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    MakerBot Desktop Releases


    MakerBot Desktop 3.10

    Released 9.15.2016

    Notes

    • MakerBot Desktop is recommended for the following MakerBot devices:

      • MakerBot Replicator 2X Experimental 3D Printer
      • MakerBot Replicator (Original)

    Features

    Bug fixes for:

    • Minor fixes and improvements
    Known Issues:
    • If you’re using multiple printers of the same type equipped with different extruders (Smart Extruder/Smart Extruder+), make sure to open the Settings dialog when switching between printers to ensure extruder settings are properly applied.
    • When printing with an out of date custom profile you will get two error messages: one for the out of date profile, and one for printing with the wrong extruder type. The extruder type error is being thrown automatically and you can ignore it unless you have actually changed your extruder type.
    • Videos in the Learn tab may cause instability on certain systems. Try the "open in browser" option or find the videos on Makerbot.com/Support.
    • During autoupdate, the installer dialog can appear before MakerBot Desktop is completely closed. Wait 5 seconds after the appearance of the installer dialog before clicking "Yes" to start installing.
    • Slicing a file with unicode characters in the filename will fail. To get around this issue, rename your file.
    • If an error is thrown when connecting to a hidden wireless network, please dismiss the error and check to see if you are connected before attempting to connect again.
    • The toolpath visualizations for the Replicator Single, Replicator Dual, Replicator 2, and Replicator 2X begin at the fourth layer.
    • Transformation icons have invisible text labels.

    Direct Download Links

    Download MakerBot Desktop 3.10 for Mac OS X (Lion / 10.7+)

    Download MakerBot Desktop 3.10 for Windows 64-bit

    Download MakerBot Desktop 3.10 for Windows 32-bit


    MakerBot Desktop 3.9.2: Windows Only

    Released 5.23.2016

    Notes

    • MakerBot Desktop is now recommended for the following MakerBot devices:

      • MakerBot Replicator Z18 3D Printer
      • MakerBot Replicator Desktop 3D Printer (Fifth Generation Model)
      • MakerBot Replicator Mini Compact 3D Printer
      • MakerBot Replicator 2 Desktop 3D Printer
      • MakerBot Replicator 2X Experimental 3D Printer
      • MakerBot Replicator (Original)
    • MakerBot Desktop 3.9.2 is intended for use with Fifth Generation Firmware 1.11. If you are using MakerBot Desktop with a Fifth Generation MakerBot 3D Printer, please update your firmware after installing MakerBot Desktop.
    • If you’re using either Mac OS X 10.6 or Windows XP, you should continue to use MakerBot MakerWare. You have the option to download and install it at makerbot.com/desktop.
    • If you’re using a MakerBot Digitizer Desktop 3D Scanner, you can use the MakerBot Desktop 3.9.2 download to download MakerWare for Digitizer.

    Features

    Bug fixes for:  

    A Windows-only bug where slicing failure could lead to the following:

    • A blank file exporting 
    • A blank Print Preview dialog
    • A "Waiting for file" message on your printer's control panel with no progress percentage
    • A "File not found" error 

    Known Issues

    • If you’re using multiple printers of the same type equipped with different extruders (Smart Extruder/Smart Extruder+), make sure to open the Settings dialog when switching between printers to ensure extruder settings are properly applied.
    • When printing with an out of date custom profile you will get two error messages: one for the out of date profile, and one for printing with the wrong extruder type. The extruder type error is being thrown automatically and you can ignore it unless you have actually changed your extruder type.
    • Videos in the Learn tab may cause instability on certain systems. Try the “open in browser” option or find the videos on Makerbot.com/Support.
    • During auto update, the installer dialog can appear before MakerBot Desktop is completely closed. Wait 5 seconds after the appearance of the installer dialog before clicking "Yes" to start installing.
    • Slicing a file with unicode characters in the filename will fail. To get around this issue, rename your file.
    • If an error is thrown when connecting to a hidden wireless network, please dismiss the error and check to see if you are connected before attempting to connect again.
    • The toolpath visualizations for the Replicator Single, Replicator Dual, Replicator 2, and Replicator 2X begin at the fourth layer.

    Direct Download Links

    Download MakerBot Desktop 3.9.2 for Windows 64-bit

    Download MakerBot Desktop 3.9.2 for Windows 32-bit


    MakerBot Desktop 3.9.1

    Released 3.2.2016

    Notes

    • MakerBot Desktop is now recommended for the following MakerBot devices:

      • MakerBot Replicator Z18 3D Printer
      • MakerBot Replicator Desktop 3D Printer (Fifth Generation Model)
      • MakerBot Replicator Mini Compact 3D Printer
      • MakerBot Replicator 2 Desktop 3D Printer
      • MakerBot Replicator 2X Experimental 3D Printer
      • MakerBot Replicator (Original)
    • MakerBot Desktop 3.9.1 is intended for use with Fifth Generation Firmware 1.9.2. If you are using MakerBot Desktop with a Fifth Generation MakerBot 3D Printer, please update your firmware after installing MakerBot Desktop.
    • If you’re using either Mac OS X 10.6 or Windows XP, you should continue to use MakerBot MakerWare. You have the option to download and install it at makerbot.com/desktop.
    • If you’re using a MakerBot Digitizer Desktop 3D Scanner, you can use the MakerBot Desktop 3.9.1 download to download MakerWare for Digitizer.

