit on your desktop. Assembled and tested in Brooklyn by skilled technicians, The Replicator™ is ready within minutes to start printing right out of the box. It builds physical objects layer-by-layer using design files that users create or simply download for free from Thingiverse.com, MakerBot’s community design library. With over 20,000 members, Thingiverse has become the leading destination on the Web for posting digital design files, documenting designs, and collaborating on open source hardware.

New MakerBot operators join a family of innovators from around the world who love to share their passion and expertise in 3D printing with one another. With remarkable advances since the company’s groundbreaking start in 2009, MakerBot Industries continues to demonstrate its dedication to putting the tools of creativity into the hands of everyone.

About Ron English
One of the most prolific and recognizable artists alive today, Ron English has bombed the global landscape with unforgettable images, on the street, in museums, in movies, books and television. English coined the term POPaganda to describe his signature mash-up of high and low cultural touchstones, from superhero mythology to totems of art history, populated with his vast and constantly growing arsenal of original characters, including MC Supersized, the obese fast-food mascot featured in the hit movie “Supersize Me,” and Abraham Obama, the fusion of America’s 16th and 44th Presidents, an image widely discussed in the media as directly impacting the 2008 election. Other characters carousing through English’s art, in paintings, billboards, and sculpture include three-eyed rabbits, udderly delicious cowgirls and grinning skulls, blend stunning visuals with the bitingly humorous undertones of America’s Premier Pop Iconoclast.

About Dave Bondi
Dave Bondi’s varied artistic talents have led him on a meandering career path.  He is a fifteen year veteran of the animation and video game industry having worked for such notable entertainment companies as Electronic Arts, Disney, Activision, Mattel and the television show “South Park”.   His work spans a broad range of disciplines, ranging from traditional sculpture to highly technical media.  Known for his contributions as a sculptor in the vinyl toy art scene, he has collaborated with artists Joe Ledbetter, Luke Chueh, and others.  Inquisitive and creative, he continues to  be challenged by new mediums and projects. Dave received his BFA from the University of Michigan.  He lives and works in Los Angeles, California.

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2 Comments

  1. July 11, 2012 at 12:41 pm — Reply

    As weird as it may be, this might be the most exciting SDCC announcement so far for me. 3D printing is fascinating.

  2. b003
    July 12, 2012 at 10:18 pm — Reply

    Saw this on the news.. the next Easy Bake Oven.

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