THE TOP 10 FEATURES OF MAKERBOT METHOD

So, you’re looking for an industrial 3D printer at a desktop price. Sounds like wishful thinking, but that’s exactly what MakerBot’s newest professional 3D printer was engineered to be. Here is the unique collection of features that set MakerBot METHOD apart from the rest.

1. 360° OF 110°C

CIRCULATING HEATED CHAMBER

Many desktop 3D printers use heated build plates to try and regulate their environment and prevent warping on the print bed. This improves adhesion to the build plate for the first layer and… that’s about it. METHOD uses the patented Circulating Heated Chamber to rapidly warm the entire build chamber up to 110°C providing optimal print conditions from first layer to last. The result is a degree of dimensional accuracy typically reserved for industrial 3D printers (±0.007 in), at the base layer and everywhere else.

2. TWO TOOLHEADS. INFINITE POSSIBILITIES.

DUAL PERFORMANCE EXTRUDERS

When it comes to FDM 3D printing, the toolhead or extruder is one of the most important features. Based on an industrial-grade design from Stratasys, METHOD’s extruder was designed from the ground up with the professional in mind. With an all-new lengthened thermal core, dual drive gears with 19:1 gear ratio of torque, and MakerBot’s industry-leading intelligent sensor suite, METHOD comes with significantly improved print quality and speed.

With two of these extruders standard on METHOD and METHOD X, you can now print with dissolvable supports like PVA and SR-30 allowing you to design AND print real world production parts with the utmost complexity.

3. THE ULTIMATE OPEN MATERIAL PLATFORM

PRINT METALS, COMPOSITES, AND POLYMERS ALL ON ONE MACHINE

Finding the right desktop 3D printer for your application can have a lot to do with materials. Sure most 3D printers claim to be able to print everything these days – from basic PLA to ABS and more. Material compatibility on METHOD goes beyond lofty claims. With purposely engineered features like a circulating heated chamber keeping the print at up to 110°C throughout the print, and dual modular extruders acting as purpose-built tool-heads for each material group, even the most warp-prone materials like ABS come out with guaranteed dimensional accuracy. That’s something you won’t find on any other desktop 3D printer – go ahead and look, we’ll wait.

METALS | COMPOSITES | POLYMERS

4. BUILT-IN AUTO-CALIBRATION

AUTO-CALIBRATION FOR DUAL EXTRUDERS

One of the dirty little secrets of dual-extrusion 3D printers is the frustration that can come with the manual calibration of the extruders on most desktop machines. METHOD automates this process so you can focus more on product design and less on maintenance.

5. DRY FILAMENT IN ANY ENVIRONMENT

DRY-SEALED MATERIAL BAYS AND DRY MATERIAL MODE

3D printing in even a remotely humid environment can negatively impact print quality, not to mention compromise reliability and part dimensional accuracy. In short, humidity is not the friend of FDM 3D printers. METHOD utilizes dual material bays that are sealed from the outside environment to protect your filament from exposure to damaging humidity. That, combined with desiccant in each Smart Spool, a protective mylar storage bag that comes with each Smart Spool, and the new Material Drying mode that allows you to revive old spools, allows METHOD to work reliably and accurately from the lab to factory floor.

6. AUTOLOADING FOR QUICK MATERIAL CHANGE

SMART ASSIST MATERIAL LOADING

Material loading on 3D printers can be a pain. METHOD’s material loading system is designed to take complexity and frustration out of the equation. Just drop the Smart Spool into the Dry Sealed Material Bays located on the front of the printer, and feed the filament tip into the slot, close the drawer and the printer loads the filament all the way up and into the extruders so that it’s ready to print.

7. LESS FRAME FLEX

ULTRA-RIGID METAL FRAME

Printer body stiffness translates directly into part reliability and precision. We’ve taken a page out of the Stratasys playbook by implementing a heavy-duty, all metal architecture utilizing die-cast and extruded aluminum that extends from the bottom of the printer to the top.

8. PRINT FROM ANYWHERE AT ANYTIME.

MAKERBOT CLOUDPRINT

MakerBot was one of the first 3D printer companies to create a connected experience with WIFI connectivity, on-board camera monitoring, and print-from-anywhere control. Now, METHOD is MakerBot’s first fully-connected professional 3D printer, bringing added benefits like real-time filament information, humidity monitoring, and team 3D printing collaboration through printer sharing and analytics from anywhere. All of these benefits are accessible remotely through the MakerBot CloudPrint browser-based app, whether your printer is in the lab or in another time zone.

9. PRECISION LEVELED WITH QUICK PART RELEASE

AUTO-CALIBRATION FOR DUAL EXTRUDERS

The build surface is another crucial element in FDM 3D printing. Whether you’re printing in ABS, Nylon, or just PLA, an uneven surface can lead to a warped print. METHOD combines two elements to create a unique solution. First is an aluminum base plate, machined and factory-calibrated for extreme flatness. Second is a spring steel build plate that magnetically conforms to the base plate via a dozen high-strength magnets. This not only provides flatness, but also makes print removal a breeze. Just pick up the build plate and flex it to pop the print off.

The steel build plate also quickly heats to the temperature of the chamber to give it extra hold throughout the print.

10. SWAP AND LOCKED EXTRUDERS

LOCKING EXTRUDER HARNESS

MakerBot developed one of the first interchangeable extruders for the desktop FDM 3D printer market with the Smart Extruder. With METHOD, that concept has taken a step forward. The ability to quickly swap the extruders makes METHOD a growing platform with purpose-built, interchangeable hardware while allowing for simple, tool-free maintenance. Unlike the previous generation of MakerBot 3D printers, METHOD’s extruders are securely locked into place with a latch mechanism – minimizing extruder wobble and contributing to METHOD’s unique dimensional accuracy spec. 

