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No longer open source, the Replicator 2 nevertheless impresses with major upgrades.

Torture test print. Click to view large.

THE REPLICATOR 2 IS THE NEWEST ITERATION OF MAKERBOT’S wildly popular Replicator. Now faster, quieter, and with a paper-thin 100-micron minimum layer height, the Replicator 2 is worthy of its 2.0 badge. It sports a new steel frame, oil-impregnated bronze linear bearings, and a 37% larger build volume, and it’s optimized for PLA.

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  • Primo Features LCD control panel, cold pause, paper-thin layer heights
  • Print volume 11.2″×6″×6.1″
  • Print speed 80–100mm/sec
  • Print material PLA
  • Resolution (z-axis) 0.10mm–0.34mm
  • Machine software MakerWare
  • Slicing software MakerWare
  • OS supported Windows, Mac, Linux
  • Open Source No
  • Price as tested $2,199
  • Pedigree MakerBot Replicator
  • Print without PC? Yes, SD card

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  • http://gravatar.com/drestuff drestuff

    I received my lomg awaited Rep2 last week. Makerbot released a product with a serious design flaw. The feeder approach to the extruder has 3 places which consistently stall the extruder and ruin prints. A real review would have caught this and documented it. Makerbot must make this good for those who coughed up the $2200 for their machine. Fixes are well documented on the Thingaverse. Makerbot has no excuse for producing the Rep2 with the plunger design.

    • F-Bomb

      I have had significant extrusion problems with my new Replicator 2, as well. I found the 0.1mm layer height setting (fine print quality) entirely unusable.

      • http://drestuff.wordpress.com drestuff

        Forget using Makerware. Go to ReplicatorG. Also go get the latest derivative of the extruder upgrade at the Thingiverse ASAP.

  • http://www.facebook.com/cwong5 Chester Wong

    Plus crappy customer service, I think I know what NOT to get. Thanks for the heads up.

  • http://gravatar.com/fightcube FightCube

    Wow, these comments surprise me. I hope Makerbot can repair this negative perception.

  • S.C.

    I have had nothing but misery since I purchased the Rep 2. Even with the extruded fix, it has failed every attempt at printing. That they started selling these units with such obvious design flaws is staggering. Total lemon. They’ll only accept returns of unopened packages as well – if you buy it, you’re stuck with it, left to dick around with it until you want to shoot yourself. Apparently, some people get adequate results with theirs. In my case, I WISH I had wasted my money on something else. This machine is a complete, frustrating waste.

  • http://none Bill preston

    Makerbot, Makershot. Printer is flawed in design and the companies customer service is ZERO!! they take the money and provide no service at all. You are better off trying your luck with a machine worth 1/3 the price from india

  • Marcos

    I’m from Brazil and I received my Replicator-2 last week and it already printed more than 50 hours without any loss until today when the pla jam into the extruder. I followed the steps in the troubleshooting and it came back working perfectly. Although it is working good, I ordered the extruder upgrade today. I am 100% satisfied so far. Sorry for bad english …

  • mike

    I saved up for 2 years and solicited companies for more money. I have had the replicator 2 for about 1 month. It printed great for the first few prints and started air printing. It has not worked since. What a piece of junk! I have spent hours with tech. support and I am treated like the unit is 10 years old and I am an idiot. I told them it is a lemon and I want it replaced with something that works….”my supervisor won’t allow this” What, I bought a new unit that does not work and this is what I get? My 7th graders are crushed as they have been working hard and get nothing to take home…..what a shame! Don’t buy this unit. My frustration is terribly high and I am not sure what I can do. I am guessing I need to return it and hope my school district gets the money back! What a joke!

    Mike

  • eric

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