MakerBot has it ups and downs, however it is unequalled in popularising 3D printing in the world. TIME has published recently a list of 50 most influential gadgets of all time. MakerBota – Replicatora 2 was number, but when you compare it with famous Nokia 3210, SONY Playstation, Apple Macintosh or Commodore, it is just a great success.

MakerBot presented Replicator 2 is September 2012 and was elicited euphoria of fans of low-budget 3D printers. A former CEO of the company – Bre Pettis decided for interesting design and  simplicity of use.  The design was totally unique and classy, because it was one of the first desktop 3D printers. When you compared it with another 3D printers with construction based on threaded bars wound with cable and their calibration was a serious nightmare, it was obvious, that Replicator 2 was doomed to success. 4 years passed from its official premiere but the device is still popular.

In the TIME’s rakning Replicator 2 was placed before Google Glass and Seagway was number 48. This close “neighbourhood” is not a reason to be proud of, because they are rather symbols, than really great and useful solutions, but another products from the lists are just legends.  How does the list of the 50 most influential gadgets of all time look like?

50. Google Glass
49. MakerBot Replicator
48. Seagway
47. Yamaha Clavinova Digital Piano
46. DJI Phantom (dron)
45. Raspberry Pi
44. Nest Thermostat
43. Osborne 1 (jeden z pierwszych komputerów osobistych)
42. Fitbit (jeden z pierwszych wearables)
41. Roku Netflix Player

40. Sony Discman D-50
39. Oculus Rift
38. Apple iBook
37. Motorola Dynatac 8000x
36. Palm Pilot
35. HP DeskJet
34. Nokia 3210
33. Jerrold Cable Box
32. Wii
31. SONY Playstation

30. Toshiba DVD Player
29. TiVo
28. Amazon Kindle
27. Polaroid Camera
26. Commodore 64
25. Apple iPad
24. BlackBerry 6210
23. Phonemate 400 Answering Machine
22. TomTom GPS
21. IBM Thinkpad 700C

20. Motorola Droid
19. JVC VideoMovie Camcorder
18. Motorola Bravo Pager
17. IBM Selectric Typewriter
16. Nintendo Game Boy
15. Nintendo Entertainment System
14. US Robotics Sportster 56K Modem
13. Atari 2600
12. Philips N1500 VCR
11. Canon Pocketronic Calculator

10. Magic Wand
9. Apple iPod
8. Kodak Brownie Camera
7. Regency TR-1 Transistor Radio
6. Victrola Record Player
5. IBM Model 5150
4. Sony Walkman
3. Apple Macintosh
2. SONY Trinitron

1. Apple iPhone

Of course, you should take this ranking with a pinch of salt, because every list of this kind is a little bit subjective. I am aware of the fact, that a lot of readers will find several reasons, to put another devices on this ranking and would like to remove some of them. As I mentioned at the beginning of the article, the presence of the 3D printer in the ranking is one of the symbols of all times. I am encouraging you to read the list with description of all of the unique devices.


Paweł Ślusarczyk
CEO of 3D Printing Center. Has over 15 years' experience in buisiness, gained in IT, advertising and polygraphy. Part of 3D printing industry since 2013.

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