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Basic Print Settings

    The Settings dialog in MakerBot Desktop allows you to change the way your 3D printer will print a model. It covers everything from whether you want your model to print with or without support to how the extruder retracts plastic when moving between different sections of your print.

    Quick Settings 

    The Quick tab in the Settings dialog contains settings that you might need to change frequently. These basic settings include layer height, infill percentage, whether to print a raft and support, and material and temperature settings. When you are happy with your settings, click OK to save them and close the dialog. Any print files you create will be generated using the currently selected settings. The video below goes over some of the most commonly used settings in MakerBot Desktop.

    Model Settings

    The settings on the left side of the Quick tab affect the composition of your model.

    Quality

    Choose the Low, Standard, or High Quality profile to specify which of our default profiles will be used to slice your 3D model. Standard quality prints will print quickly and have good surface quality. Objects sliced using the Low quality profile will be printed with thicker layers and will have shorter print times. Objects sliced with the High quality profile will have a smoother surface and longer print times.

    Any other settings you change will be used to modify the base profile you choose here unless you create a new profile in the Custom tab.

    Raft

    Select the Raft checkbox to have your object built on a raft. The raft acts as a base for your object and any support structures, and ensures that everything adheres well to the build plate. The raft will be easily removable once you take your finished object off of the build plate.

    In most cases, rafts for dual extrusion prints will default to printing in mixed materials, with each part of the raft matching the part of your object it touches. However, if you have MakerBot Dissolvable Filament selected as the material in one of your extruders, your raft will be printed with that extruder and the model will be printed with the other one.

    If you are printing with a MakerBot Replicator Mini, all objects will be built on a raft. To print an object without a raft, you will need to create a custom profile and edit it in a text editor. For more information on editing profiles directly, click here.

    If you have any kind of Fifth Generation MakerBot 3D Printer, you may need to adjust the Z-axis offset in order to print without a raft. Click here for more information.

    Support

    Select the Support checkbox to have your object printed with automatically generated support structures. MakerBot Desktop will generate supports for any overhanging sections of your object. Support material will be easily removable once you remove your finished object from the build plate.

    In most cases, supports for dual extrusion prints will default to printing in mixed materials, with each part of the support structures matching the part of your object they touch. However, if you have MakerBot Dissolvable Filament selected as the material in one of your extruders, your supports will be printed with that extruder and the model will be printed with the other one.

    Layer Height

    Set the thickness of the individual layers of your printed object. A lower layer height will result in a smoother surface. An object with a higher layer height will print more quickly.

    Infill

    Set the density of your printed object’s internal support structure. A higher percentage will result in a heavier, stronger object.

    By default the slicer will change the infill pattern it uses based on the infill density you set here when you have the Standard or High profile selected. Higher infill percentages will result in simpler infill patterns. To select a different infill pattern, use the Custom tab.

    Number of Shells

    Set the number of outlines that will be printed on each layer of your object. Additional shells add to an object’s strength, weight, and print time.

    Extruder Settings

    The settings on the right side of the Quick tab affect the operation of your 3D printer during the print.

    Material

    Different materials print better with different settings. Make sure the material selected is the one you’ll be printing with.

    If you have a MakerBot 3D printer with dual extruders connected, or selected as your type of device, you will see material fields for both the right and left extruders.

    Extruder Type

    This setting will only appear if you have a Fifth Generation MakerBot 3D Printer connected or selected as your type of device. Make sure you have the correct type of extruder selected. If your printer is connected to MakerBot Desktop, the correct type will be selected automatically.  

    Extruder Temperature

    Set the temperature to which the extruder will be heated during your prints. Different materials or print speeds will call for different print temperatures.

    If you have a MakerBot 3D printer with dual extruders connected, or selected as your type of device, you will see temperature fields for both the right and left extruders.

    Platform Temperature

    If you have a MakerBot 3D printer with a heated build plate connected or selected as your type of device, you will see a field where you can set the build plate temperature. A higher temperature will make some materials adhere better to the plate, but a temperature that is too high may distort the lower layers of your print.

    Restore Defaults

    Any time you change a setting in the Quick tab, an asterisk next to the setting name will indicate that the setting is no longer set to the default value. Click Restore Defaults to return all Quick settings to the default values.

    Custom Settings

    You can edit many more print settings, including print speeds and dual extrusion options, in the Settings dialog’s Custom tab. See the Custom Settings page for more information.

    Note: MakerBot Desktop is no longer in development. To upgrade to our newer software, please install MakerBot Print. If you are using a Replicator 2X, we recommend continuing with the MakerBot Desktop software.


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