Download MakerBot Print 1.8


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.

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

  • 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.
  • Settings panel not displaying changes properly if open while adding models to the build plate. If changes to settings are not being updated correctly, resolve by opening and closing the print settings panel.
  • 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

Printer Connectivity

  • MakerBot Print supports USB connection to the Replicator+ and the MakerBot Replicator Mini+.
  • 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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