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3D Printing @ Gerstein + MADLab: Software & Designs

Everything you need to know about the Gerstein Science Information Centre's 3D printers in the MADLab

MakerBot Print (new version of MakerBot Desktop)

Free desktop application that allows you to prepare, manage, and monitor 3D prints. Get it here.

Important Note - You must download and install the "Legacy" version of the software, not the latest version. 

Newer versions of the app have removed support for our Makerbot Replicator 2 printers. To get the legacy software, scroll all the way down to the bottom of the Makerbot Print download page and click either Mac or Windows to get the appropriate version for your operating system.

Supplementary note for macOS Catalina Users

In fall 2019, Apple released macOS Catalina, and many users have reported that it prevents MakerBot Print (Legacy) from being installed. There is a workaround. Click here to download the instructions to install MakerBot Print on macOS Catalina.

Designs that Work

The Makerbot Replicator 2 ships with various easy-to-print, successful designs pre-loaded on an SD card. If you are brand new to 3D printing and just want to print something quick and easy, these designs might be what you want to start with. From chain links, to a stretchy bracelet, to a nut-and-bolt and mr. jaws, these designs do a great job of demonstrating the potential of 3D printing, while taking less than an hour (most are under 30 minutes) to complete! 

Check out 3D Printing @ Gerstein + MADLab's smart collection of easy first-time prints on Thingiverse for more inspiration!

Download a Pre-Existing 3D Design!

It's like a thing. 3D designers and printers like to share their work. Check out the links below and search for or browse for a design that suits your fancy. 
If you're a beginner, we recommend going with designs that have a picture of the finished product. That way, you might be able to tell if it'll work!

Other 3D Printing Software

Free 3D Modelling Software