Download MakerBot Print 2.3


MakerBot Print is our new desktop application that allows you to prepare, manage, and monitor 3D prints.

  • Prepare: Import design files in native CAD and fine-tune their settings for optimal results when printing.
  • Manage: Keep your projects organized by automatically arranging models across one or several build plates.
  • Monitor: Kick-off prints, control your printer, and monitor print progress remotely.

Note: Designed for the Plus Generation of Printer. Offers limited capabilities with 5th generation printers and offline export only with previous models.

System Compatibility

  • OPERATING SYSTEMS: WINDOWS (7 and 10, 64-bit only) and MAC OS X (10.9+, 64-bit only). Not Supported: Windows 8, XP, Vista, Server, and Linux


  • RAM: 2GB mininmum, 8GB or more recommended
  • DISK SPACE: 2.5GB, 20GB or more recommended
  • VIDEO CARD: NVidia, AMD, or Intel, post 2011. 512MB video memory, 8GB or more recommended.
  • SCREEN RESOLUTION: 1280x1024 minimum, 1920x1080 or more recommended.
  • CPU: AMD or Intel, post 2011.
  • NETWORK: Ethernet or wireless connectivity to Local Area Network
  • INSTALLATION: Broadband Internet connection
  • BROWSER FOR ONLINE DOCUMENTATION: Google Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer 11 or above


  • Mac: MakerBot (.makerbot), STL (.stl)
  • Windows: MakerBot (.makerbot), STL (.stl), SolidWorks (.sldprt, .sldasm), InventorOBJ (.ipt, .iam), IGES (.iges, .igs), STEP AP203/214 (.step, .stp), CATIA (.CATPart, .CATProduct), Wavefront Object(.obj), Unigraphics/NX (.prt), Solid Edge (.par, .asm), ProE/Creo (.prt, .prt., .asm, .asm.), VRML(.wrl), Parasolid (.x_t, .x_b)
Note: Users cannot import MakerBot (.makerbot) files.

MakerBot Print Support Site

Version 2.3 Notes

Features and Improvements

  • USB connectivity improvements
  • UI responsiveness improvements
  • Chamber Heater Temperature control added for Z18
  • Build Plate Temperature control added for Replicator 2X
  • Fixed bug where some selected Custom Settings were not honored when slicing

Version 2.2 Notes

Features and Improvements

  • Access to MakerBot store in sidebar.
  • Other bug fixes and improvements

Version 2.1 Notes

Features and Improvements

  • Reset All / Remove All actions added to the Custom Settings right-click menu.
  • Fixed bug where material estimates were overestimating the amount of filament necessary to print.
  • Other bug fixes and improvements

Version 2.0 Notes

Features and Improvements

  • MinFill: A new Print Mode that reduces print time and saves filament by only printing the minimum amount of infill needed to support your print.
  • Added USB support for MakerBot Replicator, MakerBot Replicator Mini, and Z18 printers
    • If you would like to keep MakerBot Desktop installed but enable USB support in MakerBot Print, please select Services > Stop Background Services from within MakerBot Desktop.
    • Mac Users: If you plan on uninstalling MakerBot Desktop, do so before installing MakerBot Print to ensure USB connectivity.
  • Support for SolidWorks 2017 files (Windows only)
  • Other bug fixes and improvements

Version 1.9 Notes

Features and Improvements

  • Ability to customize advanced print settings
  • Persistent customized settings after application restarts
  • Print time and material estimates
  • Replicator 2x export improvements
  • Bug fixes
    • Improved handling of certain printer errors
    • Triggering of Print Again feature
  • Other fixes and Improvements

Version 1.8 Notes

Features and Improvements

  • Improved rafts for the Z18 and Mini+
  • Enhancements to the printer settings panel
  • Bug fixes and other improvements

Version 1.7 Notes

Features and Improvements

  • Ability to see material volumes in cubic centimeters. Go to File > System Preferences > Units Controls > Display Units and change to any metric unit.
  • More intuitive default mouse controls for new users. (For more information Click Here)
  • A new and improved Scale tool that lets you modify a model's scale by directly changing its overall dimensions.
  • Ability to reset a printer to its factory settings in the printer utilities menu.
  • Bug fixes:
    • Firmware Update: File name display field refinements