    Features

    Bug fixes for:

    • Single-walled prints being printed at the wrong speed affecting quality

    • Single-walled extrusions not showing up in the toolpath visualizer
    • Inner shells being printed at higher speeds than recommended
    • Small features in models causing prints to stop before completion
    • Left extruder not heating when printing files generated using custom profiles
    • Purge walls no longer on by default for dual extrusion prints  

    Known Issues

    • If you’re using multiple printers of the same type equipped with different extruders (Smart Extruder/Smart Extruder+), make sure to open the Settings dialog when switching between printers to ensure extruder settings are properly applied.
    • When printing with an out of date custom profile you will get two error messages: one for the out of date profile, and one for printing with the wrong extruder type. The extruder type error is being thrown automatically and you can ignore it unless you have actually changed your extruder type.
    • Videos in the Learn tab may cause instability on certain systems. Try the “open in browser” option or find the videos on Makerbot.com/Support.
    • During auto update, the installer dialog can appear before MakerBot Desktop is completely closed. Wait 5 seconds after the appearance of the installer dialog before clicking "Yes" to start installing.
    • Slicing a file with unicode characters in the filename will fail. To get around this issue, rename your file.
    • If an error is thrown when connecting to a hidden wireless network, please dismiss the error and check to see if you are connected before attempting to connect again.
    • The toolpath visualizations for the Replicator Single, Replicator Dual, Replicator 2, and Replicator 2X begin at the fourth layer.

    Direct Download Links

    Download MakerBot Desktop 3.9.1 for Mac OS X (Lion / 10.7+)

    Download MakerBot Desktop 3.9.1 for Windows 64-bit

    Download MakerBot Desktop 3.9.1 for Windows 32-bit


    MakerBot Desktop 3.9

    Released 1.22.2016

    Notes

    • MakerBot Desktop is now recommended for the following MakerBot devices:

      • MakerBot Replicator Z18 3D Printer
      • MakerBot Replicator Desktop 3D Printer (Fifth Generation Model)
      • MakerBot Replicator Mini Compact 3D Printer

      • MakerBot Replicator 2 Desktop 3D Printer

      • MakerBot Replicator 2X Experimental 3D Printer
      • MakerBot Replicator (Original)

    • MakerBot Desktop 3.9 is intended for use with Fifth Generation Firmware 1.9.1. If you are using MakerBot Desktop with a Fifth Generation MakerBot 3D Printer, please update your firmware after installing MakerBot Desktop.
    • If you’re using either Mac OS X 10.6 or Windows XP, you should continue to use MakerBot MakerWare. You have the option to download and install it at makerbot.com/desktop.

    • If you’re using a MakerBot Digitizer Desktop 3D Scanner, you can use the MakerBot Desktop 3.9 download to download MakerWare for Digitizer.

    Features

    Fifth Generation MakerBot Replicator 3D Printers only:

    • Optimized printing for the Smart Extruder+
    • Added Smart Extruder Type dropdown to Settings dialog
    • Extruder Type setting will automatically be set to match the extruder on any connected Fifth Generation MakerBot 3D Printer
    • Notification that X3G file has been exported no longer appears too early
    • Fixed an issue with the print preparation dialog where it would get stuck
    • Fixed estimation of print times for very long prints  

    Known Issues

    • Slicing a file with unicode characters in the filename will fail. To get around this issue, rename your build plate.
    • If an error is thrown when connecting to a hidden wireless network, please dismiss the error and check to see if you are connected before attempting to connect again.
    • Toolpath visualizations for the Replicator Single, Replicator Dual, Replicator 2, and Replicator 2X begin at the fourth layer.
    • Transformation icons have invisible text labels
    • Left extruder does not heat when printing files generated using custom profiles  

    MakerBot Desktop 3.8

    Released 11.3.2015

    Notes

    • MakerBot Desktop is now recommended for the following MakerBot devices:

      • MakerBot Replicator Z18 3D Printer
      • MakerBot Replicator Desktop 3D Printer (Fifth Generation Model)
      • MakerBot Replicator Mini Compact 3D Printer
      • MakerBot Replicator 2 Desktop 3D Printer
      • MakerBot Replicator 2X Experimental 3D Printer
      • MakerBot Replicator (Original)
    • If you’re using either Mac OS X 10.6 or Windows XP, you should continue to use MakerBot MakerWare. You have the option to download and install it at makerbot.com/desktop.
    • If you’re using a MakerBot Digitizer Desktop 3D Scanner, you can use the MakerBot Desktop 3.8 download to download MakerWare for Digitizer.

