MakerBot_logoAfter laying out a plan for an exciting several months going forward, Makerbot has today begun rolling out that plan by announcing their latest software releases.

MakerBot Desktop and MakerBot Replicator 3D printers are the beneficiaries of the latest updates from the company, and in addition to improving upon previously available technology, they lay a solid groundwork for the already-anticipated next upgrade. Why wait?

MakerBot Desktop 3.3 sets the stage for improvements in print quality that will be released in Desktop 3.4 for sure, but it also hosts a bevy of its own new capabilities. Desktop 3.3 is meant for use with Fifth Generation firmware 1.4, connected to the MakerBot’s Fifth Generation 3D printers.Q4_Post_Finals

Among Desktop 3.3’s new and/or improved features are the following:

  • A communications overhaul between the printer, Desktop, and MakerBot Mobile app
  • Automatic filament loading after receiving an Out of Filament error
  • Ability to change Smart Extruders during a paused print and resume printing
  • Improved assisted leveling process
  • Faster camera streaming over wi-fi or Ethernet, and added USB capabilities
  • Expanded Device Preferences dialog for advanced users
  • Print History added to the Library tab
  • Print from file with .MakerBot files

MakerBot also notes that “after a Fifth Generation printer is reset to factory settings, users should power cycle the printer before setting up wi-fi,” as a known issue.

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MakerBot offers the following simple steps to upgrade to MakerBot Desktop 3.3:

  1. Upgrade to MakerBot Desktop 3.3
  2. Connect MakerBot Replicator 3D printer
  3. Upgrade to Firmware 1.4 to keep your MakerBot Replicator running in top condition

Firmware 1.4, for its part, offers an update to MakerBot 3D printers. Updating to this latest version will ensure that the printer continues working at its best, in line with updates to other MakerBot platforms.

MakerBot continues to look forward:

“MakerBot Desktop 3.3 is an important release because it sets the stage for the 3.4 release where we will make some significant changes to the way we manage synchronizing the extruder advance to the movements of the gantry. The heavier computational requirements of our new extruder-advance modeling required us to refactor the communications protocol to make room.”

Expect many more updates in the months ahead as MakerBot ramps up their software. Have you downloaded the latest updates? What do you think about MakerBot Desktop 3.3? Let us know in the MakerBot forums!

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