Ultimaker 3 3D Printer Review: High-Quality Prints, for a Price As the matter of fact that Ultimaker 3 is actually the latest product manufactured by the Dutch 3D- printing giant, as it is a polished version of Ultimaker 2. And it offers with great flexibility and dual extruder support which makes it much attractive 3D printer especially for serious or professional users. At first let me tell you clearly that it is not actually cheap 3D printer, as it comes for $3,495 for standard model and in $4,295 for the extended model as it offers with large printing area. No doubt that ultimaker is actually a serious or experienced investment. Truly saying for those passionate users who really want cutting-edge FDM (Fused Deposition Modeling) printing and flexibility in materials, one more time I will say that it is a sound investment.
DESIGN: PROVED TO BE A SLEEK MACHINE
The Ultimaker 3 comes with a science fiction look with built-in LED lights and having the same white-plastic design like Ultimaker 2. According to its size it will go to grab your fair desk space, because its standard model measures about 13.5x15x15.5 inches.
Let me tell you about its build volume that you can even print your objects up to 8.5×8.5×7.9 inches as it becomes the total of 570 cubic inches. On the other hand, if we compare regarding with price to MakerBot Replicator+ you will be amazed that Ultimaker 3 is bigger than the 555 cubic inches. But no doubt both are proved to be big enough to have print jobs.
The Ultimate 3 extended model is actually larger than its standard size, measuring 19.3 inches high. It make it capable to print up to the area of 8.5×8.5×11 inches as it becomes the tota of 794.75 cubic inches.
The great innovation is that it is redesigned print head, that comes with two swappable extruders. As it is called print cores by Ultmaker. As it means that this 3D printer can print from two reels of filament in single time. In other sense you can print in two colors or even with two different materials. It offers with great filament that can be used to print supports. But when you use single extruder, then you will need to remove manually the supports after printing. Using PVA filament, you can have printed object with the help of only one material and supports in PVA and after that you remove support with the help of water. After completion of printing it is recommended that you must use painter’s tape or also white glue that helps to remove print stuck.
Setup: Getting Started with Ease
As far as it setup is concerned, I would like to tell you that it is simple in setting up. You can set it up in some time, you need to first remove its tape then install its spool holder and then you need to connect the cable then you can have fun with this 3D printer. It comes with the feature of Wi-Fi interface that you set up through its Ultimaker app, which is available for both IOS and Android phones. Using this app you can even control and monitor prints.
In most of the printers, all require bed leveling. In that, the distance between the print bed and the extruder must be set to get print nice and thin. You will be amazed at knowing that this entire phenomenon is done automatically even at the start of printing called automatic leveling. As it is done flawlessly.
Interface: Comes with Features, Easy to Use
we can have control on Ultimaker 3 in three ways: the Cura program running on a computer, the onboard controller, and through using the mobile app.
Through onboard controls, you have small OLED screen with the combination of dial and button. Using this you can even start a print and can also monitor the progress of prints and also control the printer options, like changing the filaments or print cores as well. Even using couple of clicks using dial you can also print from USB thumb drive.
The Cura program allows users to control printer over a USB or network connection. You can even see images from small camera built into the body of the printer. As Cura is actually a simple program that provides a 3D preview of the model that you move around. It also tells us that how your print is created and how much material you required to support inside of the object model.
All in all, its mobile app let you all to load and print models directly even using slicing engine that is built into youmagine.com site through which Ultimaker runs.
Print Speed: Very Slow
As far as the print speed is concerned, the Ultimaker 3 is actually proved to be slow printer. In the test phase we come to know that it took 6 hours and 6 minutes even in draft mode and in the little best quality mode it took more than 24 hours to print 3.5 inch tall “The Thinker” test model. As it is much slow as compare to other printers. If we compare this with MakerBot Replicator+ then we come to know that its quality is superior than MakerBot Replicator+ even in draft mode.
We are informed by the Ultimaker that they are working to improve the speed of printing for PVA, that’s why company releases on daily base updates about Cura and also the printer firmware hat enhance its speed of process as well. Even though company itself observe that printing using different materials is slower than with single material. But company is still trying to provide new possibilities for 3D printing.
Print Quality: Some of the Best We’ve Seen
We are amazed to see the results by this Ultimaker 3D print quality. It handled all our queries in a very smooth way by producing great prints having detail and clean surfaces. Even it got very few glitches problems in the fastest draft mode.
Even the geometric sculpture was printed out very accurately having neat and sharp edges and points.
At a glance
As it is much expensive but it scored 9 out of 10, the Ultimaker is proved to be a powerful and flexible 3D printer which comes with a lot of features to get design for professionals.