Hey Hackers. Just thought I would share my success story with the new VHS MakerBot.
Backstory: Two days after purchasing a new cupcake holder one of the 4 corner snaps broke. Rather than returning/exchanging the product, I decided to repair it.
Designing: Using a pair of digital calipers I measured and reproduced the part in Google Sketchup. The process took no more than 20 minutes to get the basic shape sketched out. Once I was happy with the look of the part I exported it to a STL file using this ruby script.
Printing: The printing part was very easy. The MakerBot software directly imports STL files. Once the part was imported I clicked the button to generate the GCode necessary to drive the machine. 25 minutes later I had a completed part with the exact dimensions as the original.
Conclusion: The MakerBot rocks! The process to design, create and print any custom plastic part is so easy! I would almost encourage people to break something just so they can have the opportunity to try out this process.