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MakerBot Replicator

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MakerBot Replicator review: specs and price

MakerBot Replicator
MakerBot Replicator
95
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Why is MakerBot Replicator better than the average?

  • Weight
    16kgvs25.38kg
  • USB ports
    1vs0.73
  • Nozzle size
    0.4mmvs1.21mm
  • Height
    410mmvs495.33mm
  • Volume
    95467.68cm³vs235827.18cm³
  • Width
    441mmvs476.1mm
  • higher x-axis resolution
    11µmvs87.75µm
  • higher y-axis resolution
    11µmvs86.67µm

Top specs and features

General info

1.Uses fused deposition modeling (FDM)
MakerBot Replicator

Printers based on fused deposition modeling (FDM) use a thermoplastic filament, which is heated to its melting point and then extruded through a nozzle, layer by layer, to create the object. One of the main advantages of printers based on FDM is that they work with a wide range of materials.

2.maximum operating temperature

32°C

The maximum temperature at which the device can perform to the optimal level.

Best

miniFactory 3D Printer

300°C

3.weight

16kg

Best

Printrbot JR v2

9.1g

4.height

410mm

Best

Robox

240mm

5.volume

95467.68cm³

Best

Afinia H-Series

22204cm³

6.width

441mm

Best

EnvisionTEC Perfactory Micro

230mm

Components

1.Creates support structures
MakerBot Replicator

The printer will automatically build extra structures to support the item as it is printing. The extra support can then be easily removed.

2.1.75mm filament diameter
MakerBot Replicator

The 1.75mm filament diameter is gradually overtaking the previous 3mm standard. The 1.75mm filament feeds into the printer with greater ease and allows for more detail in the printing process.

3.Has an automatic platform calibrator
MakerBot Replicator

This feature saves time and effort in terms of maintenance, however the build platform itself still needs to be manually levelled.

4.nozzle size

0.4mm

The smaller the nozzle, the more detailed the final product can be. However, when speed of printing is of greater importance than detail, a larger nozzle may be preferable.

Best

Robox

0.3mm

5.number of extruder heads

1

More extruder heads allow you to use different colors and different types of material at the same time. A second extruder is also required to build PVA/PLA support structures around items as they are printed.

Best

Hyrel Professional E5

4

Materials

1.Prints in PLA
MakerBot Replicator

Polylactic acid (PLA) is popular in 3D printing as it cools and sets quickly. Unlike ABS plastic, it is biodegradable and therefore better for the environment. It can be used to build support structures for other printouts, as it can then be dissolved leaving no marks.

2.Prints in full color
MakerBot Replicator

Similar to regular 2D printers, this type of 3D printer mixes different colors between cartridges. This process allows the printer to reproduce the color spectrum, therefore allowing you to print in almost any color.

3.number of colors per print

1

A single design can be made up using different colored materials simultaneously.

Best

XYZprinting da Vinci 1.0

12

Print sizes

1.layer thickness

100µm

The thinner each print layer is, the more detailed you can make your designs. Layer thickness is often also referred to as resolution and is measured in microns (µm).

Best

Printrbot JR v2

0.4µm

2.maximum creation size

19.9 x 25.5 x 15

This is the biggest size of object that you can print.

Best

Bits from Bytes RapMan Education

490 x 500 x 850

3. higher x-axis resolution

11µm

The highest possible x-axis resolution as measured in microns.

Best

Robox

2µm

4. higher y-axis resolution

11µm

The highest possible y-axis resolution as measured in microns.

Best

Robox

2µm

5. higher z-axis resolution

2.5µm

The highest possible z-axis (vertical) resolution as measured in microns.

Best

Robox

0.5µm

Connectivity

1.Has WiFi
MakerBot Replicator

The device can connect to WiFi.

2.Has 802.11n WiFi connection
MakerBot Replicator

802.11n is a wireless standard released in 2009. It has faster transfer rates and improved security compared to its predecessors - a, b and g.

3.USB ports

1

With more USB ports, you are able to connect more devices.

Best

FABtotum

4

Features

1.Has plug and play feature
MakerBot Replicator

The device is set up and ready to be used with the included software.

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