If at any time you have problems or need to level your platform again, you
can use the arrow buttons to navigate through the LCD menus until you find
the Utilities menu. Press the M button to select this menu. Use the arrow
buttons to navigate through the menu options until you find “Level Build
Plate”. Press the M button to select this menu option.
The Replicator 2 generates high temperatures and includes
moving parts that can cause injury. Never reach inside the
Replicator 2 while it is in operation, and allow time for the Rep-
licator 2 to cool down after operation. Always be aware that
your extruder and motors can get hot!
If you need to open The Replicator 2 for service, ensure that
the power supply is turned off and the cord is disconnected.
Loading Filament into the Extruder
When you have completed the initial leveling tasks, the LCD menu displays
the following text: “Aaah, that feels much better. Let's go on and load some
plastic!” Isn't the Replicator adorable?
Before printing, you must load the MakerBot PLA Filament into the extruder
( Figure 6-10 shows the spool, the extruder, and the guide tube). Once loaded,
the MakerBot's extruder will pull filament as needed to make your object.
You should only need to reload the filament when you run out or change
colors. You don't need to reload it between print jobs.
To load the MakerBot PLA Filament, you must:
• Heat up your extruder.
• Remove the end of the filament guide tube from the hole in the top of
• Feed the free end of the MakerBot PLA Filament from the spool into the
end of the filament guide tube that is on the back of the MakerBot Rep-
• Thread the MakerBot PLA Filament all the way through the filament
• Make sure your filament has a nice squared off end. You might need to
recut it with scissors or a knife. Be careful!
• Insert the free end of the MakerBot PLA Filament into the hole in the top
of the extruder.
• Wait for the MakerBot PLA Filament to heat and extrude.
• Replace the filament guide tube into the hole in the top of the extruder.