MakerBot Method X 3D Printer

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Heated chamber delivers stronger manufacturing-grade parts

Open platform for advanced engineering materials

Guaranteed part accuracy and SR-30 soluble support

Save engineering time with an automated workflow and CAD integration


TRUSTED BY INDUSTRY LEADERS


“The dimensional accuracy that we're getting with the Method compared to any Industrial 3D Printer is as good or better.”

GARY KUZMIN, CEO & FOUNDER, ALL AXIS ROBOTICS


HEATED CHAMBER DELIVERS STRONGER MANUFACTURING-GRADE PARTS

  • A Heated Chamber produces stronger parts than a heated build plate
  • Achieve consistent strength in three axis with recirculating heat on every layer
  • Print real ABS, ASA, and PC-ABS with superior mechanical and thermal properties than modified desktop 3D printer formulations.

OPEN PLATFORM FOR ADVANCED ENGINEERING MATERIALS

  • Print with official MakerBot materials including Nylon Carbon Fiber, ABS, Nylon, PC-ABS and SR-30 – each carefully tested for thousands of hours to achieve engineering standards of printed part dimensional accuracy and strength.
  • Access unlimited materials with an Open Materials Platform enabled by MakerBot LABS. Print advanced materials, such as ABS Carbon, TPE (flexible), PETG ESD, and PC.

GUARANTEED PART ACCURACY AND SR-30 SOLUBLE SUPPORT

  • Complex geometries that are impossible to print with advanced materials on a desktop 3D printer – Enabled by Stratasys SR-30 soluble supports
  • The only printer in its class to guarantee finished part dimensional accuracy ± 0.2mm (± 0.007in).
  • Print complex assemblies that fit with tight tolerances – every time.

SAVE ENGINEERING TIME WITH AN AUTOMATED WORKFLOW AND CAD INTEGRATION

  • Put an end to tinkering and time-consuming printer upkeep with the most streamlined workflow in the industry, including automated material handling, build plate leveling, and extruder calibration.
  • Keep your projects moving and enjoy enjoy peace of mind with our leading in-house customer support and MakerCare machine hot swap.

Material Compatibility


Makerbot Method X

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Learn more about Method X

Method Brings Industrial Grade Features to the Desktop 3D Printing Space

The MakerBot Method X is a high performance, tinker-free 3D printer that was designed to handle the most complex 3D printing needs. Featuring a 100°C heated chamber, The Method X is capable of 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.

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.

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.

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 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.Method X is Built to Last for Years to ComeA 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, less flexing results in more consistent prints, more accurate parts, and fewer failures overall.

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

Method X is Built To Last

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.

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. 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, 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 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 PartsFeaturing a 100°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, 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 full active heat immersion provided by Method X's 100°C circulated heated build chamber helps parts to cool at a controlled rate - resulting 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.

Tech Specs

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 (single extrusion)
    • 15.2 L x 19 W x 19.6 H cm / 6.0 x 7.5 x 7.75 (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

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; 100 - 240 V; 3.9A - 1.6A, 50 / 60 Hz; 400 W max.

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

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

ET2 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

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

ET3 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.

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