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Does anyone care about Makerbot anymore?

Discussion in 'Off Topic' started by WheresWaldo, Feb 16, 2017.

  1. WheresWaldo

    WheresWaldo Well-Known Member

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    The founders made their millions. I don't think either of them are there anymore.

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  3. WheresWaldo

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    Long gone, they sold Statasys a bill of goods then went off with their money a long time ago, although Bre Pettis was the one that precipitated the slow decline of Makerbot. He was smart enough to bail with his money before anyone noticed what he had done.
     
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    zero care for makerbot :D. I turn down repairing them, I turn down assisting with them...their a lost cause. first -3rd ish gen and I still see alot of them and work on alot of them (Hell I want a first gen) but meh. Do they even make printers anymore lol
     
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    Never cared about Makerbot to begin with.
     
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    thats a funny read :D. I didn't know they had 2 new models after the 5th gen? crazy :D
     
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    I stopped caring after the 3rd. I understand they capitalized on the community efforts and Chuck 3D printing more mainstream. I think they started the Chuck 3d printing more mainstream. I think they gave 3d printing a astronomical boost in overall interest as well as forcing more innovations from the community. I just think they never really capitalize technologically and only economically. They never really upgraded to be better than ones that were coming up. They only added what they saw in the community was being done.

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    A trap ANY 3D printer company needs to avoid :)
     
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    Someone ought to tell the company that is still stuck at the bleeding edge of circa 2014 technology.
     
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    The new ones are nicely done in terms of how they have built them. I am not seeing a lot of changes in the electronics -- yes they have custom boards, but they are just improved versions of Arduino/RAMPS (with a Pi included). The build quality though is a LOT better. These are what would expect from a consumer electronics item. Still ... a bit high IMHO, but I am not privy to the business.
     
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    I had a R2 modified with a heated bed, and it was a really really good machine.

    Then they went full retard and I haven't even paid any attention to them since. Plus they are way overpriced.
     
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    $1 says someone gets confused by that model designation.
     
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    I almost F'd up and financed an Airwolf. But I wised up before my 2400$ mistake

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    You care, as far as you ask)) Perhaps they will just fail, or maybe someone would buy them.
     
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    My posted did say that someone should just close it down, they won't be missed. Just another footnote in 3D printing history.
     
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    Much like the early days of car manufacturing.
    Businesses come and they go.
     
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    Not a very good analogy, seeing as Ford is still around and supposedly a strong company.

    EDIT: Unless you're referencing the Detroit Automobile Company and expect Makerbot to restructure, rename and come out as a ridiculous hobbyist printer manufacturer.
     
  18. mark tomlinson

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    Think back pre-Ford. That is what I was getting at.
    There used to be a lot of car makers that came and went. This is one reason the dealership model became popular -- to avoid the customer being left in the lurch when the maker stopped making cars or at least your model.

    Hasn't been an issue for a long time once the market matured, but it is why Tesla (for example) has totally avoided that sales model....
     
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    Mercedes-Benz probably would have been a better example, what with Karl Benz actually being the original inventor of the automobile.
     

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