MakerBot factory grand opening
- Industry City, home of MakerBot's new facility, was known as the Bush Terminal when it opened in the late 19th century. It served as a Brooklyn shipping hub and once housed The Topps Company, producers of Bazooka gum and several lines of trading cards.
- In recent years, Industry City has been revamped as a home for artisans and craft-oriented companies like MakerBot, which has moved through several locations in Brooklyn since its founding in 2009.
- Brooklyn borough president Eric Adams (center) cuts the ribbon at MakerBot's grand opening, as CEO Jonathan Jaglom waves to the crowd.
- MakerBot's first professional product was the Cupcake CNC, launched in 2009. Note the many small screws — MakerBot plant manager Diana Pincus says replacing them with parts that slide together has been a major priority.
- While the factory currently operates with 140 workers, CEO Jonathan Jaglom says it could operate with over 200 at full capacity.
- The Replicator Mini is the smallest and cheapest of MakerBot's designs. It can print items that are around 4 inches wide and long.
- MakerBot says it typically requires a high-school degree and a few years of general work experience in factory employees, who are trained on the job.
- Fans cool the MakerBot factory floor.
- Gray plastic jigs, printed by a MakerBot replicator, hold parts in place during assembly.
- MakerBot won't reveal how long it takes to put together one of its printers, which are passed down several steps in an assembly line.
- This hammer isn't made of either wood or metal, but MakerBot sees adding more kinds of printable materials as one of the biggest new challenges in 3D printing.
- A testing ground for MakerBot's Smart Extruder printer heads, which were the subject of a class action lawsuit earlier this year.
- 3D-printed decorations adorn all parts of the MakerBot plant, from conference rooms to employees' computers.
- MakerBot's plant manager says the company changes products too often to efficiently program robots that would replace human workers on the assembly line.
- While the majority of the floor space is devoted to assembling products, the plant also includes offices, conference rooms, and presentation space.