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Bre  Pettis & the MakerBot Replicator 2 Desktop 3D Printer

Remember the first time you ever heard about those crazy sounding 3-D printers? They seemed like the stuff of sci-fi movies, not everyday life. But today, 3-D printing is becoming much more common on the homefront—and not just the homes of geeks and scientists.

Bre Pettis has been on the forefront of this technology, and he has made efforts to get the technology into the hands of regular people. Pettis is the founder and CEO of MakerBot, which produces affordable 3-D printers. The company offers a forum called Thingiverse to help 3-D hobbyists crowd source ideas and share the things they make.

He joins The Takeaway to explain why he thinks it’s important to democratize this kind of technology, and why he thinks anyone of us can be an inventor.