    Features

    • Fifth Generation MakerBot Replicator 3D Printers only:
      • Improved print time estimates
      • Print flow improvements (one click printing)
      • Diamond infill pattern for variable layer height prints
      • Breakaway support material (by default on the Replicator Z18 only)
    • Support ticket creation in the Learn Tab
    • Bug fix for the Replicator Dual start-of-print routine

    Known Issues

    • When exporting x3g files, there may a small delay between when the post-processing step finishes and when the x3g file generation actually completes.
    • If an error is thrown when connecting to a hidden wireless network, please dismiss the error and check to see if you are connected before attempting to connect again.
    • The toolpath visualizations for the Replicator Single, Replicator Dual, Replicator 2, and Replicator 2X begin at the fourth layer.
    • Transformation icons have invisible text labels.
    • Left extruder does not heat when printing files generated using custom profiles  

    MakerBot Desktop 3.7

    Released 6.8.2015

    Notes

    • MakerBot Desktop is now recommended for the following MakerBot devices:

      • MakerBot Replicator Z18 3D Printer
      • MakerBot Replicator Desktop 3D Printer (Fifth Generation Model)
      • MakerBot Replicator Mini Compact 3D Printer
      • MakerBot Replicator 2 Desktop 3D Printer
      • MakerBot Replicator 2X Experimental 3D Printer
      • MakerBot Replicator (Original)
    • MakerBot Desktop 3.7 is intended for use with Fifth Generation Firmware 1.7.1. If you are using MakerBot Desktop with a Fifth Generation MakerBot 3D Printer, please update your firmware after installing MakerBot Desktop.
    • If you’re using either Mac OS X 10.6 or Windows XP, you should continue to use MakerBot MakerWare. You have the option to download and install it at makerbot.com/desktop.
    • If you’re using a MakerBot Digitizer Desktop 3D Scanner, you can use the MakerBot Desktop 3.7 download to download MakerWare for Digitizer.

    Features

    • New custom profile editor
    • Fifth Generation MakerBot Replicator 3D Printers only:

      • Variable layer height: High quality prints now use thicker infill layers for faster printing
      • Ability to connect to hidden wireless networks
      • Ability to set a static IP address for printers connected over Ethernet
      • Smart Extruder information added to the device preferences

    Known Issues

    • When using Quick settings for dual-extrusion printing, rafts and support will default to mixedMaterial unless MakerBot Dissolvable Filament is selected for one extruder. In this case, the extruder with MakerBot Dissolvable Filament will be used for rafts and support by default.
    • If an error is thrown when connecting to a hidden wireless network, please dismiss the error and check to see if you are connected before attempting to connect again.
    • The toolpath visualizations for the Replicator Single, Replicator Dual, Replicator 2, and Replicator 2X begin at the fourth layer.
    • Learn tab videos will not play inside MakerBot Desktop on 32-bit Windows machines. As a workaround, view the videos in a browser.
    • Transformation icons have invisible text labels.

    MakerBot Desktop 3.6

    Released 3.10.2015

    Notes

    • MakerBot Desktop is now recommended for the following MakerBot devices:

      • MakerBot Replicator Z18 3D Printer
      • MakerBot Replicator Desktop 3D Printer (Fifth Generation Model)
      • MakerBot Replicator Mini Compact 3D Printer
      • MakerBot Replicator 2 Desktop 3D Printer
      • MakerBot Replicator 2X Experimental 3D Printer
      • MakerBot Replicator (Original)
    • MakerBot Desktop 3.6 is intended for use with Fifth Generation Firmware 1.7. If you are using MakerBot Desktop with a Fifth Generation MakerBot 3D Printer, please update your firmware after installing MakerBot Desktop.
    • If you’re using either Mac OS X 10.6 or Windows XP, you should continue to use MakerBot MakerWare. You have the option to download and install it at makerbot.com/desktop.
    • If you’re using a MakerBot Digitizer Desktop 3D Scanner, you can use the MakerBot Desktop 3.6 download to download MakerWare for Digitizer.

    Features

    • True remote printing and monitoring in MakerBot Desktop
    • More detailed first run experiences
    • More fine-grained control of Z-Axis Offset adjustments
    • Improved Learn tab
    • Option to use a system proxy in the App Preferences
    • Better handling of system sleep during prints
    • Bug fix for support material not printing with the left extruder
    • Bug fix for Untitled layouts in the Library

    Known Issues

    • Learn tab videos will not play inside MakerBot Desktop on 32-bit Windows machines. As a workaround, view the videos in a browser.
    • Transformation icons have invisible text labels
    • Some dialogs on Fedora may have missing close buttons. Use alt+F4 as a workaround.

