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Discover Quick Tip Videos!

Three new videos have been added to the Explore section of our site! Explore is a hub for MakerBot content. You can visit that section at any time to learn things about our products and get inspired by other users! These three videos include quick tips for people who own MakerBots (and if you don’t have a MakerBot yet you’ll probably still find them interesting).

Watch The First Layer explains why it’s important to pay close attention to the first layer of your 3D print as it’s being put down. You’ll find out how to read that layer and make adjustments when necessary so that the rest of your print goes smoothly.

Print Pausing shows you how to pause during a 3D print and explains why you might want to use this feature. Game changing info: you can use the pause feature to get multi-colored 3D prints using a MakerBot Replicator 2 Desktop 3D Printer!

Updating Firmware tells you how to upload new versions of MakerBot MakerWare and new machine firmware for your MakerBot Replicator 2. You’ll be shocked by the visible improvement that uploading new firmware could make on the quality of your 3D prints!

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  • Dwayne
    February 19, 2013 at 7:22 am
     

    When pausing the makerbot, what is stopping the filament near the end of the print head from oozing out?? Does it have some auto-retraction? Have had this problem in the past. End up with lumps in the paused position.

     
  • dubois
    February 24, 2013 at 1:43 pm
     

    very useful videos, we need a lot of them, thanks !

     
  • Rafael
    April 27, 2013 at 7:07 pm
     

    To avoid those lumps when pausing what I do is choosing the sleep (Cold Pause) which is three option beneath the Pause option, that way it will retract to a far position and stay cold until you restart with resume build, that way it will bring the extruder to the right temperature again and come back where it left and avoiding any lumps.
    The. Big problem that I am having here and don’t know how to sort out is, that at some point in the middle of the process of printing it comes with some message about temperature problems and checking connections and then it doesn’t extrude any more material but it is still moving as if it is. This is a big problem, because if you are not there when it happens, you can find after 2 hours of printing that the extruder is one cm above the piece and nothing in between, and of course it doesn’t remember where it had the problem to come back to that same place and continue from there, so you end up throwing it all in the rubbish. This is a problem I constantly have and would love somebody to tell me if they have the same and how to sort it out
    Thanks

     
  • Nick
    January 24, 2014 at 11:18 am
     

    Is there any way to actually build a pause or “replace filament” command into the build instructions? I am sure if you are quick enough you can do this manually but it would be nice to stop after a certain layer and allow you to change filament.

    Any plans on adding this to makerware somehow?

     
 

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