New bed levelling process on MakerBot Replicator (5th Gen)
Friday, 14 November 2014 | Sabina Gonzalez-George
MakerBot have recently released a firmware update (18.104.22.168) for the MakerBot Replicator 5th Generation 3D printer along with a number of changes to MakerBot Desktop in version 3.3.
The new firmware includes features such as automatic filament unloading following an ‘out of filament’ error, the ability to change Smart Extruders during a paused print and faster camera streaming. These are explained in the MakerBot Desktop release notes and in a recent blog.
In this article we focus further on the improved assisted bed levelling process.
Previous firmware versions for the assisted levelling process on the MakerBot Replicator 5th Generation desktop 3D printer meant that occasionally calibrations could be a little off, leading to an increased use of a raft in prints, increasing overall print time and amount of material used. However with the new 'fine tuning' steps within the assisted levelling process and an additional z-gap measurement on the left of the print bed, we have seen more consistent calibrations.
A further improvement in workflow is a tighter integration of filament unloading into the assisted bed levelling process. Previously you were prompted to remove the filament but once complete you would have to restart the assisted bed levelling. This previously disjointed approach is now much more seamless.
Finally as a side note, the filament unloading process has been further improved with a much clearer warning not to remove the filament before prompted. This removes the temptation to remove the filament too early in the process which can lead to blockages inside the Smart Extruder.
All of this goes to show the huge investment being made by MakerBot into the 5th Generation 3D printer range, and their continuing focus on making the technical side of 3D printing as simple and straightforward as possible.
We look forward to upcoming print quality improvements promised in version 3.4 of MakerBot Desktop.