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MakerBot Experimental Extruder (900-0004A)MakerBot Experimental Extruder (900-0004A)
Item #IM12DC822
Model #900-0004A
  • Creative Flexibility with a Range of Materials
  • MakerBot Labs Community + Resources
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MakerBot Replicator Z18 MP05950 3D Printer, WirelessMakerBot Replicator Z18 MP05950 3D Printer, Wireless
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Item #1678524
Model #MP05950
  • Extruder technology: Fused Deposition Modeling (FDM) technology
  • Dimensions: 33.9"H x 22.2"W x 19.4"D
MakerBot Replicator 2X MP05927 3D PrinterMakerBot Replicator 2X MP05927 3D Printer
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Item #1689709
Model #MP05927
  • Extruder technology: Fused Deposition Modeling (FDM) technology
  • Dimensions: 20.9"H x 12.8"W x 19.1"D
Have fun making just about anything with a MakerBot® 3D printer. 3D printing is a novel method of small-scale manufacturing that makes DIY projects a lot simpler. You can easily print three-dimensional machine parts, toys, and display items. Alternatively, you can turn your ideas into working prototypes with a 3D printer. Whether you are a budding inventor working out of a garage or simply want to make unique figurines for your loved ones, you can find the perfect 3D printer for your projects at Staples®.

Choose the Right Size MakerBot 3D Printer for Your Needs
Like most consumer 3D printers, MakerBot's machines use the FDM technique for fabricating three-dimensional objects. FDM or Fused Deposition Modeling involves softening the filament or print material as it passes out of the nozzle of an extruder. The melted filament deposits in layers and then hardens into the desired shape. The sizes of objects you can create with this method depend on the volume of the 3D printer used. In addition to a standard-sized desktop printer, MakerBot also offers smaller Mini models and bigger units for professional applications.

Choose a Mini model if you are getting your first 3D printer. In addition to taking up less space, the Mini models are easier to set up and make 3D printing accessible to students and DIY creators that are new to this method of fabrication. The bigger models offer faster print speeds and more volume for printing larger 3D models.

Consider Connectivity Options When Shopping for MakerBot 3D Printers
The different 3D printers offered by MakerBot have varying hardware features. All of them have Wi-Fi to give users remote access and USB ports to connect directly to computers. However, only the premium models have color LCD displays and Ethernet ports. With an Ethernet port, you can add a 3D printer to a wired network and share it with multiple users. The premium models also allow users to copy 3D print files from their computers via USB drives. USB support means you do not need a computer to start a printing job. Models with integrated displays provide all the menu options and features required to adjust print parameters.

What Types of Filaments Do MakerBot 3D Printers Use?
Most 3D printers from this brand use PLA filaments. PLA or polylactic acid is a biodegradable material made from corn starch. It is versatile, easy to shape, and non-toxic. MakerBot PLA filaments are tough enough to print durable objects. Some printer models use ABS, a composite plastic polymer that offers higher impact strength.

Why Do MakerBot 3D Printers Have Cameras?
The cameras are for monitoring print jobs while they are running. Although the time it takes to complete fabrication depends on object size and level of detail, it generally takes several hours. A printer with a camera provides online live feeds and allows you check on the progress of your printing projects from anywhere.

Do You Need Special Software to Use MakerBot 3D Printers?
Yes. MakerBot provides free desktop software and mobile apps that help users set up, monitor, and control its 3D printers. You can easily import the 3D images created on your PC or Mac® with your favorite CAD program into the MakerBot's desktop software before printing them.