The Making of Makerbot Replicator XL
When were at Maker Faire 2012 a few weeks ago, we were looking at all the taller 3D printers and thinking of what we wanted to do next. My son decided he wanted to try and “stretch” his Replicator to be able to print higher. When he got back home, he started taking measurements. He decided that he could add 100mm to the height with minimal alteration of parts. I am sure he will add more to the topic on here and on the Makerbot Blogs & Forums.
Now all you have to do is order a couple of Smooth Rods that are 100mm longer than the stock rods.
Get some wire to splice into the wires that have to be extended.
Get the new case pieces laser cut
Now to assemble the parts, extend the wires and reverse the Z rod nut plate
Replicator XL Printing
Here are two prints of the same object. On the left is MAX height on stock Replicator and on the Right is the same part maxed out on the Replicator XL.
Good comparison on what you could do with stock Replicator and replicator XL