MakerBot and The Foundry Unveil MakerBot Kit for MODO

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Partnership Delivers First-Ever MODO 3D App That Uses the MakerBot Thingiverse API and MakerBot Cloud Library API

Last Updated: January 6, 2015 9:47 pm GMT
(Las Vegas, Nevada--January 6, 2015) MakerBot, a global leader in the desktop 3D printing industry, and The Foundry, a global provider of award-winning creative software, introduced the MakerBot® Kit for MODO at the 2015 Consumer Electronics Shows.



With the MakerBot Kit for MODO, for the first time, users can create and edit designs using The Foundry’s powerful MODO 801 capabilities and publish the files directly to MakerBot’s Thingiverse.com, or save them privately using the MakerBot Cloud Library, all from within MODO.

Thingiverse® is one of the largest 3D design communities in the world, offering more than 500,000 downloadable digital 3D files, and is one of the best places for viewing, sharing and downloading 3D printable files. MODO 801 is a 3D modeling, animation, visual effects and rendering software package. The MakerBot Kit for MODO uses the Thingiverse and MakerBot Cloud Library APIs and is one of the first commercial applications of the API for 3D design and printing.



This innovative 3D design and printing solution is part of the companies’ strategic partnership, optimizing the 3D workflow to enable easier and faster creation and printing of 3D objects. The partnership, first announced earlier last year, was designed to revolutionize the 3D printing workflow for MODO users. Optimizing this workflow is critical as 3D printing “has become a major disruptor in the global economy,” according to the Consumer Electronics Association, which doubled the footprint of the 3D Printing Marketplace at this year’s CES.

“The MakerBot Kit for MODO is a logical starting point for us to bring the benefits of our partnership with MakerBot to the creative design community,” said Christopher Kenessey, chief officer of Sales & Marketing with The Foundry. “We’re focused on delivering intuitive modeling solutions that allow the Real-Time Prototyping of watertight meshes for 3D printing. Meanwhile, MakerBot’s customers and the large Thingiverse community continually push the boundaries of what’s possible in 3D printing, through both individual and collaborative design.”



With the MakerBot Kit for MODO, Thingiverse users for the first time have a powerful, integrated tool with which they can create their own 3D designs or expand upon other people’s designs, using common interfaces and file formats. Users can then easily and seamlessly push their creative work to Thingiverse or the MakerBot Cloud Library and access those files through their personal MakerBot Cloud Library via MakerBot Desktop, MakerBot Mobile or MakerBot PrintShop™. The collective result is the elevation of both the quality and quantity of things created through 3D printing.

With the MakerBot Kit for MODO, artists, including both professionals and hobbyists can:

· Load and save .thing files due to native file support

· Authenticate MakerBot accounts from inside MODO

· Explore Thingiverse and download free objects/files

· Update or delete objects on Thingiverse and in their own personal MakerBot Cloud Library from within MODO

· Generate photorealistic renderings of objects and upload the cover image for each item to Thingiverse and/or the MakerBot Cloud Library from inside MODO

· Upload and store MODO files (.lxo) on Thingiverse and/or in their MakerBot Cloud Library for improved editing and easy sharing with other MakerBot users

“We’re excited to see where this next phase of integration with The Foundry and MODO takes creative designers and those in the entertainment field,” noted Jenny Lawton, CEO of MakerBot. “The Foundry’s software is already used for some really incredible graphics and special effects and used in movies and games created by companies like Pixar, ILM, Double Negative, Walt Disney Animation Studios, Weta Digital and Sony Pictures Imageworks. We think that the capability to output those designs directly into a 3D printable file, and then share or house those designs within Thingiverse, will be incredibly exciting for realizing those digital creations and bringing them to the physical world.”

MakerBot will demonstrate the power of the MakerBot Kit for MODO at the 2015 Consumer Electronics Show (CES). To see some of the exciting 3D prints created with MODO 801, visit MakerBot in booth #72711 located in the Sands Expo Convention Center at CES Tech West, Las Vegas, Nevada.

To find out more information on the MakerBot Kit for MODO, please visit thefoundry.co.uk/products/modo/kits/makerbot. For more information on MakerBot and Thingiverse, visit www.makerbot.com and www.thingiverse.com



About MakerBot

MakerBot, a subsidiary of Stratasys Ltd. (Nasdaq: SSYS), is leading the Next Industrial Revolution by setting the standards in reliable and affordable desktop 3D printing. Founded in 2009, MakerBot has built the largest installed base of desktop 3D printers sold to innovative and industry-leading customers worldwide, including engineers, architects, designers, educators and consumers. To learn more about MakerBot, visit makerbot.com.

About The Foundry

The Foundry develops award-winning creative software used globally by leading artists, designers and creative professionals. The portfolio lets users create inspiring and technical high-end visuals in the areas ofmedia production (film, commercial, episodic, gaming and VR/AR) and design, as well as participate in emerging high-growth markets such as 3D printing. The Foundry’s wholly owned subsidiary, Made with Mischief, develops simple, creative and accessible tools and applications that empower people to explore ideas and create. Clients include Pixar, ILM, Double Negative, The Moving Picture Company, Walt Disney Animation Studios, Weta Digital, Framestore and Sony Pictures Imageworks. In 2013, The Foundry’s CEO, Bill Collis, was recognized as the UK Technology winner for the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year award, and the company made the Sunday Times Tech Track 100 for the fourth consecutive year. To find out more, visit us at The Foundry or follow them on LinkedIn, YouTube, Facebook, Twitter, Google+ and Vimeo. To find out more about Made With Mischief, visit Made With Mischief, Facebook and Twitter.

© The Foundry, its logo and product names are registered trademarks in the UK, USA and/or other countries.

Note Regarding Forward-Looking Statements

The statements in this press release relating to Stratasys’ beliefs regarding the benefits consumers will experience from the MakerBot Kit for MODO and Stratasys’ expectation on the timing of shipping the MakerBot Kit for MODO, are forward-looking statements reflecting management's current expectations and beliefs. These forward-looking statements are based on current information that is, by its nature, subject to rapid and even abrupt change. Due to risks and uncertainties associated with Stratasys' business, actual results could differ materially from those projected or implied by these forward-looking statements. These risks and uncertainties include, but are not limited to: the risk that consumers will not perceive the benefits of the MakerBot Kit for MODO to be the same as Stratasys does; the risk that unforeseen technical difficulties will delay the shipping of the MakerBot Kit for MODO; and other risk factors set forth under the caption “Risk Factors” in Stratasys' most recent Annual Report on Form 20-F, filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) on March 3, 2014. Stratasys is under no obligation (and expressly disclaims any obligation) to update or alter its forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, except as otherwise required by the rules and regulations of the SEC.



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