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Latest Version: 3.2.1
For All MakerBot Replicator 3D Printers
MakerBot Desktop 3.2.1
For All MakerBot Replicator
Includes MakerWare for Digitizer
Featuring MakerBot Multiscan™ Technology
MakerBot Desktop is compatible only with PC's running the following operating systems:
Mac OS X (Lion / 10.7+)
Mac OS X (Snow Leo. / 10.6)
Windows 8.1 64-bit
Windows 8.1 32-bit
Windows 7/8 64-bit
Windows 7/8 32-bit
Linux (Ubuntu / Fedora)
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Windows XP support is limited to MakerWare 2.2.
Mac OS X 10.6 support is limited to MakerWare 2.4.1.
MakerWare for Digitizer is not available for this operating system.
Version 3.2.1 Notes
MakerBot Desktop is now recommended for the following MakerBot devices:
MakerBot Replicator Z18 3D Printer
MakerBot Replicator 3D Printer (Fifth Generation Model)
MakerBot Replicator Mini Compact 3D Printer
MakerBot Replicator 2 Desktop 3D Printer
MakerBot Replicator 2X Experimental 3D Printer
MakerBot Replicator (Original)
MakerBot Desktop 3.2.1 is intended for use with Fifth Generation Firmware 1.2. For improved experience, please update your firmware.
If you’re using either Mac OS X 10.6 or Windows XP, you should continue to use MakerBot MakerWare. You have the option to download and install it from this page.
If you’re using a MakerBot Digitizer Desktop 3D Scanner, you have the option to use the MakerBot Desktop 3.2.1 download to also download MakerWare for Digitizer.
3.2.1 Feature list:
1. An improved filament unload routine 2. Ability to take a picture from the print monitor panel 3. Bug fix for connecting over a network to Fifth Generation Firmware 1.0.4 4. Small bug fixes related to the Library
Version 3.2 Notes
3.2 Feature list:
1. Improved memory use in MakerBot Slicer to better handle large prints 2. Correctly display the MakerBot Replicator Z18's vertical camera in the print monitor panel 3. Expanded the skybox view for the MakerBot Replicator Z18's build volume 4. Added control of the MakerBot Replicator Z18's heated build chamber to custom profiles 5. Removed the button press requirement when printing over a USB connection
Note: MakerBot Desktop 3.2 is intended for use with Fifth Generation Firmware 1.1. Please update your firmware for the best experience.
3.2 Known Issues:
1. Any MakerBot Digitizer users experiencing connection issues on Windows should update to the latest installers.
Version 3.1.1 Notes
3.1.1 Feature list:
1. Added the option to connect any Fifth Generation MakerBot Replicator 3D printer to a wireless network 2. Added MakerBot Replicator Smart Extruder temperature to the print monitor panel
Version 3.1 Notes
3.1 Feature list:
1. New MakerBot Replicator Mini Setup Assistant 2. New application tutorial 3. Improved print settings for Fifth Generation printers 4. Improved status reporting in the the print monitor panel 5. Added an Export button to the Prepare tab 6. Improved error messages 7. Added a Learn tab for tips and documentation
3.1 Known Issues:
1. Linux builds of MakerBot Desktop 3.1 are coming soon.
Version 3.0.1 Notes
3.0.1 Feature list:
1. Users can now change filament or attach a Smart Extruder from the print monitor panel 2. The Print and Export dialogs now display slicing progress 3. File transfer progress has been added to the Firmware Update dialog 4. The IP address of a network-connected Fifth Generation printer is now displayed in the Device Preferences dialog 5. Bug fix for background service errors caused by disconnecting from an Ethernet network 6. Bug fix for USB-connected printers not connecting automatically 7. Small bug fixes related to firmware updating 8. Support for Linux (Ubuntu and Fedora)
3.0.1 Known Issues:
1. Following a successful firmware update over an Ethernet network, users may have to close and reopen MakerBot Desktop to reconnect to a Replicator (Fifth Generation Model).
Version 3.0 Notes
3.0 Feature list:
1. New Explore, Library, Prepare, and Store views in MakerBot Desktop 2. Option to log into a MakerBot account 3. Simplified Print dialog 4. Connectivity to the Replicator (Fifth Generation Model) via USB and Ethernet 5. Ability to create .MakerBot files 6. Added new status bar and print monitor panel
3.0 Known Issues:
1. Linux builds of MakerBot Desktop 3.0 are not available. Please upgrade to MakerBot Desktop 3.0.1. 2. USB-connected printers may not connect automatically. In this situation, users should select their printer in the Connected Devices section of the Devices drop-down menu. 3. It is not possible to link a MakerBot Library to a Replicator (Fifth Generation Model) over a USB connection. Users should use a network connection to link their MakerBot Library.
