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MakerBot Replicator Desktop 3D Printer, 5th Generation, Firmware Version 1.7+
- The easiest and most versatile way to get from 3D model to 3D print
- Large build volume accelerates rapid prototyping and model making
- 100-micron layer resolution enables the creation of professional-quality, high-resolution prototypes and complex models, right at your desk
- Supported by the MakerBot 3D Ecosystem, a growing, synergetic ecosystem of products, materials, software, accessories, services and content that integrate seamlessly with each other to provide a satisfying MakerBot experience
- Compatible with the new MakerBot Smart Extruder+
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MakerBot Replicator Desktop 3D Printer
The MakerBot Replicator Desktop 3D Printer provides Fifth Generation ease of use and connectivity for all your 3D printing needs. Offering the easiest and most versatile way to get from 3D model to 3D print, the MakerBot Replicator’s large build volume accelerates rapid prototyping and model making. 100-micron layer resolution accelerates the design process by enabling professional-quality, high-resolution prototypes and models to be created right at your desk. Perfect for educational use. Educates students how to think, imagine, create, craft and print in 3D, while preparing them for the jobs of the future.
Key Features and Benefits
MakerBot Replicator Smart Extruder+
Engineered with improved components for better print performance.
Experience a seamless workflow from start of a print to completion.
Backed by an extensive Quality Assurance (QA) operation and technical support team to ensure your success.
Based on our testing, it prints for over 700 hours; This number is the equivalent of the following: 7 large spools of MakerBot PLA filament 2,310 meters of filament 1.44 miles of filament.
Connectivity and Mobile Control
Ways to Connect:
-Free and friendly MakerBot Mobile app.
-Remote monitoring from on-board camera feed.
-Receive notifications and alerts from your MakerBot Replicator 3D Printer.
3.5 Inch Full Color Display
On-board user interface and intuitive dial create a rich user experience.
Access your object library and see previews of your 3D model files.
On-board utilities help you set up and maintain your printer.
For print monitoring and easy sharing to MakerBot Thingiverse and social networks.
Accessible through MakerBot Desktop and MakerBot Mobile apps.
Automatically takes reference pictures of final prints and saves them to your cloud storage library.
|MakerBot Smart Extruder+||MakerBot Smart Extruder|
|Enhanced Filament Sensors||✓|
|Extended PTFE Tube (Clog Reduction)||✓|
|Enhanced Jam Detection||✓|
|Filament Compatibility||MakerBot PLA Filament||MakerBot PLA Filament|
|Warranty||6 Months||90 Days|
|Sold Separately||Ships With Printer|
|MakerBot Replicator Desktop 3D Printer||MakerBot Replicator 2X Experimental 3D Desktop Printer||MakerBot Replicator Mini Compact 3D Printer||MakerBot Replicator Z18 3D Printer|
|Product Generation||5th Generation||4th Generation||5th Generation||5th Generation|
|Category||Desktop 3D Printer||Desktop 3D Printer||Compact 3D Printer||Office Solution 3D Printer|
|Filament||MakerBot PLA Filament||MakerBot ABS Filament, MakerBot Dissolvable Filament||MakerBot PLA Filament||MakerBot PLA Filament|
|Build Volume||25.2 L x 19.9 W x 15.0 H cm [9.9 L x 7.8 W x 5.9 H in]||24.6 L x 15.2 W x 15.5 H cm [9.7 L x 6.0 W x 6.1 H in]||10.0 L x 10.0 W x 12.5 H cm [3.9 L x 3.9 W x 4.9 H in]||30.0 L x 30.5 W x 45.7 H cm [11.8 L x 12.0 W x 18.0 H in]|
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Hi folks. I wanted to address a few comments written about this review and then add a couple of updates.
We did receive a new extruder within a few after this was written. Since then we haven't had much to print on it until the last 3 weeks or so, when we've been printing a fair few parts. The printhead now doesn't really particularly jam, but it does air print or fail to print, probably around 50% of the time. This particularly true of black-PLA (we use only MakerBot PLA). So needless to say we're still pretty disappointed.
However what's even more unpleasant (and please feel free to correct me if I am wrong in my understanding). We've gotten some updates from the generic Makerbot e-mail service. First it appears that the 'extruder that jams' is no longer considered a factory defect. If you would like a replacement, you must either purchase one, or keep up with MakerBot support. Furthermore, MakerBot and their website are now recommending that you order and EXTRA extruder head...just in case... They say that the extruder head wears out, which I find odd, because my PrintrBot Simple has printed quite a bit and it has shown no sign of wear. As a Mechanical Engineer, I think I might be a bit more upset about this than most people. I'm sure the folks that work there have been working very hard to produce a good product, but to me the release of a product with such substantial performance issues speaks to a management which pushes deadlines instead of quality. Unfortunately, I think the only people that truly lose on something like that are the consumers.
