LAS VEGAS -- Makerbot has been at the forefront of the blossoming 3D printer movement since its scrappy startup days in 2009. Following its acquisition by, the Brooklyn-based company behind the the advanced and afforadable Replicator 2, headed up by the charismatic Bre Pettis, is still front and center in the field, keeping its well-known brand and acting as a subsidiary of its new owner.
And at the Consumer Electronics Show this year, all eyes will be on the growing number of companies in the burgeoning sector and what the increasingly cheap and powerful market of 3D printers will enable makers in 2014.
Makerbot will hold its press conference at 4 p.m. PT on Monday at CES. CNET editor Rich Brown, photographer Josh Miller, and I will be there live to dish out real-time news updates, photos, and commentary throughout the event.
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Pettis has been outspoken in his desire to push 3D printing further into the mainstream, launching a, maintaining Makerbot's robust Thingiverse.com platform for open source 3D designs and printable goods, and announcing recently that his company wants to get a .
Pettis is, after all, a former teacher that sees immense value in bringing the advances made by 3D printing's growing community to classrooms and living rooms everywhere. So taking the stage at CES is an opportunity for Makerbot to not only give us a peek at what it's been working on since the acquisition, but also to set the tone and map the landscape for its emerging industry in the coming year.
We'll be plugged into to ScribbleLive to bring you text and photos throughout the event. Expect things to start moving 15 minutes prior to the start of the press conference.