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MakerBot Replicator 2X Manuals

Manuals and User Guides for MakerBot Replicator 2X. We have

MakerBot Replicator 2X manuals available for free PDF download: User Manual

MakerBot Replicator 2X User Manual (116 pages)

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Whats the cost of printing with a MakerBot?

Ive wondered for a while about the cost of operating a MakerBot.  Lets break it down and see what happens:

According to some calculations on theMakerBot Operators group, the cost of MakerBot ABS is around $0.03 $0.04 per cubic centimeter based upon a price of $70 for 5 pounds (or 2268 grams) of ABS, a density of 1.2 grams per cubic centimeter.1Using the current prices of $81.36 for a 5 pound coil after shipping, I calculate the price of ABS at $0.035 per cubic centimeter.  Since were talking about such large numbers, lets just round on up to $0.04/cc.

Skeinforge has been estimating about 85 minutes to print 19 cc of plastic.  This comes to about 4.5 minutes/cc.

At at $0.20/kWh, a MakerBot probably draws around $0.03 per hour.

Thus,we may estimate the cost of operating a MakerBot in terms of consumption of goods and resources (excluding computer, human, and MakerBot time and wear and tear) as follows, where V is the volume of the extruded object in cubic centimeters or cc:

Supposing I wanted to recoup the entire cost of my MakerBot to date and spread it across the entire life of a single 5 pound roll of ABS.2Lets round the cost of the MakerBot, all repairs, and all extra MakerBot related materials up to $1,500.00.  One 5 pound coil would have 1890 ccs of plastic.  This would come to $0.794 per cc of plastic.  So, I would suggest the cost of buying a MakerBot and printing off an entire coil of plastic would probably end up costing you about $0.85 per cubic centimeter of plastic.

Resource cost of printing a 19cctotally MakerBottable 3x2x1 Rubiks Cubeis $0.80.

Actual pro rated cost of printing a 19cctotally MakerBottable 3x2x1 Rubiks Cubeis $16.15.

Absolute cheapest MakerBot usage Ive seen anywhere at Metrix:Create for members printing from Thingiverse is $0.30/minute, which would print thetotally MakerBottable 3x2x1 Rubiks Cubefor $25.65.

No one has yet quoted me a price on a pint of tears. []

Printing an entire coil would take about 142 hours. []

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Brainstorming a printed bead bearing – MakerBot Industries

[] required for a single bearing.  The design probably requires about 0.5 cc of plastic per bearing, at a cost of $0.04/cc of plastic.  Were looking at a materials cost of $3.18 for a full set of 53 bearings. 1  I believe []

[] how they charge for providing these services.  Obviously, theres a cost associated with the plastic, electricity, wear and tear, failed prints, etc. 1 Setting aside the intrinsic value of what you have produced 2 , []

[] US$0.13 per cubic centimeter [ref]. While ABS costs US$0.03 US$0.04 per cubic centimeter [ref]. So from a pure material point of view, your print is about 4 times as []

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A new week has dawned, and with it comes a new list of great things happening on Android. This is the Google Play App Roundup where we tell you what needs to be on your phone or tablet right now. Just click the links to head to Google Play and grab these apps for yourself.

You probably already use your phone to make reminders, but how often are those reminders related to sending a message? Ask someone about something or wish that guy a happy whateveryou know the drill. Scheduled is an app that takes the middleman out and lets you schedule messages for the future.

Scheduled works with a wide variety of messaging apps and services like WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger, and Telegram. Theres also support for good old-fashioned SMS. In fact, SMS is the most powerful option in Scheduled. When setting up an SMS, you can choose to have the app send the message automatically when you configure it.

To set up a message, simply pick a contact, date, time, and repetition. Toggle on the auto-send feature if youre sending an SMS and you want to speed things along. The app fires off a notification at the appointed hour, allowing you to quickly open up the message details. A tap on the send button brings up menu of supported apps. Tap the one you want to use, and the message is dropped in.

Again, SMS is the coolest part of the app as Scheduled can simply act as the SMS sender. Thats a single tap to send, ornotaps if you choose to send automatically. You can schedule as many messages as you want in the app, and theres even an option to sync the birthdays in your calendar for easy messaging of happy birthday wishes.

The basic functionality is free, but you might be wondering why the apps reviews in the Play Store are a bit mixed. Well, people arent jazzed about the payment model. The app has some ads, and the auto-sending feature is locked unless you pay. Oddly, the developer has opted for a subscription model. Its $0.99 per month for the premium features. A lot of people will probably steer clear for that reason, but if you use this app frequently, I can see the $12 annual cost making some sense.

Episode 432 – Just for the Taste of It – 1/18/18

Norm is still away at WETA workshop in New Zealand, so Kishore and Jeremy are joined by TekThing co-host Shannon Morse to discuss the Great CES blackout of 2018 (12:40), her hands-on impressions of the new Vive Pro (22:15), the potential Studio Ghibli themepark (1:09:40), and to celebrate Shake Shack expanding to San Francisco, we rank our favorite chain burgers (1:12:00). And yes, Kishore is still reeling from the huge Diet Coke announcement. Check out Shannon on TekThing ( and Hak5 ( And special shout out to Danica Chan for designing our new podcast set!

