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MakerBot Desktop | Get the Latest for Big Improvements


We’re always working to continuously improve and update our software, so we are thrilled to share the big improvements to print quality and reliability that came with our latest MakerBot Desktop and MakerBot Firmware upgrades.

Step 1. Download MakerBot Desktop 3.4
If you haven’t downloaded the latest version of our free 3D printing software, MakerBot Desktop 3.4, please do so now.


Step 2. Update Your MakerBot Firmware
Once you’ve opened up MakerBot Desktop 3.4, connect to your MakerBot Replicator 3D Printer via Wi-Fi, Ethernet, or USB. Next, head straight to the Devices menu in MakerBot Desktop and click Update Firmware to load MakerBot Firmware 1.5 onto your printer.

NOTE: Updating both MakerBot Desktop and MakerBot Firmware is the only way to activate all the new improvements. To take advantage of these new features, continue to prepare and print your files through MakerBot Desktop. When printing files via the USB port, your printer’s internal storage, or your Library, reprepare them through this updated version of MakerBot Desktop to achieve the best results.

Improvements to Print Quality and Reliability
As promised, we’ve made significant improvements to our MakerBot Firmware and print slicing software in order to help improve print quality and reliability.

First off, we’ve updated how the MakerBot Replicator Smart Extruder and the gantry motors that move it around in three dimensions work together.

We’ve also improved the speed and acceleration of the gantry motors, which means better handling of curves and edges in your 3D designs.

Lastly, we’ve shortened the distance that the MakerBot Replicator Smart Extruder’s retractable nozzle has to move during prints, improving the life of your Smart Extruder, and helping to prevent clogs.

With these enhancements, you’ll see a big increase in print quality and a noticeable decrease in print times, so don’t miss out.


Advanced Calibration
Another great feature we packed into MakerBot Desktop 3.4 is a calibration tool called Z-Axis Offset, which you can find in the Device Preferences panel under the Devices menu in MakerBot Desktop. This tool lets you adjust where your build plate is, relative to your Smart Extruder.

If you’ve been experiencing print quality issues with your rafts and the initial layers of your print, or hear clicking noises when you’re printing, your build plate may be too close or too far from your Smart Extruder. Adjusting your Z-Axis Offset could be the solution, so give it a try.

Tell Us About Your Experience
We want to hear about your experience using MakerBot Desktop 3.4 and MakerBot Firmware 1.5. Let us know how things are going by shooting us an email at [email protected]

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MakerBot Software | Mobile 1.1, Made for Your iPad

Mobile-1-Header2In June, we announced a major expansion of our MakerBot 3D Ecosystem with the release of the MakerBot Desktop, MakerBot PrintShop, and MakerBot Mobile apps.

Today, we’re enhancing this powerful suite of 3D printing software with MakerBot Mobile version 1.1 and a new design created specifically for the iPad. It includes new ways to explore and share designs on the MakerBot Thingiverse 3D Design Community. We’ll also be adding the ability to start a print directly from your iPad or iPhone with our next firmware release (see below for details).

Download MakerBot Mobile 1.1 from the Apple App Store now

Simple, Elegant Design for the iPad
If you’re an iPad owner, you’re going to love the new grid layout we’ve created for viewing Thingiverse and your MakerBot Cloud Library. We’ve overhauled Thingiverse browsing in particular, making it more intuitive to explore. Let us know what you think of the new experience!


Browse Thingiverse in Style
With MakerBot Mobile, you already have hundreds of thousands of 3D downloadable digital designs at your fingertips wherever you go. MakerBot Mobile 1.1 takes advantage of the iPad’s larger screen size and higher resolution to make Thingiverse easier and more intuitive to browse.


Coming Soon: Start a Print Remotely
In our original release, we gave you the ability to change filament or cancel a print remotely. With our next version of firmware for our MakerBot Replicator 3D Printers, we’ll add something crucial to this list of remotely activated features in MakerBot Mobile 1.1: the ability to start a print on your iPad or iPhone from anywhere within range of your MakerBot Replicator 3D Printer’s Wi-Fi network.

