Thanks to Matterhackers I’ve had the Ultimaker 2+ for a few months now, and I’ve been printing a number of models with it. Now it’s time for my review of the Ultimaker 2+ and I have a few things to say about the printer.
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Hey it’s Joel, the 3D Printing Nerd, and in front of me here is the Ultimaker 2+, provided by Matterhackers. Thanks a lot guys, I really appreciate it. I’ve had the machine a while and I’ve printed some things with it. I think it’s time I tell you a little more about it.
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Ah, welcome back!
Over the past few months, I’ve had the chance to print a few things with this machine. That being said, it’s been on the market quite a while, and I know there are plenty of reviews on Ultimaker 2+. I want to add to the conversation, but I don’t want to parrot what others have said? Can I do this? Let’s find out.
First, let’s get the Ultimaker 2+ specifications out of the way.
— Ultimaker 2+ specs —
Build area: 223 x 223 x 205 (8.8 x 8.8 x 8.1)
Bed temps: 50c – 100c on glass, gets there in under 4 minutes
Bowden style extruder
Nozzle size: 0.4mm default, 0.25mm, 0.6mm, 0.8mm nozzles included for Olssen Block
Nozzle temps: 180c – 260c gets there in around a minute
It will print: PLA, ABS, CPE, CPE+, PC, Nylon, TPU
Last, but not least, is the addition of LED lights within the Ultimaker frame. I know they are just “lights”, but at the same time, they are incredibly valuable for those who want to film timelapse movies of models being printed. The LED lights can be turned on and off using the menu system on the printer.
— show lights going off and on — (disco music when on?)
I have some cool prints to show you that were printed on this Ultimaker 2+ …
— talk about prints — (intercut spin footage)
Lets talk about some specific things I like about the Ultimaker 2+
- Assisted bed leveling is incredibly well implemented and very easy to do. If you’re adding a print surface such as BuildTak or Fleks3D plates, releveling is simple and easy.
- The menu system is easy to navigate and the single iPod-style click wheel allows for fast navigation.
- The Ultimaker 2+ incluces the Olssen Block, which allows for each nozzle changes. Mine came with a 0.4mm nozzle installed, but it also came with a 0.25mm, 0.6mm, and 0.8mm nozzle to use if I wanted to. Micro Swiss has plated nozzle sets for the Ultimaker as well, incase you find yourself wanting to run some carbon fiber.
- Lastly, the build quality is extremely good, and it’s easy to tell the Ultimaker 2+ is built for high use environments and educational facilities.
I know I should tell you something I don’t like about this printer, but, quite honestly, nothing really stands out. I *will* mention the Bowden tube setup. If you don’t load the filament correctly, the motor slams the filament into the hot end and grinds away at it. That’s IF you don’t load it right, and I’ve only ever not loaded it right once – the very first time.
— shots of GOOD and BAD filament loading —
In the end, the Ultimaker 2+ is an incredibly well built 3d printer that produces incredibly high quality prints. The assisted bed leveling is very useful, and the ability to change nozzles is great when you want to have finer detail OR push plastic faster. You’ll send almost whatever material you want through the Bowden tube, and in the end, have some very cool models to show off.
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