The Future is Here: 3D Printing

The 411 on MakerBot on Greenwich Ave


If you believe the hype, then 3D printing is going to change the world as we know it. The Home Depots and Staples of today will be replaced by huge warehouses with 3D printers in the future. All of you early adopters out there are going to want to make a bee-line for the new MakerBot store on Greenwich Avenue.

The idea of attempting to print an object in 3D sounds pretty intimidating but the MakerBot store is anything but. Classes are held four times a week — two are geared towards children and two are more in-depth versions that cater to adults (class schedules are posted online). These classes show you how to print your own designs from the many templates that can be downloaded off the Markerbot website.

So how much does all this hi-tech gadgetry cost? If you’re satisfied using the MarkerBot’s in-store printers, then you’ll be surprised to learn that this is all very affordable. The cost of printing is based off of how long it takes to print an object, with a printing cost of just $10 per half hour. Want to make your very own custom iphone case? That will take one hour and set you back $20. An iphone case is cool but that’s just the beginning.

For a real conversation piece, you will want to create your own mini bust in plastic. MakerBot has a futuristic photo booth that will scan your face in 3D, which allows you to then print in 3D a mini replica of your own head. This won’t cost you much either. The scan itself is just $5 and the mini replica of your head and shoulders range from $20 – 60, depending on what size you choose. We love the idea of creating a custom chess board out of the heads of your family members or colleagues! The possibilities are endless. If you find yourself hooked on the 3D printing revolution, then you can bring the technology to your home -- MakerBot sells their 3D printers in the range of $2,000 – 3,000.

Greenwich may not be Silicone Valley, but we are on the cutting edge when it comes to this technology, as there are just two other Makerbort stores in the country (in New York and Boston). A visit to MakerBot offers a fun opportunity for unique gifts to friends who aren’t lucky enough to have a 3D printing store in their hometown. Just another reason to love Greenwich.


72 Greenwich Avenue

Greenwich, CT 06830