Time Lapse Video And Some Cool MakerWare Specs

Posted by on Monday, September 24, 2012 in Uncategorized

I just popped over to the MakerBot YouTube channel to catch a time lapse we can’t get enough of. Interesting specs, and an important update, below the video.


Check out the text that accompanies the video:

The MakerBot® Replicator™ 2 Desktop 3D Printer has a massive build volume – 410 cubic inches. Watch this time lapse of it building this building!

Built on: MakerBot Replicator 2 Desktop 3D Printer
Size of print: 11″W x 5″H x 5″D
Layer Resolution: 100 microns
Time to print: 24 hours
Infill: 6%
Weight: 700 grams
Material cost: $33.60 in MakerBot PLA yellow

Whats great about the Paris Building build is that it is almost at the maximum build volume, is printed at the machine’s highest resolution capability, and it only takes 24 hours! That means the longest something can take on a MakerBot Replicator 2 Desktop 3D Printer is a day.

That’s a great nugget to take with you and tell your friends. At reasonable settings at almost maximum size, the turnaround time for a beautiful high-resolution, full-size item on the MakerBot Replicator 2 is less than a day.

You may notice that the 6% infill is less than the default setting, but it’s perfect for a model like this. Are you wondering how to change the default settings in MakerWare? Wonder no more.

First, if you haven’t explored MakerBot’s beautiful new software MakerWare, read all about it here and download it for free. When you’re up and running, you’ll be saving huge new models and sending them to your MakerBot by clicking the “Make It” button. This will open a dialog box that lets you select your print settings easier than ever. The names of the quality settings, “Low”, “Medium”, and “High”, refer to the layer resolution. If you select “Low”, you’ll get larger layers, but much quicker print speeds. In the same way, “High” will give you nice, tiny layers, and prints that take longer.

Another setting that affects how long your idea takes to come to life is the infill percentage. You can change this by clicking on “Show Advanced”.


Here you can tinker with the settings as you always could, and then click “Hide Advanced” to make these disappear. For the Paris Building, Annelise changed the setting to 6%, as you see below.


One other important question that’s been on everyone’s minds. We’ve had several members of our community asking if MakerWare will be compatible with our second generation machine, the Thing-O-Matic. The TOM has been a trusty workhorse for thousands of people around the world, and we have no plans to disrupt that. We released MakerWare in Beta just for that reason. Sometime in Fall/Winter 2012, we will introduce compatibility with the Thing-O-Matic so that those current Replicator G users can come on board with MakerWare.


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7 Comments so far

  • LiquidBeef
    September 24, 2012 at 2:05 pm

    Hot dang, that’s a lot of PLA for one print! Impressive, but I’d be terrified to attempt it; I haven’t been able to complete a single print all weekend, Replicator 1 quits randomly. Extruder and build plate heat remains on, Machine and RepG show no signs of error, it just stops. Common enough error for people printing from SD, but I’m printing directly from a Mac. Tried using a new USB cable, still happening. 🙁

  • Erwin
    September 24, 2012 at 6:20 pm

    “Sometime in Fall/Winter 2012, we will introduce compatibility with the Thing-O-Matic so that those current Replicator G users can come on board with MakerWare.”

    YAY! Great news!

  • Laird Popkin
    September 25, 2012 at 7:55 am

    Cool print!

    LiquidBeef – I would recommend print from an SD card, not USB. Long prints from USB are tricky, because if your computer is interrupted, such as by going into sleep mode, or even running any other software that slows your computer down, your print would be interrupted as well. I have done several day-long prints on my Replicator, from SD card.

  • Joe Larson
    September 25, 2012 at 11:16 am

    “That means the longest something can take on a MakerBot Replicator 2 Desktop 3D Printer is a day.”

    That’s not entirely true, is it? Print it at 100% infill and I’ll bet it takes quite a bit longer. Actually, I expect you’d run out of filament first. As is that statement is kind of misleading, and with all the negative statements running around Makerbot needs to be a bit careful about misleading statements.

  • Joe Larson
    September 25, 2012 at 11:17 am

    No kidding, that line was edited while I was typing my comment. Blog editor, feel free to delete my comment and this one.

  • Rich Beck
    September 26, 2012 at 10:56 am

    Nice print, but wow, 700 grams or 70% of a full spool. I am surprised it took that much, but weight does not lie.

    This brings up an important point, None of these printers have a filament out or low sensor so you could easily come back the next morning to a 90% built building with an I’m done, printing took 24 hours and 5 minutes with no way to salvage.

    If you happened to be there you might be able to reload on the fly or use tha pause and change filament options that I thought I read about somewhere.

    What would be cool is if you could pause and switch build heads on a replicator dual during a build. It seems like it should be easy to implement since the distance between heads is essentially fixed and the fine tuning is learned during print head calibration.

    A feature like this would make changing colors or accessing more of the same color mid build much easier.

  • Joe Larson
    September 26, 2012 at 4:21 pm

    Rich, I would take your filament presence detector and take it one step better to something that measured filament diameter and updated feed rate on the fly so I don’t have to run my model through the software every time I change filament.


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