MakerBot Replicator Desktop 3D Printer Review

An introduction of MakerBot 3D Printer

MakerBot 3D printer stands out from the rest of the crowd because it has a safe design for an open-frame printer. Besides that, it comes with a user-friendly software that is easy to learn and master. The Replicator Desktop 3D Printer gives a lot better experience than one at Dell and it is often referred to as the 5th generation replicator. Even during its testing and performance checking, it gives consistently good performance and it is free of the extruder problems that are most commonly found in the replicator 2X. Moreover, it is easy to setup and there are a number of connectivity options.

Features and options

It is an all-black large printer at 16.2 by 17.4 by 20.8 inches and weighing nearly 16 KGs, it is best to put it on a table or bench on its own. One of the most convenient features available in it is the frame is open at the front, top and sides. This gives you a good view while the printing is in process so seeing the whole process is pretty fascinating. However, this is also taken as a drawback because it becomes relatively noisy for a 3D printer.

Setup

It is not at all a difficult process to setup the MakerBot Desktop 3D printer. First you have to install Smart Extruder by just pressing it against the back of the extruder carriage. After that, use the magnets to lock the extruder and proceed forward to lift the filament drawer in the back and load the filament spool. After that, it all comes down to the spool header as you insert the filament using a tube and affix the tape into the right plate.

There is a 3.5-inch color LCD on the printer besides a dial and 2 buttons to help you take control on the printer easily. Then comes the time to load the filament which can be done using the control panel and the whole process is basically pretty self-explanatory.

Connectivity

The best thing about the MakerBot 3D printer is that it provides a number of connectivity options and these are the widest you will see in modern day printers. Not only you can print from a desktop PC using a USB flash drive but you can also print using Ethernet, Wi-Fi and remarkably you can print from an Android or iOS device over Wi-Fi. All you have to do is install the app of MakerBot and the whole thing becomes easy. Besides that, you can also print from USB thumb drive but in order to do that, you have to install the MakerBot app from the App Store.

Another great feature is the Smart Extruder which can be easily removed using the quick-detach design if you are into troubleshooting and stuff. There is no need of screwdrivers when you can quickly detach it whenever you want. Additionally, network connectivity and remote monitoring has been made super easy and fun with the built-in camera. This way, if the built-in Smart Extruder finds a problem and pauses the whole process of printing, you receive an SMS on your phone about this problem. So there is no downtime and you can surely stay in the loop no matter even if you are far away from your printer.

We know that 3D printing is not an easy process and almost every company tries to make the printing process as easy as possible but not everyone succeeds at it. Most of the companies end up doing this by sacrificing a lot of useful options One common problem that the users face is that there are only three major resolution settings (Low, high and medium). Moreover, in-depth options for even better quality like extrusion speed, infill density, or extrusion temperature are not available. Surely, it makes the printing process a bit easier but it comes at a cost of some very useful options that are skipped.

Conclusion

There is a difference between a good and bad printer that the good one doesn’t necessarily exclude some great features just to give the ease of use but it still gives those features with easier access. This is something that MakerBot has achieved and that’s why you get complete access to a wide range of great 3D printing features that are easy to master. Using these features doesn’t require any extra special knowledge but it is easy and intuitive and the onboard software is so simple that even a child can use it. Also, the printing performance is the best that we have seen and once it is up and running, it is the most consistent and reliable machine. So to put it shortly, MakerBot is the best machine for starters and for intermediates as it comes with a variety of great features that come in handy.

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