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2017/7/9 Motherboard, 'v2.4', metal / plastic, designed and made by MakerBot Industries, New York, United States of America, 2011-2016. Click to enlarge.

'v2.4' motherboard by MakerBot Industries

The Thing-o-matic was the second 3D printer 'build at home' kit designed by MakerBot Industries and one of only three open-source printers released by the company. Its improved design from the original Cupcake CNC, making it an easier kit to build and far simpler for inexperienced users to trouble shoot. It was still quite common for replacement parts to be needed, especially for machines that experienced a lot of transport.

At the time of its release the Thing-o-matic was the favoured …


Object No.


Object Statement

Motherboard, 'v2.4', metal / plastic, designed and made by MakerBot Industries, New York, United States of America, 2011-2016

Physical Description

MakerBot motherboard v2.4, small circuit board containing resistors and assorted connections.





Sam built the machine as a hobby and ended up working at The University of Sydney maintaining two Thing-o-matic printers for the architectural model making department. He is part of the maker movement and this Thing-o-matic has been part of that journey.

The printer was used in his room and operated out of his car boot at Burning Seed Festival 2011. He used it to print objects that were given away as a part of the giving culture of this festival. Represents a philosophy held by an Australian sub community that has strong links with maker communities. Used at both first and second Burning Seed Festivals. Gifting is a large part of the burning man culture.


Credit Line

Gift of Samuel Choy, 2017

Acquisition Date

24 February 2017

Cite this Object


'v2.4' motherboard by MakerBot Industries 2021, Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences, accessed 27 October 2021, <>


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