MakerBot Replicator 2 Desktop 3D Printer – 5 Part Review Series

Whole Replicator 2 Enclosure

Now that we have our latest toy which is the Makerbot Replicator 2 Desktop 3D Printer, we will be featuring an in-depth review on this latest model from MakerBot Industries.

To be comprehensive, we”ll break this review into a 5 part series that will be posted as we go along, covering the following

1) The Enclosure and Built Platform
2) The Spool, Feed Tube and Printing Mechanism
3) Front Panel, Electronics and Settings
4) Accessories, Manuals, Support and Maintenance
5) Printing 3D Models, Print Quality and Removing the Prints

Summary

If you are just too lazy to read the details, here is a summary for you:

Basically, the Makerbot Replicator 2 is a very well built machine. Made of black power coated steel chasis, we were wowed by the sleek black finishing. All the wires were nicely routed in hidden areas of the printer and the connectors required were nicely hidden at the back of the printer. The buttons located on the front of the printer is convenient. However, we do think they can be improved.

The printer comes with a spool holder (with feed tube) and a roll of filament to get you started with printer.  The build platform is removable which is very handy as once you are finished with the existing print, you can load in another build platform and you are ready to go!

Other features include LED lighting which are customizable, as well as music which you can turn ON/OFF. We think they are just present to add to the fun of things?

A manual as well as some tools/materials for maintenance is included with the printer as well.

We were actually able to start printing in under 2 hours. That includes time for unpacking, reading the manual and following instructions.

Do let us know what do you think!

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