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.

Our story

Set along the Appalachian trail, the Berkshire Athenaeum, Pittsfield’s Public Library serves a rural community of 42,000. We offer a wide variety of services to meet the needs to develop skills for all members of our community. Traditionally, we have been an early adopter of emerging technologies that we have successfully incorporated into our services. We saw the inclusion of 3D printing in the library as a fun way to engage our community with artistic expression and engineering opportunities.

Berkshire Museum Maker Day

When we decided to incorporate 3D printing into our services, no one on staff had any prior experience with 3D printing or computer-aided design (CAD). During the planning process, we researched the machines that were on the market and we went on site visits to UMASS Amherst’s Makerbot Lab, Springfield City Library, and Taconic High School.

Before we committed to purchasing any equipment, we identified members of our community who could be resources to us. Located in the rolling hills of the Berkshire Mountains, sending off our machines for maintenance problems would be costly and time-consuming. It was vital to us that we identify local partners and grow those relationships for troubleshooting assistance and to nurture future programming opportunities.

After we researched equipment options and identified local supporters, we purchased a total of three 3D printers, including two Ultimaker 2's, one of which is regularly humming away in the Children’s library, and the other available for use by teens and adults in the Reference Department. During our research period, we consistently received positive feedback from libraries and hobbyists about Ultimaker 3D printers. We also wanted to broaden our community’s exposure to different makes and models, so we purchased SeeMeCNC’s Orion Delta as a third machine.

Before we introduced our equipment to the public, staff planned for a period of time to learn and train how to use it. During the learning stages, staff benefited greatly from trial and error by embracing a hands-on approach. For the more advanced customizations that we made to our machine, such as installing the Olsson Block nozzle, we found that Ultimaker’s instructions on the Internet, Ultimaker’s YouTube Channel, and the Ultimaker Community were supportive and vital resources. When setting up our new machines, we quickly became masters of calibrating the build plate; we learned how to change filament; and, we learned that depending on the color or brand of filament, that it may be necessary that we adjust the tension on the feeder.

Ultimaker Olsson Block
Installing Olsson Block

Fortunately, to date, we have not had any serious problems. Our library staff have been able to troubleshoot and resolve any issues independent of any third parties. The experience has shown us that with an open mind and a willingness to learn by trial and error, anything is possible!

3D printers as outreach tools

We have found significant value in 3D printers as outreach tools. 3D printing is an interesting process to watch, and printers have an appeal to them which gets people excited about the library and learning possibilities. We began public outreach and programming with our 3D printers in the Spring of 2016. Using a variety of computer-aided design and tools, our library offers programming and instruction to people of all ages and backgrounds.

Our 3D printers were included in IS183 Art School’s Summer 2016’s open house (we were scanning busts using a 3D Sense Scanner and printing them!). We have also included our 3D printers at the Berkshire Museum’s Maker Day; at a local conference targeting teens at Hancock Shaker Village; and at Hotel on North’s Craft Night. When we we are on the road and offering programming in the community, we have had success using Tinkercad, the Morphi App and our 3D Sense Scanner to get beginners engaged with design.

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3D printing in the children’s library

We have integrated our 3D printers into programming in the Children’s library. Our Ultimakers are included in our Explorer Club and Summer Reading program. Kids have been applying math, science and art skills to create some pretty amazing designs using Tinkercad. Two of our favorite designs made in the Children’s library includes a geyser model and a collapsing black hole. Our patrons designed these prototypes to be included in Science Fair projects at school.


Our printers have been excellent tools that foster tangible connections between art, science, and math for all ages. This is best demonstrated through our “Technology Tuesdays” program which targets kids and teens. During our Technology Tuesdays program, attendees are able to design, print and play with Ozobots and other coding tools available in our library.

Our Ultimakers are also available for use by teens with staff oversight. Supported by our Self-Guided Program, teens have the opportunity to learn the basic mechanics of our machines. We instruct them on basic tasks like changing filament and/or unclogging the print head using the Atomic Method. These opportunities have been valuable and enriching for our teen audience (and, a lot of fun!).

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3D printing at the library: Teens and adults

Our library offers training to the general public as part of our Self-Guided Program. It is through our Self-Guided Program that we have been able to start cultivating a community of independent users. Participants in our Self-Guided Program have typically been teens and adults with all sorts of curiosity and ideas on how to use our equipment.


We have found that success with 3D printing at the library will look different depending on the patron and their expectations. Some members of our community are interested in the theory of how the machines work and the possibilities that they offer. Other members of our community are interested in 3D printing as a hobby and/or as a skill to develop that will benefit them in the workplace.

