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Mr. Wizard for the Internet age

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Bre Pettis with his Cupcake CNC machine, one of many open-source inventions created at NYC Resistor, his Brooklyn work space. (Photo by Anthony Lanzilote for C)

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Bre Pettis with his Cupcake CNC machine, one of many open-source inventions created at NYC Resistor, his Brooklyn work space. (Photo by Anthony Lanzilote for C)

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Bre Pettis with his Cupcake CNC machine, one of many open-source inventions created at NYC Resistor, his Brooklyn work space. (Photo by Anthony Lanzilote for C)

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The work table at NYC Resistor, the "hackerspace" founded by Bre Pettis. (Photo by Anthony Lanzilote for C)

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Bre Pettis at NYC Resistor, his Brooklyn work space. (Photo by Anthony Lanzilote for C)

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Zach Smith and Bre Pettis with the Cupcake CNC machine, one of many open-source inventions created at NYC Resistor. (Photo by Anthony Lanzilote for C)

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Internet star Bre Pettis is a hip Mr. Wizard. With wildly popular Web video spots that teach viewers to create their own robot sandwich maker or T-shirt gun, a collective for New York inventors and the world's first 3-D printer for mass-market sale, Pettis is America's king of science cool.


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