    MakerBot Desktop 3.5

    Released 1.5.2015

    Notes

    • MakerBot Desktop is now recommended for the following MakerBot devices:

      • MakerBot Replicator Z18 3D Printer
      • MakerBot Replicator Desktop 3D Printer (Fifth Generation Model)
      • MakerBot Replicator Mini Compact 3D Printer
      • MakerBot Replicator 2 Desktop 3D Printer
      • MakerBot Replicator 2X Experimental 3D Printer
      • MakerBot Replicator (Original)
    • MakerBot Desktop 3.5 is intended for use with Fifth Generation Firmware 1.6. If you are using MakerBot Desktop with a Fifth Generation MakerBot 3D Printer, please update your firmware after installing MakerBot Desktop.
    • If you’re using either Mac OS X 10.6 or Windows XP, you should continue to use MakerBot MakerWare. You have the option to download and install it at makerbot.com/desktop.
    • If you’re using a MakerBot Digitizer Desktop 3D Scanner, you can use the MakerBot Desktop 3.5 download to download MakerWare for Digitizer.

    Features

    • Automatic updates from Makerbot Desktop 3.5 to subsequent versions
    • For Fifth Generation MakerBot 3D Printers:
      • Ability to enable true remote printing and monitoring between LAN and cellular networks
      • An expanded Device Preferences dialog
      • Ability to specify a DNS server and Gateway when setting a static IP address

    Known Issues

    • There is a bug with temperature control in the Print Settings dialog for Fifth Generation printers. To adjust the print temperature please continue using a custom profile.
    • Single-layer prints may cause slicing errors in this version
    • Transformation icons have invisible text labels
    • Some dialogs on Fedora may have missing close buttons. Use alt+F4 as a workaround

    MakerBot Desktop 3.4.1

    Released 12.17.2014

    Notes

    • MakerBot Desktop is now recommended for the following MakerBot devices:

      • MakerBot Replicator Z18 3D Printer
      • MakerBot Replicator Desktop 3D Printer (Fifth Generation Model)
      • MakerBot Replicator Mini Compact 3D Printer
      • MakerBot Replicator 2 Desktop 3D Printer
      • MakerBot Replicator 2X Experimental 3D Printer
      • MakerBot Replicator (Original)
    • MakerBot Desktop 3.4.1 is intended for use with Fifth Generation Firmware 1.5. If you are using MakerBot Desktop with a Fifth Generation MakerBot 3D Printer, please update your firmware after installing MakerBot Desktop.
    • If you’re using either Mac OS X 10.6 or Windows XP, you should continue to use MakerBot MakerWare. You have the option to download and install it at makerbot.com/desktop.
    • If you’re using a MakerBot Digitizer Desktop 3D Scanner, you can use the MakerBot Desktop 3.4.1 download to download MakerWare for Digitizer.

    Features

    • Native printing on Windows 8.1 for all Fifth Generation printers
    • Bug fix related to manual z-axis offset calibration
    • Bug fix for Digitizer connectivity issues on Windows
    • Other small bug fixes

    Known Issues

    • After a Fifth Generation printer is reset to factory settings, users should turn off their device, wait 30 seconds, then turn on the printer again before setting up Wi-Fi
    • Transformation icons have invisible text labels on Windows
    • Occasionally when printing digital store items, a print will jump to 100% completion and stop before it begins printing. Please retry these prints.
    • Some digital store prints will take a longer than usual time to start. Please check your internet connection and try again.

    MakerBot Desktop 3.4

    Released 11.25.2014

    Notes

    • MakerBot Desktop is now recommended for the following MakerBot devices:

      • MakerBot Replicator Z18 3D Printer
      • MakerBot Replicator Desktop 3D Printer (Fifth Generation Model)
      • MakerBot Replicator Mini Compact 3D Printer
      • MakerBot Replicator 2 Desktop 3D Printer
      • MakerBot Replicator 2X Experimental 3D Printer
      • MakerBot Replicator (Original)
    • MakerBot Desktop 3.4 is intended for use with Fifth Generation Firmware 1.5. If you are using MakerBot Desktop with a Fifth Generation MakerBot 3D Printer, please update your firmware after installing MakerBot Desktop.
    • Windows 8.1 installers will be released shortly. Until then, if you’re using Windows 8.1, please continue using MakerBot Desktop 3.3.
    • If you’re using either Mac OS X 10.6 or Windows XP, you should continue to use MakerBot MakerWare. You have the option to download and install it at makerbot.com/desktop.

    • If you’re using a MakerBot Digitizer Desktop 3D Scanner, you can use the MakerBot Desktop 3.4 download to download MakerWare for Digitizer.

