Bre Pettis

Founder, Bre&Co.
Former CEO, MakerBot Industries
Leader of the DIY movement

Practicing Innovation.

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Fast Company's 1000 Most Creative People in Business 2014
The Economist Innovation Award 2013
The TIME Tech 40: The Most Influential Minds in Tech

Bre Pettis is the best-known figure in the DIY/3D printing world. He led MakerBot, a global leader in 3D printing technology, as CEO from its beginning in 2009. Bre is Founder, Bre&Co., a new company that makes 3D printed heirloom-quality gifts. He is also Chief Innovation Officer of Bold Machines, an independent product deveilopment workshop.

Bre has a long history of making things and inspiring others to make things. Prior to co-founding MakerBot, Pettis co-founded the Brooklyn hacker collective NYC Resistor, where MakerBot technology was first concocted, tested, and proven. He was instrumental in building the first prototypes of MakerBot’s 3D printers, and has become known worldwide as a leading evangelist for personal manufacturing.

In 2006, Bre started the popular “Weekend Projects” video podcast for Make:Magazine, where he taught millions of viewers to make things from pinhole cameras to bicycles to hovercrafts. He also introduced the blog at the popular online handcrafts marketplace, Etsy. Prior to both endeavors, Bre was an art teacher in the Seattle Public Schools system. Today, he serves on the board of Local Motors, a company dedicated to reinventing the automobile through open-source, crowd-powered design.

Bre is passionate about providing the tools for individuals and organizations to create the world around them. He has spoken publicly about empowering students to solve the problems of the future, and worked behind the scenes to bring professional-quality 3D printing technology into the hands of average consumers.

In 2012, Bre was honored with the Disruptive Innovation Award from the Tribeca Film Festival, for "creating an entire ecosystem for desktop 3D printing." Foreign Policy named him #60 on their list of 2013 Global Thinkers. Bre has been a highly sought-after speaker and interview subject, gracing the cover of numerous magazines (most recently Wired), and been a guest on The Colbert Report and many more. MakerBot was featured in the October 2012 edition of Fast Company as a 2012 Innovation by Design awardee, as well as in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Economist, Engadget, Make:Magazine, Rolling Stone, TIME, IEEE Spectrum, CNN, Financial Times, NPR, Vogue Italia and many others.


Getting Started with MakerBot

Bre Pettis, Anna Kaziunas France, and Jay Shergill

Ready to join the personal fabrication movement? This hands-on book shows you how to make a wide variety of physical objects with the amazing MakerBot 3D printer.

It’s handy when you need a replacement for something lost, broken, or no longer made — like a knob on your stove. You can make things instead of buying them, or solve problems with inventions of your own. The possibilities are endless, and MakerBot is the fun, affordable, and inspiring way to go. Get started with your own little factory today!

  • Set up your MakerBot Replicator 2 and understand how it works
  • Learn the basics and print 10 useful objects right away
  • Make objects with sturdy yet biodegradable PLA
  • Get examples of real-world problem solving, from ceiling hooks to hermit crab shells
  • Choose from thousands of free designs on — and share your own
  • Repurpose disposable products by making them part of your design
  • Design your own 3D objects, using SketchUp, Autodesk 123D, OpenSCAD, and other tools
  • Use 3D scanning technology to replicate real objects around you

Maker Media, Inc; 1 edition (3 Jan 2013)


Bre tailors each presentation to the needs of his audience and is not limited to the topics we have listed below. These are subjects that have proven valuable to customers in the past and are meant only to suggest his range and interests. Please ask us about any subject that interests you; we are sure that we can accommodate you.

The DIY Revolution



The way forward for tech in this new century

Print the Legend | Documentary trailer

XOXO Festival

Making | TEDx

The Next Revolution | CNNs The Next List


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