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MakerBot METHOD & METHOD X

3D Printers

ABS

Print real, production-grade ABS with a 100°C heated chamber. Powered by Stratasys®.

- Capable of withstanding 15°C higher temperatures1 than modified desktop 3D printers ABS material formulations
- Powered by Stratasys® SR-30 soluble support material
- Superior Z-layer bonding provides higher strength without warping or curling

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Manufacturing-ready materials including real ABS, PETG, NYLON, and more.

- Finished part dimensional accuracy of ± 0.2mm (± 0.007in)2
- Print complex assemblies with exact tolerances

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An automated, tinker-free industrial printing system.

- 2x times faster printing than leading desktop 3D printers3
- 300,000+ total testing hours on 150+ printers
- Seamless CAD integration with: AUTODESK FUSION 360®, SOLIDWORKS®, AUTODESK INVENTOR®

METHOD APPLICATIONS

Method Electronics Housing

ELECTRONICS HOUSING

Get dimensionally-accurate, production-grade, real ABS end-use parts at a fraction of traditional manufacturing costs. METHOD reduces costs and saves time for small production manufacturing runs.

Method Pneumatic Pump

PNEUMATIC PUMP

Prototype with production-grade ABS to achieve part properties close to injection molded parts. Print dimensionally accurate assemblies and validate your designs to get your products to market faster—all at a fraction of industrial 3D printing costs.

Sander

EOA ROBOTIC SANDER

Create durable, real ABS parts for the production floor. Print dimensionally accurate jigs, fixtures, and end-effectors that fit seamlessly with existing components.

 
Method Left Facing

Method Logo

Method X Right Facing

Method X NEW

Chamber Temperature:

60°C

Chamber Temperature:

100°C

Quick Prototypes

Quick Prototype

Manufacturing Tools

Manufacturing Tools

Materials:

PLA, PETG, TOUGH, NYLON

Materials:

ABS, ASA, NYLON, PLA, PETG, TOUGH

 

ABS Spools

MakerBot ABS for METHOD is capable of withstanding 15°C higher temperatures, is 26% more rigid, and 12% stronger than modified ABS material formulations for desktop 3D printers.

PUSH THE LIMITS OF WHAT'S POSSIBLE

MakerBot ABS for
METHOD

Print real, production-grade ABS at 100°C with no warping or cracking supported by Stratasys® SR-30 soluble material for unlimited geometric freedom.

ABS Precision Model Material
Heat Deflection Temperature (HDT B) 84°C (15°C higher than desktop 3D printer ABS)*
Tensile Modulus 2400 MPa (26% higher than desktop 3D printer ABS)*
Tensile Strength 43 MPa (12% higher than desktop 3D printer ABS)*

* Based on MakerBot-internal testing of injection molded specimens of METHOD X ABS compared to ABS from a leading desktop 3D printer competitor.

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Breakthrough technology leveraging patents from Stratasys® — the worldwide leader in industrial 3D printing.

Developed from the ground up leveraging industry-leading Stratasys® patents including high quality components like a heated build chamber, precision dissolvable supports, and dry-sealed material bays.

 

 

Uncompromised performance.
From the inside out.

- 21 ONBOARD SENSORS
- WIFI CONNECTIVITY
- REMOTE MONITORING + PRINTING
- 25 COMPATIBLE CAD FILE TYPES
- 5" FULL-COLOR CAPACITIVE TOUCH SCREEN
- OVER 300,000 HOURS OF RELIABILITY TESTING3

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MAXIMUM INNOVATION. MINIMAL INVESTMENT.

1 Based on internal testing of injection molded specimens of METHOD X ABS compared to ABS from a leading desktop 3D printer competitor. Tensile strength testing was performed according to ASTM D638 and HDT B testing according to ASTM D648.
2 ± 0.2 mm or ± 0.002 mm per mm of travel (whichever is greater). Based on internal testing of selected geometries.
3 Compared to popular desktop 3D printers when using the same layer height and infill density settings. Speed advantage dependent upon object geometry.

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TECH SPECS

Method Tech Specs

Printing

PRINT TECHNOLOGY
Fused Deposition Modeling (FDM)
PRINT HEADS
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PRINT TECHNOLOGY
± 0.2 mm1
LAYER RESOLUTION
Range: 20 - 400 microns

BUILD SPEED
Up to 2x faster than desktop 3D printers2
Max Material Flow Rate: ~50 mm3 per sec
Print Head Travel Speed: Up to 500 mm per sec
PRINT MODES TUNED AND OPTIMIZED FOR:
200 microns - Balanced Print Mode

MAXIMUM BUILD VOLUME
15.2 L x 19 W x 19.6 H cm / 6.0 x 7.5 x 7.75 in dual extrusion

