MakerBot introduces Smart Extruder+

MakerBot, a global leader in the desktop 3D printing industry has introduced the MakerBot Smart Extruder+, a new swappable extruder for Fifth Generation MakerBot 3D Printers that is designed and tested for better print performance over a longer period of time. With improved components and an enhanced sensor system, the Smart Extruder+ is designed to provide a streamlined and reliable printing process from start to finish. MakerBot worked closely with its parent company, Stratasys, to put the Smart Extruder+ through extensive product testing and help verify its performance by two independent teams.

The Smart Extruder+ features improved key components to ensure longer-lasting reliability, such as an enhanced thermal management system and an extended PTFE tube to feed the filament into the nozzle. Additional improvements include faster print start up and refined build plate levelling, the process of calibrating a 3D printer. The smart sensors within the extruder have been enhanced for better performance and to streamline the printing process from start to completion – which can save time and money. The Smart Extruder+ sensor system communicates with MakerBot Desktop and MakerBot Mobile to keep users informed about the status of a print wherever they go. The streamlined printing process of the Smart Extruder+ can be especially beneficial in the classroom. The MakerBot Smart Extruder+ is the latest addition to MakerBot’s comprehensive 3D ecosystem that makes 3D printing more accessible.