A 3D Printer for the Technically Minded!
If you’re no stranger to my website, you will know that I don’t have a great deal of technical knowledge with regards to 3D printing. However, the technology has really grabbed my interest and that’s part of the reason you see this little creation before you today.
I have done my best to be as open and honest as I can when passing on my research and this review for the MakerBot Replicator 2 Desktop 3D Printer is no different. What I will say before I get on with telling you about this printer, is that it’s definitely not for the faint hearted if you’re new to this type of printing.
In fact, I would go so far as to say that if you’re an artist, someone with an engineering background or even someone who is used to 3D printing, this model is probably best suited to you. I have come across comments by the manufacturer that state “zero maintenance” and “an invention that will change the world of 3D printing”. This might be true, but in my humble opinion you need to have an idea of how this technology works to begin with.
So, let’s get on with what you can expect:
The Main Frame
Unlike a lot of the previous models from this manufacturer, this printer has a steel frame and for those of you who really know your “3D stuff” this will be a welcome change. Not only does it help with aesthetics, it also helps with noise reduction and (the all important issue), vibration!
The chances are that with this printer, you’re likely to be using your own designs and want to print slightly more complicated objects that take time and need to be created at high speed so the change to a steel frame is definitely a plus!
The Platform and Materials
This is a VERY big point to remember because you can only use PLA filament when printing with this machine. This is because the platform is acrylic as oppose to a heated platform. There are pluses and minuses to this as there may be some of you out there that prefer to create prints using ABS. However, PLA is a much better option when you’re looking to make high resolution designs. Oh, and you also get 1lb of PLA filament included with the price.
This 3D printer also has a really useful release mechanism which makes it much easier to remove your prints once they’re completed (something a lot of other models on the market don’t have). In addition, the manufacturer has also made it easier to calibrate the Z axis height due to the included bed leveling screws.
With this model of 3D printer you get something called MakerWare which has been designed by the manufacturer. This is actually a very good piece of software (if you know what you’re doing) and allows you to auto-arrange, import a variety of models and even print multiple objects. There is also an advanced menu available where you can adjust shell, speed settings and basic fill.
As said, if you’re used to 3D printing and want a machine that will help you produce more complicated designs, this printer is well worth taking a look at. If you want to know more, feel free to take a look at Amazon where you will often find some great deals on price.