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MakerBot Replicator Z18
The Future is 3D Glacier Steel
Top 1%116 points
Top 1%
Top 35%75 points
Top 35%
MakerBot Replicator Z18
The Future is 3D Glacier Steel
Top specs and features

MakerBot Replicator Z18 vs The Future is 3D Glacier Steel: 17 facts in comparison

1. Creates support structures

The printer will automatically build extra structures to support the item as it is printing. The extra support can then be easily removed.
MakerBot Replicator Z18
The Future is 3D Glacier Steel
28% have it

2. Has a heated build platform

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.
MakerBot Replicator Z18
The Future is 3D Glacier Steel
45% have it

3. Has WiFi

The device can connect to WiFi.
MakerBot Replicator Z18
The Future is 3D Glacier Steel
20% have it

4. has an external memory slot

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.
MakerBot Replicator Z18
The Future is 3D Glacier Steel
35% have it

5. Has plug and play feature

The device is set up and ready to be used with the included software.
MakerBot Replicator Z18
The Future is 3D Glacier Steel
13% have it

6. 1.75mm filament diameter

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.
MakerBot Replicator Z18
The Future is 3D Glacier Steel
57% have it

7. Uses fused deposition modeling (FDM)

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.
MakerBot Replicator Z18
The Future is 3D Glacier Steel
55% have it

8. Has 802.11n WiFi connection

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.
MakerBot Replicator Z18
The Future is 3D Glacier Steel
4% have it

9. layer thickness

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).
100µm
Printrbot JR v2: 0.4µm
20µm

10. USB ports

With more USB ports, you are able to connect more devices.
1
FABtotum: 4
1

11. Prints in full color

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.
MakerBot Replicator Z18
The Future is 3D Glacier Steel
7% have it

12. width

304.2mm narrower.
304.8mm
EnvisionTEC Perfactory Micro: 230mm
609mm

13. Prints in PLA

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.
MakerBot Replicator Z18
The Future is 3D Glacier Steel
77% have it

14. weight

20.59kg lighter.
41kg
Printrbot JR v2: 9.1g
20.41kg

15. number of extruder heads

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
Hyrel Professional E5: 4
1

16. thickness

0.8mm thinner.
304.8mm
UP! Plus: 150mm
304mm

17. height

100.8mm shorter.
457.2mm
Robox: 240mm
558mm

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