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MakerBot Replicator Z18

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MakerBot Replicator vs MakerBot Replicator Z18

MakerBot Replicator
MakerBot Replicator Z18
MakerBot Replicator
MakerBot Replicator Z18

Why is MakerBot Replicator better than MakerBot Replicator Z18?

  • Creates support structures
  • 25kg lighter
    16kgvs41000g
  • Has an automatic platform calibrator
  • 47.2mm shorter
    410mmvs457.2mm

Why is MakerBot Replicator Z18 better than MakerBot Replicator?

  • Has a heated build platform
  • Has an external memory slot
  • 55.51% less body volume
    42475.27cm³vs95467.68cm³
  • 136.2mm narrower
    304.8mmvs441mm
  • 223.2mm thinner
    304.8mmvs528mm
  • 20.75t less shipping weight
    52kgvs20800kg

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General info

1.maximum operating temperature

32°C

32°C

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

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miniFactory 3D Printer

300°C

2.Uses fused deposition modeling (FDM)
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MakerBot Replicator Z18

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.

3.weight

16kg

41kg

Best

Printrbot JR v2

9.1g

4.lowest potential operating temperature

15°C

15°C

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

Best

Stratasys Objet30 Pro

15°C

5.height

410mm

457.2mm

Best

Robox

240mm

6.volume

95467.68cm³

42475.27cm³

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Afinia H-Series

22204cm³

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Components

1.Has a heated build platform
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MakerBot Replicator Z18

A heated build platform helps keep the lowest levels of a print warm as the higher layers are printed. This allows the overall print to cool more evenly.

2.Creates support structures
MakerBot Replicator
MakerBot Replicator Z18

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

3.1.75mm filament diameter
MakerBot Replicator
MakerBot Replicator Z18

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.

4.Has an automatic platform calibrator
MakerBot Replicator
MakerBot Replicator Z18

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

5.nozzle size

0.4mm

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

6.number of extruder heads

1

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.

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Hyrel Professional E5

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Materials

1.Prints in full color
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MakerBot Replicator Z18

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.

2.Prints in PLA
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MakerBot Replicator Z18

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.

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Print sizes

1.layer thickness

100µm

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).

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Printrbot JR v2

0.4µm

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Connectivity

1.Has WiFi
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MakerBot Replicator Z18

The device can connect to WiFi.

2.Has 802.11n WiFi connection
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MakerBot Replicator Z18

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.has an external memory slot
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MakerBot Replicator Z18

The device has a standard memory slot (such as an SD or micro SD card slot) so that you can either extend the internal storage with affordable memory modules or you can retrieve data, such as photographs, easily from a memory card.

4.USB ports

1

1

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

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FABtotum

4

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Features

1.Has plug and play feature
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MakerBot Replicator Z18

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

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