MakerBot Desktop | Let’s Get Started


Congratulations to everyone who has purchased a Fifth Generation MakerBot Replicator 3D Printer! You’re at the leading edge of the Next Industrial Revolution and about to enjoy the reliability, ease of use, and seamless connectivity of the new MakerBot Replicator 3D Printing Platform.

Download the Latest and Greatest
To get started, you’ll need to download MakerBot Desktop, which includes the capabilities of MakerBot MakerWare and a lot more. It’s a complete, free 3D printing solution for discovering, managing, and sharing your 3D prints. Once you’ve chosen your operating system and installed the program, you’ll be ready to connect to your new MakerBot Replicator 3D printer.


Variety of Connections
Each Fifth Generation MakerBot Replicator 3D Printer offers different methods for connecting with your computer. All three models can connect via USB cable, with Wi-Fi connectivity on the way. The MakerBot Replicator and MakerBot Replicator Z18 also allow you to connect via Local Area Network (LAN), or transfer files via USB stick.

Connecting via USB Cable
Use the provided USB cable to connect your MakerBot Replicator 3D Printer to your computer. MakerBot Desktop will automatically detect which model MakerBot Replicator 3D Printer you’re using.

MakerBot Replicator and MakerBot Replicator Z18 Only

Connecting via LAN
To connect via LAN, use an Ethernet cable (not provided) to connect your MakerBot Replicator or MakerBot Replicator Z18 to a wall jack or router. Once your MakerBot Replicator 3D Printer is on the network, you can connect it to MakerBot Desktop by going to the Devices menu and selecting Connect to a new Device.

Transfer Files via USB Stick (MakerBot Replicator and MakerBot Replicator Z18 only)
Simply insert the USB drive into the port to the right of the dial. On the LCD screen, select Print then select USB Storage to access your files.


If MakerBot Desktop doesn’t automatically detect your MakerBot Replicator 3D Printer, go to the Devices menus, select Connect to a New Device, and select your model.

You’re now set up and ready to print!

Stay tuned next week when we will give you the lowdown on print flow, the process of finding a 3D model to print, customizing it, and turning it into a 3D print in your hands.