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
Spouse(s) Kio Stark
Children Nika Stark Pettis (daughter)

Bre Pettis (born c. 1972/1973[1]) is an American entrepreneur, video blogger and multi-artist.[3] He is also known for DIY video podcasts for MAKE,[4] and for the History Hacker pilot on the History Channel.[5] He is one of the founders of the Brooklyn-based hacker space NYC Resistor.

Pettis is a co-founder and former CEO[6] of MakerBot Industries a company that produces 3D printers[4] 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.

Early life and education[edit]

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.[7] Pettis is a 1995 graduate of The Evergreen State College,[8][9] where he studied psychology, mythology and performing arts.[7]

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.[10] He then attended Pacific Oaks College and graduated[9] with a teaching certificate.[7] He worked as an art teacher for the Seattle Public Schools from 1999 through 2006.[3][7]

Personal life[edit]

Pettis and Kio Stark[11] have a daughter, Nika Stark Pettis, born July 8, 2011.[12]


  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 "About Bre Pettis". Retrieved October 30, 2008. 
  4. ^ a b Downes, Laurence (April 10, 2010). "Geeks on a Train". The New York Times. Retrieved June 5, 2011. 
  5. ^ Baichtal, John (September 5, 2008). "History Hacker: Bre Pettis explains Tesla". Retrieved October 30, 2008. 
  6. ^ "Bre Pettis Interview on Founder Stories". MakerBot Industries. June 30, 2011. Retrieved September 20, 2011. 
  7. ^ a b c d Pettis, Bre (September 8, 2005). "Art Newsletter". Retrieved September 20, 2011. 
  8. ^ "Evergreen magazine: News & Notes (page 20)" (PDF). The Evergreen State College. Fall 2009. Retrieved September 20, 2011. 
  9. ^ a b "Bre Pettis". Retrieved September 20, 2011. 
  10. ^ Pettis, Bre (December 5, 2007). "Prague". Retrieved September 20, 2011. 
  11. ^ Kio Stark website
  12. ^ Pettis, Bre (August 2, 2011). "Survival Guide to a Hospital NICU". Retrieved September 20, 2011. 

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