04 Jan Makerbot Releases The Smart Extruder+
Makerbot has just announced the availability of their new Smart Extruder+, a PLA 3D printer head that offers “better performance over a longer period of time.” This is the first major upgrade to Makerbot’s extruder since the launch of their Fifth Generation printer.
The new head is the first that has been tested by parent company Stratasys for reliability. I tested an early version and found it similar to the previous version. The primary complaint users had with the old extruder was a tendency to fail after a few months of use, something I have not experienced. I will put the new extruder through its paces this week and report back but thus far print quality has been the same as with the previous extruder.