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How to 3D print with metal and which materials to choose

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3D printing with metal can produce visually and physically impressive results. Metal is ideal for creating customized parts that are heat, chemical, and impact resistant.  

For some industries, metal offers considerable benefits. Here is more information about how to use metal in 3D printing – and the best ways to unleash its potential.

Why choose metal 3D printing? 

There are some considerable advantages for 3D printing with metal, when compared with traditional metal techniques or plastics 3D printing. These include: 

Greater design scope. Metal is well-suited to printing complex designs. This makes it a good choice for those wanting to create specialized and customized parts for a machine, for example 

Optimization. Parts printed with metal can be adapted to enhance their performance. 3D printing can produce lightweight parts, for instance, by reducing infill ratio, as well as through the design freedom the technology provides 

Good range. A wide variety of metals are available, offering businesses different physical properties 

Aesthetic finish. Metal doesn’t just perform well – it also looks good. This is an advantage for some certain use cases, such as making jewellery


Metal printing technologies 

If you want to enjoy the benefits of 3D printing with metal, you’ll need to use the right technology. Here is a run-through of the most well-known metal printing technologies: 

Direct Metal Laser Sintering (DMLS). DMLS uses a laser to melt and fuse the metal powder, forming a printed object layer-by-layer on a build-plate. It uses alloys (rather than a single type of metal), which are made up of metals with different melting points. The metals fuse as the temperature rises. 

Bound Metal Disposition (BMD). BMD works through extrusion, in much the same way as FFF printing. It requires metal bound in rods of polymer or sacrificial wax, rather than powder. This can then be melted and extruded through the printer's nozzle. 

Selective Laser Melting (SLM). Like DMLS, SLM also uses a laser and prints the object on a build plate. It only requires a single metal, however, as it prints at one temperature.  

Electron Beam Melting (EBM). As the name suggests, this printer uses an electron beam to melt the metal, rather than a laser. It’s less commonly used than SLM or DMLS. 

Ultrasonic Additive Manufacturing (UAM). UAM uses room-temperature metal deposition to create 3D printed metal objects. This technology isn’t widely used. 

Investment casting. Although it is not a 3D printing technique, investment casting uses a mold, into which the molten metal is poured. Investment casting allows for a good level of detail, making it appropriate for smaller printed parts. 

CNC machining. All of the technologies above are costly – with some being at a price point that’s too high for SMEs. While not a 3D printing technique, CNC machining is more affordable, enabling companies to create metal prototypes – though it does have a few limitations, one being that it is not so effective for parts that require geometric complexity.

Sylatech uses Ultimaker 3D printers to speed up its rapid prototyping process for metal production processes

Types of metals

When 3D printing with metal, it’s important to consider its properties – and the advantages and disadvantages of each type.  

Aluminum alloys   

  • Pros: Conducts electricity well, has good mechanical properties, low density 

  • Cons: Isn’t very hard 

Cobalt-chrome superalloys 

  • Pros: Resistant to wear and tear, corrosion-resistant, copes with high temperatures, hard 

Inconel (nickel alloys) 

  • Pros: Good mechanical properties, heat-resistant, can cope with extreme environments 

Precious metals (silver, gold etc.) 

  • Pros: Appearance, suitable for jewelry-making 

  • Cons: Expensive, sometimes difficult to obtain 

Stainless steel 

  • Pros: Resistant to wear and tear, hard, easy to weld 

Titanium alloys 

  • Pros: Good strength-to-weight ratio, resistant to corrosion, doesn’t expand much when exposed to heat 

3D printing with metal can also take the form of metal filling. This means metal powder is poured into another material, which makes it heavier. It also gives the printed object a metallic finish.  

Common applications of metal

The following are a few ways in which metal 3D printing is used by various industries:  

Aerospace and aviation. Metal is a valuable material in aerospace and aviation. It can be used to 3D print structural components (often with a titanium alloy). Fuel nozzles can be easily created for specific airplanes, and jet engines can potentially be constructed out of 3D printed parts.  

Engineering. Metal printed parts are useful for a variety of engineering applications. They can also be used to replace or repair existing parts, which eradicates the need to wait for a third-party supplier to send a replacement.  

