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3D printing: Unboxing the MakerBot Replicator 5th Generation

We begin our DIY-IT discover series on 3D printing by unboxing our new 3D printer.
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It's here!

The MakerBot has arrived!

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Finishing tools

The first small UPS box contained a set of finishing tools used for cleaning parts and removing them from the print bed.

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Filament came packed in this box

The separate filament rolls came packed in this box

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Blue filament

Here's what a roll of filament looks like. Think of this as the printer's "ink".

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Orange filament

A very nice-looking roll of orange filament

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Now, let's open the MakerBot

Opening the carton shows a top carton with the MakerBot logo.

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Feeling welcome

The carton is quite welcoming.

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A tray of goodies

Just above the MakerBot itself is a carton of components and resources.

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A first look at the build tray

Here's the build tray, in its carton.

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Gray filament

The MakerBot comes with a full-sized roll of gray filament.

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USB cord

The USB cord is used for both configuring network connections with the MakerBot or for direct connection with a computer for submitting print jobs.

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The extruder, packed safely

This is the extruder in its bubble wrap.

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The extruder itself

This is the extruder itself, otherwise known as "the hot end". The little brass tip at the end is what the filament comes out of. That's the point at which all the printing happens.

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Extruder mounting brackets

This is the other side of the extruder, where it magnetically snaps onto the MakerBot.

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Power cord

The MakerBot uses a standard PC power cord.

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The build tray in bubble wrap

Here's the glass build tray, protected in bubble wrap. It was also shipped inside the protective foam of the carton.

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The build tray itself

I have come to be very familiar with the build tray, since it's what the objects are printed on, and removing those objects can be a bit of work.

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The MakerBot reveals itself

And now, here's the inside of the carton with the MakerBot itself, and a nice educator's guide.

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Packing corners

The MakerBot itself is secured nicely by strong packing foam.

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The machine in its box

Here's the machine in its box, ready to be taken out and set up.

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The MakerBot

Finally, here's the MakerBot itself, ready for initial setup.

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