MakerBot 3D Printers

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MakerBot: industrial-grade features into desktop-sized 3D printers.

MakerBot is a well-known brand in the world of 3D printing. Born in 2009 as a cheap 3D printer manufacturer, it is now one of the major providers of industrial-grade desktop 3D printers at affordable costs. Innovation and market interpretation have been playing a major role in its development. 

Always working to enhance the entire 3D printing workflow, MakerBot provides machines of great power to the 3D printer market. The models currently available for sale are the Method and the Replicator. Just take an in-depth look at their specs to find the right 3D printer for you.

MakerBot Replicator series

If you’re seeking an educational solution for easy and accessible 3D printing, Replicator printers are your right pick. Available in various versions and prices, Replicator+, Replicator Mini+, and Replicator Z18 are perfect for schools and colleges. They are easy-to-use, intuitive, user-friendly and operate as Plug ‘n’ Play printers thanks to their simple setup. 

Replicator+ is an effective open-frame printer. Compared to other brands, it provides good quality prints and works at nice speeds. It has a larger build volume of 295 x 195 x 165 mm and ensures consistent quality on long runs. Its mechanical parts have been designed for greater precision and reliability. It shows a removable factory-leveled build plate and the Smart Extruder+. The extruder attaches itself magnetically to the mount in a snap. It comes with a sensor system for filament detection which automatically pauses the print when the filament is absent. In this way, you will be able to immediately recover your print. In addition, thanks to the Wi-Fi connection, the system is able to send notifications to all the connected devices. Indeed, MakerBot provides a desktop and a mobile app to keep you constantly updated about the printing status of your works. The Replicator+ features MakerBot-branded filaments, such as the non-toxic, food-safe PLA and the MakerBot Tough Material.

Replicator Z18 includes all the functionalities above-mentioned while providing an extra-large build volume of 300 x 305 x 457 mm. Replicator Mini+ is the cheapest printer of the MakerBot family. It shows almost all the main features of the Replicator series and allows printing just out the box.

MakerBot Method

The Method is a cost-effective desktop 3D printer that provides industrial functionalities at affordable costs. It offers a unique 3D printing experience tailored to designers, engineers, and manufacturers. Thanks to its advanced features, it ensures high performances and reliability being able to produce consistent parts with great dimensional accuracy. Its extreme precision makes this printer a perfect solution for building up top-notch elements and for rapid prototyping.

The Method features Dual Performance Extruders, an extrusion system that allows printing with multiple materials, even water-soluble ones, at high speed. It includes a longer hotend and a stiff metal frame which lets the extruders move faster while ensuring top print quality. Indeed, the Method works at a considerably faster speed than other desktop printers. Despite its advanced features, the MakerBot Method too operates as a Plug ‘n’ Play printer. Should we say more?

MakerBot Print and accessories

All Makerbot 3D printers include the MakerBot Print software, a free CAD/slicer developed to optimize the 3D printing process. It is cloud-enabled and can be easily downloaded from Makerbot website.

The intuitive slicer allows managing the design process of your 3D models in just a few steps. It gives you access to many instructional and troubleshooting videos. It is also connected to the Thingiverse platform, one of the oldest community of 3D printing founded by MakerBot. Thingiverse is the perfect solution either if you are a tinkering type or a beginner. Indeed, it gives you the possibility to download thousands of free printing files in .stl or .obj format and of 3D print profiles to easily manage infill percentages and more.

MakerBot provides also a professional support section where you can find a lot of useful information and manuals about how MakerBot 3D printers work, how to use them and which one you should buy.

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