Medical. Medical applications for 3D printing with metal include prosthetics, replacement hips and knees, hearing aids, and shoe insoles. Dentists are also using metal 3D printing for fabrication purposes.  

Designers. Jewellery-makers and other designers use metal to create end-use consumer goods, or for features on shoes or clothing (e.g. buckles and fastenings).  

Hardware requirements 

When 3D printing with metal, certain hardware criteria must be met. These are: 

Having an appropriate build-plate / bed.  The temperature should be between 45°C and 60°C. There’s no need for an enclosure.

The right surface. The build surface may require painter’s tape, PEI, and a glue-stick. 

Appropriate extruder.  A specialized hardened steel nozzle is required, and the temperature should be between 190 °C and 220 °C. 

Cooling fan. A cooling fan is a necessity.

Choosing your filament 

When 3D printing with metal, it’s important to choose the right material for the job. The metals detailed above are suitable for a range of different applications. Alternatively, there are some instances in which an alternative material could be used. For example: 

  • BASF Ultrafuse 316L. Available on the Ultimaker Marketplace, BASF Ultrafuse 316L is a metal-polymer composite. It is compatible with Ultimaker’s desktop 3D printers, and is suitable for making tools, fixtures, jigs, small-batch parts, and functional components

A part printed in BASF Ultrafuse 316L
  • DSM Arnitel ID 2060 HT and Clariant PA6/66GF 20 FR. Both filaments are thermoplastic and able to withstand very high temperatures, just like a metal. They also offer good wear resistance

  • Arkema FluorX and DuPont Zytel 3D12G30FL BK309. These materials make excellent substitutes for stainless steel, as they offer a high level of corrosion resistance. Chemicals such as solvents, automotive fluids, and cleaning agents don’t result in any deterioration

  • Igus Iglidur 180PF. This filament is self-lubricating, which makes it highly resistant to wear and tear. It’s suitable for creating parts that are traditionally metal, such as bearings, toothed wheels, piston rings, and gears

  • XSTRAND GF30-PA6. This filament contains 30% glass fiber, which gives it good chemical resistance, high tensile strength, and a good operational temperature. It is well-suited for printing jigs and fixtures

A part printed in Owens Corning XSTRAND® GF30-PA6

How to print with metal filaments

If you’re using SLM or DMLS technology, this is how 3D printing with metal works. 

Incorporating gas. Before any printing takes place, the build chamber needs to be filled with an inert gas. This reduces oxidation and enables the chamber to reach an optimum temperature for printing.  

Metal powder and scanning. Metal powder is applied to the build plate, then the laser scans the component’s cross-section. This fuses the metal particles together, thus creating the next layer.  

Subsequent layers. When the first layer is complete, another layer of metal powder is applied, and the process is repeated.  

Support structures are used to keep the parts attached to the build plate; these help to reduce warping, which may occur in high temperatures. After the printed object is cooled, the excess powder needs to be removed manually, and the object treated.  

With BMD technology, metal is melted within a special extruder, and is deposited on the build plate below, layer by layer. As with SLM and DMLS printing, the item will need to be treated and cleaned after printing.  

Want to learn more about 3D printing with metal? Download our free white paper on metal versus plastic 3D printing for a deep dive on the subject, including a look at the difference in costs between metal and polymer 3D printing. 

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  • Third-party materials in Ultimaker Cura

    The Marketplace: Empowering 3D printing professionals worldwide

    Contributing profiles to the Marketplace is an extremely effective way to broadcast materials to Ultimaker Cura’s user base, which includes hundreds of engineers, designers, architects, and other 3D printing professionals worldwide. To date, over sixty di

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  • Ultimaker achieves ISO 9001 and ISO 14001

    Company update: Ultimaker achieves ISO 9001 and ISO 14001 with flying colors

    Learn how industry benchmarks show customer satisfaction, regulatory compliance, and continuous improvement are embedded in Ultimaker’s DNA.

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  • Introducing more high-performance materials, software updates, and print core CC Red

    Introducing more high-performance materials, software updates, and print core CC Red

    Ultimaker launches optimized printing profiles for world-leading materials in the latest version of Ultimaker Cura. Plus, our wear-resistant print core CC Red 0.6, ideal for printing with composite materials, is now on sale.