Version 2.4.1 Notes
1. MakerBot Dissolvable Filament has been added to the Make Dialog 2. An improved MakerBot Dissolvable Filament material profile has been added to MakerWare 3. Users can now set two different temperatures in the Make dialog when a dual extruder printer is selected 4. Bug fix for the supportExcessive option not having an effect in the custom profiles 5. Bug fix for some non-manifold objects slicing with missing layers or with filled in handles or holes 6. Bug fix for Mac version number set incorrectly in MakerWare 2.4 7. Added MakerWare compatibility with Ubuntu 13.10 and Fedora 19 8. MakerWare for Digititzer is now compatible with Ubuntu Linux
Mac users need to uninstall MakerWare 2.4.0 before installing MakerWare 2.4.1.
Version 2.4 Notes
MultiScan Technology Enhances Your Scans:
New MakerBot MultiScan Technology vastly expands the capabilities of the MakerBot Digitizer. MultiScan allows you to scan objects from multiple angles so that you can make higher quality models than ever before. Now, you can capture the top, bottom, and hidden parts of objects simply by changing the orientation of the object you’re scanning. Stay tuned for our next Digitizer Education blog for a complete rundown of this game-changing capability.
With MakerWare 2.4, we’re introducing a lighting acclimation feature that lessens the impact of strong overhead light on your scans. We’ve also upgraded our Extrusion Guards to improve stability, and implemented filament fan modulation to prevent filament clogging in the MakerBot Replicator 2.
1. Added MultiScan Technology to MakerWare for Digitizer 2. Added lighting acclimation which reduces halos from overhead lighting at the beginning of a scan, resulting in higher quality 3D models 3. Added performance tracking to MakerWare 4. Implemented new filament fan modulation on the MakerBot Replicator 2 to reduce PLA and Flexible Filament stringing 5. Added ability to combine overlapping object meshes 6. Created a more stable Extrusion Guard pattern 7. Bug fix for temperature settings in the Make dialog only getting applied to the preheat temperature 8. Bug fix for MakerWare crashing when custom profiles are created on 32-bit Windows systems
Version 2.3.2 Notes
1. Added firmware uploading to MakerWare for Digitizer 2. Bug fix for high conveyor CPU usage 3. Bug fix for rotation being inconsistent when saving objects as .thing files 4. Bug fix to improve the pattern of ABS high-resolution rafts
Version 2.3.1 Notes
1. Bug fix for UI crashes on some Nvidia graphics cards 2. Bug fix for the prime line causing a Y-axis shift 3. Bug fix for excessive Print Preview memory usage 4. Bug fix for objects in Print Preview sometimes displaying as black 5. Bug fix for Windows file association issues
Version 2.3 Notes
1. Print Preview featuring toolpath visualization, material estimation, and time estimation 2. Introducing Native Dual-Extrusion for multimaterial Printing and designating which extruder prints support material and rafts 3. Material profiles for Flexible Filament and Dissolvable Filament 4. Added dual-extrusion bridging 5. 'Lay Flat' button 6. Objects too large for the build plate now result in an alert and the option to resize the object 7. A new orthographic projection view 8. Conveyor now uses embedded Python instead of a Python virtual environment
Version 2.2.2 Notes
1. Added separate custom profile templates for high, standard, and low resolution prints 2. Bug fix for the missing floors and roofs bug 3. Bug fix for the uninstaller not fully removing the _conveyor user on OS X 4. Bug fix for stringing on objects with small islands 5. Bug fix for the retract speed not matching the restart speed 6. Bug fix for active-cooling fan commands getting sent to non-Replicator 2 printers 7. Bug fix for roofLayerCount and floorLayerCount having no effect when using custom profiles 8. Bug fix for extremely slow tool changes during dual-extrusion prints on the Replicator 2X 9. Added more robust error packet checking to allow USB printing on Sailfish firmware 10. Bug fix for USB prints stuttering on Sailfish firmware 11. Added a sharkfill, a shark-shaped infill pattern
Version 2.2.1 Notes
1. MakerWare updated to identify a new Product ID for the Replicator 2X
Version 2.2 Notes
1. Improved default print settings, including new 0.1mm, 0.2mm, and 0.3mm layer heights for High, Standard, and Low defaults 2. The high-quality default now uses the faster-slicing MakerBot Slicer instead of Skeinforge 3. Easy-to-remove rafts 4. More minimal support 5. An easier-to-detach, wavy support pattern 6. Better handling of external spurs (as seen in the Stretchy Bracelet) 7. Removed diagonal lines from surface walls and first layers 8. Added a new smoothing algorithm for surface walls 9. Better Bridging 10. Multiple infill patterns (‘hexagonal’ is the default; other patterns can be selected in custom profiles) 11. A number of new experimental slicing settings have been added that are turned off in the defaults but can be turned on in custom profiles (Dynamic speed calculations, Internal spurs, Backlash compensation). See the custom profile support page for specifics. 12. A new Skeinforge default profile has been added 13. Rafts are turned on by default 14. A subtle skybox option is available 15. It is now easy to set extruder temperature when using custom MakerBot Slicer profiles 16. Added a homing button for Thing-O-Matics 17. Made changes to Thing-O-Matic onboard preferences to improve clarity 18. Moved the Replicator 2's start position closer to the front-left corner of the build plate 19. MakerWare now supports Ubuntu 13.04
Version 2.1.1 Notes
1. The Mac installer was changed to always use the version of install_name_tool packaged in our installer. In previous releases of MakerWare, installation failures would occur if the customer’s copy of install_name_tool was not working properly.