As soon as you’re ready to print remotely, MakerBot Mobile 1.1 will display a recent image of your build plate so you can check to see if the coast is clear before you begin your print.

How to Upgrade Your Firmware
To activate the remote printing feature, as well as a host of other improvements to MakerBot hardware and software products, please update your MakerBot device with the latest firmware when it’s released in the coming weeks. To update your firmware, first connect to a MakerBot Replicator 3D Printer using MakerBot Desktop. From there, select the Update Firmware option in the Devices menu of MakerBot Desktop.

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Special Financing just in time for the holidays

If you’ve been thinking about getting a MakerBot 3D Printer as a holiday gift for a loved one (or yourself), you’re in luck!

Your holiday just got more affordable.
MakerBot is excited to announce its partnership with Dell Financial Services (DFS) to offer 12 Months Special Financing on MakerBot® Replicator® 3D Printers when using Dell Preferred Account.

This offer is available on now through the holiday season. Qualified consumers can finance a new MakerBot 3D printer with fast credit decisions and affordable monthly payments. Minimum monthly payments are required during the promotional period. See full terms and conditions here.

Apply Now at

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MakerBot Filament | Introducing the Naturals Collection


Make 3D models like these elaborate piggy banks from the MakerBot Digital Store using nature’s own color palette with the new Naturals Collection. Get back to the basics with three new earthy colors of MakerBot PLA Filament:

Click a Color, Any Color!


These new colors have a variety of applications, making them a welcome addition to our myriad of MakerBot PLA Filament colors.

Give Your Models a Uniquely Organic Look
Make your models come alive, whether you’re designing trees, animals, or other natural structures. MakerBot Studio Director, Lane Feuer, who’s always in need of lively colors, can’t get enough of the Naturals Collection. “These new PLA colors are great for modeling all kinds of organic designs, from tree trunks to Teddy bears,” said Feuer.

Architects, Start Your Printers
We’ve heard from a lot of architects who want to show how materials like wood might look in a finished structure. The Naturals Collection’s brown hues give architects the flexibility they need to represent a greater range of natural materials in their prototypes.

A MakerBot Replicator 3D Printer’s Best Friend
MakerBot PLA Filament is the best and most consistent filament designed for MakerBot Replicator 3D Printers. Our high quality-control standards and state-of-the-art filament manufacturing processes ensure that MakerBot PLA Filament will produce higher-quality prints, reduce filament problems, and minimize downtime.

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MakerBot Filament | A Colorful Transformation Is Coming


Let There Be Light!
Introducing light-responsive MakerBot Photochromatic PLA Filament, which changes color when exposed to ultraviolet rays. Just bring your 3D prints into the sunlight, and watch your natural white prints bloom into subtle shades of magenta or blue.

Order your spools of MakerBot Photochromatic PLA Filament today.

Quick Tip to Brighten Your Print
Don’t let a cloudy or rainy day keep you from activating MakerBot Photochromatic PLA Filament’s chameleon-like properties. Shine a UV flashlight on your prints to activate the color change whenever you want.

Share Your Shine on Thingiverse
Be sure to upload and share pictures of your 3D prints in and out of the sunlight on Thingiverse. We can’t wait to see the transformative designs you’ll create.

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MakerBot Filament | The Way to Save in May

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Last month, we kicked off spring in style with 10 percent off four or more spools of MakerBot PLA Filament, the best, most consistent filament for MakerBot 3D Printers.

We’re extending the deal through May, and it now includes our all-new XL and XXL spools of MakerBot PLA Filament, so you can make massive prints on your MakerBot Replicator Z18 all day long.

