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 ReceptionEdit

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 ReferenceEdit

Replicator 2 Modifications

Replicator 2 Troubleshooting

OEM Parts List (create page)

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

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+)