MakerBot 5th Generation Replicator 3D Printer. Source:
MakerBot 5th Generation Replicator 3D Printer. Source:

MakerBot continues to push the envelope of consumer model 3D printers by announcing the 5th Generation Replicator desktop printer. The updated model was unveiled at CES 2014 along with two new models.

The 5th Generation Replicator features a large stage with the ability to print 9.9” x 7.8” x 5.9” objects at 100-micron layer resolution, allowing larger designs and giving finished prints greater detail. MakerBot included a generous 3.5” full color display on the printer’s interface controlled by a large dial, allowing users to effortlessly navigate through their entire model library and manage printer settings. Cloud and app integration enables users to connect with the Replicator via phone, tablet, or desktop computer.

“[MakerBot Replicator 5th Generation] is powerful enough for professionals and affordable enough for everyone,” said Bre Pettis, CEO of MakerBot, in a release video.

One feature touted by MakerBot is the printer’s “smart extruder,” which will send an alert to users and pause printing when filament has depleted. Previous generation 3D printers function as if the printer is loaded with filament. The smart extruder will prevent reprints and save users countless hours of time.

In addition to the announcement of the 5th Generation Replicator, MarkerBot also announced the Replicator Mini and Replicator Z18 3D printers. The models are similar in functionality but differ in printing capacity and features. The Z18 being the most robust of the family, offering the greatest build envelop. The model also includes a heated build chamber to help prevent objects from curling during the build cycle. The Replicator Mini offers the same printing functionality as other Replicator models but on a smaller print envelop and fewer features. 

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