Ultimaker 2+ Review: Features, Specs, Pros, Cons

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Ultimaker 2+ 3D Printer

Ultimaker 2+ is one of “the advanced, accurate and reliable desktop 3D printers around”. Read our detailed review below

  • Low Footprint for Desktop Use
  • Huge Construction Space
  • Faster Printing and Better Resolution
  • Multiple Nozzle Extrusion
  • Very Good Design and User Experience
  • Useful Setup Instructions
  • Very Silent
  • Quite Expensive
  • Slicer App is slow with shoddy UI
  • Low filament size of 3mm limits use of material
  • Build Plate of Glass not suitable for all material
  • No Auto-Build plate Leveling
  • There is no enclosure for the printer

Product Overview

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Ultimaker 2+ is the most recent model of the extremely popular desktop line for Dutch businesses, and it belongs to the market’s premium category.

Ultimaker has a devoted and active user base as an “open source” printer. Many people from all around the world contribute their knowledge and expertise to their businesses.

This device is made in the United States by Ultimaker’s manufacturing partner FBRC8, and may be purchased via Dynamism for $ 2,499.

Ultimaker 2+ Review

Ultimaker 2+ is deserving of numerous awards as a true desktop 3D printer. 

But is it worth it? Is this multi-material minimalism machine more than what’s visible? Let’s examine this printer in greater detail.

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Overview of Ultimaker 2+ 3D Printer

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Ultimaker 2+ is a 3D printer for the desktop from Ultimaker, a Dutch company. 

At CES in 2016, the Ultimaker 2 + was unveiled. It takes the place of the reputed Ultimaker 2, a 3D printer that was judged as one of the top alternatives for two consecutive years since 2015.

This 3D printer has a 20-micron print resolution and uses filaments with size ranging from 2.85 to 3 mm in diameter.

The Ultimaker 2 + is an excellent 3D printer for the desktop employing FFF technology at this pricing point.

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Salient Features

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Let us check out the key features of the Ultimaker 2+ 3D Printer:

a. Semi-closed Platform:

It protects 3D prints and leaves an area for monitoring with the front open, compared to open-frame 3D printers.

b. Warmed Up print bed:

Allows printing on ABS, PLA, ABS, or CPE/UPET type of filament materials.  

c. Innovative extrusion system:

The filament-to-hot-end motor is located next to the filament spool on the rear of the 3D printer, not on the moving head. The extruder’s airflow has been improved for smoother 3D printing.

d. Gears with Adjustment:

Gear thickness may be modified to fit the 3D filament’s properties, resulting in improved 3D print quality at faster speeds.

e. Replaceable nozzle:

The nozzle is simple to remove and replace. Furthermore, all types of 3D print projects are accessible in a variety of sizes, including 0.25, 0.4, 0.6, and 0.8mm.

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Cost of Purchase

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The Ultimaker 2+ costs $1,895 from the manufacturer.

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Assembling the Ultimaker 2+

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The Ultimaker 2+ 3D Printer is delivered fully constructed and ready to use. The packing box contains the following items:

  • Quick start manuals
  • Marketing materials
  • PLA filament reels
  • Reel holders
  • Printer
  • 4 GB SD cards
  • Power supplies
  • Power cords
  • Grease
  • Olsson block kits
  • Calibration cards
  • Glue
  • Test prints
  • Lubrication
  • Containing agent
  • USB cable
  • Tools

One can set up the machine in less than 20 minutes thanks to the clear and straightforward get started guide.

The setup begins with removing the protective package, snapping the protective tape that locks the axle in place. 

Then attach and secure the glass build plate with metal brackets, as well as secure the filament cartridge to the device’s rear.

The Ultimaker 2 + does not have an automatic bed calibration system. But it does have a manual bed leveling mechanism. The user manually levels the bed by adjusting the corner dial and moving the extruder to 3 positions, 1 mm away from the platen (as determined by the calibration card) by fixing the screws at the corner.

The method is designed to be simple to use, with clear and concise on-screen instructions.

Only a few manual calibrating systems are as simple to operate as this one. In most cases, manual calibration is best left to an experienced manufacturer. But with the Ultimaker 2 +, even beginners can do it themselves.

When asked, place the filament into the feeder and begin the first test print. A strong instinct is required while inserting a filament spool into the feeder, and it should not be inserted too far.

The feeder may become clogged if one pushes it too far, but if one feeds it cautiously until one has a firm hold and then lets the machine do the rest, all clogging issues will be avoided.

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The Ultimaker 2+ is an upgraded version of the earlier version, the Ultimaker 2. The upgrade isn’t in the machine’s appearance; it appears to be the same as the previous model on the outside, but it’s in the inside quality of life.

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3D printers strive for a user-friendly experience that prioritizes efficiency and overall performance.

