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MakerBot Method X + Free Labs Experimental Extruder Bundle

This MakerBot Method X Bundle is comprised of the high-performance, tinker-free Method X 3D printer, and 1 Free additional Experimental Extruder. The Method X features a 100°C heated chamber and is capable of 3D printing a wide range of durable real-ABS parts and other material types right out of the box. In addition to its material capabilities, Method X also features high-quality components including dual performance extruders, precision dissolvable supports, and dry-sealed material. Method X is the perfect choice for printing manufacturing tools, end-user parts, and functional prototypes.

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PUSH THE LIMITS OF WHAT'S POSSIBLE AND UNLOCK THIRD-PARTY ENGINEERING GRADE MATERIALS WITH THE MAKERBOT LABS EXTRUDER

The LABS Experimental Extruder gives users advanced customization options for a wide range of new materials, including interchangeable nozzle assemblies and expanded print settings in MakerBot’s print preparation software, MakerBot Print. The Labs Extruder is capable of reaching up to 300°C, and includes sensors that track temperature, materials, and extruder jams.

By transforming METHOD into an open materials platform engineers can now utilize this incredibly powerful tool to actualize their ideas and designs.

Tap into your innovative spirit with the MakerBot Labs Experimental Extruder. Capable of extruding a wide range of materials - the Experimental Extruder provides you with unlimited material freedom.

SUPPORTED THIRD-PARTY ENGINEERING MATERIALS:

The MakerBot Labs Experimental Extruder for Method and Method X is compatible with a wide range of third-party materials. While technically any material can be used with the Labs Extruder, MakerBot has partnered with and certified filament from several leading material companies such as:

  • ABS CARBON FIBER from KIMYA. An ABS composite material with 30% chopped carbon fiber for improved stiffness and lower weight.
  • PETG ESD from JABIL. An easy processing, Electrostatic Dissipative (ESD) product for printing parts that meet sensitive electronics and could be damaged by electrostatic discharge.
  • DURABIO™ from Mitsubishi Chemical. Bio-based, BPA free resin. It combines PMMA’s transparency with a higher chemical and scratch resistance compared to polycarbonate (PC).
  • PC-FR from Polymaker PolyMax™. A flame retardant polycarbonate (PC) filament (UL94V-0/1.5 mm) displaying excellent toughness, strength and heat resistance.

The list of partners continues to expand so check back often for updates.

WHATS INCLUDED IN THE BUNDLE:

  • Method X 3D Printer
  • (1) MakerBot Labs Experimental Extruder for Method
  • (1) Spring Steel Build Plate
  • (1) Model Extruder 1XA
  • (1) Support Extruder 2XA
  • (1) Nozzle Brush
  • (1) Hex Key
  • (1) USB A to B Cable
  • (1) US Power Cord
  • (1) EU Power Cord
  • (1) Spring-loaded Wire Snips
  • (1) Sturdy metal Spatula

METHOD X BRINGS INDUSTRIAL GRADE FEATURES TO THE DESKTOP 3D PRINTING SPACE

Designed to deliver uncompromised performance right out-of-the-box, the MakerBot Method X is packed with features – delivering maximum innovation with minimal investment on the part of users.

Features:

  • Dual Performance Extruders
  • Dry-sealed material bays
  • 100°C circulated heated build chamber
  • Wifi connectivity & 21 on-board sensors
  • Remote monitoring & printing
  • Seamless CAD integration with AutoDesk Fusion 360, AutoDesk Inventor, and Solidworks
  • 25 compatible CAD file types
  • 5” Full-color capacitive touch screen
  • Over 300,000 hours of reliability testing.

Seamless CAD integration with AUTODESK Fusion 360, AUTODESK Inventor and Solidworks makes integrating Method into your CAD design workflow a breeze.

PRINT MANUFACTURING-GRADE MATERIALS WITH METHOD X

Designed to challenge traditional manufacturing, the Method X is capable of 3D printing real, production-grade ABS (acrylonitrile butadiene styrene) in its 100°C heated chamber. Utilizing Stratasys SR-30 soluble supports, Method X delivers exceptional dimensional accuracy and precision when printing complex, durable parts. The real ABS used in MakerBot filament can withstand up to 15°C higher temperatures, is up 26% more rigid, and up to 12% stronger than modified ABS formulations used in traditional ABS filaments.

MakerBot ABS for Method X is capable of withstanding 15°C higher temperatures, is 26% more rigid, and 12% stronger than other modified ABS Material formulations.

Explore Materials for Method Here!

