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    MakerBot Print Releases

    MakerBot Print 2.7

    Released 10.17.17

    • Custom Print Modes:
      • Create your own Custom Print Modes, giving you quick access to your favorite combinations of print settings.
      • Import and Export: Share custom print modes with peers by exporting the print mode (.printmode) and sharing the file. Use someone else's Custom Print Mode by using the Import feature.
    • Experimental Extruder Support:
      • Gain access to advanced print settings when connected to a printer with an Experimental Extruder attached.
    • Print settings can now be individually displayed in the Print Settings sidebar menu. This option can be enabled in the Custom Settings menu.
    • Current extruder temperature is now visible in the main screen of the Printer Panel
    • OBJ files are now supported for Mac


    MakerBot Print 2.6

    Released 7.12.17

    • Addition of helpful links to the MakerBot Support site throughout the application
    • Ability to send sliced .makerbot files directly to the printer
    • Ability to copy system logs from a connected printer
    • Example prints added to application
    • Bug Fixes
      • Resolved an issue where scaling and orientation actions were not added to undo/redo stack.
      • Printers that do not utilize z-calibration have been blocked from running that procedure. Reset to factory has an added “Clear Calibration Settings” option if a Replicator Mini or Replicator 5th Generation has been set with unnecessary calibration values.
      • Resolved an issue where .print project files would not work if build plate temperature or chamber temperature was set.

    MakerBot Print 2.5

    Released 6.28.17

    • Ability to set a static IP address for printers connected over Ethernet and Wi-Fi
    • Ability to use network proxy settings for Print at login
    • Bug Fixes
      • Fixed an issue where the Orient tool was not working correctly. Note: To completely resolve the issue, you must reset all custom print settings by right-clicking an added custom setting and selecting “Reset All to Default Value”.

    MakerBot Print 2.4

    Released 6.2.17

    • Custom settings are now saved within Project (.print) files. Opening a project will prompt you to choose between the current settings and the Project settings, if they differ
    • MinFill Print Mode is now available for Replicator 2
    • New custom setting:
      • When enabled, “Do Support Under Bridges” will always create supports under bridged sections of the model if support is enabled
    • New Infill Pattern: Donut-fill (Happy National Donut Day)!
    • Custom Settings UI Improvements:
      • Custom settings that are added (but not changed) may change if certain other associated settings are changed (e.g. when changing Print Modes from Draft to Balanced, the Shell Print Speed setting will change as well. This is intentionally done to improve print quality but will not happen if you explicitly select a Shell Print Speed after adding this custom setting)
    • Bug fixes:
      • The slice progress bar for Replicator 2 and Replicator 2X should no longer fluctuate during the slice process


    MakerBot Print 2.3

    Released 5.9.17

    Features and improvements:

    • USB connectivity improvements
    • UI responsiveness improvements 
    • Replicator Z18 chamber temperature control added 
    • Replicator 2X build plate temperature control added  
    • Bug Fix
      • Slice settings not taking effect if model is deleted and new model added
    • Other fixes and improvements 


    MakerBot Print 2.2

    Released 4.18.17

    Features and improvements:

    • In-app link to the MakerBot Store has been added to the sidebar
    • Other fixes and improvements


    MakerBot Print 2.1

    Released 4.5.17

    Features and improvements:


    • Reset All/ Removed All Customs Settings added to the right click menu
    • Bug fixes
      • Material Estimates were off by a factor of 4
      • Custom settings were reloading from saved user config every time compose succeeded event happened. It should have only done this at the initial load time. 
    • Other fixes and improvements


    MakerBot Print 2.0

    Released 3.20.17

    Features and improvements:


    • MinFill: A new Print Mode that reduces print time and saves filament by only printing the minimum amount of infill needed to support your print.
    • Added USB support for MakerBot Replicator and MakerBot Replicator Mini printers
    • Support for SolidWorks 2017 files
    • Bug fixes
      • Fix for dialog popping up on app close to save project (including when no changes have been made)
      • Fixed the +/- signs for z-axis offset to be consistent with MakerBot Mobile
      • Roof thickness when set to 0 will slice accordingly
    • Other fixes and improvements


