Replicator 3D Printer Review

If you are looking for a world of innovation, entertainment and customization capabilities, you should want to purchase a 3D printer that boasts all these features. There are a number of 3D printers in the market. It is difficult to make a wise choice unless you go through the features and pros and cons of various printers. Above all, the 3D printer that you purchase should serve all your needs so that you will not disappoint with your investment. MakerBot has opened new avenues for 3D print enthusiasts. A high level of sophistication was achieved in a matter of a few years after the inception of the company.

The 3D printer that you will purchase should turn your ideas into reality. It should be done in an effortless manner. MakerBot Replicator has all these qualities. You can print simple objects that are used in daily life such as curtain rings, bath plugs and door knobs. You can prepare various gifts that are not available in the market by using the desktop 3D printer.

 

Features

The MakerBot Replicator 3D printer is assembled in Brooklyn. They are assembled by hand. The build area is more than 300 cubic inches. In addition to ABS and PLA, you can use various other materials. The filament diameter is 1.75mm. You can use the printer with various operating systems such as Windows, Linux and OSX. You can give print instructions either from SD Card or USB as well. The input files are STL and gcode.

In terms of electronics, the Replicator comes with piezoelectric buzzer. RGB LEDs can be controlled by the software. It comes with single piece MakerBot MightyBoard motherboard. You can power the unit with 100 to 240V and it operates at 50/60 Hz. The unit comes with snap on/off carriage assemblies. Shafts are ground at 8 mm and it has linear ball bearings. You can utilize the customer service at Makerbot so that you will get help at any moment.

As you go for Replicator, you can take advantage of a wide variety of designs and projects that are available at Thingiverse. You can contribute as well as download models from the site so that you can print objects through your 3D printer.

 

Specifications

  • 32 x 46,7 x 38,1 cm  (12.6 x 18.4 x 15 in)
  • Build envelope = 22,6 x 14,5 x 15cm  (8.9 x 5.7 x 5.9 in)
  • Build volume = 5 liters
  • Layer thickness 0.2-0.3
  • Speed 40 mm/s
  • Maximum extruder temperature 230 degree centigrade
  • Filament diameter: 1.75 mm
  • Material: ABS, PLA and other materials
  • Price: $1999
Pros
  • User friendly software
  • Retail storefront
  • Consumer grade 3D printer with complete features
  • Dual extruder print head
  • Highest print platform
Cons
  • Improvements are expected in the software
  • Based on earlier technology
  • Improved version already available (Replicator 2)

 

Conclusion

Replicator as a consumer grade 3D printer has all the bells and whistles to deliver great performance. At $1999 the product is ideal for average consumers. It is certainly a value for money product. Even though MakerBot established in 2009, it has emerged as the world leader in 3D printing technologies. You can create detailed and beautiful designs by procuring materials from MakerBot filaments.

 

Makerbot’s fourth generation machine Replicator 2 is also already available (review is coming soon). More information can be found here

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