MakerWare 2.1.0 Now Available, With Thing-O-Matic Support


Version 2.1.0 of MakerWare is now available for download. This latest version of our 3D printing preparation software includes support for the MakerBot Thing-O-Matic, our second generation 3D printer released in 2010. We’re glad to offer this integration for some of our long-time customers, who have contributed significantly to the MakerBot community.

What’s New in MakerWare 2.1.0

Besides support for the Thing-O-Matic, there are some changes and a bunch of bug fixes for MakerBot Replicator, Replicator 2, and Replicator 2X users. In our testing and in your feedback, we’ve seen that some prints need extra help to stick to the build plate, so we’ve included an update to the rafts feature.  Now when you choose to use a raft, the MakerBot Slicing Engine will code the first layer of the raft to print much slower than the rest of the layers. This really helps adhesion.

Another feature requested by our customers is the ability to heat the build plate on the MakerBot Replicator and Replicator 2X when using PLA. This is now possible in MakerWare 2.1.0. We’ve tested this in-house and had some success. If you’ve been experimenting with using a heated build plate with PLA, tell us about your experience in the comments.

In other news, the MakerWare interface got a nice design refresh that we think you’ll enjoy. Click below to see the full release notes and to learn more about using MakerWare for your Thing-O-Matic.

Full Release Notes

New features in MakerWare 2.1.0

  • Thing-O-Matic now supported in MakerWare.

  • The raft base prints at a slower speed when using MakerBot Slicing Engine (12 mm/second).

  • Users can now heat the build platform when printing with PLA on a MakerBot Replicator or Replicator 2X.

  • The Settings button has been removed from the upper right corner of the screen. The Settings option has been moved to the Edit menu.

  • The design of the buttons within main MakerWare user interface has been refreshed.

Bug Fixes in MakerWare 2.1.0

  • A Windows registry key fix for users unable to connect to a MakerBot over USB.

  • Changed the Mac installer to address installation issues on some Snow Leopard machines.

  • Users are warned if they attempt to save .x3g files with names too long for the firmware (>30 characters), and the filename is automatically truncated.

  • MakerWare performs a more complete reset if user attempts to reset the motherboard.
  • Fixed dual extrusion long retract to reset the filament distance in order to reduce blobbing.

  • Fixed the example Chain_Linked file to print correctly at default settings.

  • Fixed the ‘Uniform scaling’ checkbox bug in Windows XP.

  • Fix for excessive memory usage during the verification stage.

  • Adjusted the Skeinforge custom profile defaults to print better on MakerBots (removed rafts and support as default during dual extrusion).

  • Exported gcode now has variables replaced with appropriate values.


Using MakerWare with a MakerBot Thing-O-Matic

Under the MakerBots menu in the MakerWare toolbar, set your Type of MakerBot to Thing-O-Matic. Then you will have the option to open a Control Panel. If your machine is connected to your computer via USB, it will show up as either “Arduino Mega” or “FTDI”. Highlight the entry and click “Connect”; this will change the name of the entry to “Thing-O-Matic” and allow you to operate your machine. Click “Direct Controls” to change filament and manage build plate settings. You can also run the calibration script from this dialog box.

Once these steps are complete, you are ready to use MakerWare normally. Open files into the virtual build space and use the Make It menu to start printing. For more on MakerWare, click here.

With the Thing-O-Matic setting in MakerWare, you can:

  • Work within the Thing-O-Matic build volume.

  • Place multiple separate files objects on the build plate at once.

  • Print from your Thing-O-Matic over USB.

  • Print from an SD card using a Gen4 LCD interface.

  • Adjust onboard preferences.

  • Load/Unload filament.

  • Run the Thing-O-Matic calibration script.

  • Export to s3g, x3g, and gcode files.

  • Work with Thing-O-Matic running Sailfish 4.1, 4.2, or 4.3 Firmware.

  • Update Firmware to Sailfish 4.1.


Congrats! You read to the end. If you have more technical questions about using MakerWare with a MakerBot Thing-O-Matic, check out the documentation page here. Otherwise, head over to Thingiverse and find your favorite Collection of things to make with your new MakerWare download.