After the release of the MakerBot Replicator+ Desktop 3D printer last week. We wanted to check wether the claim of 30% speed increase is an valid one. As test subject we took 3DBenchy (http://www.3dbenchy.com) “The jolly 3D printing torture-test“. This test subject is an great way to test the machine’s capabilities and show any potential problems in both slicer and machine. Slicing was done with the MakerBot Print software. The settings for both printers were the same; Layer height 0.2mm, infill 20%, 2 shells and an raft. To really compare the machines we printed with the same Smart Extruder+ and started the print (and timer) with an extruder at room temperature. The video shows the time-lapse made with an GoPro on a 10 seconds interval.
The MakerBot Replicator+ was finished in 1:19:10 and the MakerBot Replicator 5th Gen was finished in 1:40:20. This makes the Replicator+ 21.1 % faster with this object. A little lower that the claimed 30%, but with an fairly small object. The expectation is that the difference will be bigger with larger objects.
An other difference is that the Replicator+ is that the Replicator+ showed 1:14 as print time and the Replicator 5th Gen showed the real time between the pressing of the button and the finish of the print.
Also the print of the MakerBot Replicator+ shows much less stringing that the print of the Replicator 5th Gen. The Replicator+ is also noticeably quieter. This makes the new 3D printer a much better candidate as desktop printer than the previous version. This in combination with the larger build plate and the improved stability of the gantry makes this your perfect next 3D printer.
The recent firmware upgrades for the MakerBot Replicator 5th Generation have improved printing quality and has show less printing failures than in the past. Especially upgrading the Replicator 5th Gen with the new Smart Extruder+ has shown much less returns and warranty claims in comparison with the previous Smart Extruder. This has improved customer satisfaction a lot and also give us trust towards the future of MakerBot and our commitment as an reseller. This is an first test but is promising for the things to come. Also the focus of MakerBot towards the Professional users and the Educational market, fits our long term vision om the development of the market. This article will be updated soon with an side by side comparison of pictures from the test object.
Update 12-10-2016: Image comparison between 3D printed 3DBenchy on the MakerBot Replicator 5th Gen and the MakerBot Replicator+