MakerBot Replicator Z18 3D Printer

The MakerBot Replicator Series (Replicator , and Replicator Z18) are entry level 3D printers, ideal for first time users. The MakerBot Method Series (Method, Method X) are manufacturing workstation 3D printers, capable of finished part dimensional accuracy of /-0.2mm .  All MakerBot 3D printers are compatible with MakerBot PLA and Tough Materials.  When large print size is the most important factor, the MakerBot Replicator Z18 3D Printer is the right choice for you.

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MakerBot 3D Printers are  designed for educators, engineers and designers in learning or office environments,  who use 3D applications to create new ideas and prototypes.  Ready to go, right out of the box, MakerBot 3D Printers offer the simplest setup experience and easy-to-use software with no tinkering required. Get models quickly, affordably, without the need for expertise or manual post-processing. The MakerBot Replicator Series (Replicator , and Replicator Z18) are entry level 3D printers, ideal for first time users. The MakerBot Method Series (Method, Method X) are manufacturing workstation 3D printers, capable of finished part dimensional accuracy of /-0.2mm .  All MakerBot 3D printers are compatible with MakerBot PLA and Tough Materials.  When large print size is the most important factor, the MakerBot Replicator Z18 3D Printer is the right choice for you.

Engineers and designers can minimise outsourcing costs and turn-around-time by bringing 3D printing in house.  Increase the impact of design with 3D models and compress time-to-market by creating high-quality concept, presentation, or fit/form/function models  easily and  in-house, enabling design reviews, marketing photos, packaging development, ergonomic testing, prototyping and customer tradeshow samples. MakerBot 3D printers are optimised to work with MakerBot Tough PLA material, to print durable, high-impact strength prototypes and fixtures compatible with the SmartExtruder .

Enhance your STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics) curriculum by including 3D printing.  Students and teachers will enjoy the convenience of printing high quality models right next to their desks, with the ease and flexibility expected of office printing. MakerBot 3D printers set the standard for clean, classroom-friendly, anyone-can-use 3D printing. Educators can gain access to affordable 3D printing technology as a tool for teaching model-making and prototyping, replacing manual model-making methods. Fully automated, MakerBot 3D solutions do not require an expert to perform print management or finishing tasks, which lets teachers and students focus on what really adds value: learning how to design. MakerBot 3D printers are optimised to work with MakerBot PLA material,  a non-toxic and easy-to-print material safe for the classroom or home.

At Design Supply, a MakerBot Authorised Partner, we work closely with Makerbot to provide the best solutions available to get the job done for your business and maximise your opportunities. With over 28 years of experience in the large format printer market, we offer expertise and knowledge in tailoring the exact solution for your specific application.


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Make extra large and ultra-tall industrial prototypes, models and products with the MakerBot Replicator Z18 3D Printer. It’s massive build volume means you can think and build bigger than ever, or print multiple things at once, so you can get to work on the next design sooner.  The MakerBot Replicator Z18 3D Printer accelerates and streamlines the iterative design process and make teaching with a desktop 3D printer easier and more effective.  The MakerBot Replicator Z18 is fifth generation technology, delivering a new standard of ease of use, quality, and reliability.  Powered by the new user-friendly MakerBot Replicator 3D Printing Platform, the MakerBot Replicator Z18 is app and cloud enabled, and includes Wi-Fi, Ethernet and USB connectivity, ensuring a seamless production workflow. The new MakerBot Replicator Smart Extruder is easy to swap or replace, minimising downtime by enabling you to quickly replace a worn extruder in minutes.  The modular design lets you plan for the natural wear common to 3D printing extruders and prepares you to quickly adapt to future innovations in the fast evolving world of 3D printing. The MakerBot Mobile and MakerBot Print app allow access to an extensive library of objects waiting to be replicated.

The MakerBot Replicator Z18 3D printer, Makerbot PLA materials, Smart Extruders and MakerBot Print software deliver high quality prints every time. MakerBot PLA materials are coupled with Smart Extruders, to ensure steady flow through the extruder nozzle.  Get smooth-to-the-touch surfaces that don’t need sanding, finishing or post-production. Choose a single colour to print, and settings that range from fast draft to finer resolution. Choose from over 32 different MakerBot PLA materials matched to three optimised Smart Extruders (Extruder, Extruder+, and Experimental Extruder). The new bendable Flex Build Plate with Grip Surface delivers improved print adherence, and easier print removal.

The MakerBot Replicator Z18 3D printer is reliable and delivers the best and most consistent results using compatible MakerBot PLA materials.  When additional model strength and durability are required, MakerBot Tough material is available. MakerBot PLA materials will perform every feature that MakerBot Print software offers and reliably slices and prints every time. The Flex Build Plate is factory-leveled for immediate printing, right out of the box.  The easy and accessible 3D printing experience features an on-board LCD display that show how much filament remains and enables monitoring of the 3D printer.  The LCD supports 8 languages, including English, Spanish, Italian, French, German, Japanese, Korean and Chinese. The MakerBot Mobile and MakerBot Print app enable remote monitoring of the printing status.  An on-board camera makes it easy to monitor print jobs, capture your creations being built, and share them online.

