MakerBot launches upgraded version of it’s software with bugfixes and new features.
Update: 10.12.2013 – MakerWare 2.4.1. Update
The latest version 2.3.1. features improvements for the combined use of MakerBot Dissolvable Filament and MakerBot Replicator 2X Experimental 3D printer and can now be downloaded.
New Support Pattern
The newest version of MakerWare comes equipped with a new custom profile for MakerBot Dissolvable Filament. This profile includes a sturdier support pattern created specifically for MakerBot Dissolvable Filament.
Higher Printing Temperature
We’ve raised the default printing temperature of MakerBot® Dissolvable Filament by 20 degrees (250 degrees Celsius) to improve its ability to adhere to MakerBot® ABS Filament in dual extrusion prints.
Dual Temperatures for Dual Extrusion
Speaking of dual extruding at two different temperatures, you can do exactly that in MakerWare 2.4.1. Simply set two different temperatures in the Make dialog after you’ve selected the MakerBot Replicator 2X as your 3D printer. Click here to download MakerWare 2.4.1 and view a full feature list.
Note: Mac OS X users must uninstall 2.4.0 before installing 2.4.1. An erroneous version number in a 2.4.0
plist file causes 2.4.1 to crash on opening if installed directly over 2.4.0.
Update: 13.06.2013 – MakerWare 2.2.0 and Firmware 7.3.0 Update
MakerBot now introduces MakerWare Version 2.2.0. In this version the handling of support material for overhangs has been improved; less material that can be removed easier is being used. Additionally it offers an enhanced algorithm of the infill pattern so therefore less material is needed. A few bugs have been fixed with the firmware update and a automatic pause function was added in order to change the filament during multi colour printing.
FULL RELEASE NOTES
New features in MakerWare 2.2.0
• Improved default print settings
• The high-resolution default now uses MakerBot Slicer instead of Skeinforge
• A number of MakerBot Slicer improvements:
◦ Easy-to-remove rafts
◦ More minimal support
◦ Easy-to-detach, wavy support pattern
◦ Better handling of external spurs (as seen in the Stretchy Bracelet)
◦ Removing diagonal lines from surface walls and first layers
◦ New smoothing algorithm
◦ Better Bridging
◦ Multiple infill patterns (“hexagonal” is the default; other patterns can be selected in custom profiles)
◦ A number of new experimental settings have been added that are turned off in the defaults, but can be turned on in custom profiles. See the custom profile support page for specifics.
▪ Dynamic speed calculations
▪ Internal spurs
▪ Backlash compensation
• A new Skeinforge default profile has been added
• Users can choose from a subtle skybox option
• It is now easy to set extruder temperature when using custom MakerBot Slicer profiles
• Added a homing button for Thing-O-Matics
• MakerWare now supports Ubuntu 13.04
• Added print time to the interface board during prints. The interface now toggles between print percentage and print time.
• Users can now swap filament at specific layers by using the Z Pause Height option during prints.
• Small text display bugs in the LCD interface have been fixed
• During mid-print filament changes the stepper motors now lock to prevent the extruder from becoming misaligned
• Changing filament during a print will now timeout after 15 minutes and turn into a cold pause
• Added better error handling for heater errors
Congrats! You read to the end. Head over to Thingiverse and find your favorite Collection of things to make with your new MakerWare download.
Update: 30.04.2013 – MakerWare 2.1.0 now supports Thing-O-Matic
New features in MakerWare 2.1.0
• Thing-O-Matic now supported in MakerWare.
• The raft base prints at a slower speed when using MakerBot Slicing Engine (12 mm/second).
• Users can now heat the build platform when printing with PLA on a MakerBot Replicator or Replicator 2X.
• The design of the buttons within main MakerWare user interface has been refreshed.
Bug Fixes in MakerWare 2.1.0
• A Windows registry key fix for users unable to connect to a MakerBot over USB.
• Changed the Mac installer to address installation issues on some Snow Leopard machines.
• Users are warned if they attempt to save .x3g files with names too long for the firmware (>30 characters), and the filename is automatically truncated.
• MakerWare performs a more complete reset if user attempts to reset the motherboard.
• Fixed dual extrusion long retract to reset the filament distance in order to reduce blobbing.
• Fixed the example Chain_Linked file to print correctly at default settings.
• Fixed the ‘Uniform scaling’ checkbox bug in Windows XP.
• Fix for excessive memory usage during the verification stage.
• Adjusted the Skeinforge custom profile defaults to print better on MakerBots (removed rafts and support as default during dual extrusion).
• Exported gcode now has variables replaced with appropriate values.
Update: 28.02.2013 – MakerWare 2.0 and Firmware 7.2. Update
Version 2.0 of MakerWare by MakerBots offers the following new features:
- Support of MakerBot Replicator 2X
- Dual extruder support
- Display of multiple colour in model
- Improvement of slicing
Firmware 7.2 features following updates:
- S3G files on the SD card are not displayed anymore
- Z-axis will now be the home base in order to better adjust the hight of the printing platform
Update: 01.02.2013 – MakerWare 1.1.2. Update
The further update of MakerWare offers the following features:
- Macs can now safe data directly to SD cards
- Gcode verifier checks for errors for print jobs via USB or to files
- Improvments of notifications
- Bugfixes for error messages using anti-spyware software
08.01.2013 – MakerBot Firmware 7.0
The latest version of MakerBot Firmware 7.0 optimises the movements and thereby improves the printing quality by a lower sound level. The new data format X3G is being used, which is not compatible with former Firmware versions.
The Update of MakerBot Slicer will deliver faster and more precise results for 3D printing in low and medium quality. In addition slicing profiles of Skeinforge and MakerBot Slicer will now be editable and the “Auto Layout” function will ensure the right assembly on the printing platform.