95points

MakerBot Replicator

56points

The Future is 3D Glacier Peak

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MakerBot Replicator vs The Future is 3D Glacier Peak

MakerBot Replicator
The Future is 3D Glacier Peak
MakerBot Replicator
The Future is 3D Glacier Peak
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56
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Why is MakerBot Replicator better than The Future is 3D Glacier Peak?

  • Has WiFi
  • Creates support structures
  • Has plug and play feature
  • Has 802.11n WiFi connection
  • 13.48kg lighter
    16kgvs29484g
  • 50% thinner layer thickness (higher resolution)
    100µmvs200µm
  • Prints in full color
  • 148mm shorter
    410mmvs558mm

Why is The Future is 3D Glacier Peak better than MakerBot Replicator?

  • Has a heated build platform
  • Has an external memory slot
  • 0.05mm smaller nozzle size
    0.35mmvs0.4mm
  • 224mm thinner
    304mmvs528mm

Top specs and features

General info

1.weight

16kg

29.48kg

Best

Printrbot JR v2

9.1g

2.Uses fused deposition modeling (FDM)
MakerBot Replicator
The Future is 3D Glacier Peak

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.height

410mm

558mm

Best

Robox

240mm

4.width

441mm

609mm

Best

EnvisionTEC Perfactory Micro

230mm

5.thickness

528mm

304mm

Best

UP! Plus

150mm

Components

1.Has a heated build platform
MakerBot Replicator
The Future is 3D Glacier Peak

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
The Future is 3D Glacier Peak

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
The Future is 3D Glacier Peak

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.nozzle size

0.4mm

0.35mm

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

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

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

Materials

1.Prints in full color
MakerBot Replicator
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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.number of colors per print

1

1

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

Best

XYZprinting da Vinci 1.0

12

3.Prints in PLA
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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.

Print sizes

1.layer thickness

100µm

200µm

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

Connectivity

1.Has WiFi
MakerBot Replicator
The Future is 3D Glacier Peak

The device can connect to WiFi.

2.Has 802.11n WiFi connection
MakerBot Replicator
The Future is 3D Glacier Peak

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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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.

Best

FABtotum

4

Features

1.Has plug and play feature
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The Future is 3D Glacier Peak

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

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