MakerBot Replicator

85% Recommended


The original Makerbot Replicator is one of Makerbot's original printers.It comes with a smart extruder which can detect when you're out of filament and pauses the print automatically. It is also supports Wifi connection. One thing to note before purchasing this is that Makerbot won't cover the warentee if you use third party filaments.

Product Details

Improve Printer Specifications
Printer Type
Print Bed Size (mm)
252 x 199 x 150
Layer Resolution
100 microns
Material Types
Makerbot PLA Filament
Maximum Temperature
280° C
Open Source

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Avatar small By aauz82 on Oct 20 2016
Makerbot Replicator 5th generation, great printer!

I think is a great deal, easy to use, learn and it´s pretty awesome to educational programs. I just hate the supports that software produces for overhangs, it´s a headache, but you can solve by using meshmixer.

Small 13240031 10153415651786548 1205845702889682557 n By christophe_delhougne on Oct 23 2016
MakerBot Replicator 2 and Mini Owner here !

Brought a Replicator 2 and a Mini new in a box with Amazon ... Everything was fine until the Smart Extruder began to stop working (clogged) after just 10 prints ...  no support because not an approved reseller even if my machine was new in the box ... Support = zero support , only want to sell me MakerBot Care and sell a new extruder.

Because of no warranty .. I've opened myself the smartextruder and fixed it in 10 minutes ... thanks to Youtube videos ...

My Replicator 2 clog often too .. but I'm now a master ninja to repair it because I disamble it so often since the beginning.  I don't think that any school teacher will love this as "plug and print" but now that I have the knowledge of my machines ... everything is printing fine, and I'm very happy with my machines.   I would like to have a LARGE 3Dprinter now to be able to print Helmet in one shoot ... not in 16 pieces :) 

MakerBOt desktop application is very cool ... love to print using this application .. work fine  but I didn't use any other programs to print until now ... any suggestion ? 

Then .. my note will be 3/5 for a MakerBot .. because of the price and not supportive Makerbot representative.

Small circle of wisdom1 By Gabe on Nov 04 2016
Caused a lot of growing pains....

I purchased a Replicator 5th Gen a little over 2 years ago.  The smart extruder was clearly not ready for prime time.  Random problems with it, constant clogging, etc.  I had to replace it 6 times until one worked longer than a few prints, only to fail again.  I think they have somehow fixed that problem now.  The latest extruder has worked find for more than 6 months now.

The quality of the prints varies, depending on the object.  Medium to large size generally print better than smaller objects, even at the highest resolution.  Extreme detail in smaller objects is difficult to obtain, but I'm satisfied with the quality of larger objects.  Definitely not for prototyping small pieces, for example, small jewelry.

The printer is easy to use for beginners and is probably not what you want if you are a true tinkerer; there are other printers out there that lend themselves to all sorts of experimentation.

Mine is out of warranty now so I don't care about their policy of voiding warranty by using third party filament.  That is among the worst that I can mention.  Makerbot doesn't have a large variety of colors or PLA filament to begin with, and they should be opened to people using other filament vendors.  I have found that Faberdashery filament is one of the best, but every time I use it, I wonder if there is something intrinsic to the extruder that won't allow me to make a successful print.  For the most part it has worked. 

Makerbot announced new types of composite filament about a year ago and I guess that is no longer the case.  I was looking forward to try the limestone, and iron composites but it never happened.

Their customer service is severely lacking.  The fact that I had to pay $100 to open a support case was the last straw.  With such bad customer support, maybe they should focus on having a database of printing errors that one can search and maybe try to find answers.

Maybe the latest Makerbot 5th Gen has been greatly improved... I admit that I am tempted, but I have now began to search other technologies for my particular prototyping needs (jewelry), and already acquired an SLA printer to learn and explore that technology.

Finally, my school has 3 5th Gens, and a Z-18.  I have used what I've learned from my own printer to be able to troubleshoot the problems of the Makerbots in my school, and they all keep running successfully now. I guess, that would be the silver lining.

I would recommend its purchase because it is really easy to use, with nothing to assemble after unpacking, but I would also recommend caution.  If purchased for a school, I would also recommend to invest in the training program to really learn how to troubleshoot it, since customer support won't be likely to be satisfactory.

Avatar small By graphtex on Oct 23 2017
Makerbot Replicator 5th Generation

Bought a used one from ebay for $350, had to get a Build Plate for $80 from Makerbot and a Heat Extruder+ also from ebay for $120, new price $199 from Makerbot. I had some problems with the first 5th gen, I think one of the motors was locking up, kept printing the test strip diagonally. Luckily the guy I bought it from had some other machines so he sent me another and he paid for shipping both ways. This one calibrate levels just fine and the prints I get are outstanding once I learned what settings to change in Makerbot Print. Make sure you measure your filament and adjust diameter in the settings. Once I lowered the temp to 210 degrees, it decreased the stringing I got from some prints. Great little machine and I think I got a good deal.

Avatar small By arrster on Mar 01 2018
Great for a student like me

I used it and it works fantastic

Avatar small By VPSantos on Jul 16 2018
great printer

fantastic quality

Avatar small By Albhi on Jul 20 2018
New at 3D printing

I belong to the educational environment and  have just started making projects  with 3d Printing. So far, I am delighted with the experience!!!

Avatar small By Brad Miller1 on Oct 18 2018
MakerBot Replicator

Quality printer for the money spent. Requires the Makerbot filament to print so as not to void warranty. Overall solid products produced.

Avatar small By 3D Artist on Nov 14 2018
Makerbot Replicator+

Super approved. Its so easy to use. 

Avatar small By Milton kichese on Mar 02 2019
impressora replicator ou bizer 3d

Detalhes impressora solta os parafusos com muita facilidade, o software que vem nela nao imprime nada bem, mas com o simplify ficou show. penso que terei que fazer alguns ups nela para maximizar a produção 

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