MakerBot Method X

MAKERBOT

METHOD X

3D Print with Industrial Grade Materials in a 100°C Heated Chamber

The MakerBot Method X is a desktop 3D printing platform powered by Stratasys 3D printing technology and key patents that enable industrial-grade performance, reliability, and materials. Featuring a heated build chamber capable of reaching 100°C, dual-extrusion, and SR-30 soluble support material you can now 3D print with engineering materials like ABS and ASA to build end-use parts, manufacturing tools, functional prototypes, and jigs and fixtures.

A Manufacturing Workstation built for Performance

The MakerBot Method X desktop 3D printer is the product of years of collaboration and testing, leveraging patents from Stratasys and the vision that 3D printing should be accessible and easy. The outcome is a desktop 3D printer that can combine industrial features and performance with the streamlined workflow and operating costs closer to traditional desktop 3D printers to produce the fastest CAD-to-part. With Method X you can print end-use assemblies and manufacturing tools in materials that are common in the manufacturing industry with the peace-of-mind that comes with industrial hardware.

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Product Highlights

The MakerBot Method X lets you Print complex and durable parts with a 100°C heated chamber
MakerBot Method 3D Printer Precision

Precision

Finished part dimensional accuracy of ± 0.2mm (± 0.007in)

MakerBot Method 3D Printer Materials

Industrial-Grade Materials

Real ABS, ASA, PETG, Tough and more to come

SR-30 Soluble Support

Designed for a heated build environment and use with industrial 3D printing materials

MakerBot Method 3D Printer Fastest CAD to Part

Fastest CAD to Part

Up to 2x faster than other desktop 3D printers, with a seamless workflow

MakerBot Method 3D Printer Affordable

Small Investment, Big Impact

Owning a MakerBot Method is 1/3 the first year cost of ownership of an industrial 3D printer.

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Industrial Reliability

Ultra-rigid metal frame means consistent prints, and fewer failures

MakerBot Method 3D Printer Heated Chamber

100°C Heated Chamber

Capable of withstanding 15°C higher temperatures1 than modified desktop 3D printers ABS material formulations

MakerBot Method 3D Printer Dual Extrusion

Dual Extrusion

Accelerate print times, without worrying about design complexity

MakerBot Method 3D Printer Easy Operation

Easy Deployment and Operation

Plug and play for all types of users

Seamless CAD Integration

Works with Autodesk Fusion 360, Dassault Solidworks and Autodesk Inventor

MakerBot Method 3D Printer Connectivity

Fully Connected

21 unique sensors, onboard camera, and mobile, WiFi, Ethernet, and USB connectivity

Dry-Sealed Material Bays

Keep your materials free of damaging humidity and limit waste

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Application Examples

Tackle projects across your product development process, from prototyping to production.
MakerBot Method 3D Printer applications electronics housing
End-Use Parts

Production-grade materials let you replicate part properties closer to injection molded parts, at a fraction of the cost of traditional methods.

MakerBot Method 3D Printer applications EOA tooling
Manufacturing Tools

With manufacturing-ready materials, you can take on projects across the shop floor. Produce dimensionally accurate jigs, fixtures, end-effectors, and other tools to get the job done.

MakerBot Method 3D Printer applications Pneumatic pump
Functional Prototypes

Create rapid prototypes that match the material properties and part dimensions of your end-use products. With Method, you can validate your designs and get to market faster than ever.

MakerBot Method for Business

MakerBot Method for Business is tailored to the needs of fast-paced and demanding organizations looking to eliminate the cost of downtime and prevent missed deadlines. Designed to keep your teams moving seamlessly and without interruption, only MakerBot Method for Business includes our most advanced extended warranty package — MakerCare Platinum Protection

 

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MakerBot Method for Business includes:

  • MakerBot Method Performance 3D Printer
  • MakerCare Platinum Protection Plan – 3 years of risk-free and fast service
  • Expedited shipping of replacement parts
  • Replacement printer hot swap service

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Method X Features

Built to Perform.

The MakerBot Method X was designed from the ground up to be a desktop solution for tough design, engineering, and manufacturing projects.

 

  • 21 Onboard Sensors
  • Wifi Connectivity
  • Remote Monitoring + Printing
  • 25 Compatible file types
  • Over 300,000 hours of reliability testing
  • 5″ Full-colour capacitive touch screen
  • Performance materials
  • Industrial-grade extrusion systems

MakerBot Method 3D Printer Support Canada Exploded View

Dual-Performance Extruders

Built from the ground up with reliability in mind, the Dual Performance Extruder system can accelerate print times while providing dimensional accuracy consistently. Inside the extrusion system, there are multiple sensors measuring everything from low material to active jam protection, ensuring your prints come out as intended.

