The Replicator 2, by Makerbot is one of the newest and best personal 3D printers available on the market today. In fact, the size and weight of this device make it perfect for workshops of all purposes and sizes. Nearly every facet of the Replicator 2 is designed to be user-friendly and work to suit the needs of the designer.
Improved software makes the Replicator 2 faster, more functional, and more reliable than its predecessor while still maintaining a cost that will not force you to spend copious amounts of money. This article will focus on the features of the Replicator 2 as to give you a better understanding of how and how well it functions.
Replicator 2 Features
To state the obvious, the function of every 3D printer is to turn 2-dimensional pictures into 3-dimensional items that can be touched, held, and used for whatever purpose the designer chooses. The Replicator 2 is different than most other printers in that the final product is the final product. While other printers may require you to sand or make other alterations after the printing job is completed, the Replicator 2 boasts a 100-micron layer resolution as to create smoother surfaces that require no post-production work at all.
Project Size, Composition
The Replicator 2 also bests its predecessor in the size of the objects it is able to create. Having over 30% more volume than the original Replicator, this updated version allows you to print objects with dimensions as large as 11.2” long x 6.1” wide x 6” high, including a diagonal measurement of up to 12.75”. Not only does it make projects capable of being bigger than ever before, it assembles these items faster too.
The Replicator 2 uses Makerbot’s PLA filament, which is a type of renewable bioplastic. This filament allows you to build larger items than the original Replicator could without having to sacrifice the stability of the project. The material is incredibly strong and works well with moveable parts and is available in a plethora of different colors including matte, metallic, translucent, sparkly, and more. PLA filament is also more energy efficient than any other filament on the market today.
Ease of Use
Seeing as this personal 3D printer comes pre-assembled you do not have to waste time putting parts together. Another Ease-of-use feature is the platform for your printed item which pops out, making it easier to retrieve your project once it is completed. The Replicator 2 is going to save you money on electric bills too because it uses 32% less power than its predecessor.
Finally, the Replicator 2’s new software allows for faster printing and the ability to cue multiple jobs at one time. Its user-friendly interface supports .stl and .obj files; a feature that was missing on the original Replicator.
With a more attractive design, stronger frame and support, and a faster, more efficient build process, the Replicator 2 bests its predecessor on almost every level.