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MakerBot's 3-D Printers Lead the Hardware Revolution

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This story appears in the June 2013 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe »

The maker movement took center stage at this year's South by Southwest Interactive Festival in , Texas. The coveted opening keynote was delivered by Bre Pettis, CEO of 3-D-printer manufacturer MakerBot Industries, who used the occasion to unveil the Digitizer, a desktop device capable of scanning objects up to 8 inches in height using lasers and a webcam, streamlining the printing infrastructure from end to end. "You can fill the world with garden gnomes if you want," Pettis joked.

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