The Ultimaker 2+ 3D Printer has a print area of 223 x 223 x 205 mm, adequate build capacity, and a semi-closed cube enclosure with enough space for most projects, according to everyone.

The acrylic cubic design is supported by a metal frame and disguised behind a smooth white panel with a sequence of classic LED fairy lights.

The semi-open construction with an open front and top is more closed than other all-in-one solutions like 3D Systems Cube. This adds an extra layer of security for young users of educational printers.

The X-Y axes are controlled by a single extruder. The Z-axis is controlled by the glass-heated print bed, both of which move on the electric carriage assembly.

The extruder has been improved for 2+, and a new cooling system.  The side-mounted fan caps direct air in a uniform pattern directly under the nozzle from both sides. This greatly increases temperature management.

The Ultimaker 2+ has an excellent resolution range of 20 microns to 600 microns. This makes very precise melt deposition modeling printers available.

A very common complaint about the original Ultimaker 2 is the way the filament is fed from the spool to the printer via the feeder.

In several situations, the material is severely sliced. This prevents the feeder from gaining enough grip and feeding the filament to the extruder fully.

The Ultimaker 2+ feeds filament to the extruder. This improves the pressure control of the feeder’s teeth and eradicates the gear feeder issue.

Filament Feeder

Also, the upgrade features a more straightforward filament replacement procedure.

Only the end of a new batch of material needs to be properly led to the spool entrance point in this operation.

ABS, PLA, CEP, CPE, CPE +, Nylon, Nylon, TPU 95A, and PP materials are all supported by the Ultimaker 2+.

Unlike many competitors that claim to support a wide range of materials, the Ultimaker 2+ supports all of them and has a lot of versatility.

Third-party materials perform well because the printer supports 2.85mm filaments and open systems.

The device also features on-screen instructions that walk users through everything. From withdrawing the filament from the extruder, to introducing a reel of new material.

The Olsson Block Kit is one of Ultimaker 2+’s best features.

The package includes four alternative extruder nozzle diameters of 0.25, 0.4, 0.6, and 0.8 mm. 

These may be readily replaced using the hexagonal tool and screwdriver that comes with it.

The procedure is straightforward: heat the extruder to remove all filaments, then remove and replace the nozzle with a hex.

One can smoothly move between extremely precise prints and of larger, less exact pieces.

The menu system is a little screen at the base of the front panel that one can use the Click Wheel to traverse.

The controls are simple and intuitive, with easy-to-follow steps. An SD drive slot is located next to it. This is the Ultimaker 2+’s only connectivity option, and it’s also one of the model’s few flaws.

For example, there is no direct Wi-Fi connection from a PC to a printer. For certain people, this can be aggravating.

There is less discomfort than imagined, and there are no USB wires to worry about, so one can relax.

Ultimaker Cura, Ultimaker’s free print slice and preparation software, is compatible with macOS, Windows, Linux, and a variety of file types (OBJ, STL, X3D, BMP, 3MF, JPG, GIF, PNG).

This software isn’t as sophisticated or feature-rich as other open source alternatives. But it proves to be adaptable enough for most prints.

Cura does an excellent translation of 3D models to the necessary.gcode files.

The printer comes with a USB connecting slot on the back that is exclusively used for firmware updates. It should not be mistaken with the printing connection between the PC and the printer.

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Printing with Ultimaker 2+

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Ultimaker 2+ has a very rewarding, simple, and result-oriented printing experience.

Regardless of size or intricacy, print quality is excellent. There may be a few errors or anomalies.

Long-term use, like those of other printers, might cause issues. Yet, it does not jeopardize the entire project or generate a filament web for the trash can.

Various nozzle diameters are equally effective. Mixed layer resolutions, from fine-grained printing to more slapdash tests, are the same.

The printing speed is particularly impressive. With the print head running at 30 to 300 mm per second, the output is good in terms of quality.

One won’t be able to keep up with other high-rise printers’ speeds, but that’s okay.

The ease with which one is able to switch on the device, input the SD card, pick the printout, and run Ultimaker 2+ is astounding.

The Ultimaker 2+ is an exceptionally silent 3D printer when compared to the Ultimaker 2 and other similarly priced devices.

It makes a significant noise, but it’s bearable. 

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Customer Support

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Ultimaker provides a 12-month guarantee that covers material, design, and manufacturing flaws.

Ultimaker, as far as one can tell, stands behind the quality of its goods. It offers quick repairs and replacements in the event of a problem.

Extra refund or exchange alternatives may be available from some suppliers.

Ultimaker also provides expert support for the rest of the printer’s life. This includes troubleshooting instructions, articles, tips & tricks. They also offer printing ideas, forums, and an enormous archive of manuals. This includes a live chat, dedicated email, and phone support team.

The company’s support services are well-known for their excellence.

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