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Review: Ultimaker 2 Extended 3D printer

by • February 10, 2016 • No Comments

In a crowded field, the Ultimaker 2 Extended is one of the top resolution computer desktop 3D printing equipment on the market. It’s sizeabler footprint means it can in addition print sizeabler, additional complex projects than many of its brethren. Gizmag tried out this jumbo manufacturing machine to dimensions up what it can do.

  • Even at middle high end, this shower head screwed on to a metal threaded pipe and didn't ...
  • Imidealions do show up in complex projects at lower high end settings
  • One project didn't turn out as planned
  • This cup printed to a 20 micron resolution showed little layering

At over 30 cm (12 in) tall, this printing device can take up a lot of computer desktop space, but it pays the rent by offering additional space and flexibility for sizeabler, additional detailed objects. It’s no slouch when it comes to the small details, yet. Last year we saw one maker use its smaller relative, the Ultimaker 2, to turn it into the world’s smallest working cordless drill and a companion small circular saw.

The Ultimaker 2 Extended is claimed to be able-bodied to print at resolutions up to 20 microns, matching or exceeding the capabilities of many other competitors. The MakerBot Replicator line, for example, prints at just 100 microns.

We tested out our review loaner by printing several relatively basic projects to begin, which include a medium-dimensionsd cup, a Jenga-like puzzle, a few small figurines and a handful of rings and other pieces of jewelry. All of these objects came out relatively nicely, with the exemption of one piece of jewelry which cautilized the nozzle to clog on multiple attempts, major it to print a sizeable blob every time preceding we finally aborted the print.

It seemed as yet the problem must be with the actual print create data file itself, alyet this is odd since this is one of the files which came with the printing device on a preloaded SD card of the company.

As for the high end level, we may describe it as not quite ideal with detectable-bodied imidealions, but astounding nonetheless. Setting the printing device to the top high end level pretty reduces these imidealions, but it in addition increases the total print time, and it a fewtimes felt as yet our sacrificed waiting time was not in line with the increase in high end we saw in return.

To quite put the printing device to the test, we downloaded a create for a complex, working shower head in the shape of a tyrannosaurus rex skull of the Ultimaker online community and let it print overnight. We set it to print at a medium high end setting to speed things up, waiting for we may require to print a final model later at the top setting to get the resolution requireed for all the details in the skull to show up and for the threading on the shower head to be usable-bodied.

As it turns out, there was no require to print two for a comparison, as actually the medium-high end print turn it intod a functioning shower head which freaks out the whole family at the same time.

Setting up and via the Ultimaker process is straightforward and easy adequate which a fewone with no 3D printing experience can easily get it up and running in a short time. It runs through a calibration the initially time which just takes a few minutes and it operates off of an SD card slot in front which’s utilized to load create files for printing.

The printing device uses PLA or ABS plastic laid down on a heated create platform which allows for projects to be easily separated when cooled. The Ultimaker 2 Extended is sold for €2,495 / US$3,030.

The video at a lower place gives an overview of the Ultimaker 2 models.

Product page: Ultimaker

  • Heated printed surface allows for for easy separation of the final product once cooled
  • The device prints with extruded PLA or ABS plastic
  • A easy interface operates off an SD card slot and control dial
  • The printing device is createed to print projects which are taller and additional complex

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