MakerBot Poll Results Revealed!

Thank you for participating in my totally informal unofficial unsanctioned and highly illegal MakerBot poll. 1  Here’s how the answers broke down:

  1. Why are you interested in MakerBot?
    • 21% “MakerBot is the next big thing / Living in the future / Interest in technology / Making things on demand / Self-replicating robots are cool / Cheap prototyping”
    • 19% “Prototyping / Designing / Inventing / Making ideas a reality / Projects / Creativity on my desktop / Making custom things / Improving existing things.”
    • 19% “MakerBots are awesome / MakerBots look awesome / It’s a fun cool project / Everything about MakerBots is awesome”
    • 6% “Making things and stuff”
    • 6% “I love DIY and open source stuff”
    • 6% “I already have one or have purchased a MakerBot”
    • 6% “I want to bootstrap a RepRap / Design another printer / Print a second 3D printer / I’m interested in RepRap”
    • 2% “Empowering people / Helping people”
    • 2% “World domination”
    • 2% “Easier to make than a RepRap”
    • 2% “I make MakerBots”
    • 2% “Making the 3x2x1 Rubik’s cube
    • 2% “Learning how things work”
    • 2% “Making tools and other things to make life easier”
    • 2% “Making art and decorations”
  2. Have you heard or read about RepRap or RepRap.org?
    • YES!  (92.5%) versus No (7.5%)
  3. Have you tried to design anything in 3D?
    • YES!  (90.0%) versus No (10.0%)
  4. Have you tried to upload anything to Thingiverse?
    • YES!  (47.5%) versus No (52.5%)
  5. If you had a MakerBot, what would you want to download from Thingiverse and print?
    • 31% “Toys / Games / Fun / Puzzles”
    • 10% “Things to bootstrap a RepRap / Design another printer / Print a second 3D printer / I’m interested in RepRap”
    • 10% “Making art and decorations”
    • 10% “Tools and other things to make life easier”
    • 8% “I already have one or have purchased a MakerBot”
    • 6% “Upgrades for the MakerBot”
    • 6% “Making things and stuff”
    • 6% “Making replacement parts / Avoid replacement part costs / Spare parts / Fix things / Repairs”
    • 4% “Prototyping / Designing / Inventing / Making ideas a reality / Projects / Creativity on my desktop / Making custom things / Improving existing things.”
    • 2% “Things to amaze others and get people interested in DIY, RepRap, and 3D printing”
    • 2% “Things I would otherwise purchase”
    • 2% “Models of things”
  6. If you had a MakerBot, what would you want to design and print?
    • 18% “Tools and other things to make life easier”
    • 17% “Prototyping / Designing / Inventing / Making ideas a reality / Projects / Creativity on my desktop / Making custom things / Improving existing things.”
    • 17% “Toys / Games / Fun / Puzzles”
    • 17% “Making replacement parts / Avoid replacement part costs / Spare parts / Fix things / Repairs / Home repairs”
    • 5% “Things for my own business or as a business”
    • 5% “Things to bootstrap a RepRap / Design another printer / Print a second 3D printer / I’m interested in RepRap”
    • 5% “Making art and decorations”
    • 3% “Things I would otherwise purchase”
    • 3% “Stuff for homebrew DIY games”
    • 3% “Upgrades for the MakerBot”
    • 2% “New face”2
    • 2% “Pets bio-morphs”3
    • 2% “Things to amaze others and get people interested in DIY, RepRap, and 3D printing”
    • 2% “For home brewing.” 4
  7. If you had a MakerBot, what would you use it for? (Help starving children, make toys, make tools, etc)
    • 26% “Toys / Games / Fun / Puzzles”
    • 13% “Tools and other things to make life easier”
    • 10% “Making replacement parts / Avoid replacement part costs / Spare parts / Fix things / Repairs / Home repairs”
    • 9% “Prototyping / Designing / Inventing / Making ideas a reality / Projects / Creativity on my desktop / Making custom things / Improving existing things.”
    • 6% “Making things and stuff”
    • 6% “Things for my own business or as a business”
    • 4% “Things to amaze others and get people interested in DIY, RepRap, and 3D printing”
    • 4% “Things to bootstrap a RepRap / Design another printer / Print a second 3D printer / I’m interested in RepRap”
    • 3% “Empowering people / Helping people”
    • 3% “Models of things”
    • 3% “Making art and decorations”
    • 1% “I love DIY and open source stuff”
    • 1% “Science Olympiad”
    • 1% “Things I would otherwise purchase”
    • 1% “To learn more about how things work”
    • 1% “MakerBot and printer upgrades”
    • 1% “A space ship”5
    • 1% “Home brewing of brews, at home”
  8. Why haven’t you purchased a MakerBot yet?
    • 28% “I have one or have purchased this awesome robot!”
    • 26% “I don’t have $1,000.00 to spend on awesome robots.”
    • 8% “I’m waiting for MakerBot improvements or am worried about missing out on a newer better version after I purchase this awesome robot”
    • 8% “I’m planning to purchase or will purchase as soon as I save up for this awesome robot”
    • 4% “My friend has an awesome robot, so I just use theirs”
    • 4% “I don’t have the room for an awesome robot”
    • 4% “I don’t think I have what it takes to build an awesome robot”
    • 2% “It’s not worth $1,000.00 to make my own stuff with an awesome robot”
    • 2% “It’s not worth $1,000.00 to own an awesome robot”
    • 2% “I’m interested in MakerBots, but not interested enough to buy an awesome robot”
    • 2% “My parents were killed by awesome robots”
    • 2% “Robots ate my money”
    • 2% “Gray goo and Skynet”
    • 2% “It’s better and cheaper to build a RepRap from scratch”
    • 2% “I’m surrounded by awesome robots all day”
  1. Your IP address has been provided to the NSA.  They’ve got a couple of questions for you. []
  2. Your guess is as good as mine []
  3. I don’t know what this is.  Am I too old to get this? []
  4. Based upon this person’s other answers, I think they really did mean brewing at home of a home brew project.  For brews. []
  5. A new face and a space ship.  Right. []
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100% Chance of AWESOME