Visit us online to get 10 percent off four or more Large, 1kg, XL, and XXL spools of MakerBot PLA Filament. MakerBot Replicator 2X users can enjoy the same deal on 1kg spools of MakerBot ABS Filament. You can also redeem your savings over the phone or at any MakerBot Retail Store.

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MakerBot Filament | Spring into Filament Savings

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Get the Filament You Need—for Less
You made it! Winter is officially over, and it’s time to treat yourself to some springtime savings. For the rest of April, we’re taking 10% OFF when you order four or more spools of large and 1kg size MakerBot PLA or ABS Filaments.

MakerBot Filament is the best, most consistent filament for MakerBot 3D printers including the new MakerBot Replicator Desktop 3D Printer (Fifth Generation Model) and the MakerBot Replicator Z18 3D Printer. For your convenience, the April promotion can be redeemed through online, telephone, and retail store orders.

Make the most of your spring and save today.


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MakerBot Filament | Mad March Discounts


Save Big On MakerBot Filament Orders
This is the month we start to shake off the cold and greet spring with a smile. But just in case Old Man Winter isn’t cutting any breaks, MakerBot is giving you something else to grin about.

Throughout March, get FREE SHIPPING in the continental United States when you buy four or more spools of MakerBot PLA or ABS Filaments.

Smiling yet? We’ve got another trick up our sleeve. You’ll also get 10% OFF when you grab all three Armed Forces colors. Feel like throwing in some other great PLA or ABS Filament colors? That free shipping offer still applies.

We can’t wait to see what you make!


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MakerBot Retail | Save Spools, Money, and the Planet


Wouldn’t it be great if there were a way to help preserve our environment and save a little dough at the same time? With MakerBot’s spool exchange program, now you can.

Stay Green and Save Some Greenbacks
Drop off your empty spools of MakerBot Filament to any MakerBot Retail Store and not only will we recycle them for you, we’ll also give you 10% off on your purchase of up to five new spools (Large or Small). Now it’s easier than ever to innovate and create sustainably with your MakerBot Replicator 3D Printer.

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MakerBot Filament | Salute the Armed Forces with PLA


Celebrate our men and women in uniform with three new colors of MakerBot PLA Filament: Ocean Blue, Army Green, and Khaki. They’re the perfect shades to 3D print models of soldiers, battleships, fighter planes, military vehicles, and more.

The real battle will be deciding how to honor your creativity while deploying these noble hues. We suggest using them to print bold designs from the Famous Flyers collection from the MakerBot Digital Store. When these awesome aircraft arrive on your MakerBot Replicator 2 Desktop 3D Printer, we’re sure your imagination will take off!

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12 months special financing on new
MakerBot 3D printer hardware purchases
with Dell Preferred Account on

Limited-time offer for qualified customers.
Offer Details

12 months special financing on new MakerBot 3D printer hardware purchases is a no interest if paid in full by November, 2015 financing promotion. Interest will be charged to your account from the purchase date if the purchase balance is not paid in full by your payment due date in November, 2015 or if you make a late payment. Minimum monthly payments are required during the promotional period. If not paid by end of promotional period, account balance and new purchases will be subject to the Standard APR rates, which range from 19.99% - 29.99% variable APR, as of 8/30/2014, depending on creditworthiness. Offers subject to credit approval and may be changed without notice.

Dell Preferred Account offered to U.S. residents by WebBank, who determines qualifications for and terms of credit. Promotion eligibility varies and is determined by WebBank. Taxes, shipping, and other charges are extra and vary. Payments equal 3% of your balance or $20, whichever is greater. Minimum Interest Charge is $2.00.

All products in your cart at the time of purchase will qualify for the special financing promotion if purchased with Dell Preferred Account between 11-26-2014 through 12/30/2014.

New MakerBot 3D printer hardware purchases are eligible! Refurbished and/or used purchases do not qualify for promotions. Eligible e-value/order codes: A7516721, A7629818, A7598495, A7617635.

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