    Features

    • Improved print quality
    • Bug fix for Digitizer connectivity issues on Windows
    • Option to manually calibrate the Z-axis offset of Fifth Generation printers
    • Fifth Generation button-press override for network prints
    • Post-print photo sharing to Thingiverse
    • Ability to set a static IP address

    Known Issues

    • Windows 8.1 installers will be released shortly. Until then, if you’re using Windows 8.1, please continue using MakerBot Desktop 3.3.
    • After a Fifth Generation printer is reset to factory settings, users should turn the printer off for 30 seconds before setting up Wi-Fi.
    • Transformation icons have invisible text labels on Windows
    • Occasionally when printing digital store items, a print will jump to 100% completion and stop before it begins printing. Please retry these prints.
    • Some digital store prints will take a longer than usual time to start. Please check your internet connection and try again.

    MakerBot Desktop 3.3

    Released 10.29.2014

    Notes

    • MakerBot Desktop is now recommended for the following MakerBot devices:

      • MakerBot Replicator Z18 3D Printer
      • MakerBot Replicator Desktop 3D Printer (Fifth Generation Model)
      • MakerBot Replicator Mini Compact 3D Printer
      • MakerBot Replicator 2 Desktop 3D Printer
      • MakerBot Replicator 2X Experimental 3D Printer
      • MakerBot Replicator (Original)
    • MakerBot Desktop 3.3 is intended for use with Fifth Generation Firmware 1.4. If you are using MakerBot Desktop with a Fifth Generation MakerBot 3D Printer, please update your firmware after installing MakerBot Desktop.

    • If you’re using either Mac OS X 10.6 or Windows XP, you should continue to use MakerBot MakerWare. You have the option to download and install it at makerbot.com/desktop.

    • If you’re using a MakerBot Digitizer Desktop 3D Scanner, you can use the MakerBot Desktop 3.3 download to download MakerWare for Digitizer.

    Features

    • An overhaul of the communications between Fifth Generation printers and MakerBot Desktop
    • Faster camera streaming
    • A new device preferences dialog for Fifth Generation printers
    • Camera streaming over a USB connection
    • New Print History tab in the Library
    • Automatic unloading of filament after an out of filament error
    • The ability to change Smart Extruders during a paused print and resume printing
    • Print from file with .makerbot files

    Known Issues

    • After a Fifth Generation MakerBot 3D printer is reset to factory settings, users should turn the printer off for 30 seconds before setting up Wi-Fi

    MakerBot Desktop 3.2.2

    Released 8.14.2014

    Notes

    • MakerBot Desktop is now recommended for the following MakerBot devices:
      • MakerBot Replicator Z18 3D Printer
      • MakerBot Replicator Desktop 3D Printer (Fifth Generation Model)
      • MakerBot Replicator Mini Compact 3D Printer
      • MakerBot Replicator 2 Desktop 3D Printer
      • MakerBot Replicator 2X Experimental 3D Printer
      • MakerBot Replicator (Original)
    • MakerBot Desktop 3.2.2 is intended for use with Fifth Generation Firmware 1.3. If you are using MakerBot Desktop with a Fifth Generation MakerBot 3D Printer, please update your firmware.
    • If you’re using either Mac OS X 10.6 or Windows XP, you should continue to use MakerBot MakerWare. You have the option to download and install it at makerbot.com/desktop.
    • If you’re using a MakerBot Digitizer Desktop 3D Scanner, you can use the MakerBot Desktop 3.2.2 download to download MakerWare for Digitizer.

    Features

    1. Improved Wi-Fi connectivity
    2. No longer displays disconnected USB printers in the Devices drop-down menu
    3. Only scan for network printers once the network devices dialog is opened
    4. Lay Flat algorithm updates

    5. Wi-Fi setup to the Setup Assistant for MakerBot Replicator Mini Compact 3D Printer added

    6. Option to disable filament jam errors from the device preferences added

    7. Notification for when log exporting is in progress added

    Known Issues

    After a Fifth Generation printer is reset to factory settings, users should power cycle the printer before setting up Wi-Fi

    MakerBot Desktop 3.2.1

    Released 7.17.2014

    Notes

    • MakerBot Desktop is now recommended for the following MakerBot devices:
      • MakerBot Replicator Z18 3D Printer
      • MakerBot Replicator Desktop 3D Printer (Fifth Generation Model)
      • MakerBot Replicator Mini Compact 3D Printer
      • MakerBot Replicator 2 Desktop 3D Printer
      • MakerBot Replicator 2X Experimental 3D Printer
      • MakerBot Replicator (Original)
    • MakerBot Desktop 3.2.1 is intended for use with Fifth Generation Firmware 1.2. For improved experience, please update your firmware.
    • If you’re using either Mac OS X 10.6 or Windows XP, you should continue to use MakerBot MakerWare. You have the option to download and install it from this page.
    • The MakerBot Desktop 3.2.1 download includes MakerWare for Digitizer.

