It is CES time, which means we have some exciting news to share with you!
You may have already seen the teaser online and on top of that you probably all heard (or started ) the rumours, gossip and predictions about what Ultimaker will be launching next, and when.
The when is an easy question which I can now finally answer; now!
The what though, will require some more effort explaining.
Directly available from the launch (right now people!) we have replaced the Ultimaker 2 and Ultimaker 2 Extended with their successor; Ultimaker 2+ and Ultimaker 2 Extended+.
An Ultimaker 2+ is an improved version of the Ultimaker 2. These improvements are the result of the interaction and insightful feedback we received from you and the rest of our community.
In the printhead you’ll find a new and more accurate PT100, a stronger heater cartridge and a pre-installed Olsson Block so everyone has the opportunity to use different nozzle sizes and we improved the fan shroud for optimized airflow and cooling. The PTFE isolator is made from TFM, which has a longer life span. We have also removed the spring and implemented a spacer, this has less pressure on the PTFE isolator which also expands its life span.
And, maybe most important of all.. new clips to hold the glass plate in place that won’t mess up your finger!!
What I personally really like is the fact we are still holding on to our modular machine strategy, i.e. backwards compatibility. This means for our current Ultimaker 2 users we’ll have an Extrusion upgrade available to convert their Ultimaker 2 into an Ultimaker 2+. The Extrusion upgrade will be released later in Q1 in 2016.
The geared feeder.
The stronger geared feeder allows you to easily swap filament and choose the correct pressure for your filament. Just like the old feeder it has a lever through which you can choose your ideal pressure. For example with a softer filament you’ll need to choose a lower pressure. Such control increases the success rate of your prints. It also features a lever, when raised, you can manually insert or remove filament.
Combined with the Olsson Block which is now by default installed in the Ultimaker 2+ and a stronger cartridge heater the build speed volume can go up all the way to 24mm3/s with a 0.8mm nozzle.
The prize for these successors will remain the same as you have grown accustomed to with its predecessor. Check out our new product pages here!
We have also captured this information in this informative video
We are curious to hear what you think of these improvements!