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  • How Ultimaker 3D printing can benefit your business supply chain

    6 overlooked benefits of 3D printing for your supply chain

    Couldn't your business benefit from a simpler supply chain? 3D printing offers a standalone production process for end-use and spare parts. Learn more here.

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  • Ultimaker quick-swap print cores maximize uptime

    Red for ruby – Anders Olsson on the new wear-resistant print core

    We talk to one of our most prolific community contributors, Anders Olsson, and how his work led to the development of a new wear-resistant print core.

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  • George Hart Keynote at Construction3D

    Recap: Construct3D 2018, Georgia Tech, Atlanta, Georgia

    Ultimaker participated in the second edition of the Construct3D academic 3D Printing and Digital Fabrication conference joining over 250 educators, students, and thought leaders.

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  • Students making a rocketship

    Setting students up for success with 3D printing

    Failure is good for innovation. That's the culture adopted by many businesses today – fail fast, learn fast, iterate. How does 3D printing help teach young people these agile skills?

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  • Ultimaker at SIGGRAPH

    Recap: SIGGRAPH 2018, Vancouver, British Columbia

    The Ultimaker North America team collaborated with local partners and professional CAD peers to introduce the latest updates to Ultimaker hardware, software, materials, and best practices at the leading conference for computer graphics professionals, desi

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  • Owens Corning XSTRAND™ material

    Our complete solution: 3D printing with high-performance plastics and composites

    Discover easy abrasive 3D printing with our new print core, using the world's most advanced plastics and composites from Owens Corning and DSM.

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  • Designing with an Ultimaker

    4 remarkable 3D printing applications

    Here are a few ways that 3D printing is finding its way into the everyday workflow of other, less obvious applications

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    How we test 3D printing material combinations

    In this blog we offer insight into this process and look at how we test and develop various combinations of 3D printing materials.

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  • Singapore skyline

    Company update: Ultimaker opens new Singapore office

    Ultimaker recently opened a new office in Singapore in order to meet the growing demand for Ultimaker 3D printers in the APAC region.

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    In the spotlight: Dinara Kasko, pastry artist

    We always love to see social media posts, blogs, and videos about how people are using Ultimaker 3D printers. For some time, Dinara Kasko has been lighting up news feeds with her ‘geometric desserts’, where she has creatively used 3D printing to produce m

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  • Volkswagen

    What’s a manufacturing minute worth?

    Almost every major auto brand, including Volkswagen, has documented the benefits that 3D printing has brought to their design and production process, noting significant reductions in both time and cost. To demonstrate the potential financial impact of th

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  • Developments and trends in 3D printing

    Developments and trends in 3D printing

    The past few years have shown a steady maturing of the FFF 3D printing market, followed by increased awareness as a viable manufacturing method.

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  • 3D printing – Outsource, or print in-house?

    3D printing – Outsource, or print in-house?

    3D printing is becoming increasingly integral in the workplace. It helps companies validate designs, perform functional tests, and bring products to market more quickly. 3D printed prototypes are useful for communicating concepts with stakeholders, result

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  • FFF-sla-sls

    Comparing FFF, SLA, and SLS technologies

    All 3D printing technologies are based on a common principle – a 3D CAD model is sliced horizontally into separate cross-sections, that are then printed sequentially on top of each other to form a three-dimensional object. However, FFF, SLA, and SLS take

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  • Ultimaker S5 with Tough PLA

    Which 3D printing material should I use?

    When it comes to 3D printing, the filament you use can have a big impact on your final product. Each material has different properties that you can choose to suit your specific needs. Here’s a handy guide to help you figure out which is which.

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  • Ultimaker 3 Jorge Valle product design studio

    In the spotlight: Jorge Valle, 3D artist and product designer

    We spoke to product designer Jorge Valle about how 3D printing helps him turn his ideas for new products into reality in next to no time, and how it fits into his 3D design workflow.

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  • The five key 3D printing applications

    The five key 3D printing applications

    Integrating a desktop 3D printer into your workflow can yield impressive results, from creating concepts and prototypes for products to small batches of tooling, or even medical models for surgeons. Here’s a look at five of the ways 3D printing can improv

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  • Architects looking at a 3D model

    Six reasons why every architect needs a 3D printer

    From helping you present concepts to clients faster to allowing for more iterations during the process, 3D printing in architecture makes a lot of sense. Here are six reasons why you should consider one.

