The MakerBot Labs Experimental Extruder for the MakerBot Replicator, Replicator+, Replicator Mini, Replicator Mini+, and Replicator Z18.
Customize Your 3D Printing Experience
Designed for the Advanced User who wants to push the limits of what’s possible on MakerBot 3D Printers.
Creative Flexibility with a Range of Materials
Push the boundaries of MakerBot 3D printing with interchangeable nozzles, custom material print modes, and unlocked advanced print settings.
Freedom to Switch from Production to Sandbox
Quickly switch from the reliability of the Smart Extruder+ to the Experimental Extruder to test the limits of your ideas.
Drafting for Speed
Print existing PLA materials with the included large diameter draft nozzles and dramatically reduce total print time by up to 75%.
Designed to Be Customized
With a modified thermal core and a more secure thermal barrier tube, the Experimental Extruder was redesigned to make changing nozzles easier. Download and print the Experimental Extruder Jig to provide a more stable platform.
MakerBot Labs Community + Resources
MakerBot Labs is a community of makers, creators, and experimenters. Post a question to the community, find tips & tricks, and discover custom print modes as you push the limits of your Experimental Extruder.
The MakerBot Slate Gray Tough PLA Filament Bundle - Create Durable, High-Impact Strength Prototypes and Fixtures
Bundles includes a Tough PLA Smart Extruder+ and 3 large (2 lbs) rolls of slate grey Tough PLA.
MakerBot Tough PLA Filament is as tough as ABS and as reliable as PLA. Made with designers and engineers in mind, the Slate Gray Tough PLA Filament Bundle allows you to create durable, high-impact strength prototypes and fixtures. It includes three spools of Tough PLA Filament and the Tough PLA Smart Extruder+. MakerBot Tough PLA Filament is rigorously tested and optimized to work with the MakerBot Tough PLA Smart Extruder+.
Whereas printing with ABS can easily result in warping, Tough PLA Filament is engineered and tested for consistent results. It features a tensile, impact, and flexural strength that?s similar to ABS. Plus, it?s more durable than PLA ?meaning that it can flex more than PLA before it breaks. You can print jigs and fixtures with threaded and snap fits that can withstand repeated use. Print without the hassles of ABS or the brittleness of PLA.
Create durable, high-impact strength prototypes and fixtures that are as tough as ABS and as reliable as PLA
Tested and optimized to print reliably and easily with the Tough PLA Smart Extruder+
$279.00 CAD $325.00 CAD
- Easy to swap or replace
- Detects filament absence and automatically pauses your print
- Sends notifications to MakerBot Desktop and MakerBot Mobile apps
Compatible with: MakerBot Replicator, Mini Compact, and Replicator 5th Gen Desktop 3D printers.
Shipping Dimensions: 6.5 in x 4.5 in x 2 in Shipping Weight: 0.5 lb
*may require 2-3 weeks for delivery
The MM2X (Multi-Material Dual Extruder) is a replacement dual extruder system for the Makerbot Replicator 2X that guarantees reliable printing with PLA, ABS and other materials.
The clever gang at RoboSavvy have experience and expertise in support and printing with Makerbot printers and therefore took it upon theirselves to improve the nozzle system making multi-material printing with the Replicator 2X a reality. The MM2X kit can be easily installed in less than 30 minutes1 and is compatible with MakerBot MakerWare default profiles.
The MM2X design uses a PEEK insulator instead of metal parts between the aluminum bar mount and the nozzle which in turn prevents the heat transfer that causes issues with PLA printing. We also added an internal teflon guide to ensure smooth movement of the filament.
This design solves the issues due to the heat generated in the nozzle which is transferred up to the aluminium bar mount through the original metal guide tube causing the PLA to melt before it reaches the heater block. This effect is most pronounced when performing "retractions" (suction of filament between extrusions) preventing the filament from properly flowing inside the nozzle.
The MM2X kit also includes a radial fan and duct to cool the filament immediately after extrusion. This greatly improves the surface quality of PLA prints.
You can find the step-by-step guide guide at Instructables: http://www.instructables.com/id/MM2X-Makerbot-Nozzle-Installation-Instructions/
Can it print in PLA and ABS in the same print?
NOT for the faint of heart but we have had some success in printing PLA and ABS in a single print. If you decide to give it a try, make sure the Fan airflow is directed only at the PLA nozzle. You can simply block the airflow in the provided 3D printed duct or we can provide the CAD model of the fan duct so you can remodel it for this purpose. If you do give this a try, we?d love to know how it turned out!
Do I have to change any of my Makerware settings?
You shouldn?t have to. The pre-set profiles for ABS and PLA on Makerware should render you good prints for your Replicator 2X. We have found however, that for PLA we have achieved better results by lowering the default extruder temperature a bit from 230? to 215?C.
Will there be a loss of Z height build volume when installing the MM2X ?
The fan doesn?t start!
When using Makerware, the fan starts only after it completes the first layer. Wait until the printer has started the second layer for the fan to start.
The nozzles are not the same height!
Our manufacturing process guarantees that the nozzles are the same height and once they are installed into the aluminum bar, the maximum height difference between the left and right nozzle tips is within less than 0.01mm. However, the Rep2X plastic carriage may have some accumulated stress and heat distortion that may cause the nozzle tips to have a small height difference with respect to the build platform. This is easily fixed. In the kit we have included small shims (spacers) that can be inserted underneath the left or right side of the aluminum bar mount to compensate for any height difference between the left and right nozzles. Please check our Installation Instructions to see how to insert the spacers.
Not always in stock in Canada - may require 2-3 weeks for delivery?