MakerBot Replicator 2 Can Replicate Itself

One of the questions I was eager to ask Bre Pettis, the CEO of MakerBot, at the unveiling of the company’s new MakerBot Replicator 2 desktop 3D printer on Sept. 19 was whether it was capable of replicating itself — or at least printing out the parts and pieces necessary to assemble another Replicator 2. 

He didn’t disappoint, telling me that someone had already done that with one of the company’s previous 3D printers, the Thing-O-Matic

"I’m sure this is possible [with the Replicator 2]," Pettis told me. "Nobody’s done that yet today because nobody’s had one yet. It’s happening. That will happen I’m sure."

Below is a video of the Replicator 2 in action, printing out a vase at the new MakerBot store in Manhattan, located in NoHo at 298 Mulberry St. The printer’s bioplastic comes out at 230 degrees celsius, but cools quickly.