Custom Keyboard Spotlight: The Zeal60 PCB

At the heart of most custom keyboards is a PCB, or printed circuit board. The PCB determines how you program a board and what switch layouts it supports. The Zeal60 from ZealPC is one of the most popular PCBs for a compact custom keyboard project right now. It does not come cheap, and thats not just because of the pretty purple color. It runs powerful firmware with one of the most advanced lighting setups available in a DIY keyboard.

A keyboards PCB is roughly analogous to the motherboard in your PCits where everything connects to make your keyboard work. In a high-end custom board, the PCB includes a microcontroller with user-programmable features. In the case of the Zeal60, its an ATmega32U4 chip. Unlike many PCBs, this one is not part of a full kit (case, plate, switches, etc.). If you buy a Zeal60, thats just the start of your keyboard adventure. However, its compatible with a wide variety of parts.

Youll need to work some magic with function layers if you build with the Zeal60. It only supports 60% layouts similar to the popular Poker 3 and HHKB2 boards. That means you dont have arrows, an F-row, or a number pad. All those actions still exist, but theyre in function layers. For example, the arrows are accessed via Fn1+WASD in the default configuration. Many people prefer 60% boards because theyre compact and require less hand movement.

Last week, technology companies gathered in Las Vegas for the Consumer Electronic Show to unveil their latest products, prototypes, and pitches for your attention (and dollars). It seems like more real, big, product announcements were made this year compared to the past few years. And while we werent at the show this year to cover the event in person, here is the computer hardware that caught our attention.

When the likes of the Oculus Rift and HTC Vive launched, it was unknown how often the hardware of this new era of VR headsets would be updated. Well, almost two years after the launch of the Vive, HTC has taken off the wraps of theVive Pro. Releasing sometime in Q1 of this year, the new headset has been redesigned and features a massive resolution increase.

The Pro has two OLED displays for a combined resolution of 2880×1600, which is a 78% increase over the base Vives resolution of 2160×1200. The ergonomics of the strap have been redesigned to better distribute the weight of the headset, and it now includes a dial to adjust the sizing. Itll also be hard to miss the addition of integrated headphones, as well as a second outward facing camera. The Pro will be lighter than the original model, but HTC has yet to say by how much.

HTC will also be releasing 2.0 base stations, although it sounds like they may not be released until sometime after the Pro. The Vive Pro, when combined with four 2.0 base stations, will be able to operate in a space as big as 10 square meters. HTC has yet to say whether or not well see the release of updated controllers in 2018, but if we do, hopefully theyll be based on Valvesknuckle controllers.

A price for the Vive Pro hasnt been announced at this time. The base Vive bundle currently retails for $600. Thats a $200 premium over the Oculus Rift. Id be surprised if the base Vives price didnt drop in the next couple of months, but I also wont be holding my breath for a Vive Pro bundle to come in at $600.

Announced alongside the Vive Pro is the Vive Wireless Adapter. HTC has partnered with Intel to utilize their WiGig technology to make a first party solution for wireless VR use. It will work with both Vive headsets and ship sometime in Q3 2018. HTC has not announced a price.

A new week has dawned, and with it comes a new list of great things happening on Android. This is the Google Play App Roundup where we tell you what needs to be on your phone right now. Just click the links to head to Google Play and grab these apps for yourself.

Your privacy on the internet used to be assumed, but we live in a much more complicated world these days. Your ISP sees all your unencrypted traffic, and the only way to prevent that is to stick a VPN between you and the ISP. However, you need to actually trust that VPN. The makers of ProtonMail have released an Android VPN client, and plenty of people already trust the ProtonMail developers, who came from CERN and MIT. The app happens to be pretty solid, too.

ProtonVPN can be used completely free, but there are paid plans that include faster connectivity and more features. Regardless of your plan type, you still get access to Protons secure servers. The app plugs into Androids built-in VPN system, so all you need to do is log in and tap the dialogs to allow access.

The apps main interface is broken up into three tabs. Theres countries, map view, and profiles. The countries tab just lists all the places where servers are available. Each one is a collapsible list with the individual servers listed. Each one has a capacity indicator so you can choose a good one. However, most of the time its easier just to tap the action button at the bottom of the screen and select the fastest option. The exception is, of course, when you need to connect to a certain country. The map view tab lets you connect to the country of your choice in a single tap. The profile tab is basically a list of your favorite servers. There are stock options for fastest and random, but you can create new ones with servers of your choice.

Across all three tabs is a popup menu at the bottom of the display. You can slide that up to see your current connection stats. Theres IP, server, a traffic graph, and so on. Theres also a disconnect button and an option to save the server as a profile.

ProtonVPN has several service tiers. The free level only offers access to three of 12 countries and just low speeds (no P2P). Its single-device, too. You get higher speeds and 2 devices for $4 per month, and five devices runs you $8 per month. When you sign up for a new account, theres a trial of the faster speeds, but the app doesnt say how long it lasts. Id assume a week or so. Its plenty fast for just about anything you could want to do on your phone. ProtonVPN says its servers are all 1-10Gbps, so even desktop usage should be fine.

This seems like a genuinely compelling VPN option for Android users now that theres a native app. At $4 per month, you can get ProtonVPN protecting your computer and phone. Thats cheaper than a lot of other services.

