Materials

Compatible materials

The Ultimaker 2+ comes with one spool of PLA material, but does support the use of various materials.

The following Ultimaker materials are officially supported on the Ultimaker 2+:

  • PLA
  • ABS
  • CPE
  • CPE+
  • Nylon
  • PC
  • TPU 95A
  • PP

Although the Ultimaker 2+ has an open material system, the use of Ultimaker material on the printer is recommended. All Ultimaker materials have been tested extensively and have optimized profiles in Cura to ensure the best print result.

Material settings

Each material requires different settings for optimal results. Here you can find an overview of the recommendations for printing with Ultimaker materials. For detailed instructions we recommend to take a look at the material pages.

Temperature

The recommended temperature and cooling settings are different per material. These settings are automatically set correctly in Cura when selecting one of the material profiles and can differ due to the selected nozzle size and profile. Take a look at the material guides for more information on the settings that are used.

Adhesion

For all materials that are supported on the Ultimaker 2+ it is recommended to apply an adhesive the glass plate before starting a print. In the accessory box of the Ultimaker 2+ is a glue stick, of which a thin layer should be applied to the glass plate. This will not only enhance good adhesion, but specifically for ABS, CPE and CPE+ it will also work as a protective layer for the glass plate. The prefered adhesion method for PC and PP is an adhesion sheet, which is part of the Advanced 3D Printing Kit. Alternatively you can also use glue for these materials.

Furthermore, it is advised to print all materials with a ‘brim’ or ‘raft’ as platform adhesion type. A brim will print some extra lines of plastic around the object on the first layer to let the model adhere well and to minimize warping. A raft will put a grid structure between the print and build plate that allows for better adhesion. These settings are selected by default in all the Cura profiles for the materials on the Ultimaker 2+.

More detailed information on the adhesion can be found in the material guides.

Applying glue to the build plate

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