I rather enjoy writing WordPress plugins.  It started writing them out of necessity, but I’ve ended up writing several for frivolous reasons and fun.  One of my favorites is based upon the hard work of Rasmus.  Basically, it turns

[wordpress_shortcode data=’Totally awesome=99|Merely awesome=1‘]

into

Which translates, as the title would suggest, into a 100% chance of awesome.

I dusted off this plugin (probably written about a year ago) because of the numbers associated with the MakerBot poll I recently ran.  I find it very helpful to view such data graphically.  Hopefully you will too.

This is a lot more work than I thought…

I’m working on sorting through the answers for my MakerBot poll.  With all the open ended questions, it’s a lot more work to summarize the results.  However, I’m looking forward to seeing what they reveal…

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Closed!

Thanks to MakerBot for retweeting my MakerBot poll.  The number of responses basically doubled in a single day.  It’s been a busy day so I’ll go into more detail this upcoming weekend.  For now, I’m going to close the poll and show the questions:

  1. Why are you interested in MakerBot
  2. Have you heard or read about RepRap or RepRap.org?
  3. Have you tried to design anything in 3D?
  4. Have you tried to upload anything to Thingiverse?
  5. If you had a MakerBot, what would you want to download from Thingiverse and print?
  6. If you had a MakerBot, what would you want to design and print?
  7. If you had a MakerBot, what would you use it for? (Help starving children, make toys, make tools, etc)
  8. Why haven’t you purchased a MakerBot yet?
    • It’s not worth $1,000.00 to own an awesome robot.
    • It’s not worth $1,000.00 to make my own stuff with an awesome robot.
    • I don’t have $1,000.00 to spend on awesome robots.
    • I’m interested in MakerBots, but not interested enough to buy an awesome robot.
    • I don’t think I have what it takes to build awesome robots.
    • I fear awesome robots.
    • My parents were killed by awesome robots.
    • My friend has an awesome robot, so I just use theirs.
    • I don’t think awesome robots are that awesome.
    • Other (please specify)

Totally unofficial unsanctioned and unauthorized MakerBot survey

If the recent MakerBot competition and media coverage1 and showed us anything, it’s that there’s a lot of people who are interested in getting a MakerBot.

I’ve noticed that all the RepRap and MakerBot polls thus far are really geared towards people who already have such a machine.  But, what if you don’t have an awesome robot that makes other robots?  Well, I’m a curious guy, so I put together this poll. It’s fewer questions than the census and WAY less invasive! 2

So, why not set aside 30 seconds and take this poll about awesome robots?

  1. ABC news story, NBC bit, PopSci, and repeated mentions on the wildly popular runaway hit MakerBlock blog… []
  2. I only ask for your SSN and mother’s maiden name, rather than SSN, mother’s maiden name, and birthday []
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