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MakerBot release Desktop 3.8: Better, Faster 3D Printing

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One of the most well known brands on the market today, MakerBot continuously improve their products to provide the best possible 3D printing experience. The latest example is MakerBot Desktop 3.8 where you can now 3D print designs 30% faster and with stronger structural support.

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“MakerBot’s latest software update allows our customers to turn their ideas into physical objects even faster, combining faster print speed with one click 3D printing,” said Nadav Goshen, president of MakerBot. “MakerBot’s leading 3D printing Ecosystem connects hardware with software and apps to provide a seamless 3D printing experience that is unmatched in the industry.”

Better, Faster 3D Printing

MakerBot Desktop offers a range of different infill patterns that you can use to optimise your prints for strength or speed. MakerBot Desktop 3.8 now includes the diamond infill pattern. MakerBot have found that most designs, like this Brilliant Cut Diamond by Cymon, will print stronger and 30% faster than on MakerBot Desktop 3.6 (Only applies to 3D prints with infill).

MakerBot have their own team dedicated to continuously improving print speed and quality by developing new slicing algorithms. Slicing is the process of turning a 3D design into a 3D printable file. The result of this team’s work is the new diamond infill pattern, which allows the extruder to move faster during turns. Diamond infill is also extruded more consistently than other infill patterns, making it structurally stronger.

The new speed improvements are a result of the diamond infill pattern in conjunction with the variable layer height feature introduced in MakerBot Desktop 3.7. With variable layer height printing, the inside of a 3D print, or the infill, can be 3D printed at a thicker layer height than the outer layers, or the shell. The more your object is printed at that higher layer height, the faster the print will be overall.

Improved Print Time Estimates

Want to know when your print will finish? MakerBot Desktop 3.8 features a new and improved algorithm for print time estimation, so you will know when your print will be completed.

One Click 3D Printing

MakerBot Desktop 3.8 streamlines the print flow to give you one-click 3D printing. You no longer have to wait for slicing to complete before being prompted to start your print. Your print will start immediately after your model is sliced. This release is all about getting you from the design to a 3D print faster.

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Make sure to upgrade to the latest version of MakerBot Desktop today if you have a MakerBot Replicator, Replicator 2, MakerBot Replicator 2X, or any Fifth Generation MakerBot Replicator 3D Printer.

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Thing-O-Matic Users: you’ll want to stay with MakerBot Desktop 3.7 or earlier.

After installing MakerBot Desktop 3.8, you should also upgrade your 3D printer to Firmware 1.8. Taking advantage of the fact that MakerBot 3D Printers are Wi-Fi connected, Firmware 1.8 allows you to update to future firmware versions right from your 3D printer.

About MakerBot Desktop 3.8 and Firmware 1.8

MakerBot Desktop provides a complete, free 3D printing solution for discovering, managing, and sharing your 3D prints. From MakerBot Desktop, you can access more than a million free designs in MakerBot Thingiverse, the world’s largest 3D design community.

MakerBot’s Firmware allows you to take advantage of the latest features and improvements for your MakerBot 3D printer.

More Information

The MakerBot Replicator Mini, MakerBot Replicator and MakerBot Z18 3D printers are all available from Redstack and can be purchased form the Redstack eStore.  Contact us for more information on 3D printing or view this 3D printer infographic on selecting the right 3D printer for your needs.

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