Version 2.1 Notes
1. MakerWare integration with Thing-O-Matics 2. New control panel for jogging and manually connecting to Thing-O-Matics 3. Users have the option of heating the platform when printing with PLA on a Rep1 4. Made it impossible to save x3g files with names too long for the firmware 5. There is now an option in MakerWare to reset the motherboard completely 6. Decreased memory usage during the slice verification stage 7. Fixed a Windows registry key bug 8. Improvements to the Snow Leopard installer 9. Adjusted the dual-extrusion long retract to reduce blobbing 10. Bug fix for a uniform scaling bug in Windows XP
Version 2.0.2 Notes
1. Fix for a MakerWare UI crash on computers with AMD video cards
Version 2.0.1 Notes
1. Custom profiles now work with the Replicator 2X 2. Custom profiles now work for dual-extrusion prints on the Replicator Dual 3. Bug fix Snow Leopard installation problems 4. Bug fix for the Skeinforge custom profile editor not opening on Mac 5. Dual-extrusion print percentage has been fixed on the Replicator 2X
Version 2.0 Notes
1. MakerWare integration with the Replicator 2X 2. Dual-Extrusion in MakerWare 3. Choose your printer type on first-run 4. Change printer type on USB connection or manually 5. Printer controls the build volume shown and whether dual-extrusion UI is visible 6. Added a new icon to the UI indicating the printer type 7. Made it possible to run ReplicatorG without stopping conveyor 8. Updated the skybox 9. Improvements for printing single-walled objects 10. Bug-fix for extra support material being added to the outside of objects
Version 1.1.2 Notes
1. Bug fix to enable saving directly to an SD card on a Mac 2. Added a gcode verifier for printing directly to a printer and making from file 3. Bug fix for a Windows getaddrinfo error that caused a problem with user localhost addresses 4. Small improvements related to firmware updating
Version 1.1.1 Notes
1. Bug fix for a Windows installer bug that occurs when python is installed in a non-standard location that contains a space in the name 2. Fixed a Windows XP file registry bug
Version 1.1 Notes
1. Separate ‘Open’ & ‘Add’ options in the Dropdown Menu 2. Open and Save remember their last location 3. A recent files list in the Dropdown menu 4. Control of object colors in the UI 5. Auto Layout option for multiple objects on one build plate 6. Checks on import to see if the object is on the platform and/or extremely small 7. Ability to select or deselect all objects at once 8. Max Size button on the Scale popout 9. Improved drag transformations 10. Ctrl-Drag for rotation snapped to grid 11. Support for improved firmware acceleration (x3g) 12. Make dialog remembers settings from the last print 13. Added the option to create custom slicing profiles 14. Ability to cancel during slicing 15. Better progress reporting during long slices 16. Major quality improvements to fine detail prints 17. Better handling of objects with thin walls 18. Zero infill produces hollow objects without strings 19. Overall speed and performance improvements to MakerBot Slicer
Version 1.0.3 Notes
1. The ceiling and floor thickness of high-quality default prints is now the same as the wall thickness 2. The default infill for high quality prints has been increased from 10% to 20%
Version 1.0.2 Notes
1. Bug fix for prints not being perfectly centered on the Replicator 2 build plate 2. Bug fix for printing with the left extruder on the Replicator Dual
Version 1.0.1 Notes
1. Rafts on the Replicator 2 now print with the cooling fan off 2. Bug fix for a missing buttons issue on some Windows machines 3. Bug fix for the Replicator 2 missing the correct behavior at the beginning of prints 4. Added Windows installer logging
Version 1.0 Notes
1. Product launch! 2. Single-extrusion printing to the Replicator and Replicator 2
Keep Organized with the Library
Bring all your existing files into
a personal, secure, cloud-enabled library.
Easily rename, edit, and add
instructions to your personal files,
layouts, and collections.
Monitor and Control Your Prints
Quick access to common
commands like suspend,
change filament, or cancel.
The onboard camera makes it easy
to keep tabs on your
Take pictures of your prints
and upload them to Thingiverse,
the 3D design community.
More Ways to Connect
Sending files to your
MakerBot Replicator 3D Printer is easier than ever.
Connect via Wi-Fi, Ethernet or USB.
Explore and Discover
Browse Thingiverse, the world’s largest 3D printing
community with over 100,000 free 3D models
Buy original, fun and collectible digital content
from the MakerBot Digital Store
Prepare for 3D Printing
Easy-to-use Makerbot MakerWare is built right in
An additional, stabilizing surface at the print’s base. Rafts help ensure adhesion to the build plate and better print quality.
Thin, pull-away, support material for overhangs or between print elements. Supports allow you to print more complex models.
Quickly create the layers and instructions your printers will use to print your 3D objects.
Save Layouts for Quick Printing
Save your layouts of pre-sliced files right to your library. Grab one later for a single-click quick print.
Preview Your 3D Prints
Get time and material estimates, see print layers, and follow the projected path of the extruder. All before actually printing.