I'm in the market for a new 3D printer,

(Renat Z.) #1

I’m in the market for a new 3D printer, has anyone anything to say about this brand?

(Tomáš Vít) #2

There is a lot things to say. For example Ultimaker 2 is the most used 3D printer of 3Dhubs.com community around the world (http://www.3dhubs.com/Trends). :wink: I have done an editorial test of Ultimaker 2 last year and new upgrades should really help to achieve better prints (for example better cooling).

(Daniel Bull) #3

From what I’ve seen if you want a polished commercial product and it fits your budget it’s one of the best you can get.

(Tom Nardi) #4

Yeah, if I was going to spend that kind of money on a “polished” machine (I.E. not some kind of kit or machine made for tinkering), I’d probably go Ultimaker.

(Neil Darlow) #5

There used to be a popular saying that went “Nobody ever got fired for buying IBM!”.

You could apply the same sentiment to Ultimaker machines.

(Daid Braam) #6

I work there. Thats a plus :wink:
The 2+ is really good. Instead of focusing on features it focuses on ease of use and stability.

(Alexander Pritchard) #7

My Local Library has one, and a taz 5, so they are probably reliable.

(Eric Mattison) #8

Make Magazine had a terrific side by side of most of the consumer 3D printers last month that will help your decision making process.

(Tomáš Vít) #9

@Eric_Mattison There is original Ultimaker 2, not enhanced Ultimaker 2+. (Better cooling can improve overhangs and bridging.)

(Eddy Castro) #10

I still hope that they will make a 2 with two extruders.

(Tomáš Vít) #11

These are definitely not the last news from Ultimaker this year. :wink:

(Renat Z.) #12

@Tomas_Vit ​​ So should I wait before buying the ULTIMAKER 2+ EXTENDED?

(Renat Z.) #13

One thing that I think is missing from ULTIMAKER 2+ EXTENDED is Wi-Fi connectivity and camera to see progress. Using SD card approach with MakerBot Replicator 2X for the past almost 3 years is such a pain…

(Tomáš Vít) #14

@Renat_Z Let’s use USB port, Raspberry Pi with OctoPi and Pi camera. http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:964490. Not so hard to build and quite cheap and very powerful. I use it every day with my Printrbot (and Simplify3D for better slicing.)
PS: I hope Ultimaker will add modern WiFi and camera in 3rd gen. It is time. :wink:

(Renat Z.) #15

@Tomas_Vit ​ Yes, but that means my pc should then be kept on for the whole time of the print process… I wonder if ULTIMAKER sells Wi-Fi modules…

(Tomáš Vít) #16

@Renat_Z No, RaspberryPi with OctoPrint works like print server, so there is no need of PC running for the whole time. And you can check and control the printer via phone or tablet also (see https://youtu.be/MwsxO3ksxm4). There are also cloud solutions like 3DPrinterOS (runs also on RaspberryPi) which you can use for remote control of multiple printers. – I know, so expensive printer like Ultimaker 2 should have WiFi and camera, but you can pick from other solutions on the market or enhance existing one.

(Renat Z.) #17

@Tomas_Vit ​ Thanks for the suggestion but Octoprint seems a bit too complex for my blood. Would anyone confirm that Ultimaker is more reliable than TAZ?

(Renat Z.) #18

I care less about hackability, but rather reliability and great resolution though…

(Jamie Laing) #19

I have four types of printer, and my favorite for cost and reliability is the Flashforge Creator Pro. Second is Makergear M2.