Stratasys and Bre unveil secret project Bold Machines, and are taking it to the movies

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Stratasys’ new Innovation Workshop plans to turn the movie merchandise model on its head

Bre Pettis’ secretive new ‘Innovation Workshop’ we mentioned a week or so ago has finally been unwrapped – Bold Machines: ‘an adventure in innovation that showcases the power of Bold Machines’.

Bold Machines has been charged with exploring the forward edge of innovation of what Stratasys, MakerBot, and Solidscape 3D Printers can do, with its first project being Margo – a tale of an inspiring character that will star in a full-length animated feature.

With Bold Machines, the movie-making process has been turned it on its head and is being launched with the merchandise first – 3D printed merchandise.

Margo the story’s our hero in front of Mr. Walthersnap, the villain


Margo, a smart young detective whose parents have gone missing on a space exploration mission, is the central character of a fully 3D printed storyline created by Bold Machines co-founders Bre Pettis and Robert Steiner, with the help of Anthony Willie.

“We are so excited to launch Bold Machines,” said Bre Pettis, co-founder of the project. “Bold Machines has been a vision of Stratasys and mine for a while now and we finally have the opportunity to bring the power of all of our 3D printers together to showcase the true ability of 3D printing. It’s very exciting.”

The team are launching the concept today with Margo as a fully downloadable character available on that can be downloaded and 3D printed on large format 3D printers or small desktops machines.

Bold Machines plans on introducing a new character from the Margo movie and story released via every Monday, and Bold Machines will share developments as it explores the frontier of movie making.

Bold Machines is looking for individuals, businesses, and brands to collaborate with, offering them space in the Innovation Workshop, based in MakerBot’s original office space in Brooklyn, New York.

The workshop currently is running Stratasys Fortus900mc 3D Production System with a giant build volume, the Stratasys Objet500 Connex3 Color Multi-material 3D Printer, with multi-color multi-material capabilities; the MakerBot Replicator Z18 3D Printer with its massive build volume; and Solidscape 3Z Max2, a wax 3D printer.

The files for Margo can now be downloaded from Thingiverse here.

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