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As part of MAKE’s research for our upcoming special issue, Make: Ultimate Guide to the 3D Printers (on newsstands Nov 20, 2012), we had an opportunity to take the new MakerBot Replicator 2 for a test drive. Here’s a tour of the new machine.

Gareth Branwyn

Gareth Branwyn

Gareth Branwyn is a freelancer writer and the former Editorial Director of Maker Media. He is the author or editor of over a dozen books on technology, DIY, and geek culture. He is currently a contributor for Boing Boing and WINK Books. And he has a new best-of writing collection and “lazy man’s memoir,” called Borg Like Me.


  • http://laughingsquid.com/makerbot-announces-the-replicator-2-desktop-printer-a-manhattan-retail-store/ MakerBot Announces the Replicator 2 Desktop Printer & A Manhattan Retail Store

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  • http://johnstoner.wordpress.com johnstoner

    still an open source design? What other models did you compare to?

  • Sean Ragan

    The decision to do away with the heated bed and commit to a PLA-only platform is pretty brilliant, IMHO. PLA is better all around: melts cooler, doesn’t smell nasty, and is biodegradable. Streamlines and simplifies the design, too, by doing away with the bed heater and associated electronics.

  • Jeremie

    I’m wondering what that removable plate is. I want it on my machine if it’s easy to remove parts.

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