Pettis at the 26th Chaos Communication Congress, December 2009
|Born||c. 1972/1973 (age 47–48)|
|Education||The Evergreen State College (B.A., 1995)|
Pacific Oaks College (Education, teaching certificate)
|Known for||co-founder and former CEO of MakerBot Industries|
Bre Pettis (born c. 1972/1973) is an American entrepreneur, video blogger and creative artist. Pettis is best known as the co-founder and former CEO of MakerBot Industries, a 3D printer company now owned by Stratasys.
Early life and education
Pettis 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. Pettis is a 1995 graduate of The Evergreen State College, where he studied psychology, mythology and performing arts.
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. He then attended Pacific Oaks College and graduated with a teaching certificate. He worked as a teacher for the Seattle Public Schools from 1999 through 2006.
Pettis is a co-founder and former CEO of MakerBot Industries, a company that produces 3D printers now owned by Stratasys. Besides being a TV host and Video Podcast producer, he's created new media for Etsy.com, 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.
He left Makerbot in 2014.
In June 2017, Pettis acquired start-up Other Machine Co. — now called Bantam Tools — from its founder and CEO, Danielle Applestone. In November 2019, Bantam Tools moved their facilities to Peekskill, NY.
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The group that created the 3-D MakerBot printer — Mr. Pettis, 38, Mr. Smith, 27, and Mr. Mayer, 35
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- "Look inside Peekskill's new Bantam Tools high-tech manufacturing facility". November 18, 2019.
- Rich, Laurie, "Mr. Wizard for the Internet age", Columbia University News Service, Columbia Journalism School, April 14, 2009.
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