Brooklyn-based MakerBot is considered the world leader in desktop 3D printers. Company founder and CEO Bre Pettis has received all kinds of media accolades, including being named one of the world’s top ten thinkers in 2013 by CNN.
MakerBot’s “thingiverse” website, from which more than 100,000 objects created by users of its machines can be downloaded and printed out, demonstrates how technology is bringing about a cultural revolution of sorts, which some experts see as transforming passive consumers into creative manufacturers.
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