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The Guided Setup through MakerBot Mobile

    What is the Guided Setup?

    The first time you turn on your MakerBot Replicator Mini+, you will be guided through the initial setup process using the MakerBot Mobile app to connect your Replicator Mini+ printer to a Wi-Fi network. The first run experience will serve as the primary connection in connecting your Replicator Mini+ to an internet connection.

    This setup will walk you through pairing your mobile device to your printer, connecting the printer to a Wi-Fi connection, and loading filament. From there, it will prompt you to print a preloaded example print.

    Guided Setup Steps

    Step 1: Download Mobile App and turn printer on

    • Open MakerBot Mobile on your mobile device and log in with your MakerBot credentials. If you do not already have a MakerBot account, create one.

    • If you’re an Android user, tap the Printer icon or tap the “+” icon if you’re an iOS user on the bottom of your screen.

    • You will be taken to the My Printers screen, which will list any saved printers and will allow you to connect to new printers.

      1. For iOS users, tap the Add a Printer button if there are no printers on your list.

      2. For Android users can also tap the Floating Action Button to add a printer.

    • Tap Set up a New Printer.

    • Select the type of printer you wish to connect to. For this example, we will tap Replicator Mini+.

    Note: If you've selected the wrong printer type, you can always go back and choose the correct supported printer.

    Step 2: Pair your printer to your phone

    • You will see a message telling you to have your Wi-Fi password handy, reminding you to remove packaging clips and to make sure the MakerBot Replicator Mini+ is plugged in and powered on. When the printer is powered on, tap Printer is On.

    • When powered up and ready, the Action Button will be solid white.

    • Press and hold the Action Button for 4 seconds until it starts to flash white and then eventually flash blue. This means that the Mini+ is ready for pairing mode and has created a hotspot for you to connect to.

    • Tap Connect to Printer to begin the pairing process and connect to the MakerBot Replicator Mini+’s hotspot when the hotspot is active.

      1. For iOS users, open Wi-Fi Settings, find the hotspot that Replicator Mini+ created in your Wi-Fi settings and connect to it. The hotspot should be named MBSetupXXXX. When you are connected to the hotspot, return to the app.

      2. For Android users, the app will automatically connect to the hotspot. If there are multiple hotspots detected, you will be presented with a list of hotspots to which you can connect.

    • Your mobile device will attempt to authenticate and pair with the MakerBot Mini+. When finished, you will see a message on your mobile device stating the pair was successful.

    Note: If you can't see your printers hotspot, make sure your printer is in hotspot mode and is beaming out its signal.

    Step 3: Name printer

    • With your mobile device now paired to the MakerBot Replicator Mini+, tap Name Printer. Give your printer a name and tap Continue.

    Step 4: Connect to Wi-Fi

    • After your printer is named, select the Wi-Fi network that you would like your MakerBot printer to be connected to. Once you have selected the Wi-Fi network, type in the Wi-Fi network password if necessary. You can also connect to a hidden SSID. Tap Connect to hidden SSID and enter the SSID when prompted.

    • Please wait for your mobile device to find your printer before continuing the setup process. When connected to the Wi-Fi network, the MakerBot Mobile App will show a message confirming that you have successfully connected your printer to the selected Wi-Fi network. 

    Note: If your Wi-Fi fails to connect and you receive an error, try restarting the pairing process. You shouldn't run into any issues the second try.

    Step 5: Attach Smart Extruder+ and calibrate printer

    • Tap Begin Calibration and then Start Calibration to begin the calibration process on the MakerBot Replicator Mini+. Attach the Smart Extruder+ so that it magnetically snaps into the extruder carriage. The mobile app will prompt you to confirm that the Smart Extruder+ is attached.

    Note: If any filament is already loaded, you will be prompted to remove filament. Tap Remove Filament Now, to unload filament. For more information on Z-axis calibration, click here.

    Step 6: Load filament

    • When calibration is complete, tap Start Filament Loading on your mobile device to load filament. Note the status of your extruder on your mobile device while your extruder heats up.

    • When finished loading the filament, tap Filament is Loaded on your mobile device.

    • Grasp the filament and push it into the Smart Extruder+ when prompted. Make sure to push the filament through the entire Smart Extruder+, not only through the PTFE tube. When filament is extruding from the nozzle, tap Filament is Extruding on your mobile device.

    Step 7: Test print

    • Now that filament is loaded, you can begin your first print! Tap Begin Test Print on your mobile device. You will see a 3D rendering of the test print. Make sure the build plate is clear of any objects or debris before printing and tap Start Test print on your mobile device.

    Caution: Never turn off the MakerBot Replicator Mini+ immediately after completing a print. Always allow the Smart Extruder to cool to 50° C before powering down.

    • The test print will take about 20 minutes. When printing is complete, remove the build plate from the Replicator Mini+ and then remove the object from the build plate. Insert the build plate back into the MakerBot Replicator Mini+.

    • After the test print is completed, the MakerBot Replicator Mini+ will then check to if your firmware is up-to-date. If an update is available, download it. If your firmware is already up to date, tap Done on your mobile device. Printer setup is now complete!

    Step 8: Update Firmware

    • The MakerBot Replicator Mini+ will then check to see if your firmware is up-to-date. If an update is available, download it. If your firmware is already up to date, select Done. Printer setup is now complete.

    Having trouble?

    If you run into any issues during the guided setup, please open a case with MakerBot Support.


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