MakerBot’s MakerWare Passes a Key Milestone

By on February 6th, 2014 in Software


MakerBot’s latest release of their 3D printing management software, MakerWare, has passed what we believe to be a significant milestone. 

While the new version includes quite a few new features, including a direct connection with Thingiverse, model library management, print progress monitoring, there is one thing it does not have. 

It’s no longer compatible with MakerBot’s original 3D printer, the CupCake. 

This is obviously disappointing for CupCake owners, but the time had come. The CupCake, released in 2009, is now five years old. That’s quite a long time for software support of a machine that’s been succeeded by now four generations of improved 3D printers from MakerBot. 

Kudos to MakerBot for supporting the CupCake for this length of time. Sympathy to CupCake owners, who at this point should really consider an upgrade. Many incredibly powerful machines are now on the market that would look a lot better on your desktop than an old CupCake. 



By Kerry Stevenson

Kerry Stevenson, aka "General Fabb" has written over 8,000 stories on 3D printing at Fabbaloo since he launched the venture in 2007, with an intention to promote and grow the incredible technology of 3D printing across the world. So far, it seems to be working!


  1. Sigh. You guys are correct. The article was based on comments we heard directly from MakerBot at a recent press conference, which obviously misled us. Our apologies for this "oops". However, if you do have a CupCake, you really should consider upgrading it.

  2. This article is terrible. The software features described were announced but aren't in the currently available version of Makerware. They are actually features of Makerbot Desktop, which has yet to be released to the public.

  3. Are you sure about this? The original release of MakerWare definitely didn't support the Cupcake – I was under the impression that the software was always Thing-o-Matic and up, only.

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