Time Lapse Video And Some Cool MakerWare Specs

I just popped over to the MakerBot YouTube channel to catch a time lapse we can’t get enough of. Interesting specs, and an important update, below the video.


Check out the text that accompanies the video:

The MakerBot® Replicator™ 2 Desktop 3D Printer has a massive build volume – 410 cubic inches. Watch this time lapse of it building this building!

Built on: MakerBot Replicator 2 Desktop 3D Printer
Size of print: 11″W x 5″H x 5″D
Layer Resolution: 100 microns
Time to print: 24 hours
Infill: 6%
Weight: 700 grams
Material cost: $33.60 in MakerBot PLA yellow

Whats great about the Paris Building build is that it is almost at the maximum build volume, is printed at the machine’s highest resolution capability, and it only takes 24 hours! That means the longest something can take on a MakerBot Replicator 2 Desktop 3D Printer is a day.

That’s a great nugget to take with you and tell your friends. At reasonable settings at almost maximum size, the turnaround time for a beautiful high-resolution, full-size item on the MakerBot Replicator 2 is less than a day.

You may notice that the 6% infill is less than the default setting, but it’s perfect for a model like this. Are you wondering how to change the default settings in MakerWare? Wonder no more.

First, if you haven’t explored MakerBot’s beautiful new software MakerWare, read all about it here and download it for free. When you’re up and running, you’ll be saving huge new models and sending them to your MakerBot by clicking the “Make It” button. This will open a dialog box that lets you select your print settings easier than ever. The names of the quality settings, “Low”, “Medium”, and “High”, refer to the layer resolution. If you select “Low”, you’ll get larger layers, but much quicker print speeds. In the same way, “High” will give you nice, tiny layers, and prints that take longer.

Another setting that affects how long your idea takes to come to life is the infill percentage. You can change this by clicking on “Show Advanced”.


Here you can tinker with the settings as you always could, and then click “Hide Advanced” to make these disappear. For the Paris Building, Annelise changed the setting to 6%, as you see below.


One other important question that’s been on everyone’s minds. We’ve had several members of our community asking if MakerWare will be compatible with our second generation machine, the Thing-O-Matic. The TOM has been a trusty workhorse for thousands of people around the world, and we have no plans to disrupt that. We released MakerWare in Beta just for that reason. Sometime in Fall/Winter 2012, we will introduce compatibility with the Thing-O-Matic so that those current Replicator G users can come on board with MakerWare.