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MakerBot Replicator Z18

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MakerBot Replicator Z18 review: specs and price

MakerBot Replicator Z18
MakerBot Replicator Z18
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Why is MakerBot Replicator Z18 better than the average?

  • USB ports
    1vs0.73
  • Thickness
    304.8mmvs463.97mm
  • Width
    304.8mmvs476.1mm
  • Lowest potential operating temperature
    15°Cvs16.2°C
  • Shipping weight
    52kgvs15.98t
  • Volume
    42475.27cm³vs235827.18cm³
  • Height
    457.2mmvs495.33mm
  • Nozzle size
    0.4mmvs1.21mm

Top specs and features

General info

1.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.

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

41kg

Best

Printrbot JR v2

9.1g

4.thickness

304.8mm

Best

UP! Plus

150mm

5.width

304.8mm

Best

EnvisionTEC Perfactory Micro

230mm

6.lowest potential operating temperature

15°C

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

Best

Stratasys Objet30 Pro

15°C

Components

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.

3.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

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

Materials

1.Prints in full color
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
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

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

Connectivity

1.Has WiFi
MakerBot Replicator Z18

The device can connect to WiFi.

2.Has 802.11n WiFi connection
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
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

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

Best

FABtotum

4

Features

1.Has plug and play feature
MakerBot Replicator Z18

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

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