From April 13th – 15th the MakerBot Events Team traveled to Chicago to attend C2E2 and bring The Replicator to our community. C2E2 – Chicago Comic & Entertainment Expo ran Friday through Sunday and we showcased The Replicator to more than 35,000 Comic Book and Sci-Fi Fans, Artists, Gamers and Industry.
One of our community members Phroon stopped by our booth with a MakerBotted C2E2 badge holder! So we began printing these for the crowds immediately. Check out Nick sporting his safety orange holder.
Anthony Daniels AKA C3PO became a MakerBot fan at C2E2 and visited the booth a couple of times. Rather than talking about Star Wars or revealing who he was (we heard his voice as our first clue) he talked with great enthusiasm about The Replicator and told stories of being a Maker himself. (His favorite tool: his glue gun. He had multiple burn scars to prove it.)
There were endless numbers of attendees visiting the booth dressed as Superheroes, Villains and Video Game Characters. They all loved the MakerBot. And those who created their own costumes or costumes for others left with ideas for how 3D printing could help them take these practices even further.
Even the Mario Bros. powered up at the MakerBot Booth!
We had the Xbox Kinect on hand to scan some of our favorite characters. “I pity the fool who don’t MakerBot!” – Mr. T
After the doors closed on the first day of C2E2 we ventured out to Chicago’s premier Hackerspace, Pumping Station: One. They have a Tardis! Also, this is the hackerspace that created the Power Racing Series.
All eyes were on The Replicator!
Another visit that proved to be amazing was with Tom and Holly at the What It Is Gallery. Their exhibit “Improbable Objects” featured 3D-printed work from MakerBot Artists Micah Ganske and Marius Watz, among others.
Next stop Washington DC! We’ll be bringing The MakerBot Replicator to our Nation’s Capitol for the USA Science & Engineering Festival. This is the largest celebration of science in the U.S. and will feature over 3,000 fun, interactive exhibits, more than 100 stage shows and 33 Author Presentations. The USA Science & Engineering Festival will be held at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C. on April 28-29, 2012. Hours are 10am-6pm on Saturday and 10am-4pm on Sunday.
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See the article here: MakerBot Events Team Report : Chicago