The purpose of this guide is to assist the new user in getting the most out of their Replicator 2. While some advanced concepts are mentioned (either out of necessity, or as avenues for further exploration), the main goal is to help new usersâ€”who may have no prior 3D modeling or printing experienceâ€”successfully explore the exciting world of 3D printing.
Experienced users may wish to skip the more introductory content covered in the ZERÃ˜ TO HERO sections.â€¨â€¨
Knowledge about the Replicator 2 grows daily as experience is rapidly gained by users. As a result, communicating ALL current information in one place is inherently a fast-moving target; yet the need for a reference guide for new users (even if incomplete) may be handy.
Feedback and suggestions for improvements are very much welcomed. Drop DigiFabLab a line and let us know if this resource helped and/or how it can be improved.
David Celento, Founder
This guide would not have been possible without assistance from MakerBot Support and the generosity of countless MakerBot enthusiasts found at Google Groups: MakerBot Operators, MakerBot-Users, and 3D Printer Tips, Tricks and Reviews. In particular, gratitude is extended (in alphabetical order) to: dnewman, Eighty, Enginewiz, Jetguy, and whpthomas/Wingcommander for sharing their efforts, knowledge, and enthusiasm. Without the collective wisdom of all the enthusiasts in this group, the tremendous potentials of the Replicator 2 would be elusive to many.
DigiFabLab is particularly indebted to Norwich University, School of Architecture + Art, which generously loaned one of their MakerBot Replicator 2 printers. This served as a test-bed for the exploration of the Replicator 2's capabilities and for the development of this guide. Faculty and students at Norwich also provided invaluable feedback during three days of in-depth workshops held there during Spring 2013.