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Questions tagged [makerbot]

Questions about the 3D printer manufacturer MakerBot Industries

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Makerbot Smart extruder+ heat block and nozzle question

I am looking for information on the smart extruder+ heat block and nozzle? I have looked online and from several forums come to the conclusion it is either a MK10 or MK11 assembly. Can anyone shed ...
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Replicator+ Experimental Extruder Filament Slipping Error

I'm experimenting with MakerBot's new "Experimental Extruder" which essentially opens their software (MakerBot Print) to change traditionally "behind-the-scenes" settings like retract rate/distance, ...
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Why does MakerBot software shows holes in the wall of a 3d model?

I made a simple extrude on a sketch in Fusion 360: But what MakerBot software shows me in the preview is Can someone explain how to make it print a smooth wall? Mesh of the model also seems to be ...
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Insulate hotend on Makerbot Smart Extruder

Simple question: how do you reinsulate the MakerBot Smart Extruders? Backstory: I work at the library. We've recently replaced the MakerBot (extruder connection issues followed by software ...
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Raft warping (Makerbot Replicator+)

Quick thing: Please tell me if I misuse any of the terminology On a replicator+, I have been printing successfully for a while, when suddenly the raft started to warp. I was doing a bunch of models ...
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Using a MakerBot Replicator 1 dual (or clone like FlashForge Creator) with Cura

I have a Monoprice architect which is a barebones clone of the FlashForge Creator Pro, or Replicator 1 Dual. I have upgraded the power supply and added a heated bed and, after getting fed up with ...
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Printing coarse threads

I have a makerbot, and am using their slicer program. The part I am printing has an extremely coarse thread, 5 threads per inch with a 2 mm thread height. The thread face is at a 30 degree angle (15 ...
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Is it safe to print a rotor insert for a centrifuge using a makerbot?

Laboratory centrifuges have buckets that hold the sample tubes in inserts. The buckets are the black things on the rotor in the upper left corner holding the bottles. Examples of inserts are shown ...
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MakerBot replicator 2x glitches

I have access to a MakerBot Replicator 2X which I use to try to print ABS + dissoluble (both are MakerBot's original filaments). It is really a pain and the filaments most often gets clogged (80% of ...
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Infill pattern comparison

I'm relatively new to 3d printing, and wanted to get a few things understood. Firstly, I am unclear on how Hexagonal infill is stronger than, say, diamond pattern. Can anyone explain how the ...
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Can K-type thermocouple disconnects be used with thermocouple based 3D printers?

I currently have a Replicator 2 and a couple of clones. I'm a fairly experienced 3DP user and builder but one issue that I have over and over again is the very brittle screw type thermowell assemblies ...
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Bed design for magnetic easy release when printing PLA

I print on a glass bed covered with BuildTak. Prints stick well, release is difficult. They sell a mod, self adhesive magnetic sheet that holds a steel plate which in turn you put the BuildTak on ...
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What causes bubbles in extruded filament?

I've noticed this on almost ever print I've ever had. On the initial first line that clears the extruder nozzle tiny little bubbles/craters seem to form on the line. While I don't think these are ...
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How can I print gears using very high resolution material like nylon

I'm trying to gear down a servo even further. I notice that the majority of the gears are made of nylon, and I want to create new gears that come close to the resolution and strength of the existing ...
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Dimensions off on final part

I'm experiencing an issue with my Makerbot Replicator 2X (2000+ hours printing). The dimensions of my final part are smaller than what is initially modeled. My parts have been coming out roughly 0.3mm ...
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Makerbot Replicator 2 Halts during print

I am running a MakerBot Replicator 2. During the print, the printer just stops executing and I am running out of ways to troubleshoot. After restarting, I can load and extrude filament. I have ...
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Troubleshooting filament slip on MakerBot 5

I run a high school 3D printer lab and we have several 5th generation MakerBot printers. On one of them I have considerable trouble with "thin" prints and filament slip warnings. So far I've tried ...
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MakerBot Camera Stream

Is it possible to use the onboard camera on the 5th+ generation MakerBot printers to stream or save to a file? I'd like to try and use the stream for customers on my 3DHubs account and they recommend ...
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What is the MakerBot Grip Surface lifespan?

