MakerBot Replicator™ 2 Desktop 3D Printer

By Matt Lake on November 27, 2012

Why buy plastic components for household items or toys for children when you can build your own? Seriously, the Replicator™ 2 desktop 3D printer by MakerBot can actually do that for you, and to an incredible standard.

Considered one the best desktop 3D printers on the market, it has a resolution capability of 100 microns. This means each layer height is impossibly thin, resulting in smooth surfaces without any post-production.

The build volume of the machine is 410 cubic inches which is pretty big (37% more volume than the previous model), giving you significant space to create bigger creations or get more done at the same time.

These machines traditionally work with ABS plastic but the Replicator™ 2 also works perfectly with PLA, a renewable bioplastic that sticks to the platform reliably and practically avoids peeling, curling, sliding, or shrinking completely. And it’s better for the environment, too, requiring 32% less energy compared to using ABS plastic.

To top it off, the overall chassis on this beast offers industrial level strength to ensure it is stable and durable enough for high-speed printing and the powder-coated steel makes it resistant to changes in temperature and humidity.

Now it’s just a matter of learning how to use it.


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