METHOD X IS BUILT TO LAST FOR YEARS TO COME

A structurally optimized metal frame runs the full length of Method X's body. This ultra-rigid metal frame was designed with the sole purpose of offsetting flexing, which results in more consistent prints, more accurate parts, and fewer failures overall.

The ultra-rigid metal frame running the full length of Method X's body was designed to offset flexing, resulting in more consistent prints with better part accuracy and fewer failures.

ACHIEVE SUPERIOR Z-LAYER BONDING AND UNLOCK HIGHER-STRENGTH PARTS

Featuring a 100°C circulating heated chamber, Method X allows users to control the temperature and quality of every layer. While heated build plates are effective at reducing first layer warping, Method X takes this approach one step further with full active heat immersion – the 100°C circulating heated chamber provides a stable print environment for superior Z-layer bonding – resulting in high-strength parts with a superior surface finish.

The fully-active heat immersion provided by Method X's 100°C circulated heated build chamber helps parts to cool at a controlled rate - resulting in parts with higher dimensional accuracy, better layer adhesion, and improved part strength.

SMART FEATURES HELP TO REDUCE COST AND SAVE TIME ON SMALL PRODUCTION MANUFACTURING RUNS

The dual performance extruder system utilized by Method 3D Printers was built from the ground up with the goal of accelerating print times and providing higher dimensional accuracy across every part. Built-in smart sensors for material management and print protection automatically detect and alert the user when material is running low and allows for active jam detection during the entire print duration. Other features such as the Spring Steel build plate, which easily pops out to allow users to queue up their next print, and the 5” full-color capacitive touch screen offers users a highly intuitive and seamless user experience.

Dry-sealed Material Bays form a near-perfect seal to keep material free of damaging humidity.

TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS:

PRINTER PROPERTIES:

  • Printing technology: Fused Deposition Modeling (FDM)
  • Print heads: Dual
  • Dimensional accuracy: ± 0.2 mm
  • Layer resolution: 20 – 400 microns
  • Build Speed: Max Material Flow Rate: ~50 mm³ per sec
  • Print head travel speed: up to 500 mm per sec
  • Maximum build volume: 19 L x 19 W x 19.6 H cm / 7.5 x 7.5 x 7.75 in single extrusion; 15.2 L x 19 W x 19.6 H cm / 6.0 x 7.5 x 7.75 in dual extrusion

 

PRINTER HARDWARE:

  • Machine dimensions: 43.7 L x 41.3 W x 64.9 H cm / 17.2 x 16.3 x 25.6 in
  • Machine weight: 5 kg / 65 lbs
  • Frame construction: aluminum die cast base, extruded aluminum uprights, steel weldment gantry frame.
  • Temperature control: circulating heated chamber, 100°C
  • Build plate: Flexible steel build plate
  • Build surface: Reusable grip surface
  • Display: 5” full-color capacitive touch screen
  • Camera resolution: 640 x 480 pixels
  • Sensor suite: 21 sensors including:
    • Drawer:
      • Temperature
      • Humidity control
      • Material detection
      • RFID
    • Performance extruders:
      • Temperature
      • Material detection
      • Encoder (Jam detection)
    • Printer:
      • Lid – open/closed
      • Door – open/closed
      • Temperature sensors – heated chamber
      • Calibration sensors

 

EXTRUDER HARDWARE:

  • Extruder thermal core length: 48.2 mm
  • Max extruder drive torque: 200 Newtons
  • Nozzle diameter: 0.4 mm

 

MATERIAL COMPATIBILITY:

  • Spool type: Smart spools with RFID sensors
  • Spool sensors: Remaining material, material color, material type.
  • Supported Materials:
    • MakerBot Precisions Materials: ABS, ASA, PLA, TOUGH, PVA, SR-30
    • MakerBot Specialty Materials: PETG, more to come

 

SOFTWARE:

  • Software bundle: MakerBot Print, MakerBot Mobile
  • Supported file formats: MakerBot (.makerbot), STL (.stl), SolidWorks (.sldprt, .sldasm), InventorOBJ (.ipt, .iam), IGES (.iges, .igs), STEP AP203/214 (.step, .stp), CATIA (.CATPart, .CATProduct), Wavefront Object (.obj), Unigraphics/NX (.prt), Solid Edge (.par, .asm), ProE/Creo (.prt, .asm), VRML (.wrl), Parasolid (.x_t, .x_b)
  • Operating systems:
    • Windows (7,10)
    • Mac OS X (10.9+)

 

ELECTRICAL:

  • Connectivity: USB Drive, USB, Ethernet, WiFi
  • Power Requirements:
    • METHOD X; 100 - 240 V; 8.1A - 3.4A, 50 / 60 Hz; 800 W max.
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