MakerBot Print is our newest print-prepration software, which supports native CAD files and STL assemblies,
allows you to interact with all your printers via the Cloud, and many other exciting new features.
Yes, 10mm has about ~60% more material than 8mm, so it is considerably more rigid. Because the X axis moves on the Z axis, and because of the high speeds possible on the MendelMax, beefing up the z axis is worthwhile. The difference is small, but the cost difference is negligible.