The Fifth Generation MakerBot 3D Printer is powered by the MakerBot Replicator 3D Printing Platform, which enables improved reliability, ease of use, and seamless connectivity. You can create professional-quality, high-resolution, realistic prototypes and models for demonstrations and presentations. You'll end up with smooth-to-the-touch surfaces that don’t need sanding, finishing, or post-production.
The printer's build volume is 8 x 10 x 6 inches (456 cubic inches), 11% larger than that of the MakerBot Replicator 2 Desktop 3D Printer.
The display features an on-board user interface and lets you access your entire model library and see previews of your model files.
Visual feedback helps you with the leveling process, giving you increased precision so you can print faster and easier with higher-quality results.
The camera allows for remote monitoring, letting you check the status of your model from your phone and also share photos on Thingiverse and other social networks.
The retooled Smart Extruder is easy to swap or replace and automatically detects filament absence and pauses your print when necessary.
Connect to your printer however you want from wherever you are, via phone, tablet, or desktop computer.
1. What's new about the MakerBot Replicator vs. previous generations?
The Fifth Generation MakerBot 3D Printers are powered by the MakerBot Replicator 3D Printing Platform, which enables improved reliability, ease of use, and seamless connectivity. Some of the new features include:
2. Does the MakerBot Replicator have a single extruder or multiple extruders?
The MakerBot Replicator contains one extruder—the MakerBot Replicator Smart Extruder. Features of the newly designed Smart Extruder include the ability to detect filament absence and automatically pause your prints, and send notifications to your MakerBot Desktop and MakerBot Mobile apps. Most users prefer the reliability and ease of use of a single extruder. A single extruder can achieve many of the goals of a multiple extruder, including printing in multiple colors. You can print in multiple colors with a single extruder by pausing a print and swapping filament, or by printing in multiple pieces and assembling.
3. What type of filament does the MakerBot Replicator use?
Fifth Generation MakerBot Replicator 3D Printers are optimized for MakerBot PLA Filament. MakerBot PLA Filament is the best and most consistent filament for MakerBot Replicator 3D Printers. MakerBot PLA Filament is a very reliable material to work with, provides excellent surface finish, and is offered in a wide range of colors. If you have existing spools of MakerBot PLA Filament, you can load the filament through the top of the MakerBot Replicator Smart Extruder, but the existing spool will not fit into the filament drawer.
4. Is there an SD card for the MakerBot Replicator?
No. However the MakerBot Replicator provides several ways to connect including USB Stick (any size), Wi-Fi (coming soon), Ethernet cable, or through a USB cable connected to your computer.
5. When will Wi-Fi be enabled after launch?
Every Fifth Generation MakerBot Replicator 3D Printer is equipped with Wi-Fi, which will be enabled with a future firmware update. Check makerbot.com/blog for more information.
6. Does the MakerBot Replicator require leveling?
Yes, but the build-plate leveling process is faster and more precise than before. The MakerBot Replicator uses assisted leveling, which is displayed on the full-color LCD screen. The assisted leveling feature will walk you through the process of turning two knobs underneath the build plate while sensors in the Smart Extruder calibrate the proper positioning.
7. Are the new Fifth Generation MakerBot Replicator 3D printers still made in the United States?
The Fifth Generation of printers, like current MakerBot products, are designed and assembled in Brooklyn, New York, at the MakerBot Factory.
8. What is MakerBot Desktop?
The MakerBot Desktop app is a complete, free 3D printing solution for discovering, managing, and sharing your 3D prints. For more information, visit makerbot.com/desktop.
9. What's the difference between MakerBot Desktop and MakerBot MakerWare?
MakerBot Desktop is the next generation of software for your MakerBot 3D Printer and is a complete replacement for MakerBot MakerWare. Once MakerBot Desktop is available, MakerBot MakerWare will no longer be separately released, but all of its features for preparing and printing 3D models will continue to be available to you within the Prepare tab of MakerBot Desktop.
10. What is MakerBot Mobile?
The MakerBot Mobile app gives you the power to monitor and control your MakerBot Replicator 3D Printer and access all things MakerBot from your mobile device. For more information, visit makerbot.com/mobile.