Download MakerBot Print 2.6


overview

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
  • MAKERBOT FIRMWARE COMPATIBILITY: 2.0 and higher

SYSTEM REQUIREMENTS:

  • 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.
  • 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
  • CONNECTIVITY: USB, ETHERNET, WI-FI

SUPPORTED FILE TYPES:

  • 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 2.6 Notes

Features and Improvements

  • Addition of helpful links to the MakerBot Support site throughout the application
  • Ability to send sliced .makerbot files directly to the printer
  • Example prints added to application
  • Bug Fixes:
    • Resolved an issue where scaling and orientation actions were not added to undo/redo stack.
    • Printers that do not utilize z-calibration have been blocked from running that procedure. Reset to factory has an added "Clear Calibration Settings" option if a Replicator Mini or Replicator 5th Generation has been set with unnecessary calibration values.
    • Resolved an issue where .print project files would not work if build plate temperature or chamber temperature was set.

Version 2.5 Notes

Features and Improvements

  • Ability to set a static IP address for printers connected over Ethernet and Wi-Fi
  • Ability to use network proxy settings for Print at login
  • Bug Fixes:
    • Fixed an issue where the Orient tool was not working correctly. Note: To completely resolve the issue, you must reset all custom print settings by right-clicking an added custom setting and selecting "Reset All to Default Value".

Version 2.4 Notes

Features and Improvements

  • Custom settings are now saved within Project (.print) files. Opening a project will prompt you to choose between the current settings and the Project settings, if they differ
  • MinFill Print Mode is now available for Replicator 2
  • New custom setting:
    • When enabled, “Do Support Under Bridges” will always create supports under bridged sections of the model if support is enabled
  • New Infill Pattern: Donut-fill (Happy National Donut Day)!
  • Custom Settings UI Improvements:
    • Custom settings that are added (but not changed) may change if certain other associated settings are changed (e.g. when changing Print Modes from Draft to Balanced, the Shell Print Speed setting will change as well. This is intentionally done to improve print quality but will not happen if you explicitly select a Shell Print Speed after adding this custom setting)
  • Bug fixes:
    • The slice progress bar for Replicator 2 and Replicator 2X should no longer fluctuate during the slice process

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.
  • 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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