MakerBot Replicator Z18

MakerBot Replicator Z18

MakerBot Replicator Z18 review: specs and price

MakerBot Replicator Z18

Why is MakerBot Replicator Z18 better than the average?

  • Nozzle size

  • Height

  • Thickness

  • Width

  • USB ports

  • Lowest potential operating temperature

  • Shipping weight

  • Volume


Price comparison

General info

We consider a lower weight better because lighter devices are more comfortable to carry. A lower weight is also an advantage for home appliances, as it makes transportation easier, and for many other types of products.
The maximum temperature at which the device can perform to the optimal level.
3.Uses fused deposition modeling (FDM)
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.


The height represents the vertical dimension of the product. We consider a smaller height better because it assures easy maneuverability.
We consider a thinner chassis better because it makes the product more compact and portable. Thinness is a feature highlighted by many manufacturers of mobile devices, but it is essential for a wide range of products.


The width represents the horizontal dimension of the product. We consider a smaller width better because it assures easy maneuverability.
The minimum temperature at which the device can perform to the optimal level.
The gross weight of the product when packaged, including all wrapping, and boxing.


Volume is the quantity of three-dimensional space enclosed by the product's chassis or, in simpler terms, the space the product occupies.


1.Has a heated build platform
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.
2.1.75mm filament diameter
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.
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.
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.


1.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.
2.Prints in PLA
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.

Print sizes

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).


1.supports Wi-Fi
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The device can connect to Wi-Fi.
2.supports Wi-Fi 4 (802.11n)
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Wi-Fi 4 (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) that enables you to extend the built-in internal storage with affordable memory modules, or easily retrieve data, such as photographs, from the memory card.
With more USB ports, you are able to connect more devices.


1.Has plug and play feature
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The device is set up and ready to be used with the included software.
2.Is cloud enabled
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Cloud compatibility allows you to control the operation of the device remotely using your smartphone, tablet or other mobile internet devices.

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