When introducing 3D printing to our community, we require patrons attend our staff lead sessions to answer questions and to give everyone the opportunity to put their hands on our machines. This experience is extremely beneficial to building confidence. These sessions bring people together of all ages, backgrounds and experiences to talk about technology.

It is important to us that learning about 3D printing is a rewarding, easy experience. Our Ultimaker 2 printers are accessible and reliable. This has allowed for us to create an environment where patrons are confident with the equipment which, in turn, makes them more comfortable engaging with the equipment.

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One of our favorite patron success stories includes a local baker who is currently modeling cakes that she will place on display in her shop. Another one of our library patrons designs slides of different space shuttles; you can read more about his experiences using our equipment on his blog, Channeling Whittlin Jim. One of our teen patrons has delighted in working towards becoming an expert on troubleshooting our Ultimaker 2. This same patron advocated for 3D printing at the library by publicly speaking to policy makers at Massachusetts Library Association’s Legislative Breakfast which was held at the Stockbridge Library Association on January 27, 2017.

3D printing is rich with opportunity

3D printing offers plenty of educational, artistic and partnership opportunities. With reliable equipment and an openness to learn as you go, it is possible to successfully integrate this technology into library services.


With staff time being limited, it is important to our library that we have machines that are easy to learn and train on. Our Ultimaker 2’s are becoming a source of pride and creativity in our community. Enthusiasm about 3D printing at the library has allowed us to collaborate, engage a new audience and has resulted in a growth of library advocates.

For more information about introducing 3D printing to your community, please read: 3D printing & Lendable Technology at the Berkshire Athenaeum.

For more information about 3D printing at our library, do not hesitate to contact the Pittsfield library by e-mail.

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      In our third webinar, you'll get an up-close look at what makes the Ultimaker S5 Pro Bundle tick, from one of the minds behind its creation.

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    • 3D printing materials: Filaments and filament production

      3D printing materials: Filaments and filament production

      In the final of our three-part series on 3D printing materials, we take a look at types of printing filament, additives and blends that give materials mechanical properties, as well as provide a brief overview as to filament production.

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      3D printing materials: Types, categories, and use cases

      In part two of our three-part series on 3D printing materials, we take a look at material types, categories, and use cases – as well as a brief overview of composite and bio-based, biodegradable, and recycled materials.

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      5 lean manufacturing principles demonstrated by 3D printing

      Explore the the 5 principles of lean manufacturing and how leading brands have implemented them thanks to Ultimaker 3D printers.

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      Ultimaker S3 – the newest addition to our S-line of 3D printers

      Composite-ready, dual extrusion, auto bed leveling, touchscreen. Learn how Ultimaker S3 delivers robust desktop 3D printing so you can start innovating faster.

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      Meet the Ultimaker S5 Pro Bundle

      24/7 automated material handling, air filtration, filament humidity control. Find out how our unique 3D printing solution unlocks more demanding applications.

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    • Glass vs carbon fiber composite 3D printing materials

      Glass vs. carbon fiber 3D printing composites

      It's a common question. Which composite material is right for your 3D printing application? Carbon fiber or fiberglass? Check out this in-depth blog!

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      6 key factors that affect indoor air quality when 3D printing

      Concerned about air quality and 3D printer particle emissions? Check out this blog to learn the 6 factors that affect your indoor air quality when 3D printing.

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    • Ultimaker 3D Printing Sentiment Index 2019

      3D Printing Sentiment Index: Which countries lead the way?

      Where is the biggest 3D printing growth potential in 2019? This blog reveals the results and methodology behind Ultimaker's first global 3D Printing Sentiment Index.

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      An industrial adoption: Owens Corning talks 3D printing

      Composite materials powerhouse Owens Corning explains why and how 3D printing can transform workflows

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      In the driver’s seat: 3D printing and the automotive industry

      Designing and creating a vehicle is hard work – but 3D printing can lighten the load

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      6 things you can try today in Ultimaker Cura 4.3 beta

      From more 3D file formats to an easy selector for Z seam positions, here are six great features of Ultimaker Cura 4.3 beta

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      A visual recap of TCT Show 2019

      Big crowds, big announcements, and more – get the full photographic rundown of 2019's TCT Show.

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      Ultimaker Marketplace hits 1 million downloads

      The Ultimaker Marketplace, our digital distribution platform, has just hit a major milestone of 1 million downloads for plugins and print profiles combined. Ultimaker now has the largest compatible material choice in the entire 3D printing market.

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      Which Ultimaker S5 Material Station setup is right for you?

      The release of the Ultimaker S5 Material Station opens the door for a wide range of use cases. But how best to configure the materials contained within it?

