Ultimaker 2by Ultimaker

  • Ultimaker 2
  • Ultimaker 2
  • Ultimaker 2
TECHWALLA
VERDICT
Clearly above average. Only a couple of issues keep this from being best in class.
81%
TECHWALLA SCORE
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PROS

  • The Ultimaker 2 uses standard consumables, which keeps the cost of operation and ownership down.
  • The unit works quietly.
  • The print quality is consistently good.

CONS

  • The unit is expensive; its nearest competitors cost much less.
  • A single extruder limits creative options.
  • You can't print directly from a computer. You transfer the files to the printer on an SD card.
The Ultimaker 2 is a 3D printer designed for both novices and experienced users, including artists and engineers. It is solidly constructed and has a large build area. Its resolution of 20 microns is among the smallest layer thicknesses available for a consumer 3D printer. The Ultimaker 2 works with both PLA and ABS filament materials, but it only has a single extruder. Direct printing from a PC is not supported; neither is Wi-Fi. Its USB port can only be used for firmware updates, but it has an SD slot for model loading.
NameUltimaker 2Replicator (2014)da Vinci 1.0 AiO 3D printerCube 3Simple Metal
ManufacturerUltimakerMakerbotXYZprinting3D SystemsPrintrbot
Techwalla Score
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List Price$2900$2900$800$1000$600
93%

The machine’s glass-and-aluminum chassis is sturdy, well-built and quiet. At 49 dB, the machine is about as loud as the humming of your refr…

The machine’s glass-and-aluminum chassis is sturdy, well-built and quiet. At 49 dB, the machine is about as loud as the humming of your refrigerator, so no annoying sounds or vibrations here.

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90%

It only takes a couple minutes to get the machine set up and powered on, but after that, there’s bit of configuration required before you ca…

It only takes a couple minutes to get the machine set up and powered on, but after that, there’s bit of configuration required before you can start printing off that Hello Kitty toothbrush holder you’ve been dreaming about.

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80%

[I]t's a breeze to set up and is the only 3D printer we've tested that operated without a single hitch.

[I]t's a breeze to set up and is the only 3D printer we've tested that operated without a single hitch.

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80%

It can churn out prints quickly, using a large layer height that produces rougher results, or slowly with a smaller layer height (down to an…

It can churn out prints quickly, using a large layer height that produces rougher results, or slowly with a smaller layer height (down to an impressive 0.02 mm) that yields more detailed prints with finer detail.

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80%

Gone are the laser-cut wooden sides and control panel that gave the Ultimaker its distinctive built-in-a-shed look, and instead the new mate…

Gone are the laser-cut wooden sides and control panel that gave the Ultimaker its distinctive built-in-a-shed look, and instead the new materials used for the casing are more refined and heavyweight.

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60%

Unfortunately, in testing, it didn't perform as consistently as how good it looks, especially when I wanted to print large objects.

Unfortunately, in testing, it didn't perform as consistently as how good it looks, especially when I wanted to print large objects.

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