The Francis Bitonti Studio Cloud Collection is one of the first “factory in the cloud” concepts and is offered in partnership with MakerBot and 3D Hubs. The New York MakerBot Store is the only location in the world where customers can walk in and purchase a digital file for a Cloud Collection item and then have it 3D printed right in the store. The MakerBot Store will offer four of the Cloud Collection items: a bowl, platter, serving bowl, and vase, which are all customizable by the customer’s design preference. The MakerBot Store will offer the Francis Bitonti Studio Cloud Collection exclusively for the month of April.
“We’ve had an ongoing partnership with Francis Bitonti Studio for his work in creating 3D printed dresses,” noted Bre Pettis, CEO of MakerBot. “When Francis showed us his new Cloud Collection for the home and told us his vision of having digital media available for consumers to create physical products with 3D printing, we offered to have several of the Cloud Collection pieces at the MakerBot Store for on-site 3D printing and purchase. The MakerBot In-Store 3D Print Service enables our customers to 3D print their own designs, so this is a great extension to offer customers the opportunity to 3D print beautiful houseware items that have been designed by a world-class designer. If you are in New York City, Greenwich, Conn., or Boston, stop by the MakerBot Store and check them out.”
The 3D printable home goods in the Francis Bitonti Studio Cloud Collection range from decorative bowls and plates to vases. Each item is customizable via the use of a sliding scale to adjust the look of the piece. The digital files can be purchased directly from the francisbitonti.com website or the MakerBot Store and then 3D printed through the MakerBot In-Store 3D Print Service. Fees for the 3D printed items from the Cloud Collection range from $75 to $100 for the finished product.
“We’re really excited to have created 3D printable products that are hackable, shareable and downloadable, which enables us to bring the consumer customizable, locally produced products on demand and without excess waste,” said Francis Bitonti. After 3D printing, the product can be picked up directly from a MakerBot Retail Store. All products are designed to be printed on a MakerBot® Replicator® 2 Desktop 3D Printer.
In addition to the Cloud Collection, which is available exclusively at the New York City, Boston and Greenwich MakerBot Stores for the month of April, the customizable and 3D printed Bristle Dress, created in conjunction with Francis Bitonti Studio and his New Skins Workshop, will also be on display at the New York City MakerBot Store. To obtain store hours and directions, visit makerbot.com/retail-store or call 347-457-5758. To learn more about the Francis Bitonti Cloud Collection and the New Skins Workshop, visit francisbitonti.com.
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, MakerBot Desktop, the MakerBot MakerCare® Protection Plan, the MakerBot Retail Stores and strategic partnerships with top-tier brands. MakerBot has been honored with many accolades, including Popular Mechanics’ “Overall Winner” for best 3D printer, Time’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. (SSYS), headquartered in Minneapolis, Minn., and Rehovot, Israel, manufactures 3D printers and materials for prototyping and production. The company’s patented FDM® and PolyJet® 3D printing technologies 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 digital-manufacturing service. Stratasys has more than 1,800 employees, holds over 550 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.
Source: MakerBot & Stratasys (via BusinessWire)