Replicator 2X Dos and Don’ts

    MakerBot encourages you to tinker with your MakerBot Replicator 2X Experimental 3D Printer, but there are some things we know are bad ideas, and you should know about them, too.

    • Don’t put any liquids into your extruder. Whether it’s boiling water or acetone or anything in between, it’s not going to help and it could do a lot of harm.
    • Don’t overheat your extruder. We set temperature limits in our software for your safety and for the extruder’s safety, so don’t use anything other than the installed heaters to heat your extruder – don’t use blowtorches, and don’t detach parts of the extruder and put them in the oven.
    • Don’t use sharp tools to remove objects from the build plate – using a knife or a razor blade to remove prints is just as likely to hurt you as it is to help.
    • Don’t turn your MakerBot Replicator 2X off immediately after finishing a print. Give the extruder fans time to cool the extruder first.
    • Don’t drill out your extruder nozzle or drive any kind of metal tool through the nozzle. If you change the shape or size of your nozzle, the slicer will not be able to create accurate toolpaths.
    • Don’t try to replace your extruder nozzles.The nozzles are very securely attached to the extruder, and trying to remove them might result in the threaded portion of the nozzle shearing off and remaining inside the thermal core.
    • Do make sure small and medium-sized prints work well before leaving your MakerBot Replicator 2X unattended for long prints.
    • Do use only MakerBot ABS Filament with your MakerBot Replicator 2X.
    • Do be careful with the ceramic insulation on your extruders’ thermal cores. Hitting them with tools or gripping them with pliers might break off parts of the ceramic insulation.

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