Get ready for superior results, reliability, and ease of use—the MakerBot Smart Extruder+ is now shipping! From the moment you unbox the extruder, we want your experience to be as successful as possible. Before you can enjoy the results and reliability from the Smart Extruder+, you must download MakerBot Desktop 3.9 and Firmware 1.9. As a part of these updates, you can now experience a faster pre-print process. Your MakerBot 3D printer will pre-heat the extruder and start the homing process while slicing and transferring your design file from MakerBot Desktop. To ensure a smooth print process, check out these tips below. Tips for 3D Print Success –Required: Firmware 1.9 and MakerBot Desktop 3.9. -Before slicing your file for print, ensure your Smart Extruder+ is selected within your Print Settings under Extruder -Check for tangles in your filament spool before printing -Make sure your build plate is level -Reslice old files in MakerBot Desktop 3.9 before you print -Attach your Smart Extruder+ and make sure it fully connects -On the Replicator Z18, load filament through the top of the extruder then snap the guide tube into the clip Our Most Tested Product Yet Before we released the Smart Extruder+, we had to make sure it delivered. After more than 160,000 hours of testing, it hit all our benchmarks for reliability. In feedback from beta testers, we saw the same: “The MakerBot Smart Extruder+ offers an impressive overall improvement in layer consistency and reliability. Our Z18 prints with the same quality you would expect from a $20K machine” —Engineering Manager, Mishimoto Automotive Whether you’re a prospective customer or already own a MakerBot 3D printer from our latest line, the Smart Extruder+ is a product proven to perform. Because we’re dedicated to ensuring that your experience is as intended, the warranty covers the Smart Extruder+ for a full six months and is double that of its predecessor.