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MakerBot Replicator 2 3D Printer, Maker Shed, $2,199

On the other hand, the Replicator 2 is an amazing machine, and represents a number of bold design gambles on MakerBot’s part that, by and large, have completely paid off. The Replicator 2 sports a larger bed, powder-coated all-steel frame, superfine vertical resolution, and completely overhauled, proprietary MakerWare software suite. By abandoning the heated-bed design and committing to a PLA-only system, MakerBot’s designers have achieved a 25% larger build volume, as well as a dramatically reduced cold-start time, in exactly the same footprint as the original Replicator.

Sean Michael Ragan

I am descended from 5,000 generations of tool-using primates. Also, I went to college and stuff. I write for MAKE, serve as Technical Editor for MAKE magazine, and develop original DIY content for Make: Projects.

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