Friday evening will be an important day in the history of Ultimaker.
It will be the launch of Ultimaker 2. Plus an introduction of several new features / initiatives being released now or in the near future.
Cofounder Erik de Bruijn is going to give a speech and we are happy to say so many people subscribed to be present in NewLab New York. There was so much interest even a waiting list formed. Still we would like everybody to be part of this special moment and therefore we will live stream most of the evening!!
If you go to our website Friday evening, and you go here¬†you will be able to follow the special event.¬†It will start around 5pm New York time.
iGo3D will also host a release, which can be viewed here.
Hopefully you will all watch the release with us and as one we can witness this big step into the future!
It was fascinating to read all the speculations over the weekend, from lawnmowers to 2D printers. But now it is time to get real.
With great pleasure, I am allowed to say: ‘Yes, Ultimaker¬≤ exists!!!’
It will be launched at the NewLab Brooklyn Navy Yard, Maker Faire New York, iGO3D store in Germany and The BIBA awards at Manchester. Ultimaker¬≤ will be traveling with us¬†across the world to various other events like TCT, Maker Faire Rome and 3D Print Show.
Come meet us there and get your first glimpse of this wonderful machine.
It will immediately be available from September 20th in our webshop
and we expect to ship out the first orders from October 1st.
During the rest of the week I will post some more statements that will reveal a little bit more about the machine.
To make a proper start I will share some specs with you:
- The Ultimaker¬≤ produces only 49 decibels of sound (three times a whisper).
-¬†Printing envelope is 226 x 226 x 206 mm¬†(¬†8.9×8.9×8.1 inches) -¬†Printer size: 358 x 338 x 389 mm(¬†4.1×13.3×15.3 inches )
- Pro electronics, all the electronic parts are combined into one reliable and steady board.
- A heated bed.
- A heated bed. It is so good, I have mentioned it twice.
In my previous blog I asked for any of the readers and Ultimaker users to share some of the experience you were having with Dual Extrusion. I am glad to say I have got some feedback and I would like to share this with you.
We have received quite a few pre-orders and I am happy to say no serious leadtime was formed. Everyone received their Dual Extrusion within a couple of days.
The word on the street is that the wiki-instructions on how to disassemble, assemble and calibrate the Dual Extrusion have reached an all time high and are considered to be rather detailed.
Even though the Dual Extrusion upgrade is considered to be experimental I virtually only hear positive experiences. The most criticism is, as expected, about oozing. In the second slideshow in this blog I added a picture which illustrates this, but also what kind of beauty lies beneath. The oozing could and should be reduced to a minimum/zero but that is something I believe we can all work on.
A few tips on how to bring the oozing back to a minimum:
- Print at the lowest temperature possible. 190¬įC seems to be a good temperature for a normal speed (50mm/s) but if you are suffering from oozing it may be worth experimenting with a lower temperature.
- Put your fanduct at the appropriate angle so you get maximum cooling.
- Make sure your Dual Extrusion offset is calibrated. X, Y and Z.
- Set retraction speed to 40/50mm/s at 4,5mm
If anybody has any additional tips, please share your knowledge.
Here in the head quarters we have doing some testing and making some more Dual Extrusion prints:
Some more info:
Layer height: 0.12mm
Print time: 45hours
I also received some pictures from the community, which I want to share. Thank you Nelson!¬†I did not take the liberty of downloading images from the forums without permission.¬†What I consider good about these pictures is that you can see the oozing, but also how good it looks after a clean up.
The Ultimaker is a girl’s best friend! The famous quote everyone frequently hears, and men have to battle until, well probably, the end of time.. Or Isn’t it?!
Oh, my mistake! It’s supposed to be ‘Diamonds¬†are a girl’s best friend’.¬†Originally, as Wikipedia teaches me, it comes from a musical from ’49. Let me tell ya, that is all in the past, diamonds have had their fun. It is time for a new phrase, a modern phrase, a 2013 phrase! And let’s face it, who would ever again need those expensive diamonds when you can also print your own huge (!) pink diamond for the smallest percentage of what an actual diamond costs. Did you know that 1 solid cm¬≥ only costs ‚ā¨0,05 including both material and power?
Thank you Cymon, for giving men back the power. Now we can be girl’s best friend again, and give them all the diamonds they please!