Episode 431 – No Transitions Necessary – 1/11/18

Norm is away in New Zealand, so Kishore and Jeremy are joined by game development legend Mike Mika of Other Ocean Interactive. We chat about the Vive Pro and other VR announcements from CES, the pre-blackout most interesting hardware at CES so far, and its award season, so we hand out the 1st ever Tested awards for our favorite media, games, and hardware of 2017. RIP Tested transition music.

Quick Look at the Shaper Origin Handheld CNC!

We have the new Shaper Origin CNC machine in our workshop! This is a handheld CNC that uses computer vision to align itself to the material youre routing, like plywood or MDF. We take it for a spin with a simple test project to show you the basics of how it works and the quirks of its operation.

You might not give much thought to the keyboard under your fingers, but theres a community of dedicated enthusiasts who spend a great deal of time thinking about their keyboards. The custom mechanical keyboard community can be confusing and downright imposing, but there are some genuinely cool things out there. In the Keyboard Spotlight, we seek to show off the coolest things happening in the custom mech scene one switch, keyboard, and keycap at a time.

This week were taking a look at the innovative new Hako switches from Input Club and Kailh.

These switches are basically an alternative to theCherry Browns or Blueswith which youre most familiar. There are also similar switches from companies like Gateron and Kaihua (Kailh). Its become increasingly common for keyboard designers to create custom switch designs and have them produced by one of these manufacturers. The latest to do that is Input Club, which is responsible for creating keyboards like the WhiteFox and K-Type.

The Hako True (salmon stem) and Hako Clear (white stem) are both based on Kailhs new BOX designs. These switches have a standard Cherry-style cross stem inside a box-shaped frame. So, they work with standard Cherry-compatible keycaps, but the switch housing is self-cleaning and IP56-rated. Dust and moisture can escape out the bottom through drainage holes, and the metal contacts are in a separate compartment from the stemsee below for a detailed shot of the Hako Clear.

You probably want more apps, but more than that, you want the right ones. Thats what were here to deliver with the weekly Google Play App Roundup. This is where youll find the best new and newly updated apps and games on Android. Just click the link to head right to Google Play.

Cloud storage services are a dime a dozen lately, but storage monolith Western Digital is looking to get into this space by charging less than a dime. Its UpThere cloud storage service costs just $1.99 per month for 100GB of space, which is the same as many competing services. However, theres more flexibility here. Theres even a new Android app to use, and its pretty good.

Like other cloud storage apps, Western Digital wants you to import files from your phone as you create them. One of the first things suggested by UpThere is linking your gallery, which creates backups of all your photos on the UpThere servers. You can also designate other folders to back up to the cloud via UpThere.

The app has a clean monochrome look with a bottom tab bar for navigation. Yes, thats an acceptable part of the material design guidelines these days. Although, Im not sure about WDs decision to leave the buttons unlabeled. The far left tab is your home screen for UpThere, but its called Flow. Its a sort of timeline where you can see all the activity on your account. In general, UpThere has fancy names for several basic concepts.

The other tabs are for file types like images, documents, and music. In the case of music, you can use UpThere to stream your tracks at full quality. The last tab is for Loops, which seem to just be folders by another name. You can add items to a Loop to see them all in one place. Loops also plug into UpTheres sharing system. You can still share files the old-fashioned way, but you can basically create shared Loops for other people to view as you add new things to them.

You can try UpThere free for three months. After that, its $1.99 per month for 100GB, but interestingly, thats the rate forevery100GB. If you need another 100GB, its just another $1.99 per month. This looks like a much more flexible pricing model than something like Drive, which jumps from 100GB to 1TB.

If youre not already married to a cloud storage service, you might want to give UpThere a shot.

Google started as a search engine, as we put 2017 behind us, its all the more clear just how far the Mountain View company has come. Android has grown into the most popular computing platform in the world, and Google Assistant is running on a huge number of those devices. Machine learning backs so much of what Google did in 2017, making it clear this is no longer about impressive hypothetical research. Machine learning is the future of Google, and its having huge impacts on the way we use technology right now.

No discussion of Googles efforts in 2017 can ignore the continued importance of Android. In 2017, Androidsurpassed Windowsas the most popular operating system on Earth. People who buy smartphones are much more likely to buy one running Android than iOS when you look at the global numbers, and people buya lotof smartphones.

Google is looking toward the future with Android, as well, In 2017, Google announced the Android Go platform, a stripped down version of Android designed to run on ultra-budget phones with limited storage and processing power. Android Go, which will be a variant of Android 8.1, even has its own suite of apps like Maps and Gmail that run smoother and use less data.

In many places, smartphone usage has reached saturation. Many of us still pick up new devices every year or two, but there are many places where smartphone usage is still picking up steam. Google wants Android to be running on the next billion smartphones, and Android Go is how we get there.

Of course, its not all about the entry-level phones. Google also released Android 8.0 and 8.1 Oreo in the fall after starting a developer preview in spring 2017. It was a little disappointing Google didnt do a big promotional push for Oreo like it did for KitKat a few years back, but aside from the awkward launch, Oreo is a good update.

There arent as many headlining features in Oreo as in some past version of Android, but the under-the-hood improvements will make a big impact going forward. Google is cracking down on background processes to improve battery life, and users now have more control over how apps push notifications. Theres also Project Treble, which aims to solve the problem of fragmentation once and for all. This modular system framework will run on all phones that ship with Oreo, allowing OEMs to make system updates that dont require new hardware drivers. That means faster updates and longer support.

