Announcing the MakerBot Replicator 2X Experimental 3D Printer!

Posted by on Wednesday, January 9, 2013 in Uncategorized

Right now in Las Vegas, attendees of the Consumer Electronics Show are getting to set their eyes on our latest Desktop 3D Printer, the MakerBot Replicator 2X! Click below to read the press release for this new machine, or watch the intro video above.

We call the MakerBot Replicator 2X an Experimental Desktop 3D Printer for a couple reasons. Unlike the MakerBot Replicator 2, which is optimized for PLA filament, the MakerBot Replicator 2X is optimized for the more traditional thermoplastic ABS. So why is a traditional plastic “experimental”? Because it’s a tricky material. ABS requires careful calibration and control to get consistently nice things, and the user of the MakerBot Replicator 2X should be prepared for the challenge. We know that many of you still prefer ABS, so our engineers have worked long and hard to deliver a great tool for the job.

We want you ready for experiments coming in the future, too. The MakerBot Replicator 2X has side-by-side extruders so that you’re prepared for new developments in dual extrusion technology. Want to try making things in multiple colors? The Replicator 2X is ready for the test.

Here’s are a few of the great things in the Replicator 2X:

–  High-tolerance aluminum build plate that’s machined for crucial flatness to make it resistant to warping or sagging that could affect the quality of your prints.

–  New easy-load filament lever makes loading filament as easy as flipping a light switch.

–  Re-designed filament feeding system dramatically reduces stripping, skipping, and jamming.

–  Enclosed sides keep drafts at bay and stabilize the ABS cooling period for less cracking and peeling.

Stay tuned at The MakerBot Replicator 2X Experimental 3D Printer will be available for purchase very soon!


MakerBot® Unveils MakerBot® Replicator™ 2X Experimental 3D Printer at CES

Latest MakerBot 3D Printer for “Daredevil Designers”


Las Vegas, January 8, 2013 – MakerBot®, the global leader in 3D printing, is unveiling its newest desktop 3D printer at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas this week.  The MakerBot® Replicator™ 2X Experimental 3D Printer is the big brother to the recently released fourth generation MakerBot Replicator 2 Desktop 3D Printer. The new MakerBot Replicator 2X Experimental Desktop 3D Printer pushes the boundaries of 3D printing and is designed for the 3D printing enthusiast that wants a full-featured desktop 3D printer optimized for printing with ABS Filament and ready to explore the frontiers of 3D printing.


“If you are a MacGyver, a Doc Brown, or have a little mad scientist in you, and want to experiment with one of the fullest featured desktop 3D printers and see where it can take you, the MakerBot Replicator 2X Experimental Desktop 3D Printer is for you,” noted Bre Pettis, CEO of MakerBot.  “The MakerBot Replicator 2 Desktop 3D Printer that we introduced this past September, is probably going to be one of the most successful 3D desktop printers of 2013, and we love its ease of use and reliability.  The MakerBot Replicator 2 was optimized for PLA Filament, which has been proven to be a consistent-use filament.  But there are many ABS Filament fans out there that want to keep using ABS, even though it can be a trickier and more challenging product to use.  With the introduction of the MakerBot Replicator 2X Experimental Desktop 3D Printer, we can meet the needs of all types of desktop 3D printer users.”

Designed for 3D printing experts working in R&D who want to blaze a trail into the future of 3D printing, the MakerBot Replicator 2X features experimental dual extrusion and uses the familiar petroleum-based thermoplastic MakerBot ABS Filament.  The MakerBot Replicator 2X is an even more advanced extension of MakerBot’s most recent new product, the MakerBot Replicator 2.

The redesigned heated build platform and the heat-capturing enclosure of the MakerBot Replicator 2X Experimental 3D Printer optimizes it for use with ABS Filament; and the reengineered extruder supports experimental dual extrusion for anyone who is ready for the challenge. One of the most significant changes made to the MakerBot Replicator 2X is the reengineered extruder. The extruder on the MakerBot Replicator 2X has been totally redesigned for easy-loading and low maintenance. The new design reduces stripping, skipping and jamming and the constant force filament feeding system means less wear on your machine.  The MakerBot Replicator 2X has the ability to make large ABS prints more reliably than the original MakerBot Replicator did. This full-seal heat-trapping enclosure helps to stabilize the ABS cooling period so that you can spend less time worrying about shrinking or cracking. And the single-piece, thermal formed magnetic lid keeps heat in when you need it and releases it when you don’t.  And the MakerBot Replicator 2X Experimental Desktop 3D Printer offers beautiful 100-micron layer resolution.

The new release of MakerBot MakerWare will also make generating dual extrusion models easier than ever. A new drag and drop feature allows different models to be dropped onto the virtual build plate and viewed in the colors that you plan to print them.

“We are super excited to see the beautiful multi-colored prints made using the dual extruder,” noted Pettis.

The MakerBot Replicator 2 Desktop 3D Printer created a new standard in desktop 3D printing and MakerBot has built the MakerBot Replicator 2X on that foundation.  The MakerBot Replicator 2X rises to a new standard while still offering a full set of features that allows for all the experimentation that any daredevil could hope for.

So if you have the courage and patience to face the inconsistencies of ABS and the difficulty of dual extrusion, if you’re willing to walk to the edge of what’s possible and push it farther, if you’ve taken apart a flamethrower and put together a trebuchet, then the MakerBot Replicator 2X Experimental 3D Printer is for you.

The MakerBot Replicator 2X Experimental 3D Printer will begin shipping in mid-March and is priced at $2,799, and is available for sale beginning January 11, 2013, at


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6 Comments so far

  • Younes
    January 9, 2013 at 3:38 pm

    Nice machine! good job!
    Does the filament feeding system of the Repicator2X will be compatible with the Repicator2 since it is the main problem of the Replicator2?

  • Barrett DiPaolo
    January 9, 2013 at 4:59 pm

    Please, please make some of these improvements (such as aluminum build plate, redesigned extruder) available at a reasonable cost to those who recently purchased a Rep 2. I just got mine in November and already am having issues with filamnet feed and nozzle (support ticket in).

  • erikjdurwoodii
    January 9, 2013 at 6:37 pm

    I have to ask, will the new extruder/filament feeding assembly be available on the Thingiverse, or at the very least a kit to purchase to update a Replicator 2 to the new configuration? Stripping and jamming has been an issue with mine.

  • patrick
    January 9, 2013 at 9:55 pm

    I get the impression that the 2X can utilize both ABS and PLA, but it doesn’t state specifically. Can you please clarify?



  • Cliff Lucas
    January 11, 2013 at 6:05 pm

    I just returned from the CES show where I saw the Rep 2X in action. What a cool machine! Just placed my pre order today.

  • Ryan
    February 13, 2013 at 2:39 pm

    As a Replicator owner, I was very excited about dual printing, but am having 1-in-3 success with prints due to build plate calibration issues.

    Please, please make the upgrades available soon to your early adopter fans who have resorted to superstitious chants to improve success rates.


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