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  • RepRap printer

    Reminiscing about RepRap: 10 years on

    Today, May 29th, 2018, marks the 10 year anniversary of the RepRap project. 3D printing has undergone an immense journey – inspiring minds, encouraging collaboration, and influencing the way we think about production.

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  • Ultimaker S5 applications: Scaling up small batches

    Alliances with leading material companies to deliver choice and quality

    Ultimaker is forming collaborative alliances with global material companies to meet the growing demand for industrial-grade engineering materials compatible with Ultimaker 3D printers.

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  • PLA materials og

    How to 3D print with PLA and which materials to choose

    Thanks to its accuracy, reliability, and cost-effectiveness, PLA (polylactic acid) 3D printing material is a great choice for many industries.

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  • Ultimaker 2+ in Sierra Leone

    Empowering locals in Sierra Leone with Ultimaker 3D printers

    While aid initiatives involving 3D printed functional prosthetics in Sierra Leone already exist, they are not time and cost-efficient. Surgical resident Lars Brouwers believed that there must be a better way to get aid to those affected.

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  • Jabil-Ultimaker

    Jabil Auburn Hills sees 80% reduction in production time with Ultimaker

    Jabil, one of the largest manufacturing service providers in the world, is overcoming production challenges with cost-efficient Ultimaker 3D printers.

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  • Print detailed objects faster using adaptive layers in Ultimaker Cura

    Print detailed objects faster using adaptive layers in Ultimaker Cura

    Most slicing software will assign a constant spacing between each layer–known as the layer height. Very fine layer height will result in a high-resolution model, but each extra layer will add time to the printing process. A thicker layer height will print

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  • Firmware 4.3

    Firmware 4.3 available for the Ultimaker 3

    Get the latest features and a better Cura Connect experience by upgrading your Ultimaker 3 to Firmware 4.3. The latest firmware release takes your hardware further with a new accessibility feature. Learn more here.

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    Bosch announces global investment in Ultimaker 3D printers

    Electronics and engineering giant Bosch is investing in Ultimaker 3D printers for its global facilities to drive innovation while cutting manufacturing and design costs.

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  • PVA filament on Ultimaker 3D printer

    3D printing tips: How to store PVA material

    Storing your PVA in optimal conditions is key to a high-quality 3D print. If stored improperly, PVA can absorb ambient moisture and cause failed prints. Follow our storage and care tips.

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  • SolidWorks integration

    Ultimaker Cura 3D printing software - SolidWorks integration for a better workflow

    One of the benefits of Ultimaker Cura is the ability for users to extend the core functionality of the software to streamline the 3D printing workflow. Users can experiment and deploy modifications to Ultimaker Cura to integrate different software, read c

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  • Ultimaker support material 3D prints

    Which 3D printing supports to use: PLA, PVA or Breakaway

    With the launch of Ultimaker’s Breakaway support material, there are now even more options for supporting your 3D prints. But which one is right for your design? Let’s take a look at the different options and when to use each one.

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  • Firmware 4.1 and Cura Connect

    Ultimaker Firmware 4.1 released

    Ultimaker Firmware 4.1 release adds new functionality, features, and printing performance to your Ultimaker 3 and Cura Connect. Discover what's new in this blog post.

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  • Siemens PLM

    Recap: Siemens PLM Connection 2017

    At the Siemens PLM event, Ultimaker exhibited innovations that aim to enhance manufacturing. We showcased several successful business cases, including custom-made jigs and fixtures developed by Volkswagen Autoeuropa.

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    Library Stories: Growing opportunities with 3D printing

    Andrea Puglisi is a serials and reference librarian from Pittsfield, Massachusetts. In this library story, she shares her experience of how 3D printers can be used as powerful educational outreach tools for the local community.

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  • What’s an automotive minute worth?

    What’s an automotive minute worth?

    To demonstrate the potential financial impact of the newfound efficiencies brought on by 3D printing, Ultimaker sought out to answer: what exactly is an automotive minute worth?

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  • Developments and trends in 3D printing

    Company update: Ultimaker receives major funding to fuel global expansion

    We are excited to announce an agreement for major funding from NPM Capital. With this new funding, we are able to accelerate product development and further grow the company.

