Get all the details on the Makerbot Replicator for Plug and 3D Printing…
Most of the population wants a product that is ready to go and not going to take up any time for us to troubleshoot. Of course there are also those who love to do that, but at least now we have a product that will get us newcomers to the plate and ready to try it out.
The Replicator+ is a bit larger than a microwave oven at 20.8 x 17.4 x 16.2 inches. It weighs about 40 pounds, so it takes a bit of effort to lift it onto a table, but it can be done by one person.
The only assembly required to get the printer up and running is attaching the spool of PLA filament and snapping the extruder into place. No tools are required, and the setup is explained through the online app. It’s no more difficult than loading ink and paper into a standard printer. The app sent a firmware update notification. Once that installed we were ready to start printing.
The new Makerbot Mobile app allows you to search the Thingiverse database of thousands of 3D printing plans and print them straight from your smartphone. If you prefer to connect from your desktop computer, just download Makerbot Print to start printing. It features native CAD support and streamlines the process from design to print.
The Replicator+ is preloaded with five prints ready to go. Just select the print from the onboard menu and press go. The mobile app also had some preloaded plans, but we ran into some technical difficulties getting those to print (Makerbot representatives stated that is a known issue). We had no issues downloading and printing designs from Thingiverse. We found a few robots and skulls that printed at an impressive resolution and fairly quickly.
What’s really cool is that the Replicator has a progress meter to show you how much time has passed and how much longer the job will take. Unfortunately, 3D printing is not a fast process yet and as an example, a small print may take up to an hour to finish. We have to remember that this is still quite revolutionary and is it amazing that we can now do this in our homes if we want to.
The Replicator+ is about 30 percent faster than the previous 5th Generation Replicator, and has a 25 percent larger build volume, which means you have more space to print larger items. Compared to previous generations of Makerbots, the gantry (system of rods and belts that move the extruder) and Z-stage (moves the extruder along a vertical axis) have been completely redesigned to be more rigid, which enables greater consistency and reliability.
You can purchase the Makerbot Replicator on Amazon Prim for $1,999 which is not the lowest costing 3D printer, but it was reported that it works quite well over others. If you are looking for a 3D printer, this one should be on your list.
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