Product Testing

TEST HOURS
220,000+ total testing hours3
(system reliability, subsystem, and print quality)
Tested

Printer Hardware

Method Tech Specs Side View
Method Tech Specs Top View
PRODUCT DIMENSIONS
43.7 L x 41.3 W x 64.9 H cm /
17.2 x 16.3 x 25.6 in


SHIPPING BOX DIMENSIONS
76.5 H x 50.0 W x 55.5 D cm /
30.1 x 19.7 x 21.9 in


FRAME CONSTRUCTION
Aluminum Die Cast Base
Extruded Aluminum Uprights
Steel Weldment Gantry Frame


TEMPERATURE CONTROL
Circulating Heated Chamber
PRODUCT WEIGHT
29.5 kg / 65 lbs

SHIPPING BOX WEIGHT
37.1 kg / 81.7 lbs
Method Build Plate
BUILD PLATE
Flexible Steel Build Plate

BUILD SURFACE
Reusable Grip Surface
Method Callouts
DISPLAY
5" Full-Color Capacitive Touch Screen





CAMERA RESOLUTION
640 x 480 pixels

Sensor Suite

21 sensors including:

DRAWER
Temperature
Humidity Control
Material Detection
RFID
PERFORMANCE EXTRUDERS
Temperature
Material Detection
Encoder (Jam Detection)
PRINTER
Lid – Open/Closed
Door – Open/Closed
Temperature Sensors – Heated Chamber
Calibration Sensors

Extruder Hardware

EXTRUDER THERMAL CORE LENGTH
48.2 mm

MAX EXTRUDER DRIVE TORQUE
200 Newtons

NOZZLE DIAMETER
0.4 mm
Method Extruders

Materials

SPOOL TYPE
Smart Spools with RFID sensors

SPOOL SENSORS
Remaining Material, Material Color, Material Kind
 
Method Touch Screen
Method Tech Specs Tough Material
SUPPORTED MATERIALS
MakerBot Precision Materials: ABS, ASA, PLA, Tough, PVA, SR-30
MakerBot Specialty Materials: NYLON, PETG, more to come

COLOR AVAILABILITY

MAKERBOT PRECISION ABS

Tech Specs Oval Gray Cool Gray
Tech Specs Oval True Black True Black
Tech Specs Oval Natural Natural
Tech Specs Oval True White True White
Tech Specs Oval True Orange True Orange
Tech Specs Oval True Red True Red

MAKERBOT PRECISION TOUGH

Tech Specs Oval Slate Gray Slate Gray
Tech Specs Oval Onyx Onyx Black
Tech Specs Oval Stone White Stone White
Tech Specs Oval Safety Orange Safety Orange

MAKERBOT PRECISION PLA

Tech Specs Oval Gray Cool Gray
Tech Specs Oval True Black True Black
Tech Specs Oval Natural Natural
Tech Specs Oval True White True White
Tech Specs Oval True Orange True Orange
Tech Specs Oval True Red True Red

MAKERBOT SPECIALTY PETG

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Operation

 
AMBIENT OPERATING TEMPERATURE
15 - 26º C / 59 - 78º F, 10 - 70% RH non-condensing

STORAGE TEMPERATURE
0 - 38º C / 32 - 100º F

PRINTER AUTOMATION
Automatic Z Calibration, Automatic Nozzle Calibration, Automatic Material Loading
 

Safety & Compliance

 
FCC
EMC
Low Voltage Directive 60950-1, 62368

Software

 
SOFTWARE BUNDLE
MakerBot Print, MakerBot Mobile

SUPPORTED FILE TYPES
MakerBot (.makerbot), STL (.stl), SolidWorks (.sldprt, .sldasm), InventorOBJ (.ipt, .iam), IGES (.iges, .igs), STEP AP203/214 (.step, .stp), CATIA (.CATPart, .CATProduct), Wavefront Object (.obj), Unigraphics/NX (.prt), Solid Edge (.par, .asm), ProE/Creo (.prt, .asm), VRML (.wrl), Parasolid (.x_t, .x_b)



OPERATING SYSTEMS
Windows (7, 10)
Mac OS X (10.9+)

Electrical

 
CONNECTIVITY
USB Drive, USB, Ethernet, WiFi
POWER REQUIREMENTS

METHOD
100 - 240 V
3.9A - 1.6A, 50 / 60 Hz
400 W max.


METHOD X
100 - 240 V
8.1A - 3.4A, 50 / 60 Hz
800 W max.
 

