Thing-O-Matic Assembly Instructions / User Manual

Welcome, Thing-O-Matic Operator!

You are embarking on a journey on the forefront of MakerBot technology. Owning a Thing-O-Matic puts you in the ranks of a small, dedicated, international group who have their own 3D printer. Soon you will have a tool to materialize your ideas into physical objects. This is going to be awesome, and you can do it.

The build will be fun and potentially challenging. Only a few short years ago, low-cost 3D printing was a pie-in-the-sky idea. We've come a long way since then, and things have gotten much easier. Low-cost 3D printing is still a frontier, so you may encounter a few bumps along the way.

If you get stuck and need some help, there's a great community and our dedicated support staff to help you.

Before You Begin

  1. Read the documentation, so nothing is unexpected. Every page has a discussion link at the bottom where you may find comments from builders.
  2. Install the Software
  3. Identify Your Parts
  4. Gather Your Tools
  5. About T-slot Construction
  6. Prepare wood pieces

The Build Process

  1. X Stage Assembly
  2. Y Stage Assembly
  3. Z Stage Assembly
  4. Extruder Assembly
  5. Body Assembly
  6. Build & Install your Safety Cutoff (MK6+ and later)
  7. Update the Firmware
  8. Electronics Installation
  9. MakerBot Gen 4 LCD Interface (Optional)

Using Your Thingomatic

  1. Proper Belt Tensioning
  2. Testing Your Bot
  3. Your First Print
  4. Maintenance and Upkeep
  5. Fine Tuning & Calibration
  6. How to Print Raftlessly


  1. Troubleshooting your Thingomatic
  2. Getting help

Reference Information

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