Bre Pettis

  • Aired:  06/08/11
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Bre Pettis uses the MakerBot to print a three-dimensional copy of Stephen's head. (5:01)

EVERYBODY.

MY GUEST TONIGHT IS THE

CO-FOUNDER OF A MACHINE WHO

PRINTS THREE DIMENSIONAL COPIES.

PLEASE WELCOME BRE PETTIS.

HEY.

THANKS FOR COMING ON.

OKAY.

OKAY, SIR, YOU ARE THE

CO-FOUNDER OF MAKER BOUGHT.

>> THAT IS A MAKER BOT RIGHT

THERE.

>> Stephen: BY 3-D PRINTING,

YOU MAKE A COPY OF A THREE

DIMENSIONAL OBJECT AND YOU CAN

SEND THAT INFORMATION, YOU KNOW,

LIKE OVER THE WIRE, OVER

TELEGRAPH MACHINE.

[LAUGHTER]

AND THEN SOMEBODY GETS THIS ON

THEIR COMPUTER, AND THAT CAN PUT

THAT INFORMATION INTO A MAKER

BOT AND MAKE A COPY OF SOMETHING

HALF A WORLD AWAY.

WHAT ARE YOU MAKING IN THERE

RIGHT NOW?

>> YOUR HEAD.

>> Stephen: TWO DAYS AGO YOU

CAME HERE WITH LASERS AND PUT

CORN STARCH ON MY HEAD AND THEN

SCANNED MY HEAD TO GET A THREE

DIMENSIONAL RENDERING OF MY

FACE, AND NOW YOU'RE MAKING IT

LIVE RIGHT THERE.

>> RIGHT THERE.

>> Stephen: YOU MADE A FEW

ALREADY.

THIS IS ONE RIGHT THERE.

LOOK AT THAT.

THEY EVEN... YOU EVEN GOT THE

COLOR RIGHT.

THIS SEEMS TO HAVE UNBELIEVABLE

IMPLICATIONS.

THIS IS AN ACTUAL 3-D RENDERING

OF MY HEAD YOU MADE SMALL.

IS THERE ANYTHING YOU COULDN'T

REPRODUCE?

>> IT'S ONE OF THOSE THINGS

WHERE HAVING MAKER BOT MEANS YOU

CAN MAKE ALMOST ANYTHING FROM

LIKE A BATHTUB TO A BIRTHDAY

PRESENT.

SO IT'S PRETTY HANDY ACTUALLY.

>> Stephen: THE THING THAT

GETS ME, THIS MATERIAL, THIS IS

PRETTY TOUGH.

WHAT IT IS?

>> IT'S ABS, THE SAME MATERIAL

LEGO IS MADE OUT OF.

IT'S STRONG.

>> Stephen: RIGHT NOW WE RELY

ON THE CHINESE FOR OUR LITTLE

PLASTIC PIECES OF CRAP.

>> YES.

[LAUGHTER]

NO LONGER.

>> Stephen: YOU DO NOT HAVE TO

RELY ON THE CHINESE FOR YOUR

PLASTIC PIECES OF CRAP BECAUSE

WHAT'S CHEAPER THAN A CHINESE

WORKER, A ROBOT.

ALL WE NEED IS THE DESIGN AND

THEN MAKER BOT WILL MAKE IT?

>> THAT'S RIGHT.

>> Stephen: HOW MUCH DOES THIS

COST?

>> THIS IS $1,2 9.

THEN YOU CAN MAKE ANYTHING UP TO

ABOUT THIS SIZE.

>> Stephen: SOME OTHER THINGS

YOU MADE, MY HEAD AS AN EAGLE.

WITH THE CAPITAL DOME IN ITS

CLAWS.

THIS ONE IS ACTUALLY QUITE

TERRIFYING.

THAT'S ME AS A TEDDY BEAR.

OKAY.

THIS IS COLBERT.

NOW THIS THING, WHAT IS THIS

THING?

>> THAT'S THE MATERIAL GOING IN

THERE.

SO THIS IS THE PLASTIC.

IT GOES IN HERE, GETS HEATED UP,

MOVES AROUND AND BUILDS IT UP

LATER.

>> Stephen: IT'S LIKE A HOT

GLUE GUN EVENTUALLY.

>> IT'S LIKE WHAT A CALCULATOR

IS TO A COMPUTER WHAT A HOT GLUE

GUN IS TO A MAKER BOT.

>> Stephen: THE HOT GLUE GUN

STAYS IN ITS OWN SPOT AND THE

BOTTOM MOVES AROUND SO IT BUILDS

IT UP LAYER BY LAYER.

HOW ACCURATE CAN YOU BE WITH

THIS?

>> IT'S DOWN TO JUST MICRONS,

BUT YOU HAVE LAYER HEIGHT OF

ABOUT ONE-THIRD OF A MILLIMETER.

SO IT'S ON YOUR NOSE.

>> Stephen: IT'S LARGER THAN

ONE-THIRD OF A MILLIMETER, I'LL

HAVE YOU KNOW.

WHERE DO PEOPLE GET DESIGNS TO

MAKE IT WITH?

>> WE HAVE A SITE WHERE PEOPLE

MAKE AWESOME DESIGNS AND SHARE

THEM AND YOU CAN DOWNLOAD THEM

AND PRINT THEM OUT.

>> Stephen: HOW DO YOU PLUG IT

IN HERE?

>> AN SD CARD, LIKE THE WAY YOU

PLUG ENTER A CAMERA.

YOU PLUG IT IN.

>> Stephen: THEN IT MAKES THE

THING ON THAT CARD.

>> THAT'S RIGHT.

>> Stephen: SO IF I HAVE

SOMETHING BROKEN AT MY HOME AND

SOMEONE ELSE HAS WHAT I NEED

10,000 MILES AWAY, THEY CAN SCAN

THE THING AND I CAN MAKE IT

HERE?

>> YEAH.

AND, YOU KNOW, IT'S REALLY

HANDY, LIKE SAY YOU NEED NEW

SHOWER CURTAIN RING, ROW CAN

JUST PRINT OUT NEW SHOWER

CURTAIN RINGS AND YOU DON'T HAVE

TO TAKE A BATH AT THAT POINT.

[LAUGHTER]

>> Stephen: HOW WILL YOU MAKE

YOUR MONEY, JUST LIKE COPIERS,

YOUR GOING TO GET US ON THE

TONER, AREN'T YOU?

>> WE'LL RESIST THAT TEMPTATION.

>> Stephen: BRE PETTIS, THANK

YOU SO MUCH.

>> MY PLEASURE.

>> Stephen: BRE PETTIS, MAKER

BOT INDUSTRIES.

WE'LL BE RIGHT BACK.

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