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MakerBot Replicator

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The Future is 3D Glacier Steel

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MakerBot Replicator vs The Future is 3D Glacier Steel

MakerBot Replicator
The Future is 3D Glacier Steel
MakerBot Replicator
The Future is 3D Glacier Steel

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

  • Has WiFi
  • Has plug and play feature
  • Has 802.11n WiFi connection
  • Has an automatic platform calibrator
  • 148mm shorter
    410mmvs558mm
  • 4.41kg lighter
    16kgvs20411g
  • 168mm narrower
    441mmvs609mm
  • Prints in full color

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

  • Has a heated build platform
  • Has an external memory slot
  • 80% thinner layer thickness (higher resolution)
    20µmvs100µm
  • 2768.2x bigger maximum 3D print size (mm)
    304 x 304 x 228vs19.9 x 25.5 x 15
  • 224mm thinner
    304mmvs528mm

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General info

1.Uses fused deposition modeling (FDM)
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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.height

410mm

558mm

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3.weight

16kg

20.41kg

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9.1g

4.width

441mm

609mm

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230mm

5.thickness

528mm

304mm

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Components

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

2.Has a heated build platform
MakerBot Replicator
The Future is 3D Glacier Steel

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.

3.1.75mm filament diameter
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The Future is 3D Glacier Steel

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
The Future is 3D Glacier Steel

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

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.

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Materials

1.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.

2.number of colors per print

1

1

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

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3.Prints in full color
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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.

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Print sizes

1.layer thickness

100µm

20µm

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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0.4µm

2.maximum creation size

19.9 x 25.5 x 15

304 x 304 x 228

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

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3. higher x-axis resolution

11µm

11µm

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

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4. higher y-axis resolution

11µm

11µm

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

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2µm

5. higher z-axis resolution

2.5µm

2.5µm

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

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0.5µm

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Connectivity

1.Has WiFi
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The Future is 3D Glacier Steel

The device can connect to WiFi.

2.has an external memory slot
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The Future is 3D Glacier Steel

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.

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

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.

4.USB ports

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1

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

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Features

1.Has plug and play feature
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The device is set up and ready to be used with the included software.

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