Bre Pettis, one of the co-founders of MakerBot, is returning to 3D printing through new ‘heirloom quality gifts’ company Bre & Co. The inspiration for this latest project, cited by Pettis, was initially to make a few special watches for my own friends as special tokens of my appreciation and admiration. From there the project has grown to the current collection of six thoughtfully designed objects including a 3D printed ceramic sake set, teapot, and a photopolymer pendant.
The ceramics from Bre & Co. are, to me, the standout products in the range. Seeing pictures of the Origami Sake Set, it’s hard to believe that it has been created by a 3D printer and not thrown on a potter’s wheel. The team use a Ludum 3D clay printer to make the carafe and cups, later adding a glaze finish reminiscent of a traditional raku effect.
The principle of Bre & Co’s Origami line is that all the products can be customized to make the act of gift-giving that much more personal. Pettis puts an emphasis on friendship in the founding of Bre & Co. and reveals that he intends to keep the team as close-knit as possible in the light of success;
We aren’t at scale. There are 11 of us, including me, at Bre & Co. and if we are successful, we won’t be able to scale up. Part of this is intentional because in crafting this business, I’m hoping that we can grow it slowly and intentionally and maintain a high level of obsession to create beautiful things with pride.
The launch announcement was made via Pettis’ personal Medium page and has incited a lot of encouragement from his fans who have been patiently awaiting his return to the public sphere. Pettis closes the announcement by saying We’re excited to get the show on the road and dedicate our work to the spirit of gratitude, friendship, and love. Here at 3DPI we’re also looking forward to seeing what twists and turns Pettis’ new venture will take us on. You can sign up to our newsletter to stay in the loop.
Featured image shows the Bre & Co. Website Welcome message with Origami Pen and Watch Photo via: bre.co