The Ultimaker 2 is a nice piece of kit. A quality 3D printer at a price which is reachable (well affordable) for both hobbyists and small businesses. In fact we hear good things about it and the online reviews are pretty much positive across the board. Above all, the comments we have seen say it is reliable, trustworthy and easy to use. It is also committed to open source 3D printing which is a big plus over the long run.
The manufacturer claims it is made from premium parts and materials. This appears to be the case too – not just the usual advertising blurb. They have added nice features like a heated bed, which smooths the prints, allows for ABS printing and avoids warping (a common problem). With its clean cut design the Ultimaker 2 fits into any working or living environment. For sure most people would not consider it ugly or out of place by any means. It has high specifications for the price at around $2560 (depending upon the euro exchange rate) if you buy it directly from the Ultimaker Factory.
The manufacturer also claims it has the highest speed and accuracy of any desktop 3D printer which is bound to get up the nose of one or two other manufacturers we can can think about. Ultimaker 2 offers print speeds of up to 300mm/s and 0.02mm layer resolution. That is quite impressive for a desk top 3D printer as is the print-to-size ratio. The Ultimaker 2 in fact offers the smallest footprint but highest build volume among popular desktop 3D printers. The open filament system also allows you to choose and swap out any filament type.
Here are the main features of the Ultimaker 2 so you can compare with its arch rival the MakerBot Replicator 2:
- Layer resolution: up to 20 micron
- Build volume: 23 x 22.5 x 20.5 cm
- Position precision X Y Z: 12.5 / 12.5 / 5 micron
- Print speed: 30 mm/s – 300 mm/s
- Travel speed: 30 mm/s – 350 mm/s
- Recommended filament diameter: 2.85 mm
- Nozzle diameter: 0.4 mm
- Stand-alone SD-card printing
- WiFi printing ready (future upgradeable)
- Software: Cura – Official Ultimaker
- Print technology: Fused filament fabrication (FFF)
- Frame dimension X Y Z: 35.7 / 34.2 / 38.8 cm (no filament)
- Frame dimension X Y Z: 49.2 / 34.2 / 55.8 cm (with filament)
- Operation nozzle temperature: 180° – 260° C
- Operation heated bed temperature: 50° – 100° C
- Ambient operation temperature: 15° – 32° C
- Storage temperature: 0° – 32° C
- AC input: 100 – 240 V / ~4 AMPS / 50 – 60 HZ / 221 watt max.
- Power requirements: 24 V DC @ 9.2 AMPS
- Usage cost: ~ €0.05 / cm3 (material and power)
You can get all the details about this 3D printer on Ultimaker’s site