Makerbot Method X Review: Specs, Features, Pros, Cons

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Makerbot Method X 3D Printer

The MakerBot Method X is a desktop 3D printer powered by Stratasys 3D printing technology that can offer industrial-grade printing performance. Read our detailed review below

Pros
  • Enhanced all round accuracy.
  • Twin extruders.
  • More speedy printing.
  • Extremely sturdy metallic build.
  • Ability to print using more long lasting ABS material and using solvent supports.
Cons
  • Cost is on the higher side for a desktop D printer for professionals.
  • Comparatively less construction space.
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Overview of Makerbot Method X

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The Method X from MakerBot costing $6,499 expands on the first MakerBot Method model. It continues its effort to get advanced technologies for experts in the realm of 3D printing. Especially something that fits on their desktop.

The MakerBot Method X 3D Printer seeks successful use of a larger range of filaments unlike many other 3D printers. 

This includes Stratasys SR-30 solvent supports and original ABS filaments.  This is possible because of MakerBot Method X’s construction chamber, which can sustain 100°C of heat.

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MakerBot claims this will result in remarkable all round precision parts that are complex and yet durable. Also, they are formed properly and devoid of noticeable faults. 

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Salient Features

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MakerBot has integrated proprietary industrial grade Stratasys technology in the MakerBot Method X. 

It has crammed in a bounty of industrial capabilities into a user-friendly machine. And thus narrowed the line between desktop based 3D printing with 3D manufacturing.

Here are some of the features of MakerBot Method X 3D Printer.

a) Manufacturing of Industrial Level

The MakerBot Method X 3D Printer produces sophisticated and long-lasting ABS parts. MakerBot Method X can produce objects that match industrial specifications. This is as good as that offered by injection molding.

The machine offers all round accuracy of around 0.2 mm. It also offers lateral and spherical homogeneity for layers.

The MakerBot Method X 3D Printer has an amazingly sturdy metal build that runs the length of the frame to get consistently good outcomes.

This is to compensate for any shifting or unpredictable imbalance. MakerBot claims that the team has spent hundreds and thousands of hours testing the system. And it is reliable, very functional, and offers very good prints.

As a result, the company is optimistic that the product will give performance of the highest level. 

And also remain accessible and affordable for professionals.

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MakerBot Method 3D Printer, black (Unknown Binding)

List Price:
New From:
$5,059.66 In Stock
Used from:
$3,763.49In Stock
 

b) Twin Extruder

The twin extruder technology was built specifically to minimize production times. And also offer all round precision.

The two extruders have a double drive gear arrangement. This provides three times the effectiveness of a normal FDM printer for the desktop.

The MakerBot Method X 3D Printer is expected to deliver quick and slick extrusion, given the rapid motions and velocity. This is thanks to the extruders’ longer heated core length of 48.2 mm, which is about twice as long as a normal hotend.

Sensors on the extruders detect flow of material and potential clogs.  Thus allowing changes to be made to prevent any kind of print loss. 

The technology is certainly important for printing complex pieces. As the device can print items with solvent support filaments like PVA. 

c) Enclosed Filament Chamber

The MakerBot Method X’s has a neat and secured filament chamber. It safeguards the water-absorbing materials such as PVA from humidity.

Numerous integrated sensors make sure the material remains in the best possible condition. The filament is also auto-loaded. 

This and various other sensors alert users to the color, type, and quantity of material available.

d) Variety of Sensors

Besides the already discussed built-in sensors, MakerBot Method X includes 21 more sensors. These are designed to offer the user a preview of the device’s functioning. All of the information is displayed on the 5″ color touchscreen on MakerBot Method X.

e) Additional Features

Let us check out the extra features available on the MakerBot Method X 3D Printer:

  • Adjustable Build Plate made of Steel.
  • Use of Autodesk Inventor, SolidWorks, and Fusion 360 for Computer Aided Design.    
  • Works with 25 File Types.
  • Pre-Heated Construction Chamber.
  • Integrated Camera for viewing of printing remotely using a smartphone.
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Technical Specifications

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Following are the different specifications of MakerBot Method X from Makerbot.

General Specs

  • Print Technology : FDM
  • Launch Year : 2019
  • Pre-Assembled : Yes
  • Architecture : XY-Head Cartesian
  • Company : MakerBot

Printer Specs

  • Construction Volume : 190mm x 190mm x 196 mm
  • Extruder Type : Direct drive
  • Twin extruder System : Yes
  • Size of Nozzle : 0.4 mm
  • Max. Temp. – Hot end : 260℃
  • Max. Temp. – HeatBed : 00℃
  • Material of Print bed : Steel (Flexible)
  • Build Structure : Aluminum
  • Bed Leveling System : Automatic
  • Connections : Wi-Fi, SD card, USB Cable, and microSD Drive
  • Print Resume : Yes
  • Sensor for Filament : Yes for Run out
  • Integrated Camera : Yes
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MakerBot Method 3D Printer, black (Unknown Binding)

List Price:
New From:
$5,059.66 In Stock
Used from:
$3,763.49In Stock
 

Material Specs

  • Diameter of Filament : 1.75 mm
  • 3rd-Party Filament : Yes
  • Filament Type : ABS, PLA, PETG, and Flexible Materials
  • Slicer Application : Print and Mobile from MakerBot
  • Operating system : Mac OS, Windows
  • Input File Types : OBJ, STL, AMF

Weight and Size

  • Build Dimensions : 650mm x 437mm x 413 mm
  • Weight : 29.5 kg (64.95 lbs.)
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Concluding Remarks

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The MakerBot Method X is a more costly version of the MakerBot Method 3D printer. 

The original MkaerBoat Method, which focuses on PVA and PLA costs $4999 (€4999). Whereas, the Method X, which can handle all types of materials, costs roughly $6499 (€6499).

For the extra cost, one can make use of more durable materials. 

This could be helpful not just for testing models, but also for manufacturing industry grade parts. 

Such as fixtures, jigs, and other ancillary pieces, which 3D printers are frequently used for!

Makerbot advertises a lot about this machine’s all-round precision capability.

To be fair, every item that emerges from Method X’s pre-heated build platform is quite well inside the promised 0.2mm margin of tolerance. And that too, by a large factor – even with the tough Z build axis.

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