The Makerbot Replicator 2 3D printer is a great buy for those who want to start 3D printing as their new hobby, and it proves to be quite efficient even for veterans.
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This article will review The Makerbot Replicator 2, The Makerbot Replicator 2x, and the company’s original iteration called simply The Makerbot Replicator.
This will be an honest review about the 3D printer, and my experience with it.
Without further ado, I present you…
Makerbot Replicator 2 Review
The Makerbot Replicator 2 is a FDM 3D printer, and it uses PLA as its basic materials. It has a build volume of 28.5 x 15.3 x 15.5 cm, a min layer height of 100 microns, xy precision of 11 microns, and one single extruder.
Unfortunately, it’s not open source, and it doesn’t have a heated platform – to some, this may be a deal breaker. But you can connect an SD card, and an USB to the Makerbot Replicator 2.
This is the company’s 4th generation Replicator which has on-board controls, and an intuitive, and easy to use LCD screen. All of the goodies that it comes packed with are enveloped in a steel chassis.
The Makerbot Replicator 2 is quite noisy, so I seriously don’t recommend you use it in your bedroom, nor your living room. A basement or a garage is your best pick.
Because The Makerbot Replicator 2 has an USB port, and features the possibility of adding an SD card, it quickly becomes one of the best 3D printers to use if you plan on travelling quite a bit – at home, or at the office, mayhaps at your workshop downtown.
The company has a strong support system built where you can find everything from FAQs, to video tutorials on how to use, and do a maintenance check on your 3D printer.
The Makerbot Replicator 2 can print 3D objects up to 6 x 6 x 11 inches, and users can select what kind of speed their 3D printer will create their object. But regardless of the printing speed, failures rates are rare, and your end-product might require just the tiniest of fidgeting with.
The Makerbot replicator 2 desktop 3D printer, unfortunately, only uses a PLA filament, and has, like I said before, no heated platform. It doesn’t use ABS materials, which consists of a more durable high-quality plastic. It features just one print head, and this means that if you want a dizzying variety of colors on your objects you’re out of luck, because it can print with one color at a time.
I love the addition of the steel chassis, because your 3D printer won’t dance on your desk. The equipped LCD screen comes in quite in handy when using an SD card, and you can change, or tweak, settings, and printing plans mid-3d-printing.
The Makerbot Replicator 2 software is house-built, and it’s called Makerbot Desktop. It’s a free program, but it’s in its beta stage at the current moment – even though devs are still experimenting with the program, the community provides feedback on a daily basis, and issues are fixed in no time.
If you get stuck somewhere along your 3D printing project, it’s always recommended to check your Makerbot Replicator 2 Manual. If you don’t find any answers there, there’s a support line open 24/7, and you can reach the company by telephone, e-mail or simply by posting a message on their blog.
The Makerbot Replicator 2 comes with a six month warranty, but this may vary from retailer to retailer. I do recommend you to buy it directly from the company itself.
This 3D printer can connect to a PC running Windows, Mac, or Linux through the USB port. It will require the PC to run continuously until the 3D printing is done, so don’t shutdown, or unplug your computer while The Makerbot Replicator 2 is working!
I found it to accurately print my projects, with just the tinniest off-details on occasions. The materials can cost quite a bit, but hopefully prices will drop in the near future.
The Makerbot Replicator 2 price stands at $2,350.
Makerbot Replicator Review
The original Makerbot Replicator 3D printer has reached its 5th generation release. It costs $3,600, and it’s considered one of the best 3D printers the company is developing. Although it’s highly intuitive, it can get a little bit confusing at times even for veterans of the industry.
The behemoth of the 3D printing industry, Stratasys has bought Makerbot, and they are constantly improving their older printers. Even though this new one continues the trend of not being open source, it features a bigger warranty, and more support. The 5th generation 3D printer is more stable, and it’s marketed more towards professional of the industry.
You see, Stratasys wants to become the Apple of the 3D printing industry. It removes the possibility of users tinkering with their hardware, and software, but sets a standard of quality.
It has a print capacity of 6 x 8 x 10-inch, and it creates high-quality PLA-built objects. The downside, it will require you to buy their proprietary Makerbot filament. Don’t fret, because it is quite inexpensive – buying straight from the manufacturer tends to be so.
It weighs about 35 pounds, so no way in hell you can carry this huge lump easily to your workshop. It has to stay in your workshop.
It features a slightly different design than its previous model, but it still sports a minimalist, simple design.
It has a better LCD screen than The Makerbot Replicator 2, and it also uses their Makerbot Desktop signature program.
What I love about The Makerbot Replicator is that it comes with a brand new filament cartridge, a flash drive, and USB cables. This 5th generation 3D Makerbot printer supports Wi-Fi printing, and you can also install an app on your smartphone – available on both Android, and iOS.
Makerbot Replicator 2x Review
The Makerbot Replicator 2x is a sort of an experimental 3D printer with the capability of printing ABS materials, and of course, a heated platform. Be warned, don’t use PLA filaments, only ABS is accepted!
It costs $3,250, and if you fancy ABS, this might be the Stratasys-owned Makerbot 3D printer for you!
The largest object you can print will stand at 5.9 x 6.3 x 9.8.
Of course, it is equipped with all of the features that you can find in the previous discussed 3D printer models. Although, it does not support Wi-Fi printing, nor does it have a dedicated smartphone app.
You can print high-quality builds using an USB cable, or an SD card.