Some more details about the print:
Layer height: 0.1 mm
Print time: 8 hours
For my next blog I wanted to share some of the experiences people have had with Dual Extrusion and perhaps include some tips/photos. So this is a call for everyone who installed Dual Extrusion to possibly send your experience to me, whether positive or negative. It would be especially great if you could add some pictures, and they might show up in the next blog post! You can send your contribution to Support at Ultimaker.com. Thank you all in advance!
The next Ulti-evening will take place at ProtoSpace in Utrecht on Monday September 9th. As usual we will have 2 lectures:
1) Erik Swetter, of 3D Hologrammen, will tell about his business and the great stuff he is making and selling at his store.
2) Gijs de Zwart, winner of the Grabcad challenge, he will talk about and show his design ‘Bubblox’ with which he won the first prize of this challenge.
17:00-18:30 ¬† Set-up your Ultimaker (if you brought one) and start mingling with the¬† crowd.
21:30-22:30¬†¬† Possibility to mingle again.
22:30-22:45 ¬† Closing the evening.
In the beginning of this year I got my masters degree in Industrial Design, for which I did my graduation project at Ultimaker. Inspired by all the developments in the area of digital fabrication – especially 3D printing – I decided to take this as starting point for my project “PrinterAction”.
The last couple of years 3D printing has gained more popularity, but the interaction with this digital fabrication method is still very much technology-driven. In the project PrinterAction interaction possibilities were explored – among others the creation of personalized objects and the integration of craftsmanship. This led to the design of a 3D printer installation with which unique, personal objects can be created based on one’s movement.
This might sound rather abstract, since it was a very explorative project, but let’s explain it further!
Basically, the installation I created exists of 3 phases – Move, Record and Print – that will guide the user through the process of creating a unique, personal shape. In the first phase, Move, the user can explore body movements and will get feedback on that by movements of the printhead of the Ultimaker. These body movements are registered by a Kinect and translated into movements of the printhead by the use of an algorithm. Each movement made by the user corresponds to a certain shape that is shown by the movement of the printhead. In this way one can see how certain movements influence the shape. Next, one can go to the Record phase in which a final series of movements can be recorded.¬†While making movements the user holds an artifact that functions as the interface of the installation. It evokes movements from the user and triggers one to express oneself.¬†Finally, by going to the Print phase, the data gained by the movements of the user will be translated into a unique shape that will be printed.
Check the movie below to see the installation in action! And you can go here for more information.
While everybody at the Ultimaker¬†Head Quarter is getting more and more familiar with a somewhat nervous breakdown during the making of all the preparations for upcoming events, the Ultimaker keeps printing like an unstoppable machine. We printed this hot female warrior, that hopefully will¬†look over our sanity! ^^
Information about the events we will be attending can be found here. If you happen to be in the area we would love to meet. ¬†Even though it will be pretty intense, we are looking forward to going out into the world, show off our marvelous Ultimaker and talk to fellow-enthusiasts.
In September I (Sander) will be covering some of Alexander’s activities since he is going on a well deserved vacation. Among them will be the blog posts, so hopefully I will also be able to keep you all interested
As of today, we are proud to offer everybody the opportunity to buy a dual extrusion kit from our shop! The first batch was especially reserved for the ‘early bird’ subscribers to the waiting list (see blog post), which was a huge success!
In the meantime, we have been hard at work making the relevant updates to our Wiki, so you can assemble your kit on your own. Also we have made sure that you can start your first dual extrusion print by providing a dual extrusion file on YouMagine (see below).
On YouMagine you will also find the dual extrusion mount, since some older Ultimakers need this add-on to attach the extra extruder drive, but if you do not have the time to print this you can always add it while you are placing your purchase for the dual extrusion in the shop, then we will ship it together with you order.
And if you experience difficulties while assembling your dual extrusion kit we have a dedicated forum category for dual extrusion, where you can post any challenges you may face, and of course you can always send our support team a ticket, they are glad to help!
Last but not least, we would love to see your pictures of the dual extrusion prints so feel free to post them on Facebook , Twitter with #ExtrusionUltimaker or our forum gallery. Hope we will be able to start sharing your amazing pictures soon.
Quick Video on assembly of the Dual extrusion kit:
It is rare to hear someone doing such a massive print as ‘Warhound titan’ for their first print.
But clearly,¬† ‘Kingcatwell’, community member, was up for the task!
Either way, this is an impressive print by anyone’s standard.