I've done a few prints on my MakerBot Replicator+ now and I'm curious if anyone else knows what the typical lifespan is signs of degradation are for the grip surface tape? I'm used to using Kapton ...
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Shifted Layers on Replicator 2 [duplicate]

A few weeks ago a shift between layers in the y-direction (from the front to the back of the printer) of my Makerbot Replicator 2 appeared. All prints have some small shifts between layers, but if ...
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Makerbot Replicator 2 restarts after preheating the hbp

I've recently upgraded my Replicator 2 with a heatbed and the more powerful power brick (9.2A). The problem I'm having right now is that the Replicator restarts right after the preheat of the bedplate ...
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Irregular 3D printed part

I tried printing from an STL file on the QIDI TECHNOLOGY 3DP-QDA16-01 Dual Extruder Desktop 3D Printer QIDI TECH I. They recommend using the MakerBot software with the Replicator(Dual) profile. The 3D ...
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3D Printer Stringing after nth layer

Quick Question. My Printer is the CTC clone of the Makerbot Replicator Dual. For my past few prints after nth layer the print just starts to go stringy. Here is an ...
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How could I keep the material on the print plate from bending up on a makerbot 2?

I printed a big base for a model, but the corners of the bottom bent up, making the whole base rock when set on a table. Is there a quick fix for a makerbot2 without a heated plate?
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Makerbot Replicator 2 switches off and restarts automatically

My Makerbot replicator 2 stops and restarts automatically. I lose the print and the extruder head does not move from the position. (obviously). We have checked wiring a few times. Have not seen any ...
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Layer delamination

I've printed mostly ABS in the past and encountered delamination between layers many times. I've ensured the following conditions regularly: Build plate is level Base of print isn't warped (using ABS ...
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My makerbot 2 jams after a couple hours of prints

My maker-bot 2 jams after a couple hours of prints. It is a couple months old, and the tip stops extruding after a couple straight hours of prints. I am guessing that there is a design flaw and that ...
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Are Makerbot Smart Extruder nozzles swappable?

I'm wondering if anyone has any experience with Makerbot smart extruders and knows whether or not the nozzle size can be changed. I'm trying to figure out if I can use different nozzle diameters (0....
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Filament Guides Drag

Backstory I've had issues in the past with my drive gear "eating" my filament. It seemed that the filament quit extruding for one reason or another and the drive gear would slowly eat away at the ...
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Why does MakerBot Replicator heat the extruder and platform separately?

I am using a MakerBot Replicator 2x, and when it is heating the platform and extruder, it begins by heating the platform, and then after that is at 110C it goes on to heat the left extruder to 230C. ...
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Print sketchup files (STL) on makerbot

One of the local libraries has a new small Makerbot 3D printer. I have been submitting Sketchup files converted to STL files for printing. The tech guy who runs the printer for patrons is having ...
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default axis steps per unit Makerbot replicator 2

I can not find anywhere default steps per unit for Makerbot replicaor 2. I'm using Ramp V1.4 instead original board and need to know default steps :/
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Settings to change when upgrading from Smart Extruder to Smart Extruder+

I am optimizing a collection of slicing profiles and in the process of upgrading some profiles from the classic Makerbot Smart Extruder to the new Smart Extruder+. What are the parameters that should ...
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Why won't makerbot accept an STL file from Blender?

Our library system just put a 3D printer in one of the branches. I have used SketchUp on the library computers for a number of years just to do artsy things. Suddenly, I have the opportunity to ...
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What is the MightyBoard 1280 IO used for?

While I've worked on fixing my voltage regulator on my MightyBoard, I've noticed an extra set of pins available labeled Atmega 1280 IO. I've tried finding documentation on what these pin can be used ...
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Are the Makerbot 5th generation's initial issues resolved

I am considering buying a 3D printer for work (scientific research). On paper, the Makerbot 5th generation seems to be the best option, because the price is right for my budget, and also because I'm ...
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Is it possible to use an aftermarket controller on a MakerBot?

I've got a dead MakerBot Replicator Dual and I'm not really interested in fixing it with about half the parts being proprietary, discontinued, and therefore very expensive. So, I'm wondering if it's ...
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How to upload my works to Thingiverse without making my real name public

I want to upload some of my works to Thingiverse without making my real name public (displaying it on the profile page). I think it is OK to register my name to the site unless the make it public, ...
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Updating firmware on Monoprice Architect printer

I just received this printer and while it seems to talk to Makerbot Desktop software I'm not sure if I should be trying to update the firmware. The printer comes with firmware v7.2 and while Makerbot ...
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MakerBot Replicator 1 Voltage Regulator Fix

My Replicator (you know, the one made of balsa wood) has blown a voltage regulator on its MightyBoard for the second time. The first time, MakerBot graciously replaced it. However, they replaced with ...
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How thin can I make the wall of a pipe?

For a science project, I'm 3D-printing some custom pipes and tubes to regulate the flow of gas (a combination of ethyl alcohol and water vapor) through an apparatus. They need to be pretty small, as ...
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Multi-color printing with desktop 3D printer?

My MakerBot printer supports only two filaments at the same time. What are techniques to print objects with more than two colors for one object?