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  • Ultimaker 3

    Hardware designs for the Ultimaker 3 and Ultimaker 3 Extended released

    At Ultimaker, we believe in the value of openness, collaboration, and accessibility. That is why today, we are making the hardware designs for the Ultimaker 3 and Ultimaker 3 Extended available.

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  • Ultimaker Cura 3.0

    Welcome to Ultimaker Cura 3.0

    With a fresh new interface, Ultimaker Cura 3.0 offers the easiest and most accessible 3D print preparation experience for users, whether they are novices or professionals.

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  • Beginner’s guide to 3D printing with PP

    Beginner’s guide to 3D printing with PP

    Despite being one of the most used plastics in the world, PP or polypropylene can be hard to use for 3D printing. With Ultimaker’s optimized PP filament and these helpful tips, you’ll be ready to start exploring the possibilities of this material.

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  • Druxbury free library

    Library stories: A librarian's journey of going from zero to maker

    In this article, Jessica Lamarre, a librarian and makerspace coordinator, reflects on her experiences about how a 3D printer in a local community can be a powerful educational tool.

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  • 3D hatching: Grayscale printing on the Ultimaker 3

    3D hatching: Grayscale printing on the Ultimaker 3

    In collaboration with the Delft University of Technology, one of our engineers has developed a technique to achieve grayscale printing using an Ultimaker 3. This enables users to print an object with varying tones using two colors.

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  • Library stories: Marin City Library

    Library stories: A lot more is happening in the library than just borrowing books

    In over two years of our 3D printing program at the Marin City Library, we've had great success. Our intention was to bring new technologies to a community that lacks access to resources that others take for granted.

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  • Building a 3D printed T. rex with your class

    Are you ready to build a 3D printed T. rex with your class?

    If there’s one topic guaranteed to excite students, it’s dinosaurs. In tandem with Ultimaker, Naturalis Biodiversity Center has created an exhilarating, interactive lesson plan, showing you how to build a T. rex skeleton in the classroom.

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  • Essential tools for every 3D printing professional

    Essential tools for every 3D printing professional

    To get the best from your 3D printer, you need to be armed with the right tools for the job. From removing support material to improving build plate adhesion, here’s a list of must-have tools, all designed to make your life easier.

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  • Ultimaker company update

    Company update: Ultimaker files first patents

    If it’s happening in Ultimaker’s world, you can find out about it here. 3D printing stories about inspiring moments, original 3D printed projects and much much more.

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    Understanding firmware

    What is firmware? What does it do? In this article, we'll clear things up and explain how firmware operates inside your Ultimaker printer and how to update it. Let's get started.

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  • Ultimaker 3 dual color drill

    Get started with Cura: Printing with two colors

    Printing with two colors not only looks visually impressive but makes it easier to highlight aspects of your 3D printed model. Here’s a handy guide, explaining how to create a dual color print.

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  • 3D print farm

    Start your 3D printing lab in school

    If it’s happening in Ultimaker’s world, you can find out about it here. 3D printing stories about inspiring moments, original 3D printed projects and much much more.

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  • Ultimaker 2+ and Ultimaker 2 Extended+ source files available

    Ultimaker 2+ and Ultimaker 2 Extended+ source files available

    The Ultimaker brand is deeply rooted in our open source community. By sharing knowledge we will all ultimately have better products. The source files of the Ultimaker 2+ and Ultimaker 2 Extended+ are now available on GitHub.

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  • Jeffrey Wijkhuisen

    Inside Ultimaker: Meet Jeffrey Wijkhuisen

    If it’s happening in Ultimaker’s world, you can find out about it here. 3D printing stories about inspiring moments, original 3D printed projects and much much more.

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  • Jasper van Damme

    Inside Ultimaker: Meet Jasper van Damme

    Our Inside Ultimaker series is designed to provide a deeper look at our talent here at Ultimaker across a variety of different roles, teams, and experience levels. Today, the spotlight is on Jasper Van Damme.

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  • Anouschka Wodrada

    Inside Ultimaker: Meet Anouschka Wodrada

    Ultimaker has a great team of people – who work together to make our company what it is: exciting, dynamic and forward-thinking. Our Inside Ultimaker series provides insight into our talented crew – across a range of different roles and skill-sets.

