The MakerBot Replicator 2X is a desktop 3D printer comes with the same features as the MakerBot Replicator 2 but with the addition of dual extrusion, heated build platform and optimised to print in ABS plastic. The MakerBot Replicator 2X prints high quality models with layer resolution of 100 microns. The MakerBot Replicator 2X promises to be a big step in affordable 3D printer technology building on the fantastic development of the Replicator 2. Re-engineered components and design developments means prints of higher quality parts for more professional parts with a large build area.

The MakerBot Replicator 2X comes fully assembled and tested and includes purpose MakerBot designed software called MakerWare. This makes it easier and faster to set up builds for the Replicator 2X and you can be printing within minutes of getting your 3D printer out of the box. The dual extruder and heated build platform also means that those who already know how to use a 3D printer can explore the possibilities of dual extrusion printing. Experiment with multi material prints, dissolvable supports, varying resolutions and varying densities etc.

The MakerBot Replicator 2X is optimised to manufacture parts in ABS plastic which is a strong flexible plastic that is used to make many everyday items such as lego. You can build almost any shape you choose with a 3D printer and affordable materials means you can experiment with 3D printing without the expense. The MakerBot Replicator 2X is the ideal machine for those new to 3D printing as well as experienced user who want high quality 3D printed parts.

Designed and built in New York by MakerBot Industries, the people who brought us the brilliant MakerBot Cupcake, Thing-O-Matic (TOM) and the Replicator.

THINGLAB is official distributor for MakerBot Industries, LLC in Australia, New Zealand and the rest of the Asia-Pacific region.

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Manufacturer's Description

We call the MakerBot Replicator 2X an Experimental Desktop 3D Printer for a couple reasons. Unlike the MakerBot Replicator 2, which is optimized for PLA filament, the MakerBot Replicator 2X is optimized for the more traditional thermoplastic ABS. So why is a traditional plastic “experimental”? Because it’s a tricky material. ABS requires careful calibration and control to get consistently nice things, and the user of the MakerBot Replicator 2X should be prepared for the challenge. We know that many of you still prefer ABS, so our engineers have worked long and hard to deliver a great tool for the job.

We want you ready for experiments coming in the future, too. The MakerBot Replicator 2X has side-by-side extruders so that you’re prepared for new developments in dual extrusion technology. Want to try making things in multiple colors? The Replicator 2X is ready for the test. Here’s are a few of the great things in the Replicator 2X:
  • High-tolerance aluminum build plate that’s machined for crucial flatness to make it resistant to warping or sagging that could affect the quality of your prints.
  • New easy-load filament lever makes loading filament as easy as flipping a light switch.
  • Re-designed filament feeding system dramatically reduces stripping, skipping, and jamming.
  • Enclosed sides keep drafts at bay and stabilize the ABS cooling period for less cracking and peeling.

While 3D printing opens up a new world of possibilities, being able to print with a second plastic extruder at the same time takes it to another level entirely. There are a lot of things that become possible with a dual extruding 3D printer that are simply not feasible by any other means.

  • Colors
    • The most obvious, and by far the simplest, use of dual extruders is to enable two color printing. Although a single-color object could be painted, there are times when painting a particular object would require a great deal skill or be very time consuming. While printing a plastic sushi set for my daughter I used dualstrusion to add black plastic “soy sauce” to white plastic dishes. Sometimes, painting an object might even be impossible. Imagine an object such as a bottle, vase, or an egg where you want to have an image or design inside. While it might be impossible to paint inside such an object, the interior image could be printed inside the object as it is being created.
  • Dissolvable Support
    • Dual extruders allow for printing with a dissolvable support material like PVA. Being able to print with a water soluable material means your robot could print entire mechanical devices complete with moving pieces. PVA is still very experimental and fussy as an extruded material and at the extreme forefront of dual material printing.
  • Varying Densities
    • With two extruders it would be possible to create an entirely solid plastic object with a customizable density. This could be used to make trick dice, a balancing toy, a toy that can’t be knocked down, a toy that can’t be stood up, or maybe a boat that is difficult to sink.
  • Mechanical Properties
    • Different extruded materials, such as ABS and PLA plastics, tend to have different physical and mechanical properties. ABS tends to be more flexible and PLA tends to be more rigid. A 3D printer with dualstrusion can combine the two plastics into a single object that is both flexible and rigid.
  • Simultaneous Dual Printing
    • One of the more exciting developments with dual extruder printing was a recent contribution by Thingiverse user thorstadg. Thorstadg created a method for operating both extruders simultaneously – allowing the printer to print two objects, one with each extruder, at the same time.
  • Variable Resolution
    • Two extruders means you have two nozzles at your disposal. However, there is no particular reason for both extruders to have the same size nozzle aperture. With one very fine nozzle aperture and one relatively large nozzle aperture, a single object could be printed with quick printing coarse features and very high resolution features that take more time.

Specs

Build Volume
Layer thickness
Positioning precision
Filament diameter
Stock nozzle diameter
Physical dimensions - without spool
Physical dimensions - with spool
Weight
Software control
Input file types
Compatible OS
Ambient operation temp
Storage temp
Ac Input
Power requirments
Connectivity
Chasis
Body
Build platform
XYZ Bearings
Stepper Motors
246 x 152 x 155 mm
Choose 0.1 - 0.34 mm
Z = 2.5 micron, XY = 11 micron
1.75mm
0.4 mm
49 x 32 x 53.1 cm
49 x 42 x 53.1 cm
12.6 kg
MakerWare™ bundle 2.0
.stl, .obj, .thing
Windows(XP/7), Ubuntu Linux(11.10+), and OSX(10.6)
15° - 32° C
0° - 32° C
100 - 240V, ~4 amps,50 - 60 Hz
24V DC @ 9.2 amps
SD card (included) or over USB
Powder coated steel
PVC Panels
Heated, black anodized 356F Aluminum
Wear-resistant, oil-infused bronze
1.80 step angle with 1/16 micro-stepping

Why Thinglab?

Thinglab is the home of 3D Design technologies in Australia, with our wide range of solutions we can help engineers and designers succeed through innovation. With our powerful solutions and expertise in the leading 3D design technologies will give you an edge in your project:

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