Save time and accelerate iteration by pairing the MakerBot Replicator Z18  with MakerBot Print software and MakerBot Mobile.  The Replicator Z18 is Cloud-enabled and can be controlled remotely with MakerBot Print or the MakerBot Mobile app.  MakerBot Print can import native CAD parts and assemblies, auto-arrange them during print preparation, and then print them on one or more printers. MakerBot Mobile includes an all-new wireless set up guide to start printing quickly and easily.


The MakerBot Replicator Z18 3D Printer  uses Fused Deposition Modeling print technology to deliver paper-thin print layers of 100-micron (0.0039 inches) resolution.  The MakerBot Replicator Z18 supports a build volume of 30.0 x 30.5 x 45.7 cm (length, width, height) (11.8 x 12.0 x 18.0 inches) or 42,512 cm³ (2,592 in³), and uses an enclosed, temperature controlled  build chamber. The minimum feature size is 0.8mm (0.0315 in). The build speed is made up of the maximum material flow rate and the print head travel speed.  The MakerBot Replicator  Z18 has a maximum material flow rate of ∼15mm³/sec and up to 175mm/sec print head travel speed that the extruder moves on the xy axis.

The MakerBot Replicator Z18 3D printer is compatible with MakerBot PLA and MakerBot Tough materials, available in small(0.9kg/2lb) and large (2.26kg/5.0lb) and extra large (4.53kgk/10lb) spools, supporting a diameter of up to 1.75mm (0.069 inch).  The MakerBot Replicator Z18 Printer has a single extrusion, uses a single colour per print and is compatible with the Smart Extruder+, Tough Smart Extruder+, and Experimental Extruder, depending on the type of PLA material chosen. MakerBot PLA materials are available in natural, true colours (red, yellow, orange, green, blue, purple, white, black, brown, cool gray, warm  gray), neon (green, pink, orange)  speciality (khaki, army green, ocean blue, light brown, peach, glow in the dark), and translucents (red, orange, yellow, green, blue, purple).  MakerBot Tough material is available in in slate gray, safety orange, onyx black and stone white, and is ideal when additional model  strength and durability is required.  MakerBot PLA (polylactic acid) material is a vegetable-based plastic material, which is a fully biodegradable thermoplastic polymer consisting of renewable raw materials. MakerBot PLA materials are composed of the purest grade resin available on the market, minimising curling and warping.   With tight tolerances to ensure steady flow through the extruder nozzle, MakerBot PLA materials perform every feature that MakerBot Print software offers and reliably slices and prints every time, reducing down time and creating the highest quality prints.  The nozzle diameter is 0.4mm(0.15 inch) and every colour is comprehensively quality tested at both 100-400 micron layer resolutions. 3rd party materials are available, including materials such as bronzeFill, copperFill and wooodFill, and work with the Experimental Extruder.  For convenience, the Replicator+ has open bottom loaded material drawer.

The MakerBot Replicator Z18 3D Printer has an injection-molded PC ABS build plate with aluminium gantry-reinforcement.  The Replicator Z18 includes an on board camera with 320 x 240 resolution for monitoring print jobs and sharing pictures of your 3D prints.

The MakerBot  Replicator Z18  3D printer works with Windows (7+), MAC OS X (10.7+), and Linux (Ubuntu, Fedora) and works with STL, OBJ, THING and MAKERBOT file types.  Connectivity is via USB, Ethernet and/or Wi-Fi. The MakerBot Replicator Z18 has a 3.5 inch full colour LCD screen, for easy, computer free access to printing menus, commands and your cloud storage library.  The LCD display allows you to set up and maintain your 3D printer, preview print files, and easily access your object library.  The LCD display shows how much filament remains, and lets you monitor your 3D Printer settings. MakerBot Mobile and MakerBot Print app allow remote monitoring of the printing status and provides access to an extensive library of objects waiting to be replicated.  MakerBot Print is advanced software so you can print on multiple build plates sequentially or simultaneously with multiple 3D printers. Store, organise, and access a wide range of 3D design files in your personal Cloud-enabled library.

Optional accessories for the MakerBot Replicator Z18 3D Printer include additional MakerBot  Build Plates for more rapid printing and removal of 3D prints at your convenience , MakerBot grease packets for lubricating the threaded rolls within the print chamber, MakerBot Build Plate Tape, for easier removal of 3D prints from the build plate, and the Makerbot Replicator Z18 Cart, a highly ergonomic and robust steel stand and storage cart on wheels for convenient mobility.

Design Supply’s expertise can help you determine the best 3D printing solutions for your particular printing needs and budget. As you would expect from MakerBot, reliable performance is a given. For added peace of mind, MakerBot 3D printers feature a 12-month RTB warranty and additional MakerCare extended warranties are available.


The MakerBot Replicator+ 3D printer received the Editor’s Choice Award, PC Magazine in 2016. “The MakerBot Replicator+ 3D printer is a marked upgrade over its predecessor, offering better speed, a larger build area, and workflow solutions for professionals”.



