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How to Get Started with your MakerBot 3D Printer

After you receive your brand new MakerBot® Replicator® 2 Desktop 3D Printer from Octave Systems, you are ready to start printing. All you need now are a few tips to get you up and printing, and a rundown of a few key ingredients that fuel the MakerBot® 3D Ecosystem. Let the making begin!

Unboxing Your MakerBot Replicator 2
Safety first! Unbox your MakerBot Replicator 2 the right way.

Setting Up Your MakerBot Replicator 2
Learn how to load PLA Filament into your 3D printer, level your build plate, and more.

Find it on Thingiverse
Eager to get started with your 3D printer, but not sure where to begin? Visit MakerBot® Thingiverse®, the 3D design community where you can discover, download, and print over 100,000 free 3D models. Make it your New Year’s Resolution to 3D print something new every day!

Make it with MakerBot MakerWare
MakerWare is the ideal software to drive your MakerBot Replicator 2. This free yet powerful tool works in tandem with your favorite 3D design software to create watertight, ready-to-print 3D models.

Be sure to stop by our online store to check out the latest selection of MakerBot 3D Printers, Octave filament and 3D Tools.

Add comment April 25th, 2014

FlashForge Creator X 3D Printer

FlashForge Creator X now in stock at Octave Systems for $1299!!

The FLASHFORGE Creator X is a high quality with dual extrusion technology 3D printer that provides a great learning experience to 3D printing. The FLASHFORGE Creator X provides user experiences like no other 3D printer on the market.

FlashForge Creator X is developed based on wooden frame version Creator. Compared to Creator, Creator X has four main improvements:

1. The new metal frame is sturdier and more stable than the previous wood frame.

2. The build platform is optimized. It uses high temperature resistant aluminum plate with the thickness of 6.3 mm and guarantees a level platform. It doesn’t warp during the heating process.

3. The LED light, a new addition, lights up the printing area nicely.

4. Corner fittings are added to secure the Y transmission axis , which not only make it easier for installation, but also help to keep the axis straight.


Add comment April 17th, 2014

MakerBot Digitizer Desktop 3D Scanner

The MakerBot® Digitizer™ Desktop 3D Scanner quickly turns the things in your world into 3D models that you can modify, improve, share, and 3D print.

Make 3D Models Fast—for Less!

Now, for only $799, you can create, scan, and share your very own 3D models. With no design or 3D modeling experience required to get started, the MakerBot Digitizer lets you:

– Digitally capture and preserve your 3D mementos, creations, and precious objects.

– Explore the frontiers of 3D scanning. Share adventures with enthusiasts of all ages.

– Participate in educational and entertaining 3D scanning projects and challenges.

– With our easy-to-use software, you can create clean 3D models in just two clicks.

Check out our website for more details on the MakerBot Digitizer 3D Scanner. We can’t wait to see what you make!

Add comment April 15th, 2014

Afinia H480 3D Printer Available from Octave Systems

The Afinia H Series 3D Printer won “Best in Class : Just click print” by Make magazine, the previous year it also won “Best overall 3D Printer”.

The Afinia H480 retains all of the great “Out-of-the-Box” printing features of its predecessor and adds Auto-Leveling Platform Calibration and Nozzle Height Detection. This makes setup a breeze and increases the already high printing reliability of the Afinia H-Series 3D printer.

“The H480 is the next improvement in our Desktop 3D Printer product line,” remarked John Westrum, Afinia’s Vice President. “We are constantly looking for ways to make it easier for our customers to use our printers and platform leveling and height detection were logical next steps.”

Platform leveling is accomplished by attaching the Platform Calibration Probe to the extruder head, and selecting Auto-Level from the included 3D printing software menu. The process takes a bit more than 2 minutes. Nozzle Height Detection is done by connecting the supplied data cable from the H480 to the platform and selecting Nozzle Height Detect. Height Detection takes about 20 seconds.

The Afinia H-Series can print models up to 5” x 5” x 5” with output accurate to within 150 microns (6 thousandths of an inch). Afinia’s 3D printing software imports STL files, which can be created with CAD/CAM software or downloaded from a growing number of online libraries. It then automatically generates the support material that the design requires for the print process. The Afinia H-Series connects to a PC or Mac with a USB cable. When printing, the Afinia stores the print job in its onboard memory, so users are free to unplug the USB cable. The Afinia 3D printer uses Octave ABS plastic filament that is available in more than 20 different colors.

The Afinia H480 3D Printer is available immediately from Octave Systems.

Add comment April 5th, 2014


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