MakerBot builds the future, layer by layer

MakerBot Replicator, an open-source consumer 3D printer, won CNET's award for best emerging tech at CES, but founder Bre Pettis says that's far from the end of the story.

MakerBot's founder has his eyes on a future where we build our own. Eric Mack/CNET

LAS VEGAS--If you haven't yet heard about Makerbot, you haven't been paying close enough attention to this year's CES.

The Makerbot Replicator is an open-source, 3D printer that can create just about any plastic object you can imagine. The $1,999 two-color consumer device launched here this week and just this morning, it won a CNET Best of CES award in the Emerging Tech category.

I tracked down Makerbot founder Bre Pettis after the awards show to find out what's next for Makerbot. Here's what he told me about the potential he sees for turning kids on to 3D printing, and a new kind of homemade jelly, just for starters:

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