MakerBot Replicator Z18 3D Printer with MakerBot Smart Extruder , MakerBot Smart Extruder+, and Flex Build Plate with Grip Surface

MakerBot Print Software

MakerBot Mobile and MakerBot Print app

USB Cable

Power Cable app


Replicator Z18 Cart

Replicator Z18 Build Plate

Replicator Z18 Build Plate Tape

MakerBot Smart Extruder+  for Z18(for PLA Filaments)

MakerBot Tough material Smart Extruder+ for Z18 (for Tough PLA filaments)

Lab Experimental Extruder (for 3rd party filaments, no warranty)

Replicator Build Plate Tape

MakerBot 3D Printer Grease Packets

Consumables :

Tough PLA Bundle

MakerBot True Colour PLA, available in small (0.2kg/0.5lb) and large(0.9kg/2.0lb) and * xl (4.53kg/10.0lb) spools:

True Red

True Orange

True Yellow

True Green

True Blue

True Purple

True White *

Warm Gray *

Cool Gray *

True Black *

True Brown

Neon Pink

Neon Orange

Neon Green

MakerBot Speciality PLA, available in small (0.2kg/0.5lb) and large(0.9kg/2.0lb) spools:


Army Green

Ocean Blue

Light Brown


Glow in the Dark

MakerBot PLA  available in small (0.2kg/0.5lb) and large(0.9kg/2.0lb) spools:


Translucent Red

Translucent Orange

Translucent Yellow

Translucent Green

Translucent Blue

Translucent Purple

MakerBot Tough PLA, available in small (0.2kg/0.5lb) and large(0.9kg/2.0lb) spools:

Onyx Black

Stone White

Safety Orange

Slate Gray

3rd party materials (compatible with the Experimental Extruder):




Extended  Warranties:

1 year in Warranty – RTB Service Contract

2 year in Warranty- RTB Service Contract

1 year Out of Warranty = RTB Service Contract


MakerBot Replicator Z18 Data Sheet

MakerBot Method, Replicator +, Replicator Z18 Data Sheet


Founded in 2009, Brooklyn-based MakerBot®, a subsidiary of Stratasys Ltd., is a global leader in desktop 3D printing. MakerBot helps create the innovators of today and the businesses and learning institutions of the future.  MakerBot strives to redefine the standards of 3D printing for reliability, accessibility, precision, and ease-of-use.  MakerBot has one of the largest install bases in the industry and also runs Thingiverse, the largest 3D printing community in the world.  There are over 13,000 MakerBot Desktop 3D Printers in use by engineers, designers, researchers, and people who just like to make things.

The MakerBot Store at 298 Mulberry Street in the NoHo district of Manhattan offers people the chance to learn about desktop 3D printing, see demonstrations, and buy all kinds of cool products made on MakerBot Desktop 3D Printers. At MakerBot’s, MakerBot owners can access and contribute to a “universe of things.” Thingiverse has over 28,000 projects, models, and useful things that can be downloaded and made for free.

The original MakerBot Replicator was named “Best Emerging Tech” at the 2012 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. The MakerBot Replicator 2 Desktop 3D Printer was another huge step forward for MakerBot.  The fifth generation MakerBot Replicator+ prints 30% faster than its predecessor and offers 25% larger build volume and 28% quieter printing. For greater reliability and precision, it features improved hardware with a redesigned gantry and  z-stage with stiffer materials and sturdier construction, and Flex Build Plate with Grip Surface, eliminating the need for blue tape, providing better print adhesion and easier removal.  To ensure consistent performance, new MakerBot 3D printers and their subsystems were re-engineered and rigorously tested for 380,000+ hours across multiple facilities.

MakerBot Smart Extruder+ is a culminaton of product design, technology and 160,000+ hours of rigorous testing, that delivers dependable, consistant performance with supereios results using MakerBot PLA (polylactic acid) Material.

In July, 2019, MakerBot and St. John’s University unveiled a new MakerBot Innnovation Center.  St. John’s University is the first higher education institution in New York City to open a MakerBot Innovation Center and the second in the state overall.   Situated within the St. John’s University Technology Commons on its main campus in Queens, New York, the MakerBot Innovation Center offers a centralised location for students to design, create, and innovate.  The MakerBot Innovation Center is co-located with the University’s new e-sports environment and virtual reality pods to create an engaging and interactive community for students.  With access to over 20 MakerBot 3D Printers, students can have unfettered access to the tools and technology the need to propel their future career paths.  The St. John’s University Technology Commons was designed to elevate learning, promote collaboration across disciplines, and attract students and staff.  It enable the University to offer students wider access to 3D printing to teach ideation, problem-solving, and iteration. St. John’s University offers several courses that integrate 3D printing into their curricula, including Art & Design, Marketing, Foreign Language, Education, and Physiology.  Additionally, the University is in the process of creating classes on additive manufacturing and additive design approach, as well as an art elective in 3D printing and modeling.

MakerBot has been featured in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Economist, Wired, The Colbert Report, Fast Company, Engadget, Make: Magazine, Rolling Stone,, IEEE Spectrum, CNN, Financial Times, NPR, Vogue Italia and elsewhere.

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