MakerBot Learning Tips: What is MakerBot Desktop?


Accessible, reliable desktop 3D printing is about more than having the right piece of equipment. It’s about having a full set of reliable, easy-to-use solutions that streamline your 3D printing experience from start to finish. At MakerBot, that’s why your experience is so important to us. 

It all starts with a 3D printable file. Within Thingiverse, there’s more than 1.6 million 3D designs, most of which are free. There, you can also alter or enhance designs with any one of our community’s new apps. Let’s say you’ve found a file there, created a 3D file in a CAD program, or generated one from a 3D scanner, like the MakerBot Digitizer.

From there, MakerBot Desktop software allows you to manage, prepare, print, and share your 3D creations. You can also fine tune layout and print settings for the best results. Since our reliable, accessible 3D printers are Wi-Fi enabled, you can print seamlessly and remotely manage or monitor your progress on the MakerBot Mobile app. All along the way, our online support site and expert support team are there for you, whether you have questions or need to minimize downtime.

Even with these solutions, we want to ensure that you can get the most from your 3D printing experience. In this series of MakerBot Learning Tips, we offer four video tutorials and blog posts with essential info and best practices for MakerBot Desktop. We cover: What is MakerBot Desktop?, How to Lay Out Files, Print Settings, and Exporting Files.

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MakerBot Learning Tips: How to Lay Out Files in MakerBot Desktop


You’ve downloaded, designed, or scanned a 3D file. You’ve imported it into MakerBot Desktop and are staring hard at that Print button. We know you’re itchin’ to print; but before you do, you always want to find the best layout for your file in MakerBot Desktop. Doing so will ensure greater overall success and a better foundation once you start printing.

3D printing is like building a house; if the foundation isn’t solid, the house probably won’t be stable. To set you up for success, this MakerBot Learning Tips video offers general guidelines for laying out your design file in MakerBot Desktop. We also provide more info and tips later in this post.

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MakerBot Learning Tips: Print Settings in MakerBot Desktop


The more you know about MakerBot Desktop, the more powerful it becomes. One of the most important features in MakerBot Desktop, if not the most, are the Print Settings. These settings dictate how your print will be made. With these settings, you can optimize your 3D print for the best results, no matter what you’re printing —be it a prosthetic, a prototype, a jig, or a coaster.

To help you achieve more with MakerBot Desktop, this MakerBot Learning Tips video defines key settings and offers general best practices. Below, we also break down how different settings can affect your print time as well as the strength, surface quality, and weight of your 3D print. Ultimately, what’s a priority for your 3D print is entirely up to you, so we encourage you to experiment with these settings.

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MakerBot Learning Tips: Exporting Files from MakerBot Desktop


You’re almost there. You’ve imported your print file, you’ve laid it out, and you’ve tweaked your print settings. All you need to do now is export and print. In this short MakerBot Learning Tips video and post, we’ll go over best practices for exporting your file from MakerBot Desktop.

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MakerBot Grant Guide Helps Schools Get Funding for Desktop 3D Printers

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From kindergarten classrooms to college makerspaces, educators across the nation are incorporating desktop 3D printing into their educational plans with great success. In PS 121 in New York, educators are peppering their architectural lessons with real-world examples that include the MakerBot Replicator Desktop 3D Printer. All 11 schools in Montclair, NJ, received MakerBot Replicators so K-12 students will have the opportunity to learn 3D design and printing through their educational journey, which will better prepare them for future college-level coursework.

Desktop 3D printers offer greater educational opportunities for students and educators alike, but allocating funds for one or more can be a challenge within some school budgets. Educational grants are an excellent resource for the funds needed to purchase a MakerBot 3D Printer. However, the process of finding and applying for these awards isn’t easy. MakerBot has compiled applicable grants into a list to assist schools and educators.

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MakerBot Celebrates The National Week of Making with our Washington, D.C. STEAM Makeathon


In celebration of this year’s National Week of Making, we held our final MakerBot STEAM Makeathon in the nation’s capital. Educators collaborated together on exciting 3D printing projects and lessons that will inspire our next generation of tinkerers, designers, builders, and makers. They took a two-day journey through the world of 3D printing with the MakerBot team, who hosted breakout sessions on 3D design, modeling, printing, and more. As with the previous Makeathons, educators split into teams to design and create 3D printing projects for their classrooms and went on to compete for the first place prize of MakerBot Replicator 3D Printers. Read the rest of this entry »

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Educators Use 3D Printing to Bring STEAM Lesson Plans to Life at MakerBot’s Chicago Makeathon


At our third STEAM Makeathon event, educators convened at the Industrial Arts & Design Center in Chicago to create exciting 3D printing projects for their curriculums. In just two days, these teachers, tinkerers, and 3D printing enthusiasts brought STEAM lessons to life with engaging 3D models and prints. Attendees also enjoyed breakout sessions on 3D printing, 3D design, photographing 3D prints, and post-processing 3D prints. With some help from the MakerBot team, they created 3D printing lesson plans that could advance student learning while satisfying standards.
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An Interview with MakerBot’s Mark Palmer: Transforming Product Design with Desktop 3D Printing


Desktop 3D printing can forever change how designers work. Take it from Mark Palmer, MakerBot’s Head of Experience Design. He leads a team of industrial designers to develop new products for MakerBot. Day in, day out, he and his team rely on our 3D printers and solutions to do their work better. He recently joined Tom and Tracy Hazzard on their podcast WTFFF?! for an in-depth discussion of how desktop 3D printers are transforming product design and development.

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Winners of the #MakerMilestones Contest Showcase the Positive Impact of Desktop 3D Printing


A non-profit that’s teaching girls in Africa to use 3D printing, a kindergarten teacher who sparks young children’s interest in STEM topics, and a university student who developed a pet wheelchair as her master’s thesis: These are the inspiring winners of MakerBot’s #MakerMilestones contest. They show the positive impact of desktop 3D printing, especially in education.

This past April, MakerBot celebrated a major milestone: shipping more than 100,000 3D printers worldwide. To thank our customers and community, we asked makers to share their most important 3D design or 3D printing milestones on social media with a chance at winning a MakerBot Replicator® Desktop 3D Printer. And boy did they share—in one inspiring post after another!

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Meet MakerBot at ISTE 2016 in Denver, CO

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MakerBot is proud to attend one of the biggest education events of the year. At the annual ISTE Conference & Expo more than 18,000 educators, educational leaders, and key innovators gather to share groundbreaking ideas, discover new learning technologies, and collaborate. Read the rest of this entry »

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