Version 1.6 Notes

Features and Improvements

  • Print modes, a new feature in Print Settings which allows you to use preset print settings best suited for your needs. Launching with:
    • Balanced, MakerBot's standard set of print settings which balances print quality and speed
    • Draft, which optimizes for speed
  • Ability to start prints directly from the printer's details menu
  • Improvements to canceling in progress slices and prints, including a new confirmation prompt when canceling a print
  • Other bug fixes and improvements

Version 1.5 Notes

Features and Improvements

  • Bug fixes and minor improvements

Version 1.4 Notes

Features and Improvements

  • Rafts are easier to remove from models for Replicator+
  • Name printer utility
  • Replicator 2 and 2X slice preview is now available
  • Bug Fixes

Version 1.3.1 Notes

Features and Improvements

  • Initiate Z-Calibration
  • Set Z-Offset
  • Improved USB connectivity
  • Wi-Fi configuration improvements
  • Bug Fixes

Version 1.2.1 Notes

Features and Improvements

  • Updating printer’s firmware from the application
  • Assign printer to a local Wi-Fi network
  • Bug Fixes

Version 1.1.0 Notes

Features and Improvements

  • Initiate attaching extruder process
  • Filament load/unload while print is paused
  • Bug Fixes

Version 1.0.0 Notes

MakerBot Print Feature List

  1. Native CAD Support
    • Windows: Import native CAD files, including parts and assemblies
      • MakerBot (.makerbot), STL (.stl), SolidWorks (.sldprt, .sldasm), InventorOBJ (.ipt, .iam), IGES (.iges, .igs), STEP AP203/214 (.step, .stp), CATIA (.CATPart, .CATProduct), Wavefront Object(.obj), Unigraphics/NX (.prt), Solid Edge (.par, .asm), ProE/Creo (.prt, .prt., .asm, .asm.), VRML(.wrl), Parasolid (.x_t, .x_b)
    • Mac: Import STL files as an assembly
  2. Projects: Create projects to save the designs, print settings, and build plate layout of designs as one file for easy print scheduling.
  3. Auto-Arrange: Makerbot Print will automatically arrange the files on your build plate or across your whole project
  4. Cloud-Enabled Management: Remotely control multiple printers from MakerBot Print. Start, control and monitor prints with the help of camera feeds and status updates.
  5. New Print Preview: Preview the path that the extruder will take to create a print.
    Review layers individually or watch simulated preview to:
    • Make adjustments before printing a model
    • View support material placement
    • Validate small features are printable
  6. Automatic Software Updates: When there is a new version of MakerBot print available, your app will download it in the background and let you know when it’s ready to be installed

MakerBot Print FAQ

Upcoming Features

  • Per-model print settings
  • Advanced print settings
  • Language Support - Chinese (simplified Mandarin), French, German, Korean, Italian, Japanese, Portuguese, Spanish (EU and LATAM)
  • Thingiverse integration
  • Cloud storage
  • Import Toolpath (.makerbot)

Known Issues

  • Apple OSX Update 10.12.4 introduced a graphics issue which causes the build plate not to render on computers with certain Intel Iris graphics cards. Apple has released OSX Update 10.12.5 which should resolve the issue.
  • It is possible to get in a state where Chamber Heater Temperature and Build Plate Temperature are selectable options for printers not equipped with a heated chamber or build plate. If enabled on these printers, these settings will be ignored.
  • Changing Build Plate Temperature or Chamber Heater Temperature settings may cause Project files to not open.
  • Loading saved .print files will include customized settings previously set but will not display them in the Print Settings menu.
  • If there are issues selecting models while using an external display, restarting the app will resolve this problem.
  • If you are not seeing your USB connected printer, restart MakerBot Print and your printer.
  • Rendering of utilities panel when printer loses connection to the computer.
  • Display error (WebGL context loss) when plugging a computer into certain external displays
  • A windows user name containing non ASCII characters are not supported
  • When switching between two different printers of the same model (e.g. 2 different MakerBot Replicator+’s), the application will not reslice the model, resulting in issues if you have two different extruder models. We recommend you always reslice when switching between different printers.
  • Intermittent crashes when slicing large files
  • Project files saved from Windows will not open properly on Mac

Printer Connectivity

  • MakerBot Print supports USB connection to the Replicator+, Replicator Mini+, Replicator 5th Generation, Replicator Mini, and Replicator Z18.
  • MakerBot Print supports network connection to the Replicator+, Replicator Mini+, Replicator 5th Generation, Replicator Mini, and Replicator Z18.
  • MakerBot Print supports export to SD card for Replicator 2 and Replicator 2x. Replicator 2x only supports single extrusion.

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