Xavier Donnelly on 26/04/2016
40 reviews

We have had this printer for about a month in our 3D Print lab. It is the students' favorite. Some technical skills and experience is helpful as with all 3D printers. I think we have had 2 material jams, which is common with all 3D printers. They were quickly and easily cleared.

They have been great to work with and very responsive. I just ordered a couple more of these printers and plan to use them during a camp with kids this summer. 3D Printing is a learning curve. Be patient and persevere. This is one of the easiest 3D Printers to use. I highly recommend it, especially for beginners.

Michael Gill on 20/04/2016
40 reviews

I have been printing with the MakerBot Desktop Replicator 5th Generation for 6 months now. The original extruder started jamming on me after about a month, but since I have the MakerCare protection plan, the company replaced it for me for free.

I did not even pay shipping. There have been at least 3 updates to the Firmware and PC desktop interface, with the printing getting cleaner and support structures and rafts getting easier and easier to remove, just in the last 6 months.

For the last month, the MakerBot Desktop Replicator has been a dream. I have not had a single jam in the last month, and we have been running the 3D printer nearly 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

When you are unloading and reloading plastic spools, don't forget to pinch the tensioning clip on the extruder itself. This makes it much easier to remove the line and load new line.

Since 3D printing is a bit messy, and you are guaranteed to have a jam eventually, I highly recommend buying a second extruder and the MakerCare protection plan.

That way if you have a printing jam, you can swap out extruders and mail off the jammed extruder for free replacement and never have downtime printing.

GTO Guy on 04/04/2016
40 reviews
We bought this for a project that we thought would cover the cost of the unit in the savings. I was wrong, it paid for itself twice over!! Very happy with it and easy to use and setup up out of the box. Support from the sales staff was great too!
Bruce R Sarnes on 15/02/2016
40 reviews
As someone relatively new to 3D printing, I found the use of this printer to be both easy and enjoyable. Smart extruder is spot on and there's been no warping with the PLA filament. I look forward to continued use of this impressive printer.
Greg on 22/01/2016
40 reviews

I've had a great experience with our Makerbot 5th Gen so far. The set-up process was super easy & I love the fact that this Makerbot assists you in leveling the print table! The built-in camera works really well & we can access & print to it via our various mobile devices from anywhere.

It has performed even better than I had expected. Our experience with the Makerbot personnel & this printer have been really good. I look forward to expanding our business & adding more of their equipment to our line-up.