Bre Pettis

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Bre Pettis
Bre Pettis 26C3 1.jpg
Pettis at the 26th Chaos Communication Congress, December 2009
Born c. 1972/1973 (age 43–44)[1]
Education The Evergreen State College (B.A., 1995)[2]
Pacific Oaks College (Education, teaching certificate)
Known for co-founder and former CEO of MakerBot Industries

Bre Pettis is an American entrepreneur, video blogger and creative artist. Pettis is best known as the co-founder and former CEO[3] of MakerBot Industries, a 3D printer company now owned by Stratasys.

Early life and education[edit]

Pettis, born c. 1972/1973[1] was raised in Ithaca, New York. At the age of 13 he moved to the Seattle area, where he later graduated from Bellevue High School.[citation needed] Pettis is a 1995 graduate of The Evergreen State College,[4][5] where he studied psychology, mythology and performing arts.[citation needed]

After college, Pettis worked as floor runner and camera assistant on feature films in Prague and as an assistant at Jim Henson's Creature Shop in London.<[citation needed] He then attended Pacific Oaks College and graduated[5] with a teaching certificate.[citation needed] He worked as a language arts teacher for the Seattle Public Schools from 1999 through 2006.[citation needed]


He is also known for DIY video podcasts for MAKE,[6] and for the History Hacker pilot on the History Channel.[7] He is one of the founders of the Brooklyn-based hacker space NYC Resistor.

Pettis is a co-founder and former CEO[3] of MakerBot Industries a company that produces 3D printers[6] now owned by Stratasys. Besides being a TV host and Video Podcast producer, he's created new media for, hosted Make: Magazine's Weekend Projects podcast, and has been a schoolteacher, artist, and puppeteer. He was the artist-in-residence of art group monochrom at Museumsquartier Vienna in 2007.

Pettis was featured prominently in the documentary film Print the Legend.

He left Makerbot in 2014 [8]


  1. ^ a b Dwyer, Jim (March 4, 2011). "Kittens With Jet Packs? Not Yet, but These Inventors Are on It". The New York Times. Retrieved September 20, 2011. The group that created the 3-D MakerBot printer — Mr. Pettis, 38, Mr. Smith, 27, and Mr. Mayer, 35 
  2. ^ Shea, Carolyn, "Making It: Educator, entrepreneur, and creator extraordinaire, Bre Pettis ’95 is a full-blown celebrity in the do-it-yourself, business, and tech worlds", The Evergreen Magazine, Fall 2013 issue
  3. ^ a b "Bre Pettis Interview on Founder Stories". MakerBot Industries. June 30, 2011. Retrieved September 20, 2011. 
  4. ^ "Evergreen magazine: News & Notes (page 20)" (PDF). The Evergreen State College. Fall 2009. Retrieved September 20, 2011. 
  5. ^ a b "Bre Pettis". Retrieved September 20, 2011. 
  6. ^ a b Downes, Laurence (April 10, 2010). "Geeks on a Train". The New York Times. Retrieved June 5, 2011. 
  7. ^ Baichtal, John (September 5, 2008). "History Hacker: Bre Pettis explains Tesla". Retrieved October 30, 2008. 
  8. ^ Williams, Alex (2016-11-02). "3-D Printing Pioneer Goes Low Tech, With a $5,800 Watch Made in Brooklyn". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2016-12-29. 

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