How to Use Heated Build Plate on Replicator 2 with MakerBot Desktop

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The MakerBot Replicator 2 3D printer does not come with a heated build plate, but you can add one – either a readily available unofficial upgrade or make a DIY one. The control board of the Replicator 2 does have the needed support to control a HBP if you install one and decide to let the printer control it based on your settings. You would of course need to replace the power adapter with a more powerful one that will be able to handle the extra power requirements of the heated build plate…

The more important question however is how do you use the HBP after you install it on the Replicator 2 with the MakerBot Desktop software (previously called MakerBot MakerWare). What you can do to make the heated build plate is to switch the software to the Makerbot Replicator 2x profile instead of the Replicator 2 that you should normally be using. You can do that from the MakerBot Desktop going to Devices – Select Type of Device – Makerbot Replicator 2x. It however comes with some drawbacks such as slightly reduced build plate size in the software, though your heated build platform may actually be smaller compared to the original space available prior to that.

You need to go through the Print Settings panel in order to get access to the settings for 3D printing and under the Temperature tab you will see the option to enable the option called Heat the Build Plate and set the Build Plate temperature to the desired value. Also since the Replicator 2 has only one extruder, you need to set the temperature for the extruder in the Right Extruder panel.

On the MakerBot Replicator 2 3D printer you also need to do something in order to activate the support for the Heated Build Plate. You need to go into the following menu Info and settings – General Settings – Set to Yes to the Heated Plate option. Also in order to properly use the Preheat setting from the 3D printer you should also go into the menu Info and settings – Preheat Settings – Set the desired temperature for Preheat under Platform.

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3 Responses to How to Use Heated Build Plate on Replicator 2 with MakerBot Desktop

Ghassan Yusuf

May 26th, 2016 at 22:43

Dear Sir

When i bought my 3D printer. it was allready very high in price. i didnt know it didnt have a heated bed and i didnt know it doesnt print abs material too :(. i cant afford to buy another 3d printer. so i am trying to find a solution to search for a kit compatible to my makerbot replicator 2. i would be very happy to buy your product please.

mail me with any thing regarding your heated bed. where and how to buy it.


J Stephens

May 26th, 2016 at 23:01

I Love my MakerBot Replicator 2 but it really bugged me that this 3D printer does not come with a heated build plate – until now! So thanks for the great tip and I think I’ll go with the unofficial upgrade.


February 26th, 2017 at 19:09

Did you actually try this ? Once you have selected the Rep 2x the option to print is no longer available and although the HBP settings are still present when switching back to Rep 2 the print does not proceed with HBP temp being maintained.

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