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Ultimaker Original upgrades

Ultimaker Original upgrades

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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.

Such collaboration and our open source approach has led to many different innovations and modifications, some of which have actually made it into the factory produced machines. Think of parts like the UltiController (by Bernhard Kubicek) and the feeder (by Bertho). Besides the obvious hardware contributions, we’ve also received support with software and firmware too, like 3D print profiles. Overall, it has been an incredible platform for collaboration.

But there are lots of modifications that didn’t make it into the Ultimaker Original+. Not because they weren’t good, but sometimes they were just too complex or not really meant for the ‘general user’. We wouldn’t be Ultimaker if we didn’t share these upgrades with you – so we’ll let you decide for yourself whether or not you would like to adopt these in your machine. The modifications range from easy to expert, so make sure to read each guide entirely before you start taking things apart. In some cases you need to 3D print something with your Ultimaker Original+ too before you can pursue the mod. @Neotko from Sugarpop Store! has been a huge help in writing these manuals. We can’t thank him enough!

Ok, let’s start with the easy modifications first and work our way up to the expert mods.

Dust Filter assembled

Dust filter

The first and easiest mod is adding a dust filter. As we’re all makers at heart, this doesn’t always mean we are cleaners at heart too! An active workspace quickly turns into a dusty workplace and this can have an effect on your 3D printer in the same room. Besides regularly cleaning the rods, this dust filter will ensure dust doesn’t travel up your filament and into your hot end.

Ultimaker Original post-install

Z-limit for bed leveling

The next mod helps make bed leveling easier. I’m not talking about the thumbscrews, but the end stop which is mounted on the back plate. As it’s secured with two screws, it can sometimes be a finicky process to find the exact right place to fine-tune the bed. By adding this add-on to your end stop, finding that sweet spot will be a walk in the park!

Alternative firmware

For the next modifications you’ll need different firmware than the original. @Amedee has played a crucial role in making this more accessible for everyone by creating a firmware builder which allows a user to create their own firmware based upon their gear – with just a few simple clicks.

Dual Fan Ultimaker Original

Dual fans

The Ultimaker Original+ has one main fan on the printhead which cools your extrusions to achieve the best surface quality. If one fan can do this... imagine what two fans could do! Through this modification you’ll learn how you can upgrade your Ultimaker Original+ with a dual fan setup. Get ready for better overhangs and even more amazing surfaces! But be forewarned, some soldering and 3D printing is required.

1.75mm filament conversion

Ultimaker has always used 2.85mm filament for its machines. Some other 3D printers use 1.75mm filament, usually those with the extruder motor on the head. If you happen to have multiple 3D printers it can be desirable to be able to stock up on just 1 type of filament for all your machines. The Ultimakers have an open filament system so you have lots of freedom in what type of material you choose, and now you can also be flexible about the size! If your other 3D printers do not allow you to modify them for 2.85mm filament, there is an option to convert your Ultimaker Original to 1.75mm. Be aware that this modification relies on third party parts and it’s really only something experts should attempt.

We have retained this article as a guide for Ultimaker Original owners who want to eplore upgrading their printer. But please be aware that not all upgrades may be available now. Check with your local Ultimaker reseller or search online for parts.

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  • Introducing Ultimaker S3 the newest addition to our S-line of 3D printers OG

    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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  • Introducing the new Ultimaker S5 Pro Bundle OG image

    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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  • Owens Corning talks 3D printing

    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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    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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  • 3d-printing-and-automotive-industry

    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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    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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  • 3d printing for molds

    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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  • An Ultimaker printer prints a L’Oréal prototype

    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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    '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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  • 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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  • Ford production jigs printed on the Ultimaker S5

    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 in an automotive manufacturing setting

    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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  • Ultimaker 3D printers in 2018

    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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  • 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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  • Getting familiar with glass fiber – Owens Corning AMA

    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 at Formnext 2018

    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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    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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  • 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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  • 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 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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  • 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 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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  • 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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  • 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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    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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    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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  • Understanding-Ultimaker-firmware

    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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  • 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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    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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  • 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, you’re likely to be greeted by a friendly voice. That’s Jacqueline Vulto, our receptionist.

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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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  • 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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