Makerbot Replicator 5th Generation

A faculty member on sabbatical has loaned us his Makerbot Replicator 5th generation 3D printer. We got the printer in June 2016 and have made lots of cool plastic parts with it. (Dec 2016 Update: over 500 hours printing so far!)

Here are some key specifications:

  • Fused Filament Fabrication(FFF)/Fused Deposition Modeling (FDM) – filament is melted and extruded onto a build platform
  • Material – PLA (polylactic acid) plastic filament, single extruder (one color at a time, no dissolvable support)
  • Build Volume – 10″wide x 8″ deep x 6″ high
  • Minimum layer thickness – 0.100mm
  • File format – .stl (stereolithography) solid model
  • File transfer to printer – Many options, but we prefer USB flash drive

The printer is amazingly easy to use and has done a great job on the 20 or 30 things we’ve made thus far. I’ll be adding posts about file preparation and printer operation soon. The printer is open to anyone in the Reed community, contact me if you’d like to try it out.

Here and here are a few fun things we’ve made with the printer so far.