Warranty

 
Free 1-Year Extended Warranty

SUPPORT PLANS
MakerCare Gold (2 Years)
MakerCare Platinum (3 Years)
 

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METHOD

REPLICATOR+

REPLICATOR Z18

CATEGORY

Performance Desktop Desktop Large Volume

USES

Prototypes, manufacturing aids, and other parts that require complex assemblies, extreme geometries, and commercial precision. Classroom lesson plans, STEM projects, design thinking exercises, and facilitation of 21st-century career skills. Oversized models, housings, and structures that require a massive build volume.

LAYER HEIGHT

The range of thicknesses of each printed layer measured in microns.

20 - 400 microns

 

Print Modes:
High Quality - 100 microns
Balanced - 200 microns

100 - 400 microns

 

Print Modes:
Balanced - 200 microns

100 - 400 microns

 

Print Modes:
Balanced - 200 microns

COMPATIBLE EXTRUDERS

MakerBot 3D printers utilize swappable extruders for flexibility of print options and convenience of maintainance.

Model 1 Performance Extruder,
Model 2 Performance Extruder
Smart Extruder+
Tough Smart Extruder+
Experimental Extruder
Smart Extruder+
Tough Smart Extruder+
Experimental Extruder

BUILD SPEED

Max Material Flow rate is the maximum speed material can be extruded. Print Head Travel Speed is the speed that extruder moves on the xy axis.

Max Material Flow Rate:
~50mm3/sec
Print Head Travel Speed:
500 mm/sec
Max Material Flow Rate:
~15mm3/sec
Print Head Travel Speed:
Up to 175 mm/sec
Max Material Flow Rate:
~15mm3/sec
Print Head Travel Speed:
Up to 175 mm/sec

PRINTER FRAME CONSTRUCTION

The printer's frame connects the xy gantry to the z stage making it the essential structural component of the printer. Increased rigidity will lead to better print quality.

Ultra-Rigid Metal Frame Injection Molded ABS with aluminum gantry-reinforcement Injection Molded ABS with aluminum gantry-reinforcement

BUILD VOLUME

The maximum space available for 3D printing either your complete object or a component of your final, assembled object.

19 L x 19 W x 19.6 H cm / 7.5 x 7.5 x 7.75 in single extrusion
15.2 L x 19 W x 19.6 H cm / 6.0 x 7.5 x 7.75 in dual extrusion
29.5 L x 19.5 W x 16.0 H cm /
11.6 L x 7.6 W x 6.5 H in
30.0 L x 30.5 W x 45.7 H cm /
11.8 L x 12.0 W x 18.0 H in

MATERIAL STORAGE

Material storage location can improve the user experience, and a sealed storage compartment can significantly increase the "pristine" lifetime of material allowing for high print accuracy.

Dry-Sealed Material Bay Open back loaded material drawer Open bottom loaded material drawer

COMPATIBLE MATERIAL

Different materials can be used for different applications.

MakerBot Precision PLA,
MakerBot Precision Tough,
MakerBot Precision PVA,
MakerBot Specialty PETG
MakerBot PLA, Smart Extruder+. MakerBot Tough, Tough Smart Extruder+. Additional materials such as bronzeFill, copperFill, and woodFill, Experimental Extruder. MakerBot PLA, Smart Extruder+. MakerBot Tough, Tough Smart Extruder+. Additional materials such as bronzeFill, copperFill, and woodFill, Experimental Extruder.

BUILD PLATFORM

Build surface and platform type

Factory-Leveled Spring Steel Build Plate with Reusable Grip Surface Factory-Leveled Flex Build Plate with Reusable Grip Surface Factory-Leveled ABS Build Plate with Reusable Grip Surface

MEASURABLE DIMENSIONAL ACCURACY

3D printed parts that consistently match CAD dimensions to within a published tolerance.

     

DUAL EXTRUSION

Two extruders provide the added ability to print with soluble support material alongside model material.

     

ENCLOSED HEATED BUILD CHAMBER

An elevated 3D printing environmental temperature improves layer adhesion, reduces warping, and improves dimensional accuracy.

     

SMART ASSIST MATERIAL LOADING

An extra sensor and drive motor designed to automate the loading process from spool to extruder.

     

SMART SPOOL COMPATIBILITY

RFID Tag equipped spool providing real-time information on material type, color, and amount remaining.

     

CAMERA

Onboard camera for monitoring your print jobs and sharing pictures of your 3D prints.

     

INTERFACE

Provides easy, computer-free access to printing menus, commands, and your cloud storage library.

5" Capacitive Touch Screen 3.5" LCD Screen 3.5" LCD Screen

CONNECTIVITY

Options for connecting directly or remotely to the printer for from launching and monitoring prints, to adjusting settings and updating firmware.

WI-FI
Ethernet
USB Stick
USB Cable
WI-FI
Ethernet
USB Stick
USB Cable
WI-FI
Ethernet
USB Stick
USB Cable
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