I'm currently trying to implement a data collector on my Replicator+ by utilizing JSON-RPC. Is there an official reference for this? MakerBot used to host a wiki site, but that seems to be gone for their "troubleshooting" pages.

  • $\begingroup$ have you tried via Waybackmachine ? Or the Documentations ? $\endgroup$
    – Trish
    Feb 26 '19 at 19:21
  • $\begingroup$ @Trish Thanks, that solves the mystery of what happened to the wiki. It looks like it hasn't been touched since before MB went closed-source. I think JSON-RPC was probably implemented in the 4th or 5th generation machines, maybe a little sooner? $\endgroup$
    – tbm0115
    Feb 26 '19 at 19:37
  • $\begingroup$ I am not really sure how much my research does help but it's pretty much my extent of my Google-Fu $\endgroup$
    – Trish
    Feb 26 '19 at 20:00
  • $\begingroup$ @Trish It's the same avenues I've gone down, but good info for other people that may be looking. $\endgroup$
    – tbm0115
    Feb 26 '19 at 20:02

It took some digging, but I was able to start scripting a wrapper in C# for the RPC commands.

I still don't understand what every method does to the machine or necessarily what the results are, so a number of the methods are marked as obsolete until I can test them.


The Mystery of Makerbot-Wiki

According to the Wayback machine, the wiki.makerbot.com went offline on 31st December 2012:

Over the past three amazing years, MakerBot owners and enthusiasts around the world have shared knowledge with us and with each other. As we welcome thousands more MakerBot owners and users into the MakerBot family, we want to make sure that everyone always has the best information regarding our company and products, and that it's easily accessible.

Here’s one thing we're doing to help: on December 31, as we close out the year, we will also turn off the lights at wiki.makerbot.com.

The MakerBot wiki has served us well, but lately we've seen an increase in spam and a decline in community activity. Instead of continuing to maintain two separate sites, we're going to consolidate them.

What that means is that, as of December 31st, the MakerBot wiki will no longer be available at this address. An archived version of the wiki as it stands today will be available at http://makerbot.com/support/archive and more former wiki content will be available at http://makerbot.com/support, which already hosts PDFs of some of the most useful Thing-O-Matic and Cupcake documentation. You may see some short periods of downtime as we finish moving this content.

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Before that, the makerbot wiki did tell that the Documentations had been moved:

This wiki is intended for historical MakerBot documentation and community-supported projects. The new home for MakerBot documentation is http://www.makerbot.com/docs/


There is a late 2013/early 2014 github that seems to work on the JSON-RPC and which might help - and still showed some activity past the lockup of the wiki.makerbot.com. It is only very poorly documented. The earliest activity was in 2012 with the main bulk in 2013.

The JSON project predates the start of work on the makerbot-gen5-api in 2014. This might mean that it might be documented there to some degree, But it might also be present in the generation 4 API.

  • $\begingroup$ There is little to no documentation on the GitHub repository. I've been scouring over the code for days now trying to extract the methods. This is the closest I've come to documentation and it's not even from MakerBot. $\endgroup$
    – tbm0115
    Feb 26 '19 at 20:01
  • $\begingroup$ hm, judging dates... it might be also in the late gen4 API $\endgroup$
    – Trish
    Feb 26 '19 at 20:06

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