Kapton tape. Not a good feature.

Ok, heads up. I really dig the Makerbot Replicator. Honest I do. I think it’s got great potential, and as a first-of-its-kind consumer level device it’s nothing short of revolutionary.

But Kapton tape has to go. If there’s one thing that diminishes the coolness of this device, it’s having to wrestle with a sheet of ill-fitting Kapton.

For the uninitiated, the Kapton is the substrate upon which all 3D prints are made. Before one runs a print, you’ve got to cover your heated build platform with a layer of space-age adhesive. It’s clingy, frustrating to work with, expensive, and absolutely essential to getting anything more than a blob of plastic ramen to print.

You can print a bunch of times with the same tape, but sooner or later it’ll get ripped, bubbled, or too filthy to use. Take off the tape and go through the painstaking process of getting it fitted to your heated build platform.

MakerBot Industries, hear my plea: do everything you can to get rid of Kapton tape in version 2.0.

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