Created by MakerBot, who have been in business since 2009 and are generally considered market leaders in 3D printing, the Replicator 2X is one of the most advanced personal 3D printers on the market. It has the ability to simultaneously print creations in two colors all while maintaining a fast build speed.
The Replicator 2X is capable of printing creations that are as large as 6.1 x 11.2 x 6 inches. To prevent drafts and other external forces from affecting your creation during printing and cooling, MakerBot included six-sided housing to protect your design. The six-sided enclosure has clear panels which protect your creation while still allowing you to view its construction.
The 2X’s dual extruder helps improve print speed and design creativity as it allows you to print in 2 colors simultaneously. MakerBot’s easy-load filament lever makes unloading and reloading filament as easy as turning on a light switch.
This printer is able to connect to your computer via SD card or USB cable. A power cord, USB cable, and recommended software are included with your purchase of this device.
The Replicator 2X has a price range of the upper $2000s to the lower $3000s.
The Replicator 2X comes with MakerBot’s MakerWare Bundle 2.0 software. This software features improvements which make the slicing engine faster and more accurate. You can drag and drop several design models and configure them on the software’s virtual build platform.
MakerWare gives you the ability to both create and store countless printer configurations and is compatible with both .stl and .obj files.
The Replicator 2X has a print speed of 200mm/second. A design about the same size as an iPod case can be successfully printed in no more than 15 minutes.
The Replicator 2X is one of our top 3D printers thanks to its 200 mm per second print speed and capability of protecting your creation from start to finish. Though it lacks a flash drive connection, the USB and SD capabilities more than suffice.
Because you are able to print many creations in a short time, this printer can suit the needs of any type of designer. The Replicator 2X gives you the ability to create projects that are as simple or complex as you desire and that is something every designer values very highly.