The rankings of best 3D printers in the world often contain models from the popular Ultimaker series. The long-awaited Ultimaker 3 model is also frequently chosen by users, and recommended by the dealers of electronic equipment. The Dutch manufacturer has done a good job, making a device meeting the expectations of 3D printing enthusiasts.
Specifications Ultimaker 3:
Machine Dimensions: 342 x 505 x 588 mm
Build volume: 197 x 215 x 200 mm (Dual extrusion)
Materials: Open filament system (diameter 2.85 mm)
Layer resolution: up to 20 micron
Speed: < 24 mm³/s
Software: Ultimaker Cura, Cura Connect
Print heads: Dual extrusion print head 0.25 mm, 0.4 mm, 0.8 mm
What differs the third version of Ultimaker from the previous one?
In terms of appearance the alterations aren’t colossal, but under close inspection they can be seen easily. First of all, Ultimaker 3 was given rounded edges that make for a more ergonomic shape. Moreover, the front SD slot has been replaced with USB connection, and in the corner of the working chamber a camera was fitted. The arm has been lengthened in order to contain two rolls of material (in the back two filament feeders were placed, instead of one). Ultimaker 3 has two printing heads (it’s possible to switch freely between the heads). The device is also characterized by a perfected cooling system and the system of active table leveling. Printer works in NFC technology and automatically recognizes whether original filaments were applied.
Advantages and characteristic features of Ultimaker 3
The printer can be controlled manually, or by means of a specially prepared mobile application which is compatible with iOS and Android. Ultimaker 3 (similarly to its predecessors) is extremely easy to use; it doesn’t cause big problems even to skillful users. The device works under Linux as an ARM computer. One of its greatest advantages is its ability to work long. If we need to print every day, we don’t have to switch off the device for the night at all. The printer is able to work easily for a few days without a break, which allows for higher efficiency and saving time of its owner. Also very easy is the process of filament restocking (after a few times we can get the knack), but we just have to remember that we need easy access to the rear part of the device. If we don’t employ original materials, we additionally need to manually select the sort of introduced filament.
Ultimaker 3’s price
Not everyone, unfortunately, can afford the equipment described above. The purchase of Ultimaker 3 means an expenditure of about $3500 USD, which isn’t a small amount of money. And although the device is designated for both beginners and experiences users, it’s worth to go for it only if we know that we’re going to print a lot, and the print quality matters. Otherwise it’s better to opt for any budget models, which also can provide satisfactory quality of elements printed in 3D technology.
Favorable opinions of the owners
The owners of Ultimaker 3 draw attention to the innovativeness of the applied solutions, ease of use and rare occurrence of faults requiring service. Owing to Ultimaker 3 hi-tech and professional printing is possible in the quiet of your own home.
- High print quality
- Easy to use
- Dual extruders
- Silent work 50 dBA
- Wi-Fi, LAN, USB port
- Long print time at default resolution.