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The i3 Detroit Makerbot Page

This page documents all there is to know about our MakerBot. The version we have is a Cup Cake CNC.

The MB has either an Automated Build Platform (ABP) or just a Heated Build Platform (HBP). It is currently set up with the static HBP because of warping on the ABP belt, issues with the electrical connectors, and slop in the positioning. Until those are addressed, please leave the HBP in place.

Basic Info

  • Ownership: i3 Detroit
  • Location: In the Fab Lab.
  • What it looks like:


Manufacturer Information

  • Make/Model: Makerbot CupCake
  • Part Number:


not specified


You should get a walk-through on this machine prior to using it. Our MakerBot is a standard build, but there are some options you should know about, you need to have the right software configuration, and it has some quirks. Contact Mattfor more information.


A detailed recap of the operating instructions is beyond the scope of this page. Please get an introduction to the i3 Detroit machine, and read up on the online documentation. How to Print on the MakerBot website

Here is the list of software you will need:

  • [Java Runtime

Authorized Users and Trainers

No equipment access set up. See User:pajamapuma or Equipment Access Project for help.

Other References

Thingiverse - a place with designs contributed by other people


2012.07.01: Makerbot is running very well on RepG-37. I'll publish my settings file soon so others can use my known good settings.

Things that Need to be Done


A list of commonly asked questions