Archive for February 25th, 2013

MakerBot Replicator 2X Now Shipping!


It’s here! Shipping Day of the MakerBot Replicator 2X Experimental 3D Printer. It’s sort of a holiday at MakerBot, like watching the baby leave the nest.

For those of you who have ordered this machine, hold onto your hats. Batch 1 is on its way out the door and we want you to be ready. Here are a couple housekeeping notes, and then some steps you’ll want to take to get set up.

First of all, go ahead and download the User Manual now. It certainly couldn’t hurt to read up a bit before your shipment arrives.

Speaking of shipments, make sure you keep an eye out for two boxes. You’ll be receiving your MakerBot Replicator 2X in a big box, and the enclosure lid that fits on top of your new machine separately (see below). Depending on the shipping service, these may arrive at the same time or at different times.


You can go ahead and get started printing without your enclosure lid. It’s probably not the best idea in the world, but it won’t break your MakerBot. Remember, you signed up for experimenting. Go ahead and see what happens when you make things with and without the enclosure lid. Try making things with kapton tape covering your build plate, and then try without. Take notes on what works and what doesn’t. You’re in the driver’s seat now, and everyone benefits from what you learn and share.

Oh, most importantly: talk to us! We built the MakerBot Replicator 2X for the people we knew would really test it out and experiment with the technology. If that’s you, we want you to share your feedback with us. We have a general feedback line,, that’s just waiting for your good ideas.

While you wait, you’ll want to…

1. Make room! Maybe your new MakerBot will sit next to your current MakerBot. Maybe you should clear a space…on your coworker’s desk. Whatever works.

2. Make a profile at, if you haven’t already. This is where you’re going to find all the inspiration for what to make on your MakerBot.

3. Do some reading about dual extrusion, and check out some of the awesome dual extrusion designs uploaded to Thingiverse. Our very own Annelise has made a Thingiverse Collection to get you started.

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Customize It: Design And Print Your Own Nokia Phone Case!


These days you can customize your playlist, your online news, your Netflix queue. Why stop at the digital? The mobile device company Nokia says you should be able to customize the physical products you hold in your hand every day, like the shell of your cell phone.

Today we announce our partnership with Nokia that lets anyone with a MakerBot download and make a shell for two of its latest phones, the Lumia 820 and the Lumia 520. When Nokia released these files back in January, we optimized them for printing on a MakerBot Replicator 2. The result is a shell that fits nicely around the phone with fully functional buttons.

But that’s just a start. We’ve combined this design with the power of MakerBot Customizer, an app on our website Thingiverse that turns a certain kind of 3D design into a customizable template. Now you really can make this piece your own. Click here to find the design on Nokia’s awesome Thingiverse page and click “Open in Customizer” to get started. You can change the pattern in a bunch of different ways, and you can add your own text in a few different fonts.

Oh yeah, and you can win one!

mwc nokia giveaway

MakerBot and Nokia are out at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain, and attendees of the event are getting a look at what it means to have part of a brand new phone made on a MakerBot. Check out twitterer @MichaelxHell above showing off the customized shell of his new Lumia 820. Sharp!

To get yours, follow these guidelines from Nokia:

For a chance to win your very own personalised 3D-printed case, all you have to do is tweet @Nokia_Connects using the hashtag #Lumia820 – something fun, entertaining, witty.

Every day we will pick a few tweets that have used the hashtag and print a personalised Lumia 820 case for them. Runners-up attending MWC will win a custom patterned case by MakerBot.

It is truly awesome that Nokia is coming on board with the 3D printing revolution. The good people there are genuinely excited to see how all of us will enhance their products with our own creativity. Let’s get going!


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