Setting Up MakerBot Desktop

    MakerBot Account

    When you open MakerBot Desktop for the first time, you will be asked to log in. If you have a MakerBot Thingiverse account or a MakerBot Store account, you already have a username and password. If not, you can create one now. This is your MakerBot account, and you can use it to log into MakerBot Desktop, Thingiverse, and other MakerBot sites. 

    You can use MakerBot Desktop without logging in, but logging in will allow you to access your MakerBot Cloud Library and additional features in the Explore and Prepare sections.


    All compatible MakerBot 3D printers can connect to MakerBot Desktop via a USB cable. To connect via USB, ensure that your USB cable is connected to your MakerBot 3D printer and to your computer. MakerBot Desktop will automatically detect your 3D printer. 

    Transferring Files Directly to Your 3D Printer

    If you don't want to connect MakerBot Desktop to a 3D printer, click Skip in the connection portion of the setup assistant. You can transfer print files directly to most MakerBot 3D printers without additional preparation. For more information, click here.

    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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