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How To Make Tire Chains for RC Cars

Snow is still quite a novelty to me. Until recently, Ive only lived in Florida or Texas. Now Im in Buffalo, New York, where the average yearly snowfall is 95 inches. The transition has been relatively painless so far (knocking on wood), but there is definitely some adaptation required for my RC activities! This article highlights a recent example. I was originally intending to do a straightforward review of theKyosho Outlaw Rampage RC truck. Snow was hampering my test drives, so I improvised.

There was only a little bit of snow on the ground the first time I took the Outlaw out for a spin (quite literally). In fact, it was the same outing where I photographedthe Ultima RB6.6at the park. While the UltimasGoose Bumpstires hooked up really well in the snow, the Outlaws stock treads were nearly useless. The truck would constantly spin out or get stuck. I definitely needed to find better traction one way or another.

Im sure that there are off-the-shelf tires that would fit the Outlaws wheels and provide better traction in snow. However, I thought it would be more fun to try a DIY approach. Ive seen examples of tire chains on RC trucks before. So I decided to create my own version. It is a simple and inexpensive project that actually works quite well.

Those of you in warmer climates may be wondering justwhat the heck tire chains are. Its all new to me too. Apparently, there are many different types of tire chains (aka snow chains), but all stick to a common theme. As the name implies, they are chains that you attach to your car or truck tires. The profile of the chain acts like a paddle to give you extra traction in really bad winter conditions. Tire chains are obviously intended for temporary use and only when necessary.

So, the time has come to get a new phone. Before you toss the old one out and head to your local phone retailer of choice, you should get the lay of the land. There are dozens of Android phones worth considering, but only a few are the good, and even fewer will be the best for you. Lets break it all down and call out the top devices on the big carriers as well as the best among unlocked phones.

Getting a phone from the carrier is what most people do for one primary reason: its easy. You walk in, and walk out with a new phone on a monthly payment plan. However, you dont have as many good choices on the carriers. One consistently good choice in the last year has been the latest devices from Samsung like the Galaxy S8 and more recently, the Note 8. These are, right now, the best overall choices on the big carriers.

One of Samsungs biggest selling points is the display. The Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus have some of the most incredible OLED panels available, and theyre a bit more curvy than the Note 8. The Galaxy S8 has a 5.8-inch curved display, whereas the Plus has a 6.2-inch curved panel. These screens are taller than old 16:9 panels with a resolution of 1440 x 2960. Theyre crisp, bright, and have fantastic colors. The rounded corners and smooth glass frame of these phones makes them so visually interesting. Theyre gorgeous.

The glass housing looks nice, but it comes with some drawbacks. Its slippery, and it picks up fingerprints immediately. On the other hand, the shape and size of the GS8 and S8 Plus are comfortable with the symmetrically curved front and back glass. The glass is also prone to breaking when dropped because theres so much of it. A case is a very good idea if youre going to be out and about.

Samsung finally switched to on-screen navigation buttons with the Galaxy S8, but the fingerprint scanner (formerly in the home button) has ended up in a rather awkward spot on the back of the phone. Its way up next to the camera instead of below it. The on-screen buttons can be reorganized to display in the right order. The home button is also pressure-sensitive. Hard-pressing on that area of the screen will always trigger the button, even if the phone is asleep.

Your phone might be cool, but it could be a lot cooler with the right apps. So what? Spend like mad until you find the apps that suit your needs? Nah, just read the weekly Google Play App Roundup here on Tested. We strive to bring you the best new, and newly updated apps on Android. Just click the app name to head to the Play Store.

Buying things on the internet can save you a lot of money if you wait for a good deal to come along, but you could be out of luck if you dont hop on a hot deal fast enough. Fluctuate is a new app that tracks prices for things you want to buy, and pushes alerts for pricing changes. The basic functionality is free, but several advanced features will cost you.

There are two ways to add items to Fluctuate. You can either share a URL to the app via Androids built-in permission system, or you can open the app and tap the floating action button to paste a URL manually. Fluctuate reads the page and looks for a price, which it usually finds. You have the option to tell the app that the detected price is not the correct one. In that case, the app loads the page, and you can tap on the name of the item and the price to correct the record.

With your item set up in the app, youll see a notification in the event the price changes at all. Depending on the site, that might mean a lot of notifications. You can, instead, set a threshold at which youll receive a notification. Each item on your Fluctuate list shows the current price, and tapping on it lets you buy or view the product. When selecting Buy now, the app will track how much youve saved based on the price drop since an item was added to the list. That running tally appears at the top of the app.

All of this functionality is free, and there are no ads in Fluctuate. The app will track pricing data over time for your saved items, but you can only see the graph if you upgrade to the pro version for $3.49. Theres a separate $1.99 IAP for backup and restore support. That lets you save your tracked items so you wont lose them when migrating to a new device. If you want both, theres a single $4.99 everything upgrade.

Fluctuate has performed well for me with a variety of sites including Amazon, the Google Store, and B&H. I think the IAPs are a bit high, but the free functionality is already very solid. It would have been easy to toss some contextual ads in Fluctuate, but the devs didnt do that. Thumbs up there.

Testeds production coordinator Ryan shares some of his favorite things of 2017, including a favorite backpack, a memorable trip from this year, and something priceless! (Please consider contributing to theASPCA here.)