  • 19:1 dual drive gear ratio keeps material loaded and ready for reliable extrusion at every layer
  • Lengthened thermal core
  • Less than 60-second startup time
  • One for model, one for soluble support

MakerBot Method dual-extrusion modular 3D printing system

Circulating Heated Chamber

Experience uncompromised layer adhesion and part strength with the circulating heated chamber on the MakerBot Method desktop 3D printer. A heated built plate only lets you control the adhesion and quality of the first layer, but with full active heat immersion throughout the print, you can control the temperature and quality of every layer.

  • Reduce warping and layer delamination
  • Heats the entire duration of the print
  • 2 Chamber heaters

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Smart Materials and Storage

With the MakerBot Method’s dry-sales material bays, your 3D printing material is stored in an optimized environment to maintain its integrity. With the material kept away from damaging humidity, and with sensors to monitor the environment, you can be confident it will print the way it was intended.

  • Dry-sealed material bays
  • Smart sensors for monitoring the environment
  • 2 material bays – 1 model, 1 support
  • Smart assist material loader
  • Smart spools monitor color and quantity

MakerBot Method Material Bays

Soluble and Dissolvable Support

The Method X can 3D print with both MakerBot’s new Water-Soluble PVA material and Stratasys SR-30 soluble support material for use with more industrial thermoplastics like ABS and ASA.

  • Unrestricted geometric freedom
  • Great for 3D printing large overhangs, cavities and other complex geometries
  • Water soluble or for SR-30 soluble with an Ecoworks solution and a support removal station
  • Superior print quality and surface finish
  • Designed to work with a range of materials

MakerBot Method 3D Printer support material Stratasys SR-30

MakerBot Method X 3D printer metal rigid frame

Built Tough

The ultra-rigid metal frame on the MakerBot Method runs the full length of the system, leaving less opportunity for flexing, and more reliability. With this new robust frame design, you can be confident that your prints will be accurate, with fewer print failures.

 

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MakerBot Method performance 3D printer touchscreen interface controls

Touchscreen Interface

The MakerBot Method has a 5″full-color immersive touchscreen display allowing you to swipe, tap, and print. You can stay up to date with your prints, check the job status, and navigate through the menus with ease.

MakerBot Method performance 3D printer sensors

Smart and Connected

A network of 21 intelligent sensors keeps your MakerBot Method running smoothly and you in control of your print.

MakerBot Method Flexible spring steel Build Tray

Spring Steel Build Plate

The print base is precision calibrated and the spring steel build plate provides unrivaled flatness for part accuracy you can trust. Its flexible design makes removing prints from the printer a breeze.

MakerBot Method Print and Mobile Software

MakerBot Print

Supporting 25 native CAD file types, remote monitoring and printing, and a streamlined workflow makes MakerBot Print the ideal 3D printing management software to get the most out of your Method X.

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3D Printing Materials for MakerBot Method X

MakerBot 3D printing materials for the Method X desktop 3D printer have industrial DNA, manufactured to exacting diameter and quality specifications.  With the Method X platform you have a growing range of material properties to cover applications across the product development lifecycle.

MakerBot Precision Materials

MakerBot Precision materials are extensively-tested giving you peace of mind that your parts will be accurate.

  • Precision ABS
  • Precision ASA
  • Precision Tough
  • Precision PLA
  • More to come!

MakerBot Specialty Materials

Specialty materials give you a wider range of material properties for projects that have higher requirements

  • Specialty PETG
  • More to come!

MakerBot Support Materials

Designed to make post-processing as seamless as possible

  • Precision PVA Water-Dissolvable
  • Stratasys ® SR-30 Soluble

MakerBot Method X Material compatability

MakerBot Method X Material Compatability Guide

MakerBot Precision Materials for Method MakerBot Specialty Materials for Method
Materials Tough (Model) PLA (Model) PVA (Support) ABS (Model) ASA (Model) SR-30 (Support) PETG (Model)
Compatible Printers METHOD

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METHOD

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Compatible Performance Extruder Model 1 Support 2 Model 1XA Model 1XA Support 2XA Model 1
Dimensional Part Accuracy ± 0.2 mm (0.007 in)
*or ± 0.002 mm per mm of travel whichever is greater
N/A
Print Surface Requirements Performance Grip Surface (standard) Adhesion Stick
Colors Slate Gray

