MakerBot Print 4.4 and Firmware 1.4 Now Available

We have made some significant upgrades to MakerBot Print and METHOD's firmware.

MBPrint 4.4

METHOD Platform Features

Spool Drying Feature

With Firmware 1.4, we leverage the heated chamber technology to help remove moisture that has been absorbed by your filament.  Filament moisture absorption can result in a reduction in print quality related to stringiness. If your spools, particularly PVA, have been left out in the open air, we recommend using the new Dry Material setting if you start to see stringiness in your prints.

High Quality Print Mode

High quality print mode is now made available for Tough and PLA. This new print mode makes several changes to temperature and speed to bring you improved surface quality. To access this feature, select High Quality under Print Mode and start printing.

Drying chamber

ASA & Print Modes

With MakerBot Print 4.4, we now support ASA. MakerBot ASA is a weather-resistant alternative to ABS, used widely for functional prototypes and end-use parts in demanding outdoor environments. Supported print modes include Balanced and Solid print modes. 

PETG Print Modes

Now available is the most optimal PETG solid print mode, which allows our users to capitalize on the high strength and durable characteristics of the material. Solid print mode will sacrifice print speed for a completely solid part that can be used for strength applications.

In addition, we made some changes to how PETG is printed in Balanced mode to reduce stringing.

Single Extrusion Printing

Single extrusion has been a highly requested feature that we have been testing for the past few months. We have optimized settings to provide the fastest print time possible with easily removable (breakaway) supports. We have also incorporated our taper-out support algorithm introduced in Print 4.1 for a more stable support structure. 

Thin Walled ABS Quality Improvement

Significant improvements have been made to METHOD X thin walled prints. This improvement has been applied across the board for all ABS prints on METHOD X. 

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Printer Agnostic and Legacy Printer Improvements

Improved Printer Connectivity

Several major overhauls and upgrades to our connectivity infrastructure have been made to improve Print to printer connectivity. Users will see a more stable connection through the various connectivity channels (Ethernet, WiFi, USB) and a smarter connection dropout mitigation strategy.

Easier Print Harvesting for Replicator+, Z18, and Mini+

Print 4.4 includes enhanced settings for Mini+, Replicator+ and Z18’s raft printing. These improved settings will mitigate raft breakage during harvesting making the harvesting process much easier for users.

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