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MakerBot summons the MakerBot Replicator 3D printer, which allows for a two-color print of large 3D objects.

LAS VEGAS–It was only a matter of time before a 3D printer manufacturer latched on to Star Treks famous make-anything device.

Expanding its product portfolio, MakerBot Industries today unveils the MakerBot Replicator, one of, if not the, first with the ability to print objects made from two different colors.

The Replicator starts at $1,799 for a model with a single extruder, and $1,999 for the dual-extruder attachment, which allows for two-color-printing (or Dualstrusion, according to MakerBot Industries).

This new model, a follow-up to MakerBots Thing-O-Matic printer, is unique for MakerBot in that it comes pre-assembled. Previous MakerBot products required user-assembly. MakerBot also boasts an increase in the size of printed objects for the Replicator. The Thing-O-Matic topped out at 5x5x6-inch objects. The Replicator will print objects as large as 8.9 inches by 5.7 inches by 5.9 inches.

Along with the Replicator, MakerBot has also announced a revamp of itsThingiverse 3Ddesign-sharing site. Thingiverse is host to over 15,000 project plans, all freely available for download. MakerBot says it updated the site to allow for easier plan uploading.

MakerBot is already taking preorders for the Replicator, and estimates a six-week lead time.

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Print the Legend was well-received in its world premiere at Austins SXSW Film Festival. While I was expecting a film focused on a new technology, the high tech elements and the implications of the technology were really secondary to exploring the world of high tech start-ups in this new and potentially revolutionary technology. The film did that very well. It focused on interviews with the employees at two startup companies, MakerBot and Form Labs. The film did an excellent job of describing the process of taking a company from being a shoestring startup to being a real company and the many bumps that the founders and employees hit along the way. The interviews are well- filmed and really showed the fascinating interactions between personalities and businesses including many of the founders were pushed out by intra-personal conflicts.Although not mentioned directly in the film directly, an important issue raised in the Q&A was the degree to which the startups were overwhelming populated by white males. The subjects from the film that attended the screening indicated that they were concerned about the issue and were attempting to address it.The inclusion of the creepy Austin-based anarchist Cody Wilson who caused an international controversy in 2012 by printing 3D guns added an interesting subplot – and some local color for the Austin audience. Wilsons bizarre efforts to print weapons raised serious questions about the ethical limits of the technology and forced the companies to seriously consider – perhaps for the first time – the moral implications of the technology were creating. This was an important element of the film, because it did move it beyond the metrics of success and profit into the realm of considering the societal impact of their work. Oddly, while Wilson was present at the post-screening Q&A, no one in the audience chose to ask him any questions. Perhaps, they just thought he wasnt worth engaging.

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Clean STL file with netfabb – alternative to blender easy automated tool-

Step 2: Open ReplicatorG and prepare your machine

Step 4: Position the Print Head (Cupcake Only)

The magic of MakerBot and digital fabrication in general is that it takes amodel, a digital design, and turns it into a real, physical object.

The designs are files in .STL format, which is short for STereoLithography. These files describe the surface geometry of a 3D object.

There are a three ways of getting a file to print with:

Use an existing file. Easiest and probably best for your first print!

Design a model yourself in CAD software. Great once youve learned how.

Scan a real-life object. Fun and probably not as hard as youd think.

Details on these three methods are given below. All are available in open source versions, so youll be able to find them on the Internet and find communities of people to advise and help.

Once youve loaded the .stl file, the model needs to be sliced, or turned into a set of print layers. Dont worry, its as easy as clicking a button! In this case, SkeinForge, which is incorporated into ReplicatorG, does the slicing and turns the model intogcode. The gcode tells the makerbot how to print the object.

Open ReplicatorG and connect to your Thing-O-Matic or CupCake CNC

Run STL file through Skeinforge to generate GCode file

Position nozzle for printing (Cupcake only)

Say/Yell/Scream Fire the MakerBot in a funny accent.

Troubleshooting (in case the magic fizzles).

If you dont have 3D modeling skills, this is probably the fastest way to get a design to print. Its also the coolest. In a way, youre downloading an object from the internet and your machine is simply making it real. Just like the internet has revolutionized the way we listen to music and watch movies, it will soon revolutionize the way we use objects. Now youre on the forefront of that movement too.

So, where do you go to get 3D models? Thats a good question. There are a few places you can go:

Sketchup- This is Googles 3D design warehouse. Youll have to dig for things that are intended for printing, as there are a ton of non-printable designs up on their site. Its also quite tricky to extract usable 3D data from their files, but it is possible.

This is probably the coolest route. It is also the hardest route. Most 3D modeling programs have a fairly steep learning curve that can be intimidating to beginners. Dont worry though, its not too bad. It may take you a few attempts with a tutorial, but you can definitely learn how to do it if you really want to. Thats what makes you a human!

There are a huge number of 3D design programs available, both free and non-free. Here is a short list of programs that weve either used or been recommended.

If you plan on designing your own models, check out ourguidelines for designers.

We are collecting tutorialsmaking a 3d logofrom a 2d bitmap/EPS file. One uses Gimp, Inkscape and Blender. If you have an tutorial, link it in here!

This may be one of the coolest untapped methods for getting 3D models to print. Basically you just get a real object that exists, you scan it, and then you print it. Thats it. With this you dont just have a machine that can make anything, you have a machine that can copy anything. That is a powerful thing.