    Features

    1. Smarter filament unload routine
    2. Ability to take a picture from the print monitor panel
    3. Bug fix for connecting to Fifth Generation Firmware 1.0.4 over a network
    4. Small bug fixes related to the Library

    MakerBot Desktop 3.2

    Released 6.16.2014

    Notes

    At this time, MakerBot Desktop is only recommended for use with the MakerBot Replicator Desktop 3D Printer (Fifth Generation Model), the MakerBot Replicator Mini Compact 3D Printer, and the MakerBot Replicator Z18 3D Printer. For all other MakerBot Desktop 3D Printers, please download MakerBot MakerWare.

    MakerBot Desktop is a complete solution for discovering, managing, and sharing 3D prints. Continuing, planned enhancements to the app ensure that it will soon be recommended for all MakerBot Replicator 3D Printers as well as the MakerBot Thing-O-Matic.

    Features

    1. Improved memory use in MakerBot Slicer to better handle large prints
    2. Correctly display the MakerBot Replicator Z18 vertical camera in the print monitor panel
    3. Expanded the skybox view for the MakerBot Replicator Z18 build volume
    4. Added control of the MakerBot Replicator Z18 heated build chamber to custom profiles
    5. Removed the button press requirement when printing over a USB connection

    Note: MakerBot Desktop 3.2 is intended for use with Fifth Generation Firmware 1.1. Please update your firmware for the best experience.

    MakerBot Desktop 3.1.1

    Released 6.3.2014

    Notes

    At this time, MakerBot Desktop is only recommended for use with the MakerBot Replicator Desktop 3D Printer (Fifth Generation Model) and the MakerBot Replicator Mini Compact 3D Printer. For all other MakerBot Desktop 3D Printers, please download MakerBot MakerWare.

    MakerBot Desktop is a complete solution for discovering, managing, and sharing 3D prints. Continuing, planned enhancements to the app ensure that it will soon be recommended for all MakerBot Replicator 3D Printers as well as the MakerBot Thing-O-Matic.

    Features

    1. Added the option to connect any Fifth Generation MakerBot Replicator 3D printer to a wireless network
    2. Added MakerBot Replicator Smart Extruder temperature to the print monitor panel

    MakerBot Desktop 3.1

    Released 5.23.2014

    Notes

    At this time, MakerBot Desktop is only recommended for use with the MakerBot Replicator Desktop 3D Printer (Fifth Generation Model) and the MakerBot Replicator Mini Compact 3D Printer. For all other MakerBot Desktop 3D Printers, please download MakerBot MakerWare.

    MakerBot Desktop is a complete solution for discovering, managing, and sharing 3D prints. Continuing, planned enhancements to the app ensure that it will soon be recommended for all MakerBot Replicator 3D Printers as well as the MakerBot Thing-O-Matic.

    Features

    1. New MakerBot Replicator Mini Setup Assistant
    2. New application tutorial
    3. Improved print settings for Fifth Generation printers
    4. Improved status reporting in the the print monitor panel
    5. Added an Export button to the Prepare tab
    6. Improved error messages
    7. Added a Learn tab for tips and documentation

    Known Issues

    Linux builds of MakerBot Desktop 3.1 are coming soon.

    MakerBot Desktop 3.0.1

    Released 4.9.2014

    Features

    1. Users can now change filament or attach a Smart Extruder from the print monitor panel
    2. The Print and Export dialogs now display slicing progress
    3. File transfer progress has been added to the Firmware Update dialog
    4. The IP address of a network-connected Fifth Generation printer is now displayed in the Device Preferences dialog
    5. Bug fix for background service errors caused by disconnecting from an Ethernet network
    6. Bug fix for USB-connected printers not connecting automatically
    7. Small bug fixes related to firmware updating
    8. Support for Linux (Ubuntu and Fedora)

    Known Issues

    Following a successful firmware update over an Ethernet network, users may have to close and reopen MakerBot Desktop to reconnect to a MakerBot Replicator (Fifth Generation Model).

    MakerBot Desktop 3.0

    Released 3.11.2014

    Features

    1. New Explore, Library, Prepare, and Store views in MakerBot Desktop
    2. Option to log into a MakerBot account
    3. Simplified Print dialog
    4. Connectivity to the Replicator (Fifth Generation Model) via USB and Ethernet
    5. Ability to create .MakerBot files
    6. Added new status bar and print monitor panel

    Known Issues

    1. Linux builds of MakerBot Desktop 3.0 are not available. Please upgrade to MakerBot Desktop 3.0.1.
    2. USB-connected printers may not connect automatically. In this situation, users should select their printer in the Connected Devices section of the Devices drop-down menu.
    3. It is not possible to link a MakerBot Library to a Replicator (Fifth Generation Model) over a USB connection. Users should use a network connection to link their MakerBot Library.

    MakerWare Releases

    MakerWare 2.4.1

    Released 12.9.2013

    Notes

    MakerBot MakerWare is the ideal software to drive your Fourth Generation (and prior) MakerBot Replicator Desktop 3D Printers.

