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!
The public has been clamoring to see some more time lapse video of the MakerBot Replicator 2. Well ask and ye shall receive! Courtesy of Video Superstar Annelise, here is a 14.3 hour print condensed into a 1 minute video. That’s 860X! If only we could do that with building actual cities.
Good news! This Cityscape plate is up on Thingiverse for your own making. The file available for download is scaled for the big build plate of the MakerBot Replicator 2, so keep that in mind in case you need to change the dimensions for your own machine.
That’s not all on Thingiverse today. Our Design Team have been active cooking up pieces for the super popular Gumball Machine at the MakerBot Store. Today we published the remaining sets of these collectibles. Check them out! If you have friends visiting New York City, tell them to bring you back some MakerBot love. These sets will be in the Gumball Machine through October 2012. Collect them all, or download and make them yourself!
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
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.
Okay guys – it’s time to get real. This video that you’re about to watch is most assuredly the coolest video I’ve ever made. Seriously. It’s really freaking awesome.
This project was a collaboration (all awesome projects are, aren’t they?) between myself and my associate producer Josh Friedman and a handful of the greatest fingerboarders on the planet – Mike Schneider, Taylor Rosenbauer, Doug Bodkin and Tim Hurley. Josh, who animates the wonderful R.Maker Adventures and moonlights as a 3D designer, designed a bunch of skate ramps in Sketchup and put together the ultimate indoor skatepark which the boarders came in to shred on. And shred they did.
The best part of all this? Now you can MakerBot your own skatepark using the design files on Thingiverse. So make your own park, customize your own ramps, make your own sweet videos and keep on keepin it awesome!
Our video department here at MakerBot does a bunch of videos and tutorial work. But you better believe we are all about other helpful tips and tricks from users around the world.
The good people at PixilTV have offered up another useful video, and this time, “it’s all about the MakerBot.” This is great stuff! Watch the vid for some helpful hints on printing, but do have a look at their other stuff, too, below the fold.
Our videos tend to be about MakerBots, but PixilTV puts out instructionals on a wide range of topics, such as making dubstep on your iPhone and pollinating carnivorous plants. And on that note, some of the guys behind PixilTV are also creating some fantastic MakerBotted planters, on display at Plantiis. Here are a couple from the video host, @ecken, who is now on Thingiverse. These are exceptional! We’ll be sure to check in with them again next week, leading up to Earth Day.
A number of you have just received your MakerBot Replicators™! You must be incredibly excited!
Set-up for the MakerBot Replicators™ is unbelievably simple (much simpler than it was for those Thing-O-Matic kits!) and we’ve worked really hard to get you thorough documentation and instructions so that it’ll be smooth sailing from the time you receive your package to the time you’re printing your first few things from Thingiverse.
These three videos will walk you through the essential steps in only 12 minutes! We recommend watching each video in its entirety and then watching it again as you set up your Replicator, pausing when necessary. For more written documentation check out Ethan and Melody’s incredibly thorough Replicator User Guide.
And if you’re eagerly anticipating the arrival of your Replicator feel free to get a head start by watching these videos now!
In this video Mike will take you through the initial set-up of your machine. He’ll go over essential information about attaching your Stepstrudder MK8 and properly mounting your filament.
#2. First Run Experience
In this video Ethan will assist you as you follow the instructions in the start-up script. You’ll learn how to level the platform, load filament and you’ll get to try a test print!
#3. Thingiverse to Thing
In this video Sam will get you comfortable with the printing process. He’ll show you how to pick a model from Thingiverse, run it through ReplicatorG and to get your MakerBot to make it! After you master this tutorial you’ll be able to print your world!
*BONUS* In addition to the three set-up videos we’ve also put together a Maintenance Tutorial.
In this video I will take you through applying new kapton tape, cleaning out the drive gear and lubricating the milled rods on your Replicator. Enjoy!
Do yourself a favor and check out this fantastic episode of Al Jazeera’s social-sourced web show ‘The Stream.’ Bre joins Maker Faire Africa Co-founder Emeka Okafor and host Derrick Ashong in a lively and inspiring discussion of all things #maker, #hacker, and #DIY – all in the time it takes The Replicator to build the Empire State Building. The panel explores how and why maker culture is shaping the future of industry, development, and humanity itself.
In this first episode of season two, Bre will walk you through the history of MakerBot Industries. Find out what it was like in the early days when Bre, Adam and Zach were powering MakerBots with massive amounts of ramen and caffeine!
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