Replicator 2 Heated Aluminum Build Plate In Final Testing

January 18, 2016 by Jay Evanovich

Update 3-15-16:  Heated build plate installation and operating instructions are posted and you can now purchase the heated build plate through our store.  

Update 3-9-16:  Pre-orders are closed and beta testing is in process.  Look for this product to be added to our shop page in the coming weeks.  

Just a quick update on where we stand with the heated aluminum build plate for the capable Makerbot Replicator 2 printer.  This printer is a great printer but one giant hole in its repertoire is the lack of a heated build plate, making it impossible to print ABS, Nylon, PETG, and other advanced materials.  Even when printing normal PLA, the heated bed eliminates curl and improves bed adhesion, often making it unnecessary to use raft.  

The P3-d Rep2 heating system is in the final testing phases and is fully operational.  This will be a complete plug and play system, with no soldering to the motherboard required, no need to upgrade power supplies.  Simply install the aluminum plate, plug in the controller and you're ready to print.  The temperature controller can be set at any temp you like, and one nice feature our system will come with is a timer to shut off the heated plate after the print is done.  

In the coming weeks we have a few small tweaks to make to the enclosure, and then we have to get milling some aluminum and complete all the wiring.  So look for this system to be available on our site in the near future.  We are currently taking pre-orders so contact us here if you are interested in beta testing and being one of the first to get their hands on this must-have upgrade.  Until then, another picture...

 Replicator 2 Heated Aluminum Build Plate Temperature Controller with Timer

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