In this section we have the MakerBot Replicator Desktop 3D Printer (5th Generation) Review which we do like and think is a great 3d printer than brings a lot of options to 3d Printer. The Makerbot 5th generation printer has recently been upgraded with the all new 2017 Markerbot Replicator+ which prints with a larger print bed, faster and with a higher resolution, however it's also nearly the twice the price which takes it in the region of the best 3d printers on the market in 2017, and it really does not compete with our top three models.
We have tested the all new Makerbot Replicator+ here, and whilst we do like it, we prefer others. What's great is that the 5th generation 3d printer is still a great 3d printer and with a newer model above it, the price has been substantially reduced therefore making it much more attractive to our readers and offers a real value for money 3d printer.
MakerBot Replicator Desktop 3D Printer (5th Generation) Review
The MakerBot Replicator 5 is a 2015 3D printer, and comes with many nifty features, but not without its flaws. It has a maximum build capacity of 10”x7.8”x5.9” and uses one filament extruder. It’s suitable both for amateurs and intermediates, and is pretty easy to use. It takes a little bit of setup, including filament loading and plate levelling, but the LCD screen makes it quite easy and simple to get this all done.
If you’re seeking a printer that you don’t mind setting up yourself but that makes things painless, this one really isn’t a bad option. However, once set up, a few flaws can arise. The extruder gets clogged very easily, which can mean that your prints get interrupted – and of course, once interrupted, you then have to clean the extruder and potentially re-level the print bed and restart your print. This can also occur when changing filaments, which can make the whole process very lengthy and frustrating. When this doesn’t occur, the print quality is overall very good.
The curves are smooth and there isn’t any clear layering, which can often be the case with other models. The printing process is louder than most models, so if you’re looking for something quiet, you might want to put your money elsewhere. The temperature of the plate is also not as high as some other models, so prints can sometimes get stuck quite firmly to the print base or result in gummy and malformed textures on the odd occasion.
This model has a huge amount of connectivity options, and you can connect it via Wifi, USB stick, USB cable, Ethernet, cloud and computer. The software that comes with the printer is very simple and easy to use and understand, and makes it very easy to kick off and get going as quickly as you like. It’s pretty user-friendly and jargon-free overall, which is always very helpful. It’s a little bit of a pricey machine, and the filament also racks up to quite a high cost, so if you’re looking for a wallet-friendly option, this might not be your best bet.
The company also claims that it’s best only to use their filaments, so although you could take a risk and try otherwise, it’s not recommended. That said, the company are soon to introduce more interesting material-style filaments, with offerings which mimic materials such as wood, bronze, limestone and more… perfect for those who are looking to get experimental and try more experimental and interesting builds and designs.
Overall, what you get with this 3d printer is a high-print quality, but one that’s prone to slipping up and needing tweaking. Yes, it is a very good model, but it can often be fiddly on occasion, which isn’t ideal if you just want to get on with your printing. That said, it is user-friendly and it’s simple to get to grips with it overall, so it comes recommended with reservations.