Makerbot News

MakerBot Industries is an American desktop 3D printer manufacturer company headquartered in New York City. It was founded in January 2009 by Bre Pettis, Adam Mayer, and Zach “Hoeken” Smith to build upon the early progress of the RepRap Project. It was acquired by Stratasys in June 2013.



MakerBotā€™s latest 3D printer, Method and Method X, are manufacturing devices. They can 3D print production grade parts with ABS within an actively heated enclosure. The Method actually heats the air inside the chamber and does not have a heated bed. The Method X has a heated chamber and can heat up to 100C. The high temperature is important for ABS 3D prints as it is required to avoid warping. The Method X also has interesting air-sealed material bays. The bays form a seal to keep material free of humidity and increase print quality & reliability. A suite of built-in sensors and software ensure the material is stored in an optimal environment, a feature previously only available in industrial 3D printers.

MakerBotā€™s replicator series of 3D printers includes the replicator Z18, replicator + and the replicator + EDU. The replicator Z18 is touted to be the best price to performance ratio in the extra-large, professional 3D category. It includes the Smart Extruder+. It is a culmination of product design and 160,000+ hours of rigorous testing. The build volume is large, allowing for much larger and taller prototypes.

The Replicator+ is a smaller desktop printer engineered for fast and reliable 3D printing. You may want to pair the Replicator+ with MakerBot Print software and MakerBot Mobile. The Replicator+ is cloud-enabled so you can control it remotely with MakerBot Print or the MakerBot Mobile app. With MakerBot Print, you can import CAD parts and assemblies, auto-arrange them during print preparation, and then print them on one or more printers. To get started printing quickly and easily, MakerBot Mobile offers a guided wireless setup. A built-in camera allows you to remotely monitor your print progress from MakerBot print and MakerBot Mobile. The MakerBot platform allows you to view the entire process.

The Replicator+ Educators Edition is advancing STEM education in the educational sector. A school can get everything they need to start 3D printing in the classroom. It is a package that includes the MakerBot Replicator+ 3D printer, a MakerBot Educators Guidebook and a MakerBot Certification Program for Teachers.

MakerBotā€™s Innovation Centre for universities empowers students to collaborate across disciplines, build start-ups, and gain real world skills for the jobs of tomorrow. The MakerBot Innovation Center combines their products, resources, and services into a total solution for the university’s 3D printing needs. MakerBot has knowledgeable educational specialists that work with universities to assess their needs and determine which configuration of products would scale best for the university. They also assist in setting up the MakerBot Innovation Center and training staff, faculty, and student interns to operate and maintain it. Beyond this, MakerBot will also provide a range of courses designed to maximize the resources and take users to the next level of 3D design.