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Makerbot Replicator 2 Desktop 3D printer


The 4th Generation 3D printer from Makerbot. This printer introduces many advancements to Makerbot models including a steel frame, improved extruder design, and optimization for PLA filament.

Release and Reception[]

The Replicator 2 was released in late 2012, marking a departure for MakerBot Industries from open-source to proprietary product offerings. Initial reception and anticipation for the Replicator 2 was very high among seasoned and new users alike. The new design is user friendly and is advertised to require very little technical knowledge to begin 3D printing. The Replicator 2 is a single head printer, using PLA filament -- a bio-based plastic -- to create prints.

Some minor design weaknesses have marred the launch of this printer, but the majority of these issues can be fixed with some simple modifications.

Printer Help and Reference[]

Replicator 2 Modifications

Replicator 2 Troubleshooting

OEM Parts List (create page)


3D Printing with the Replicator 2 - Introduction (1 of 8)

Video Series on Replicator 2



Without Spool: 19.1 x 12.8 x 14.7 in  [49 x 32 x 38 cm]

With Spool: 19.1 x 16.5 x 14.7 in  [49 x 42 x 38 cm]

Shipping Box: 23 x 21.5 x 17 in [59 x 55 x 43 cm]

Weight: 25.4 lbs  [11.5 kg]

Shipping Weight: 37.0 lbs  [16.8 kg]


Ambient Operation Temperature: 15°—32° C [60°—90° F]

Storage Temperature: 0°—32° C [32°—90° F]


AC Input: 100—240V, ~2 amps,50—60 Hz

Power Requirements: 24V DC @ 6.25 amps

Connectivity: USB, SDcard [included]


Chassis: Powder coated steel

Body: PVC Panels

Build Platform: Acrylic

XYZ Bearings: Wear-resistant, oil-infused bronze

Stepper Motors: 1.8° step angle with 1/16 micro-stepping


Print Technology: Fused Filament Fabrication

Build Volume: 11.2 L x 6.0 W x 6.1 H in [28.5 x 15.3 x 15.5 cm]

Layer Resolution Settings:

High: 100 microns [0.0039 in]

Medium: 270 microns [0.0106 in]

Low: 340 microns [0.0133 in]

Positioning Precision:

XY: 11 microns [0.0004 in];

Z: 2.5 microns [0.0001 in]

Filament Diameter: 1.75 mm [0.069 in]

Nozzle Diameter:0.4 mm [0.015 in]


Software Bundle: MakerWare™ Bundle 1.0.2

File Types: .stl, .obj, .thing

Supported OSs: 

Windows (XP/7),

Ubuntu Linux (10.04+),

Mac OS X (10.6+)