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  • Marcel Buter

    Inside Ultimaker: Meet Marcel Buter

    If it’s happening in Ultimaker’s world, you can find out about it here. 3D printing stories about inspiring moments, original 3D printed projects and much much more.

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  • Jacqueline Vulto

    Inside Ultimaker: Meet Jacqueline Vulto

    Our Inside Ultimaker series offers the chance to hear from our team members and find out what it’s like to work with us. If you phone Ultimaker HQ, you’re likely to be greeted by a friendly voice. That’s Jacqueline Vulto, our amazing receptionist.

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  • Lenneke de Penning

    Inside Ultimaker: Meet Lenneke de Penning

    Our series, Inside Ultimaker, is designed to give you some insight into the people who work with us. Meet Lenneke de Penning, our assembly team leader, who leads our group of talented assembly operators; and ensures that our production line runs smoothly

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  • Layla Smid

    Inside Ultimaker: Meet Layla Smid

    Every company needs a great team behind it – which is why we feel very fortunate to have so many talented, passionate people working with us. Our Inside Ultimaker series gives you the chance to meet our team and discover what it’s like to work here.

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  • Ultimaker wins print competition with SLA torture test

    Ultimaker wins print competition with SLA torture test

    We're proud to announce that the Ultimaker 2 Go and Ultimaker 2+ won the first and second prize in the competition, proving that they're up to printing complex models originally designed for SLA printers.

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  • Ultimaker Original upgrades

    Ultimaker Original upgrades

    We owe a lot to our trusty Ultimaker Original. It’s where our journey into 3D printing began and we’ll continue to support it well into the future, just as we know our wonderful community will.

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  • An introduction to the 3MF file format

    An introduction to the 3MF file format

    If it’s happening in Ultimaker’s world, you can find out about it here. 3D printing stories about inspiring moments, original 3D printed projects and much much more.

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    3D printed Vertical Axis Wind Turbine (VAWT) model

    When we introduced the Ultimaker 2+ printers we asked popular modeler Jacky Wan, also known in the community as Valcrow, to create a model that would show off the new features of the Ultimaker 2+ line. He immediately came up with this beautiful model.

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  • 3D Printed Fallout 4 Mini Nuke

    Designing, 3D printing and painting the Fallout 4 Mini Nuke

    Do you love Fallout 4? In this detailed walkthrough, you will find out how to make your own Fallout 4 Mini Nuke. It covers everything from designing the 3D models to post processing.

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  • Ultimaker Schooling 3D Printing Blog

    Ultimaker Schooling - 3D printing

    When preparing a print, choosing the right 3D printing profile makes a really big difference. To help give you the lowdown on 3D printing best practices we’ve combined the knowledge of our experts with our online knowledge base.

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  • ultimaker 2 family of 3d printers

    Releasing our source files: the Ultimaker 2 Go and Extended are now available

    If it’s happening in Ultimaker’s world, you can find out about it here. 3D printing stories about inspiring moments, original 3D printed projects and much much more.

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  • Ultimaker Original upgrades

    Sharing the Ultimaker Original+ files

    If it’s happening in Ultimaker’s world, you can find out about it here. 3D printing stories about inspiring moments, original 3D printed projects and much much more.

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  • Close-up of Ultimaker Original modified with a pen to become a plotter

    Transform your Ultimaker in a Pen Plotter

    If it’s happening in Ultimaker’s world, you can find out about it here. 3D printing stories about inspiring moments, original 3D printed projects and much much more.

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  • Close-up of 3D printed Ducati motorcycle drivetrain

    3D Printed Ducati 1199 Superbike

    If it’s happening in Ultimaker’s world, you can find out about it here. 3D printing stories about inspiring moments, original 3D printed projects and much much more.

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  • Close-up of an airbrush to paint 3D models with

    Painting 3D-printed models

    Painting 3D-printed models is a great way of adding detail and production value to your models, often making the difference between a ‘cool print’ and a real piece of art.

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  • Side view of the 3D printed Obi-Wan Kenobi's lightsaber by Valcrow

    3D-printed lightsaber design philosophy and printing tips

    For May the 4th, I designed a 3D printed lightsaber in commemoration of Star Wars day in collaboration with Ultimaker. In this guest blog I will explore some of the design nuances and share some tips.

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