Onyx Black

Stone White

Safety Orange

True Black

True White

Cool Gray

Natural

True Orange

True Red

N/A Black

White

Red

Orange

Gray

Natural

Black

White

Red

N/A Natural

Red

Black

Extruder Warranty 6 Months

All 3D Printers Aren’t Created Equal

Take a look at how the MakerBot Method stacks up against other popular desktop 3D printing solutions

desktop 3D printer comparison Material Bays

desktop 3D printer comparison dimensional accuracy

desktop 3D printer comparison soluble support (vs. no support)

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desktop 3D printer comparison Speed (cube)

desktop 3D printer comparison Speed (fixture)

desktop 3D printer comparison Speed (stairs)

desktop 3D printer comparison Speed (Vacuum)

Technical Specifications

Get under the hood of the MakerBot Method X manufacturing workstation.
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3D Printing + Hardware Specs

Dimensional Accuracy
Dimensional Accuracy
± 0.2mm or ± 0.002 mm per mm of travel (whichever is greater)
Build Speed
Build Speed
Up to 2x times faster than desktop 3D printers when using the same layer height and infill density settings

Max Filament Flow Rate: ~50mm^3 per sec
Print Head Travel Speed: Up to 500 mm/sec
Layer Resolution
Layer Resolution
Maximum Capability: 20 - 400 microns

Print Modes tuned for:
200 microns to provide an optimal balance of high surface quality and quick print time
100 microns for very high surface quality
Maximum Build Volume
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
Print Heads
Print Heads
2
Frame Construction
Frame Construction
Aluminum Die Cast base, Extruded Aluminum Uprights, Steel Weldment Gantry Frame
Temperature Control
Temperature Control
Circulating heated chamber
Print Sensors
Print Sensors
Total: 21

Drawers - Temperature, Humidity, Filament Detection, RFID
Performance Extruders - Temperature, Filament Detection, Encoder (Jam Detection)
Lid – Open/Closed
Door – Open/Closed
Heated Chamber – Temperature
Carriage – Calibration
Nozzle Diameter
Nozzle Diameter
0.4 mm
Max Extruder Drive Torque
Max Extruder Drive Torque
200 Newtons through 19:1 gear ratio (3x more pull force than desktop standard)
Extruder Thermal Core Length
Extruder Thermal Core Length
48.2 mm (3x longer than desktop standard)
Display
Display
5" full-color capacitive touchscreen
Build Plate
Build Plate
Spring Steel
Build Surface
Build Surface
Reusable, flexible grip surface
Printer Automation
Printer Automation
Automatic Z Calibration, Automatic XYZ nozzle calibration, Automatic Filament Loading
Filament Storage
Filament Storage
Sealed material bay doors
Camera Resolution
Camera Resolution
640 by 480 pixels
Ambient Operating Temperature
Ambient Operating Temperature
15 - 26º C / 59 - 78º F, 10 - 70% RH non-condensing
Storage Temperature
Storage Temperature
0 - 38º C / 32 - 100º F
Product Dimensions
Product Dimensions
43.7 L x 41.3 W x 64.9 H cm /
17.2 x 16.3 x 25.6 in
Product Weight
Product Weight
29.5 kg / 65 lbs
Shipping Box
Shipping Box
76.5 H x 50.0 W x 55.5 D cm /
30.1 x 19.7 x 21.9 in
Shipping Weight
Shipping Weight
37.1 kg / 81.7 lbs

Materials

Model Materials
Model Materials
MakerBot Precision Materials: ABS, ASA, PLA, Tough, more to come
MakerBot Specialty Materials: PETG, more to come
Support Materials
Support Materials
PVA (water-soluble)
SR-30 (requires a specialized Ecoworks solution along with heat and agitation tank for best dissolution results)
Filament Diameter
Filament Diameter
1.75 mm [0.069 in]
Spool Typer
Spool Typer
Smart Spools with RFID tag and sensors for remaining material, material color, material kind
Spool Size
Spool Size
750g (1.65lbs) model, 500g (1.10lbs)
System
System
Open Filament System (Filament Aux Port)

Safety, Electrical, and Compliance

Safety
Safety
Fully Enclosed
Door Safety Switch
Lid Safety Switch
Compliance
Compliance
FCC
EMC
Low Voltage Directive 60950-1, 62368
Power Requirements
Power Requirements
100 - 240 V
8.1A - 3.4A, 50 / 60 Hz
800 W max.
Connectivity
Connectivity
USB Drive, USB, Ethernet, Wi­fi

Software & Support

Software Bundle
Software Bundle
MakerBot Print, MakerBot Mobile
Supported File Types
Supported File Types
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
Operating Systems
Windows (7, 10)
Mac OS X (10.9+)
Warranty
Warranty
Free 1-Year Extended Warranty

Additional Support Plans Available:
MakerCare Gold (2 Years)
MakerCare Platinum (3 Years)