3D-Printed Heirloom Gift Startup Bre & Co. Just Launched

October 25, 2016

3:30 pm

Makerbot founder Bre Pettis is today launching a new company to make 3D printed heirloom gifts. The startup, called Bre & Co., hopes to “deepen relationships with heirloom-quality gifts” through the use of iterative design while creating watches, pens, jewelry and ceramics.

Pettis explained the values behind this new venture in a Medium post today, saying:

“The first part of my life was dedicated to empowering creativity in humans. I did that as a puppeteer, teacher, tutorial videographer, and 3D printing leader. I’m opening a new chapter in my life exploring friendship and craftspersonship. I want to have deeper relationships in my life and in the world. When I think of a brighter future, I imagine of a world where people are more trusting, more loving, and support each other.”

Bre & Co.’s products are intended to be used as unique gifts for loved ones: Ideally, craftspersonship and cutting edge advances in technology will combine to shape beautiful and meaningful talismans for people to enjoy during their daily lives. But the concepts behind the gifts’ function and design display a broad base of knowledge as well:

“We created the Bre & Co. Origami line with inspiration from folded paper, supercars of the 1980s, and the geometry of Buckminster Fuller. Lots of facets, triangular shapes and as a bee keeper, the hexagons snuck into the design inspiration too.”

Click through to examine photos of the variety of items created at Bre & Co., from a healing amulet to a fascinatingly shaped 3D-printed teapot.

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Adam is a writer with an interest in a variety of mediums, from podcasts to comic books to video essays to novels to blogging — too many, basically. He's based out of Seattle, and remains a staunch defender of his state's slogan: "sayWA." In his spare time, he recommends articles about science fiction on Twitter, @AdamRRowe

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