MakerBot Replicator Review

By Editorial StaffLast Modified: December 14, 2017

The MakerBot Replicator Z18 is a consumer 3D printer, industrial 3D printer hybrid. Its price is closer to that of consumer machines, but its feature set is closer to professional quality. The Replicator also has a built-in camera and is Wi-Fi compatible.

With a print capacity for models up to 12 x 12 x 18 inches, the MakerBot Replicator Z18 is truly a large-scale 3D printer. This print size surpasses many other commercial 3D printers by a long shot. However, the print resolution is only an average of 0.1 mm and is much less than other industrial 3D printers.

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The Replicator Z18 is an FDM (fused deposition modeling) professional 3D printer. MakerBot provides various spool sizes and 28 colors including full color, translucent and specialty pinks, blues, greens and more.

The sleek design of the MakerBot Replicator Z18 has everything you'd expect in an industrial 3D printer, and then a little more. An on-board camera is built in to the Z18 and takes photos of all your finished models, automatically. This 90-pound printer also has an easy-to-replace extruder, LCD screen and an optional stand.

The help and support section of MakerBot's website has user guides, a knowledge base and contact information for technical support. A high-quality 3D printer also wouldn't be complete without a warranty and the Replicator Z18 has a full one-year warranty to cover all the moving parts.

The MakerBot Replicator Z18 is one of the most connected 3D printers. You'll be able to connect and print via Wi-Fi, USB, flash drive or Ethernet cable. Your smartphone is also compatible with the Replicator Z18 as well. Mac, Windows 7 and 8 and Linux operating systems will also all work.

If you're looking for a small investment instead of a large one, the MakerBot Replicator Z18 is a great choice. With high-quality features and a sleek design, the Z18 builds large models quickly and efficiently. Although you don’t get the precision you would with another industrial 3D printer, the Z18 can still produce quality prototypes and finished models.

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