    MakerBot Print 1.9

    Released 2.23.17

    Features and improvements:


    • Ability to customize advanced print settings
    • Persistent customized settings after application restarts
    • Print time and material estimates
    • 2x export improvements
    • Bug fixes
      • Improved handling of certain printer errors
      • Triggering of Print Again feature
    • Other fixes and improvements


    MakerBot Print 1.8

    Released 2.1.17

    Features and improvements:                                                                                                             

    • Improved rafts for the Replicator Z18 and Replicator Mini+
    • Enhancements to the printer settings panel
    • Bug fixes and other improvements


    MakerBot Print 1.7

    Released 1.20.17

    Features and improvements:

    • Ability to see material volumes in cubic centimeters. Go to File > System Preferences > Units Controls > Display Units and change to any metric unit.
    • More intuitive default mouse controls for new users. (For more information Click Here)
    • A new and improved Scale tool that lets you modify a model's scale by directly changing its overall dimensions.
    • Ability to reset a printer to its factory settings in the printer utilities menu.
    • Bug fixes:
      • Firmware Update: File name display field refinements

    Known Issues:

    • If there are issues selecting models while using an external display, restarting the app will resolve this problem.
    • If you are not seeing your USB connected printer, restart MakerBot Print.

    MakerBot Print 1.6

    Released 1.3.17

    Features and improvements:

    • Print modes, a new feature in Print Settings which allows you to use preset print settings best suited for your needs. Launching with:
      • Balanced, MakerBot's standard set of print settings which balances print quality and speed
      • Draft, which optimizes for speed
    • Ability to start prints directly from the printer's details menu
    • Improvements to canceling in progress slices and prints, including a new confirmation prompt when canceling a print
    • Other bug fixes and improvements

    Known Issues: 

    • Settings panel not displaying changes properly if open while adding models to the build plate. If changes to settings are not being updated correctly, resolve by opening and closing the print settings panel.

    MakerBot Print 1.5

    Released 12.12.16

    Features and improvements:

    • Bug fixes and minor improvements

    MakerBot Print 1.4

    Released 11.16.16

    Features and improvements:

    • Rafts are easier to remove from models (for Replicator+ printers only)
    • Replicator 2 and 2X slice preview is now available
    • Name Print utility 
    • Bug fixes


    MakerBot Print 1.3

    Released 11.2.16

    Features and improvements:

    • Initiate Z-Calibration
    • Set Z-Offset
    • Improved USB connectivity
    • Wi-Fi configuration improvements
    • Rendering of utilities panel when printer loses connection to the computer 


    MakerBot Print 1.2

    Released 10.19.16

    Features and improvements:

    • Firmware update
    • Network preferences setup

    Known Issues:

    • Firmware update over USB may sometimes cause errors on your printer. If that happens, restart the printer and update your firmware over your network connection.


    MakerBot Print 1.1

    Released 10.5.2016

    Features and improvements:

    • Initiate attaching extruder process
    • Filament load/unload while print is paused
    • Bug Fixes


    Overview:

    MakerBot Print is our new desktop application that allows you to prepare, manage, and monitor 3D prints.

    • Prepare: Import design files in native CAD and fine-tune their settings for optimal results when printing.

    • Manage: Keep your projects organized by automatically arranging models across one or several build plates.

    • Monitor: Kick-off prints, control your printer, and monitor print progress remotely.

    Note: Designed for the Plus Generation of Printer. Offers limited capabilities with 5th generation printers and offline export only with previous models.

