Remote Monitoring and Printing

    Remote Monitoring

    With the release of MakerBot Desktop 3.6, you now have the option to start, monitor, and cancel prints for Fifth Generation MakerBot 3D printers remotely. This means that you can use MakerBot Desktop on a device that is on a separate network from your 3D printer.

    How to Enable Remote Monitoring

    1. Connect your Fifth Generation MakerBot 3D printer to MakerBot Desktop. For more information about connecting, click here.
    2. Activate Cloud Services for your MakerBot 3D Printer.

      • In MakerBot Desktop, make sure your 3D printer is connected and then navigate to Devices > Device Preferences. Check the “Enable Cloud Services” box.

      • Alternatively, if your MakerBot 3D printer has a control panel, you can navigate to Settings > MakerBot Cloud Services. Then select Remote Access: OFF and follow the prompts to enable remote access. When you have finished, the MakerBot Cloud Services screen will display “Remote Access: ON.”

    3. Make sure your MakerBot 3D printer is turned on and connected to the Internet via either Wi-Fi or Ethernet.

    MakerBot Desktop must be connected to a Wi-Fi, Ethernet, or cellular network in order to monitor or print remotely.

    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.