The MakerBot Method is a performance-grade, tinker-free 3D printer that brings industrial-grade features into the desktop 3D Printer space. Featuring high-quality components including a 60°C heated build chamber, precision dissolvable supports, dry-sealed material bays, and dual performance extruders. Method is the perfect choice for printing quick prototypes, fit tests, and concept iterations. Get the most out of your MakerBot Method or Method X 3D Printer with a MakerCare protection plan. MakerBot MakerCare protection plans provide customers with an additional 2 to 3 years of coverage from the manufacturer in addition to the standard 1-year limited warranty.
Method Brings Industrial Grade Features to the Desktop 3D Printing Space Designed to deliver uncompromised performance right out-of-the-box, the MakerBot Method is packed with features – delivering maximum innovation with minimal investment on the part of users.
Method is Built to Last for Years to Come A structurally optimized metal frame runs the full length of the Method's body. This ultra-rigid metal frame was designed with the sole purpose of offsetting flexing; less flexing results in more consistent prints, more accurate parts, and fewer failures overall.
The ultra-rigid metal frame running the full length of Method's body was designed to offset flexing, resulting in more consistent prints with better part accuracy and fewer failures.
Achieve Uncompromised Layer Adhesion and Part Strength Featuring a 60°C circulating heated chamber, Method allows users to control the temperature and quality of every layer. While heated build plates are effective at reducing first layer warping, the Method takes this approach one step further with full active heat immersion – providing even temperatures for the entire duration of the print job.
The full active heat immersion provided by Method's 60°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 the Method, 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 materials are 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.
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, 60°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 (Method X), ASA, PLA, TOUGH, PVA, SR-30 (Method X) -MakerBot Specialty Materials: PETG, more to come
Which MakerCare Protection Plan is Right for You? In addition to the 1-year limited warranty that comes standard with all MakerBot Method & Method X 3D printers – MakerBot offers two additional tiers of protection – MakerCare Gold and MakerCare Platinum. A breakdown of these plans can be found below.
MakerCare Gold: Additional Information: 1-Business Day Response Time: - With MakerCare Gold you can expect a response from MakerBot Support via the web within 1 business Day - MakerBot Support business hours are Mon–Fri: 9 am-6 pm ET 2 Years of Coverage: - MakerCare Gold provides customers with the next level of support. Customers who select this plan will receive an additional 2 full years of coverage from the date you register your Method or Method X 3D Printer. Expedited Replacement of Parts: - For the duration of your MakerCare plan, MakerBot will replace defective parts AND parts that require replacement due to accidental damage and normal wear and tear. - Expedited shipping means that a part is shipped to a customer via overnight shipping at the earliest availability (usually within one business day), so customers can expect to receive their parts within 2 days. Replacement parts exclude consumables. Live Chat Support: - MakerBot Support can be reached via phone, live chat, email, or through submission of a support request through their online support page.
MakerCare Platinum: Additional Information 6-Business Hour Response Time: - With MakerCare Platinum you can expect a response from MakerBot Support via the web within 6 business hours. - MakerBot Support business hours are Mon–Fri: 9 am-6 pm ET 3 Years of Coverage: - MakerCare Platinum is MakerBot’s fastest, and most comprehensive level of support. Customers who select this plan will receive an additional 3 full years of coverage from the date you register your Method or Method X 3D Printer. Hot-Swap: - The Hot Swap service that is included with MakerCare Platinum ensures that customers will experience minimal downtime if you ever run into issues. If MakerBot Support determines that your MakerBot 3D Printer needs to be replaced, they will ship out a replacement unit even before the defective unit is returned – saving you valuable time, money, and headache. Expedited Replacement of Parts: - For the duration of your MakerCare plan, MakerBot will replace defective parts AND parts that require replacement due to accidental damage and normal wear and tear. These parts will be shipped to you, the customer, via overnight at the earliest availability. - Expedited shipping means that a part is shipped to a customer via overnight shipping at the earliest availability (usually within one business day), so customers can expect to receive their parts within 2 days. Replacement parts exclude consumables. Live Chat Support: - MakerBot Support can be reached via phone, live chat, email, or through submission of a support request through their online support page.