    MakerBot Print Feature List:

    1. Native CAD Support

      • Windows: Import popular native CAD file types, including parts and assemblies

        1. MakerBot (.makerbot), STL (.stl), SolidWorks (.sldprt, .sldasm), InventorOBJ (.ipt, .iam), IGES (.iges, .igs), STEP AP203/214 (.step, .stp), CATIA (.CATPart, .CATProduct), Wavefront Object(.obj), Unigraphics/NX (.prt), Solid Edge (.par, .asm), ProE/Creo (.prt, .prt., .asm, .asm.), VRML(.wrl), Parasolid (.x_t, .x_b)

      • Mac: Import STL files as an assembly

    2. Projects: Create projects to save the designs, print settings, and build plate layout of designs as one file for easy print scheduling.

    3. Auto-Arrange: Makerbot Print will automatically arrange the files on your build plate or across your whole project

    4. Cloud-Enabled Management: Remotely control multiple printers from MakerBot Print. Start, control and monitor prints with the help of camera feeds and status updates.

    5. New Print Preview: Preview the path that the extruder will take to create a print. Review layers individually or watch simulated preview to:

      • Make adjustments before printing a model

      • View support material placement

      • Validate small features are printable

    6. Automatic Software Updates: When there is a new version of MakerBot print available, your app will download it in the background and let you know when it’s ready to be installed

    Note: If you have used MakerBot Desktop in the past, you MUST upgrade to version 3.10 in order for your printers to be recognized via USB in MakerBot Print.

    Upcoming Features:

    • Initiate attaching extruder process

    • Import .makerbot files

    • Updating printer’s firmware from the application

    • Printer utilities

      • Assign printer to a local Wi-Fi network

      • Name printer

      • Initiate z-calibration

    • Per-model print settings

    • Advanced print settings

    • Language Support - Chinese (simplified Mandarin), French, German, Korean, Italian, Japanese, Portuguese, Spanish (EU and LATAM)

    • Thingiverse integration

    • Cloud storage

    • Import Toolpath (.makerbot)

    Known Issues:

    • Display error (WebGL context loss) when plugging a computer into certain external displays

    • On Windows OS, usernames containing unicode (non ASCII) characters are not supported

    • Lag between completed progress bar for slice preview and the actual rendering of the preview - during this time the app will be unresponsive

    • Slice preview does not currently support Replicator 2 or 2x

    • When switching between two different printers of the same model (e.g. 2 different MakerBot Replicator+’s), the application will not reslice the model, resulting in issues if you have two different extruder models.

    • Intermittent crashes when slicing large files

    System Compatibility:

    • Operating Systems: WINDOWS (7 and 10, 64-bit only) and MAC OS X (10.9+, 64-bit only). Not Supported: Windows 8, XP, Vista, Server, and Linux

    • MakerBot Firmware Compatibility:2.0 and higher

    System Requirements: 

    • RAM: 2GB mininmum, 8GB or more recommended

    • DISK SPACE: 2.5GB, 20GB or more recommended

    • VIDEO CARD: NVidia, AMD, or Intel, post 2011. 512MB video memory, 8GB or more recommended.

    • SCREEN RESOLUTION: 1280x1024 minimum, 1920x1080 or more recommended.

    • CPU: AMD or Intel, post 2011.

    • NETWORK: Ethernet or wireless connectivity to Local Area Network

    • INSTALLATION: Broadband Internet connection

    • BROWSER FOR ONLINE DOCUMENTATION: Google Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer 11 or above

    • CONNECTIVITY: USB, ETHERNET, WI-FI

    Supported File Types: 

    • Mac: MakerBot (.makerbot), STL (.stl)

    • Windows: MakerBot (.makerbot), STL (.stl), SolidWorks (.sldprt, .sldasm), InventorOBJ (.ipt, .iam), IGES (.iges, .igs), STEP AP203/214 (.step, .stp), CATIA (.CATPart, .CATProduct), Wavefront Object(.obj), Unigraphics/NX (.prt), Solid Edge (.par, .asm), ProE/Creo (.prt, .prt., .asm, .asm.), VRML(.wrl), Parasolid (.x_t, .x_b)

    Note: Users cannot import MakerBot (.makerbot) files.


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