    For Fifth Generation MakerBot Replicator 3D Printers, please download and use MakerBot Desktop (Beta).

    Features

    1. MakerBot Dissolvable Filament has been added to the Make Dialog
    2. An improved MakerBot Dissolvable Filament material profile has been added to MakerWare
    3. Users can now set two different temperatures in the Make dialog when a dual extruder printer is selected
    4. Bug fix for the supportExcessive option not having an effect in the custom profiles
    5. Bug fix for some non-manifold objects slicing with missing layers or with filled in handles or holes
    6. Bug fix for Mac version number set incorrectly in MakerWare 2.4
    7. Added MakerWare compatibility with Ubuntu 13.10 and Fedora 19
    8. MakerWare for Digititzer is now compatible with Ubuntu Linux

    Known Issues

    Mac users need to uninstall MakerWare 2.4.0 before installing MakerWare 2.4.1.

    MakerWare 2.4

    Released 11.19.2013

    Features

    1. Added MultiScan Technology to MakerWare for Digitizer
    2. Added lighting acclimation which reduces halos from overhead lighting at the beginning of a scan, resulting in higher quality 3D models
    3. Added performance tracking to MakerWare
    4. Implemented new filament fan modulation on the MakerBot Replicator 2 to reduce PLA and Flexible Filament stringing
    5. Added ability to combine overlapping object meshes<
    6. Created a more stable Extrusion Guard pattern
    7. Bug fix for temperature settings in the Make dialog only getting applied to the preheat temperature
    8. Bug fix for MakerWare crashing when custom profiles are created on 32-bit Windows systems

    MakerWare 2.3.2

    Released 10.21.2013

    Features

    1. Added firmware uploading to MakerWare for Digitizer
    2. Bug fix for high conveyor CPU usage
    3. Bug fix for rotation being inconsistent when saving objects as .thing files
    4. Bug fix to improve the pattern of ABS high-resolution rafts

    MakerWare 2.3.1

    Released 10.9.2013

    Features

    1. Bug fix for UI crashes on some Nvidia graphics cards
    2. Bug fix for the prime line causing a Y-axis shift
    3. Bug fix for excessive Print Preview memory usage
    4. Bug fix for objects in Print Preview sometimes displaying as black
    5. Bug fix for Windows file association issues

    MakerWare 2.3

    Released 9.30.2013

    Features

    1. Print Preview featuring toolpath visualization, material estimation, and time estimation
    2. Introducing Native Dual-Extrusion for multimaterial Printing and designating which extruder prints support material and rafts
    3. Material profiles for Flexible Filament and Dissolvable Filament
    4. Added dual-extrusion bridging
    5. Added 'Lay Flat' button
    6. Objects too large for the build plate now result in an alert and the option to resize the object
    7. Added a new orthographic projection view
    8. Conveyor now uses embedded Python instead of a Python virtual environment

    MakerWare 2.2.2

    Released 7.31.2013

    Features

    1. Added separate custom profile templates for high, standard, and low resolution prints
    2. Bug fix for the missing floors and roofs bug
    3. Bug fix for the uninstaller not fully removing the _conveyor user on OS X
    4. Bug fix for stringing on objects with small islands
    5. Bug fix for the retract speed not matching the restart speed
    6. Bug fix for active-cooling fan commands getting sent to non-Replicator 2 printers
    7. Bug fix for roofLayerCount and floorLayerCount having no effect when using custom profiles
    8. Bug fix for extremely slow tool changes during dual-extrusion prints on the Replicator 2X
    9. Added more robust error packet checking to allow USB printing on Sailfish firmware
    10. Bug fix for USB prints stuttering on Sailfish firmware
    11. Added sharkfill, a shark-shaped infill pattern

    MakerWare 2.2.1

    Released 6.20.2013

    Features

    1. MakerWare updated to identify a new Product ID for the Replicator 2X

    MakerWare 2.2

    Released 6.12.2013

    Features

    1. Improved default print settings, including new 0.1mm, 0.2mm, and 0.3mm layer heights for High, Standard, and Low defaults
    2. The high-quality default now uses the faster-slicing MakerBot Slicer instead of Skeinforge
    3. Easy-to-remove rafts
    4. More minimal support
    5. An easier-to-detach, wavy support pattern
    6. Better handling of external spurs (as seen in the Stretchy Bracelet)
    7. Removed diagonal lines from surface walls and first layers
    8. Added a new smoothing algorithm for surface walls
    9. Better bridging
    10. Multiple infill patterns (hexagonal is the default; other patterns can be selected in custom profiles)
    11. A number of new experimental slicing settings have been added that are turned off in the defaults but can be turned on in custom profiles (Dynamic speed calculations, Internal spurs, Backlash compensation). See the custom slicing profile guide for specifics.
    12. A new Skeinforge default profile has been added
    13. Rafts are turned on by default
    14. A subtle skybox option is available
    15. It is now easy to set extruder temperature when using custom MakerBot Slicer profiles
    16. Added a homing button for Thing-O-Matics
    17. Made changes to Thing-O-Matic onboard preferences to improve clarity
    18. Moved the Replicator 2 start position closer to the front-left corner of the build plate
    19. MakerWare now supports Ubuntu 13.04

    MakerWare 2.1.1

    Released 5.17.2013

    Features

    1. The Mac installer was changed to always use the version of install_name_tool packaged in our installer. In previous releases of MakerWare, installation failures would occur if the user's copy of install_name_tool was not working properly.