Again, I've said it before, but company or individual, if you're looking for an inexpensive, reliable, and simple to operate 3D Printer, please look elsewhere. There are some great options out there, and I would hate for people to sour to 3D Printing and the great things Additive Manufacturing can do, just because of one product.
***** End of Update *****
This is the first review I've ever written and I think that's because this is the first product that I have really truly wanted to warn people about purchasing.
Allow me first to summarize my review then I will elaborate more specifically:
-The slicing and machine run software are impressive in that it's a simple and user friendly interface
-The display is pretty and mostly functional
-Initial shipment of the unit took a very long and unexpected amount of time.
-The initial order was shipped in a very strange and eventually incorrect manner.
-Software was problematic when first assembling
-Software has no options for improving prints by changing settings (there are no settings to change)
-Between software versions print quality can change drastically
-The Smart Extruder is poorly designed and continuously has problems
-The second smart extruder they sent us continuously has problems and jams
-The Smart Extruder is not repairable by the customer
-Technical support via e-mal/support tickets is extremely slow
I'll now elaborate with further details on my experiences with this printer and with MakerBot itself:
We ordered the printer originally around February. We also ordered with it a large supply of PLA spools as well as the MakerCare Protection Plan and the 3D Scanner from Makerbot. Oddly enough the scanner arrived first about a month later. The scanner is also not very useful and we returned that. A few months later after several e-mails back and forth requesting the printer we had spent $3500 on, the printer finally arrived. It did not arrive with any of the PLA we ordered so after waiting a week for that we had to contact them again to get the rest of our order.
Initial unboxing was nice and it appeared to be a quality product. The minimal assembly went reasonably. When we tried to connect to the printer via a USB cable we could not seem to. Eventually after uninstalling/reinstalling and jumping through a few more hoops we finally managed to connect via a wired LAN connection. When we first had trouble connecting, we e-mailed makerbot support. They're auto response stated a reply within 24 hours. We sent our e-mail 4/1/14 12:57 PM and received a response 4/3/14 9:19 AM. This would not be the last time that responser were delayed. In most cases we would respond within a few minutes and would receive a response back (if we received any response) within 2 days. This includes when we would e-mail to answer the questions they asked us. Response times like this for any company, much less a company selling a $3,000 product are unacceptable. I have been technical support for similarly priced products in the past and our management expected us to respond within 1-2 hours at maximum. That said my disappointment was that they took so long even when promising 24 hours.
That said, continuing on to the most damning problem we have found so far. The main issue I have with the Makebot Replicator 5th Generation is their Smart Extruder and I think many owners will echo my sentiments. We were lucky. We had the extruder work for almost a full month before it jammed. At that point we sent in another ticket to Makerbot. After a week or so of e-mails back and forth, they sent us a new extruder. Within approximately 2 weeks that extruder also had jammed. To be perfectly honest as a team of mechanical engineers we got frustrated and decided to repair the problem ourselves. Unfortunately the problem just kept getting worse. At this point between the two extruders we may have to open the case and clear a jam several times just to begin a single print. It is extremely disappointing to have such an expensive device require so much difficulty. I cannot imagine the difficulty that less technical folks must experience. Unfortunately I now get to look forward to another conversation with makerbot about trying to get another new extruder. From the forums I've learned that trying solve the problem myself may have voided our warranty. It appears that I'm not alone in extruder problems either. It seems to be a continuous complaint from other users and it further appears that there are delays in getting any replacements.
At this point, we're just considering returning it. Any restock fee is better than having a 3000 dollar paperweight that takes 1-2 hours to get started for every print.
I hope that you've found this review useful and I fully encourage you to look elsewhere. At home I've found my $350 Printrbot Simple to be substantially more reliable in spite of the fact that it's made of 1/8th inch plywood and string!
UPDATE: I initially only looked at five-star reviews for "tampering"- but the four-stars are off as well. 3 of the 8 four-star reviews were done on Oct 22nd (the same day as two five-stars), and 1 of the 8 four-stars was on the same day as the ridiculous "big day" (Oct 14th, 2014) for five-star reviews. That almost definitely makes many (most?) positive reviews false. If the suspicious four and five star reviews are discounted, the 5th Gen gets a total score of around 1.6 stars (vice 2.36, as of Feb 15, 20015). Most seasoned Amazon shoppers would not buy an very expensive product with lots of detailed reviews averaging less than two stars- thus the tampering.