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Have an Awesome 3D Printing Idea? Bold Machines Wants to Make it Happen

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bold2Only weeks after the CEO and Co-founder of MakerBot, Bre Pettis, stepped aside to launch a new initiative for Stratasys called Bold Machines, he’s already hard at work. Pettis, the innovative mind which sparked the creation of MakerBot back in 2009, would seem like the perfect fit for the Bold Machines project, dubbed ‘The Innovation Workshop at Stratasys’.

It has been less than 20 days since the official launch of Bold Machines, and the team, led by Pettis, has already begun producing 3D printable characters for what they hope will eventually turn into a major feature film called Margo. Pettis is taking an approach opposite to the film industry norm with this idea, creating the characters first and hoping to develop a following prior to a film ever being produced. Margo is just one project, of what will likely be dozens over the next several years for Bold Machines.

Mr. Walthersnap, from Margo

Mr. Walthersnap, from Margo

The Bold Machines initiative, set up in MakerBot’s old office near Downtown Brooklyn, is looking to expand their scope already. This week they announced the desire to work with other creative thinkers who have awesome ideas pertaining to the 3D printing space. They are calling on the public to submit their ideas via email by October 30th.

“We are currently looking for partners who have brave ideas that we can support, nurture and enable,” states the Bold Machines blog. “Submissions should incorporate a design theory that utilizes and showcases 3D printing technology on Stratasys, MakerBot and Solidscape machines.”

They have even set up a banner-like PDF which can be printed out and distributed at schools, workplaces, and events. Pettis and company are looking for ideas involving the printing of sculptures, art, jewelry, architecture and furniture, as well as ways in which 3D printing can be utilized in engineering and product design.

If you have an idea for a project, they urge you to submit a one page brief via email to: [email protected]. Also included should be an illustration or digital photograph of your proposed project.

It will certainly be interesting to see just what Bold Machines turns their attention to next. Do you have a creative idea that you think Bold Machines may be interested in partnering with you for? Let them know, then let us know in the Bold Machines forum thread on 3DPB.com.

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