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    • Ultimaker LEHVOSS Group

      Ultimaker and LEHVOSS Group: Scaling industrial applications for 3D printing

      A partnership between Ultimaker and LEHVOSS Group is the beginning of a new level of 3D printing, lowering the barrier for industrial adoption.

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    • The Ultimaker Material Alliance: Pushing boundaries at K 2019

      The Ultimaker Material Alliance: Pushing boundaries at K 2019

      The impact of the Ultimaker Material Alliance was evident at K 2019, the world’s premier trade fair for plastics and rubber.

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    • Making it work: 3D printing and engineering

      Making it work: 3D printing and engineering

      From rapid prototypes to end-use parts, 3D printing is a perfect addition to an engineer's workflow, in which wasted time is wasted money.

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      Improving industrial applications with the Ultimaker Material Alliance

      Partners of the Ultimaker Material Alliance are doing their part at furthering the 3D printing industry, from UL Blue Card-certification to ESD-safe material to metal-polymer composites.

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      3D printing in 2019: Ultimaker's year in review

      From innovative new products to inspiring success stories, 2019 has been an eventful and exciting year for 3D printing. Here's a look back at a few of the highlights.

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      The Ultimaker Marketplace is more accessible than ever

      Thanks to a new intuitive web interface for the Ultimaker Marketplace, users can now simply browse, search, and subscribe. There's no need to open Ultimaker Cura beforehand – downloaded plugins and print profiles will automatically be associated with your Ultimaker account upon logging in.

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      Webinar recap: How to choose the right composite material

      In the recap of our first webinar, "The 3D printing mindset: How to choose the right composite material", we're offering an overview of what was covered, what was asked, and what's to come.

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      Webinar recap: Unlocking distributed manufacturing

      Check out the recap of our latest webinar, to learn how well-known manufacturers such as Ford are using 3D printing – and how your business can gain a competitive advantage by doing the same.

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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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      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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    • 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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      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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      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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      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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      'Beyond the basement': 3D printing in the age of Industry 4.0

      The rise of 3D printing means the technology is more accessible than ever, paving the way for creation, iteration, and innovation

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      Transformative beauty: L’Oréal prepares for the future with 3D printing

      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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      A perfect fit: 3D printing for molds and casting

      How is additive manufacturing changing the creation of molds and casts? From silicone molds to investment casting metal, check out this blog for inspiration.

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      Ultimaker Cloud: Achieve more together using Teams

      With Ultimaker Cloud's latest feature, Teams, you can connect and collaborate with colleagues and control multiple groups of Ultimaker 3D printers.

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    • Ultimaker S5

      Ultimaker S5: A round-up of reviews

      We took a look at how reviewers have been finding the latest addition to our range of desktop 3D printers - the Ultimaker S5

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      Ultimaker S5 applications: Freeing up time for innovation

      Earlier this year, Ultimaker revealed a new desktop 3D printer, specifically for the professional environment – the Ultimaker S5. In this latest blog looking at how customers are using it, we explore how the printer’s ease-of-use helps engineers and design

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      The state of 3D printing: Making sense of local digital manufacturing today

      If you want to increase efficiency, reduce production time and costs, or optimize product time-to-market, now is a perfect time to get started with 3D printing. This powerful technology has quickly become an essential industry tool, with its effectiveness

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    • Ultimaker S5 applications: Scaling up small batches

      Ultimaker S5 applications: Scaling up small batches

      we explore some of the ways they are using the Ultimaker S5 to develop better quality products and bring them to market faster

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      3D printing in 2018: Our year in review

      We take a look back at our highlights and developments in 3D printing in 2018, including examples from leading innovators.

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      Recap: Formnext 2018, Frankfurt

      Formnext is the leading global exhibition and conference on additive manufacturing, and an annual fixture in our exhibition calendar. Held at Frankfurt Messe, Formnext brought together experts from a wide range of industry sectors, such as automotive, aer

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      Getting familiar with glass fiber – Owens Corning AMA

      To create the perfect 3D print, it’s vital to have access to the right material, but it’s also critical to use the right slicing settings. Preconfigured print profiles in Ultimaker Cura make...

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      Ultimaker gains certification as part of Materialise 510(k) cleared Mimics inPrint software

      By meeting FDA regulatory guidelines, the Ultimaker S5 is the first FFF 3D printer to receive FDA 510(k) clearance.

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      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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      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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      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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      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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      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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      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

      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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      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 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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      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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      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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      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 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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      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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      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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      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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      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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      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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      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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    • 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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    • 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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    • 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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      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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    • 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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    • 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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    • 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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    • 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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