The hardest part is actually scanning in the object. There are quite a few different ways of doing this. Some are open/free projects, and there are also commercial 3D scanners that are pretty nice. Here is a short list:

Makerbot 3d Scanner- You might already know about the MakerBot 3d scanner. This is basically a nice little kit which allows you to use a normal consumer pico projector and webcam or other camera to make 3d scans of small objects.

NextEngine- This is pretty much the hottest 3D scanner out there right now. Its $3000, but it does amazingly accurate scans, and it looks to be pretty simple to use. This is what were drooling over here at MakerBot these days.

David 3D Scanner- This is a sort-of open source 3D scanner. It uses a webcam and a handheld laser to allow you to scan in objects. They charge for the deluxe versions of the software, and also for kits to build your own 3D scanner. The kit currently runs at about $725 for the supplies to build your own.

Tgi3D PhotoScan This is a software-based 3D scanning method. Compared to laser scanners it is much more affordable and it is very accurate. You can use any digital camera to get your 3D model and you dont have to set up anything while capturing your photos, unlike laser scanners. Just take pictures of your object from different angles and use the software for 3D modeling with Google SketchUp. Give it a try!

Its pretty easy to create a non-printable 3D model, especially if youre using a design you found on the internet. Being able to clean up a model and fix it to be printable is a very valuable skill to possess. There are a couple tools that are great for model cleaning.

the A key toggles between select all and select none

the right key is how you select objects

the tab key will take you between object and mesh mode

holding middle click will allow you to move your view. scrolling it will zoom.

the num pad keys will give you good default views if you get lost

the X key will allow you to delete objects, like the default cube when you open blender

Blender supports a TON of import and export formats. Youll want to export your final object as STL for printing though.

2. HitAto select all nodes (everything goes yellow and purple)

3. TypeW6or selectMesh – Vertices – Remove Doubles

Non-manifold points are points that just dont make sense in the real world. These can be hanging points, internal surfaces, holes, zero-thickness walls, etc. Unfortunately there is no way to automatically fix them in software. The best you can do is to identify the problems and then attempt to fix them.

2. HitAto deselect all nodes (everything goes gray and pink)

If there are non-manifold points, they will be selected. If nothing happens, youre golden. If there are problems, then you can see whats wrong and attempt to fix it.

2. click red cross – top right tool bar

3. click update button right side mid way down

4. click automatic repair button bottom right

5. click update again to make sure it fixed everything

6. if ok click apply repair bottom right

7. export file by right clicking part file name in box right top side, select export and file type which is STL

8. export window select path and file name, STL format binary STL, then click ok

netfabb is an easy automated way to fix manifold and other mesh errors quickly.

The software we use to control our MakerBot machines is called ReplicatorG, which is available at software takes a GCode file and then talks to the electronics that control your machine and tell it exactly what to do. Obviously youll need to have ReplicatorG installed and configured before you can use it.

First, open ReplicatorG. Make sure you have your MakerBot plugged in and turned on. You should also double check that your USB or USB2TTL cable is plugged into both the computer and your MakerBot.

Next, youll want to navigate to the Machine menu and select the proper driver for your machine. Make sure you make the proper selections for Thing-O-matic/Cupcake, Non-heated, Heated, or Automated Build Platforms, and MK5 or MK6 extruder.

Now you can hit the Connect button in the top of the window, and hopefully youll see a few messages in reassuring yellow text down in the console, something like:

Motherboard firmware v2.8 (Motherboard)

Toolhead 0: Extruder controller firmware v2.8 (Extruder)

When that comes up, you know that ReplicatorG has found your MakerBot and is ready to print. At this point in time you can do various things like open the Control Panel, or start your build. If you see any scary red messages, you might want to head totroubleshooting.

Once you have a 3D model, you need to run it through a slicer to generate GCode, which is the file format that you send to the printer that tells it exactly what it needs to do in order to build your object. Skeinforge is the current slicer.

Currently, the best way of slicing a model is to use Skeinforge. You can get Skeinforgehere. Skeinforge is bundled with the latest MakerBot configuration settings, so it should generate usable GCode right out of the box. You can also get the latest settingshere. Tuning Skeinforge to match your machine is the most important factor in getting high quality prints. This will take time and patience so keep in mind the community is here(google group)to help you.

Luckily, Skeinforge is integrated into ReplicatorG! Open your .stl file right in ReplicatorG, and youll see a 3d view of the model, where you can move/center/resize the object as necessary. When thats all to your taste, save your model and click the Generate Gcode button in the lower-right corner of the screen. That will open up a dialog box with some built-in profiles for common bot configurations. If you need to tweak settings, you can select one of those and click the Edit button to get right into Skeinforge.

The Thing-O-Matic has automated homing before builds, so if youre a Thing-O-Matic user, you can skip this step!

Before you start your build though, you need to position the head for printing. The way Skeinforge operates is that it centers the model at (0,0) in the XY plane and drops the model to Z=0. So even if your model is wildly off-center in the digital file, it will be re-centered in the GCode file that Skeinforge generates.

What that means, is that you need to position the print head in the middle of the build platform and wherever you position the print head, that is where the middle of the printed object will be. You will also need to bring the extruder head down so that it almost (but doesnt quite) touch the build surface.