    MakerWare 2.1

    Released 4.29.2013

    Features

    1. MakerWare integration with Thing-O-Matics
    2. New control panel for jogging and manually connecting to Thing-O-Matics
    3. Users have the option of heating the platform when printing with PLA on a Rep1
    4. Made it impossible to save x3g files with names too long for the firmware
    5. There is now an option in MakerWare to reset the motherboard completely
    6. Decreased memory usage during the slice verification stage
    7. Fixed a Windows registry key bug
    8. Improvements to the Snow Leopard installer
    9. Adjusted the dual-extrusion long retract to reduce blobbing
    10. Bug fix for a uniform scaling bug in Windows XP

    MakerWare 2.0.2

    Released 3.20.2013

    Features

    1. Fix for a MakerWare UI crash on computers with AMD video cards

    MakerWare 2.0.1

    Released 3.15.2013

    Features

    1. Custom profiles now work with the Replicator 2X
    2. Custom profiles now work for dual-extrusion prints on the Replicator Dual
    3. Bug fix Snow Leopard installation problems
    4. Bug fix for the Skeinforge custom profile editor not opening on Mac
    5. Dual-extrusion print percentage has been fixed on the Replicator 2X

    MakerWare 2.0

    Released 2.27.2012

    Features

    1. MakerWare integration with the Replicator 2X
    2. Dual-Extrusion in MakerWare
    3. Choose your printer type on first-run
    4. Change printer type on USB connection or manually
    5. Printer controls the build volume shown and whether dual-extrusion UI is visible
    6. Added a new icon to the UI indicating the printer type
    7. Made it possible to run ReplicatorG without stopping conveyor
    8. Updated the skybox
    9. Improvements for printing single-walled objects
    10. Bug-fix for extra support material being added to the outside of objects

    MakerWare 1.1.2

    Released 1.31.2013

    Features

    1. Bug fix to enable saving directly to an SD card on a Mac
    2. Added a GCode verifier for printing directly to a printer and making from file
    3. Bug fix for a Windows getaddrinfo error that caused a problem with user localhost addresses
    4. Small improvements related to firmware updating

    MakerWare 1.1.1

    Released 1.15.2013

    Features

    1. Bug fix for a Windows installer bug that occurs when python is installed in a non-standard location that contains a space in the name
    2. Fixed a Windows XP file registry bug

    MakerWare 1.1

    Released 1.7.2013

    Features

    • Separate Open  & Add options in the File dropdown menu
    • Open and Save remember their last location
    • A recent files list in the File dropdown menu
    • Control of object colors in the UI
    • Auto Layout option for multiple objects on one build plate
    • Checks on import to see if the object is on the platform and/or extremely small
    • Ability to select or deselect all objects at once
    • Max Size button on the Scale popout
    • Improved drag transformations
    • Ctrl-Drag for rotation snapped to grid
    • Support for improved firmware acceleration (x3g)
    • Make dialog remembers settings from the last print
    • Added the option to create custom slicing profiles
    • Ability to cancel during slicing
    • Better progress reporting during long slices
    • Major quality improvements to fine detail prints
    • Better handling of objects with thin walls
    • Zero infill produces hollow objects without strings
    • Overall speed and performance improvements to MakerBot Slicer

    MakerWare 1.0.3

    Released 11.27.2012

    Features

    1. The ceiling and floor thickness of high-quality default prints is now the same as the wall thickness
    2. The default infill for high quality prints has been increased from 10% to 20%

    MakerWare 1.0.2

    Released 11.2.2012

    Features

    1. Bug fix for prints not being perfectly centered on the Replicator 2 build plate
    2. Bug fix for printing with the left extruder on the Replicator Dual

    MakerWare 1.0.1

    Released 10.24.2012

    Features

    1. Rafts on the Replicator 2 now print with the cooling fan off
    2. Bug fix for a missing buttons issue on some Windows machines
    3. Bug fix for the Replicator 2 missing the correct behavior at the beginning of prints
    4. Added Windows installer logging

    MakerWare 1.0

    Released 9.19.2012

    Features

    1. Product launch!
    2. Single-extrusion printing to the Replicator and Replicator 2

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