Taking 3D printing down a new road

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  • Written by Lana Lozova
    Jul 26, 2016

Seeing is believing. If a picture paints a thousand words, seeing the real thing in action writes a best-selling novel. That’s what the 3DPrinterOS team thought when they started hosting 3D printing classes throughout New York. They found the Ultimaker 2 Go and its Backpack travel case opened up a whole new world of opportunities for educational projects and other applications that require mobility.

3D Printing 101 by 3DPrinterOS

The brilliant team behind 3DPrinterOS, a 3D printer operating system, saw the opportunity to expand the impact of 3D printing by introducing it to all kinds of people. They launched 3D Printing 101 to familiarize children and adults with 3D printing. Aaron Roy of 3DPrinterOS explains, “Everyone is interested in this type of technology… classes bring people from all walks of life and that adds to the experience”.

Seeing a 3D printer in action for the first time is unforgettable. It’s one thing to have someone explain the basic concept or to watch a video. But the true understanding and inspiration come when you actually see a 3D printer in action. It’s that moment when you touch actual prints that you recognize the limitless potential for 3D printing.

3D Printing 101
3D Printing 101 session by 3DPrinterOS

The 3D Printing 101 experience

The class covers a brief history of 3D printing and how it works. Students learn how an idea is converted into a physical object. They get exposure to common materials used in desktop 3D printing, as well as an overview of the associated software and design tools.  

3D Printing 101 guides walk through the process of creating their first print. No supplies, experience, or expertise are needed. Everyone gets hands-on experience using a 3D printer and learns how to go from having a great idea to producing a physical object. To provide this experience, 3DPrinterOS needed a stable, quality 3D printer that’s portable as well.

The greatest challenge

Turns out the teaching was easy. Printer maintenance proved to be the greatest challenge. Most of the machines 3DPrinterOS used were often out of order. They spent more time fixing and maintaining 3D printers than focusing on the teaching and classes. But their lives changed when they discovered the Ultimaker 2 Go. Not only did they find a printer that was reliable, but it was made to be portable.

Ultimaker 2 Go Backpack
Portable Ultimaker 2 Go Travel Case
Ultimaker 2 Go Backback Case

Reliability and portability

The Ultimaker 2 Go is designed for life on the move. It is incredibly lightweight and yet has all the accuracy and reliability of its bigger brothers. It’s intuitive and prepares everything for print in no time. And thanks to its size, it’s printed really fast too.

It’s built to be portable. Aaron says it, “gives a peace of mind that makes me feel like I can move from place to place. The Ultimaker 2 Go looks like it is meant to be mobile, which is completely different than most 3D printers I’ve seen”.

And since it comes with a backpack travel case so it is super easy to carry. Go ahead, organize classes, presentations, and workshops and plan your trips without worrying about your 3D printer. The Ultimaker 2 Go is ready to go when you are.