There are a few ways of doing this, and it is one of the things that well be automating REAL SOON NOW.

The first, and simplest way of doing it is to move the build platform manually. First, position the X stage by moving it. If it doesnt slide easily, check to see if your stepper motors are on. If they are, simply turn the switch on the motherboard to off. This only turns power off to the motors and such, but the motherboard remains connected to your computer. If the motherboard has recently been reset, the motors will be off so usually you wont have to do this.

Once the motors are off, you can then move the X/Y stage freely. If you use the lasercut build bases that we have supplied, then things are easy: there is a tiny circle laser etched into the middle of the build base. Simply position the nozzle over this and your X/Y stage is centered.

The Z stage is also pretty easy. The simplest and fastest way to position it is to grab the Z belt on the rear of the machine and move it so that the Z stage moves up and down. Once you position the head close to the build platform, you can use the Z motor pulley as a fine adjustment knob to get it just right.

The trick to positioning the nozzle is to take it so that it just barely kisses the build surface and then raise it up a bit. Generally you want it to be about 1/2 the diameter of the extruded filament above the build surface. Youll be practicing this many times as you print, and it is not extremely critical that you get it perfect, as youll find out later. Just try to get it close and then go from there.

Once your nozzle is positioned properly youre ready to start the print.

Now that everything is properly positioned and ready to print, you should click on the gcode tab within ReplicatorG to check out the code thats been generated! It might not mean a lot to you now, but its actually very simple and easy to read.

Now that youve generated your gcode, you are almost ready to print. Do a quick systems check that everything is right:

If everything checks out, then youll need to yell your battle cry. We like to say Fire the MakerBot, but you can make up your own if you like. This is a momentous event and it should be marked by something classy, cheesy, or just awesome. Take time to make it yours.

It is recommended that the extruder warm up (just set the heater @220C in ReplicatorGs control panel; dont run the motor) for a good 5-10 minutes before attempting a first noodle when starting from cold. After its warmed up, some prefer to idle at about 160C between builds. Its cold enough that the nozzle doesnt ooze and youre less likely to get a rising pool of molten ABS in the barrel.

Now that youve gotten your excitement out in an audible format, click the Build button. If youre using a Thing-O-Matic, this will start the homing code, which takes the print head to the Z-maximum, and the build platform the X- and Y-minimum; then it will move the print head near the wiper nozzle and wait until it reaches printing temperature. The Cupcake wont do the homing, but it will move the head to a waiting position while it heats.

The first thing it will build is the raft. (Unless youre printing raftless, but if youre doing that, youre probably too advanced for this guide)

There are a few things that can go wrong during raft printing, so check out the troubleshooting area for help on how to fix them.

Many people get better results and less build hiccups bybuilding from an SD cardon the motherboard. This often helps with blobs, miss-feeds, etc. especially if you have lots of short runs (eg. zig zag fills). Another benefit from this method is that you can start a print, unplug your computer/laptop from the machine and have it print headless.

Once your print has completed, youll want to take your object out immediately. You should resist that temptation for at least a minute or two though. ABS plastic tends to cool almost immediately which is nice, but the last few layers tend to be a bit malleable right after the print is done, especially if they are small and detailed. If you have an Automated Build Platform, your machine will monitor the temperature and eject the part when its cooled sufficiently. If you have any other configuration, youll have to decide how long to wait.

After that, you can clean up the model with a knife, or even sand it for a smoother surface. Start with something like a 200 grit sandpaper, and work your way up. You can get really good results with only a little bit of effort. ABS plastic sands really well, but try not to breathe in the dust. You can use a heat gun to turn the little white bits back to the same color as the rest of your print.

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Plug and 3D-Print With the Makerbot Replicator

Despite all the hype over the past several years, 3D printing has yet to become a must-have household item. The newReplicator+fromMakerbotis a step in the right direction, introducing 3D printing to newbies and satisfying the technical demands of enthusiasts.

3D printers have always appealed to makers and tinkerers who dont mind (and probably enjoy) building and troubleshooting their gadgets. But the average consumer has high out-of-the-box expectations for tech products. They want to plug it in, turn it on, and start workingsomething that has been a challenge for generations of 3D printers that can best be described as finicky. From what weve observed, the Replicator+ should appeal to users of all technical skill levels and will satisfy more than frustrate 3D printing enthusiasts.

The Replicator+ is a bit larger than a microwave oven at 20.8 x 17.4 x 16.2 inches. It weighs about 40 pounds, so it takes a bit of effort to lift it onto a table, but it can be done by one person.

The only assembly required to get the printer up and running is attaching the spool ofPLA filamentand snapping the extruder into place. No tools are required, and the setup is explained through the online app. Its no more difficult than loading ink and paper into a standard printer. The app sent a firmware update notification. Once that installed we were ready to start printing.

The new Makerbot Mobile app allows you to search theThingiversedatabase of thousands of 3D printing plans and print them straight from your smartphone. If you prefer to connect from your desktop computer, just download Makerbot Print to start printing. It features native CAD support and streamlines the process from design to print.

The Replicator+ is preloaded with five prints ready to go. Just select the print from the onboard menu and press go. The mobile app also had some preloaded plans, but we ran into some technical difficulties getting those to print (Makerbot representatives stated that is a known issue). We had no issues downloading and printing designs from Thingiverse. We found a few robots and skulls that printed at an impressive resolution and fairly quickly.