Model Extruders
Model 1 | Model 1XA | Model 1C | LABS GEN 2

Support Extruders
Model 2 | Model 2XA

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INTRODUCING: METHOD X, A MANUFACTURING WORKSTATION

MAKERBOT LAUNCHES METHOD X, BRINGS REAL ABS 3D PRINTING TO MANUFACTURING

BROOKLYN, NY—August 1, 2019— MakerBot, a global leader in 3D printing, announces the launch of METHOD X, a manufacturing workstation engineered to challenge traditional manufacturing with real ABS (acrylonitrile butadiene styrene) material, a 100°C chamber, and Stratasys SR-30 soluble supports to deliver exceptional dimensional accuracy and precision for complex, durable parts. METHOD X is capable of printing real ABS that can withstand up to 15°C higher temperatures, is up to 26% more rigid, and up to 12% stronger than modified ABS formulations used on desktop 3D printer competitors.1 Real ABS parts printed on METHOD X have no warping or cracking that typically occurs when printing modified ABS on desktop platforms without heated chambers.

Desktop 3D printer manufacturers attempt to get around part deformation that occurs, due to the high shrinkage rate of the material, by using a heated build plate in combination with altered ABS formulations that are easier to print but compromise thermal and mechanical properties. MakerBot Precision ABS has a heat deflection temperature of up to 15°C higher than competitors’ ABS, which are modified to make material printable without a heated chamber. With METHOD X, the 100°C Circulating Heated Chamber significantly reduces part deformation while increasing part durability and surface finish

The MakerBot METHOD X combines industry expertise and technologies from Stratasys® (Nasdaq: SSYS)—the worldwide leader in industrial 3D printing—with MakerBot’s accessibility and ease of use to provide professionals with an industrial 3D printer at a disruptive price point.

MakerBot ABS for METHOD has excellent thermal and mechanical properties similar to ABS materials used for injection molding applications—making it ideal for a wide range of applications, including end-use parts, manufacturing tools, and functional prototypes. A 100°C Circulating Heated Chamber provides a stable print environment for superior Z-layer bonding—resulting in high-strength parts with superior surface finish. With the MakerBot METHOD X, engineers can design, test, and produce models and custom end-use parts with durable, production-grade ABS for their manufacturing needs.

Also new is the availability of Stratasys SR-30 material for easy and fast support removal. METHOD X is the only 3D printer in its price class that uses SR-30—enabling unlimited design freedom and the ability to print unrestricted geometries, such as large overhangs, cavities, and shelled parts. The combination of SR-30 and MakerBot ABS is designed to provide outstanding surface finish and print precision.

“When we initially launched METHOD, we broke the price-to-performance barrier by delivering a 3D printer that was designed to bridge the technology gap between industrial and desktop 3D printers. This made industrial 3D printing accessible to professionals for the first time. Since then, we have shipped hundreds of printers and received positive feedback from a number of our customers on the precision and reliability of the machine,” said Nadav Goshen, CEO, MakerBot. “With METHOD X, we are taking a step further to revolutionize manufacturing. METHOD X was created for engineers who need true ABS for production-ready parts that are dimensionally-accurate with no geometric restrictions. METHOD X delivers industrial-level 3D printing without compromising on ABS material properties and automation in a new price category.”

Functional Prototypes
Manufacturing Tools
End-use parts

Engineered as an automated, tinker-free industrial 3D printing system, METHOD X includes industrial features such as Dry-Sealed Material Bays, Dual Performance Extruders, Soluble Supports, and an Ultra-Rigid Metal Frame. METHOD X’s automation and industrial technologies create a controlled printing environment so professionals can design, test, and iterate faster. The lengthened thermal core in the performance extruders are up to 50% longer than a standard hot end to enable faster extrusion, resulting in up to 2X faster print speeds than desktop 3D printers.2

These key technologies—combined with MakerBot ABS for METHOD—are designed to help engineers achieve dimensionally-accurate, production-grade parts at a significantly lower cost than traditional manufacturing processes. Engineers can print repeatable and consistent parts, such as jigs, fixtures, and end-effectors, with a measurable dimensional accuracy of ± 0.2mm (± 0.007in).3

METHOD X can be used with MakerBot’s lines of Precision and Specialty Materials, including MakerBot PLA, MakerBot TOUGH, MakerBot PETG, MakerBot PVA, MakerBot ABS, and SR-30, with more to come.

MakerBot METHOD X’s automated and advanced features provide users with a seamless workflow to help them optimize their design and production processes. The MakerBot METHOD X is one of the most intelligent 3D printers on the market, with 21 onboard sensors that help users monitor, enhance, and print their projects, including RFID chips, temperature sensing, humidity control, material detection, and more. The METHOD platform provides a seamless CAD to part workflow, with Solidworks, Autodesk Fusion 360 and Inventor plug-ins and support for over 30 types of CAD files, helping users turn their CAD files to parts quicker.

The METHOD platform has been tested by MakerBot for over 300,000 hours of system reliability, subsystem, and print quality testing.4

To learn more about MakerBot Method X, visit 3dprint.cadcam.com.my/makerbot/method/

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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 Compared to popular desktop 3D printers when using the same layer height and infill density settings. Speed advantage dependent upon object geometry and material.
3 0.2 mm or ± 0.002 mm per mm of travel (whichever is greater). Based on internal testing of selected geometries.
4 Combined total test hours of METHOD and METHOD X (full system and subsystem testing) expected to be completed around shipping of METHOD X.