MakerBot Replicator 2 Upgrades from BC Technological Solutions

29 Apr


Today our upgrades for the MakerBot Replicator 2 3D printer that we are using made by BC Technological Solutions have arrived and we are already eager to start installing them. We’ve had to wait a bit for these to arrive when we have ordered them earlier this year, but it was well worth the wait – the shipping should be faster at the moment once you make an order. We have ordered both the Aluminum Arm Upgrade and the Removable Heated Build Plate Upgrade that the company makes for Replicator 2 and Replicator 2X owners and although a bit expensive, these are probably the best you can get if you need to stiffen the build plate and add heated build plate to your device.

We have already installed Aluminum Arm Stiffeners from Performance 3-D on our Replicator 2 3D printer and they are working quite well. The Aluminum Arm Upgrade from BC Technological Solutions however is much more advanced product as it is not in the form of an addon to your existing plastic arms, but completely replaces them. Another important advantage is that with the new metal arms for the build plate are designed in a way to accommodate linear bearings for the Z axis of the 3D printer. We have already made the Upgrade to Linear Bearings on our MakerBot Replicator 2 earlier this year for the X and Y axes. While doing the upgrade however we have discovered that with the stock plastic arms there are no suitable linear bearings that we can use for the Z axis, one of the reasons we actually decided to get the arms upgrade from the BC Technological Solutions.

By design the Replicator 2 3D printer from MakerBot is not designed to be used with ABS filaments as it does not come with a heated build platform and while we do not miss this feature much as we do not often need to resort to ABS printing. The problem is that there are already quite a few interesting experimental filaments that also require a heated build platform, so we have decided to add that functionality as well. Looking over various options raging from cheap DIY solutions to the more serious upgrades kits available we again ended up going for the Removable Heated Build Plate Upgrade from BC Technological Solutions as the best choice that not only adds heated build platform, but also includes some useful features such as the removable build plate attached with magnets. The only drawback with this upgrade is that it does nto include all the required things for installation on a Replicator 2 – you still need to order a 24V, 9.2A power adapter separately as the standard power adapter of the printer is not able to handle the increased power usage when using the heater. So you need to take into account the additional cost for a power adapter such as the 220W Meanwell GS220A24-R7B adapter that we have also ordered separately and are currently waiting it to arrive any moment now to start installing the upgrades.

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5 Responses to MakerBot Replicator 2 Upgrades from BC Technological Solutions


January 14th, 2016 at 23:16

This company can’t supply parts. I paid for items, and weeks later after trying to contact them (no phone # listed) every way I could, they finally just said “sorry we got busy” and refunded my money for no reason. Very unprofessional. Do NOT deal with them. BEWARE!


August 30th, 2016 at 21:04

I would love to actually review this part (because I desperately needed a replacement) … BUT after 5.5-months it hadn’t shipped (and the seller is not responding to emails), I opened a dispute with PayPal, and the seller refunded the money instead of delivering my order … read-on:

I ordered the BC Technological Solutions heated build plate replacement on March 12th 2016; sent emails asking for a delivery update on: April 25, May 1st, 4th, 16th, & 22nd, June 6th & 20th, July 25, August 9th, 19th, & 24th.

With the exception of a single response on June 22nd (in which the owner Bradley Pearce apologized for the delay, and said my order would be “shipping very soon”) they have not responded with any other updates.

A month and a half later (on August 10th) they published a notice on their website that all orders with tracking numbers had shipped, and all remaining orders were shipping (by August 19). Evidently this was not true (at least in my case).

On August 24th (with two weeks remaining before PayPal’s protection would end) I opened a dispute as I had yet to receive my order, or any tracking number from BC Technological Solutions. PayPal asked them to respond by September 3rd. They didn’t respond, and simply refunded the payment.

I’m curious to know how many other people have had a similar issue with BC Technological Solutions. I’m considering contacting the North Carolina Better Business Bureau (you can do so here: with the following details I found online about the company:

Company Name: BC Technological Solutions, LLC
Company Number: 1312686
Company Address: 160 Exline Williams Dr., Pittsboro, North Carolina, 27312
Directors / Officers: Bradley Clayton Pearce
Phone: 1-919-542-2877
Emails: & &

Sandy Mathieu

November 5th, 2016 at 05:57

We waited for 4 months, never got any email response at all, then finally filed a claim with paypal, I 2nd the comment, don’t bother trying to deal with them, they just tie up your money and never deliver.


January 8th, 2017 at 23:56

It has now been about 3.5 months since I placed my order. Despite sending them numerous emails and trying to call the number listed on a Facebook page for the company, no response has been received. Currently I am trying to get our money back. This really is too bad seeing as the product looked like a very quality upgrade.


June 30th, 2017 at 16:34

Hello! I also ordered the arm and build plate upgrade end of 2015. It was delivered after e-mailing bctechnologocalsolutions. End of 2016 I ordered two replacements for the build plate. Was not delivered since now nor got an response two e-mails. Be carefull!
Thanks for the Link to BBB.

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