We may live in an age of instant gratification, but 3D printing takes patience. The Replicator+ has a progress meter that displays how much time has elapsed and the remaining time necessary to finish the print. The mobile app show this information as well as the onboard camera, so you can see how your print is progressing.

Small prints can take 45 minutes to an hour to complete. The printing sound is actually a pleasant whirr with some added beeps and blips that add a futuristic touch to the process. Its silent enough to run in the background of a room without the need to talk over it or raise your voice.

The Replicator+ is about 30 percent faster than the previous 5th Generation Replicator, and has a 25 percent larger build volume, which means you have more space to print larger items. Compared to previous generations of Makerbots, the gantry (system of rods and belts that move the extruder) and Z-stage (moves the extruder along a vertical axis) have been completely redesigned to be more rigid, which enables greater consistency and reliability.

The build plate is larger and flexible, requiring no blue tape and allowing users to pop off prints by twisting the plate. It can still be difficult to remove prints, so make sure they have completely cooled which makes them easier to remove. You can also use a thin metal spatula or aspecial toolto help with removal.

TheMakerbot Replicator+is available on Amazon Prime for $1,999. There are less expensive 3D printers available, but youll be hard pressed to find a printer that works out of the box as seamlessly as the Replicator+.

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Latest replyon Oct 20, 2014 3:22 PM by Justin Kidder

I just received a makerbor repolicator 2. Does anyone know how to print a stl.file from Solidworks. I hiot the 3d print it pops up but does not show the makerbot. I installed the latest version on Makerbot software. Need Help.Thanks

That function has not been implemented yet. Are you running an older version of SolidWorks? I believe that option was added to the Print command prematurely, and has since been removed.

So in the meantime you will want to Save As to an STL file and use that for your Makerbot.

You have to save your stl file at a medium to coarse setting. Maybe 20MB tops.

Too fine and it will crash your video card when you run makerware.

Makerware has to be run and the part positioned correctly and at the right scale on your bot.

Make sure you have good quality painters tape on a level build plate with a 7 to 8 thou gap between the extruder and the taped plate.

Use a thick piece of paper as a gauge. Make sure you are gauging a COLD extruder.

Oh yeah….have a look at the top gantry and make sure that it is aligned square with the top of the frame from above. They get whacked out of alignment when shipped.

Buy a set of thin feeler gages, (.15mm)

Make sure you have good quality painters tape on a level build plate with a 7 to 8 thou gap between the extruder and the taped plate.

Use a thick piece of paper as a gauge. Make sure you are gauging a COLD extruder.

Oh yeah….have a look at the top gantry and make sure that it is aligned square with the top of the frame from above. They get whacked out of alignment when shipped.

Corey, Do you apply anything to the glass? (Tape, hairspray, or ???)

We use a wide Kapton tape and just lightly scuff the surface with a sanding block. Works great for pieces up to about 5 square footprint. For longer pieces we use an acetone slurry.

I had some success with Kapton and ABS slurry, but you go through Kapton to much, it becomes to expensive. I now use AquaNet, starting with about 3-4 coats, and then 2 in between jobs.

Buy an 8×10 glass frame from the dollar tree, and some binder clips. Theres your $2 glass plate (buy several, they will break at some point). Just make sure to position your clips out of the way so the carriage doesnt hit them.

If corners start to peel up, you can drop some CA (superglue) under the raft and it will pull everything right down to the glass and you can scrape it off later.

By the way, once you take that glass plate out, set it on a cooler countertop, and after it cools for a few minutes youll hear the part start to pop off the plate, comes off super easy.

Jim … If thats Hell, then its nowhere near as bad as its made out to be.

Weve had our Makerbot a little over a year now and its already paid for itself several times over.

Kevin, (or anyone that uses a makerbot)

Do you get good quality printed parts? (smooth)

We are looking at 3d printers and had one of our production parts

printed at a makerbot store and the surface that is supposed to be smooth looked like wood grain.

The guy that printed the part said he put it in the machine to give us the best quality finish.

Do you get good quality printed parts? (smooth)

If you are comparing the finish to injection molded parts … not even close. But the smoothness of the parts we create are perfectly acceptable for our needs.

Any 3D printer which builds up a part in layers will create ridges or a wood grain effect. That is inevitable. Compared to injection moulding, even the best 3D processes show some layering effects . Many 3D printing companies offer some kind of post-finishing service, be it sanding, coating, or chemical smoothing (melting).

So what I got is the best it is can to be?

If it was placed in the printer a different way would that have helped?

I think if it was ran vertical VS laying flat the front surface would have been smoother.

I expected some layering but not like this.

Tough to say without seeing the file, but its doubtful the guy making the sample was any kind of expert. Send me a pm, I dont want to spam the board

Its hard to tell without viewing the actual part or knowing the scale, but from the image I would hazard a guess that the finish could be improved.

This image is typical of our parts at the lowest setting.

It looks like that because the part is printed in slices. You may want to investigateAcetone bakingto smooth surfaces.

Heres a good reason to upgrade to SW15. Im sooo looking forward to this one.

Hi. The link does not work. What do you know that is good about sw15?

If you are running SOLIDWORKS 2015, it will print directly to your MakerBot Replicator2 using the new Print3D functionality. All you need is the Makerbot driver for Windows 8.1.

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