Ultimaker is releasing its latest 3D printer
, the Ultimaker 2, and the new machine features significant redesigns from the first iteration of the Ultimaker. The company says that the new version is more accurate, more efficient, and it’s even quieter at 49dB.
Specifically, the Ultimaker 2 has a new CNC-milled case (that’s all white with glowing sidewalls) with an OLED display, and its glass and aluminum build platform is designed to cool quickly so you can peel completed projects off more easily. The Ultimaker 2 can print with multiple materials, including PLA, ABS, and PVA, and it’s WiFi-compatible so you can print from a mobile device or computer (so long as the printer is hooked up to something like a Raspberry Pi).
The machine itself is rather compact at 14.1 x 13.3 x 15.3 inches, and it can print objects within a 8.9 x 8.9 x 8.1 space.
Ultimaker is also launching its Cura open source
software, which the company claims can pre-process 3D files some 60 times faster than other open source applications and makes it easy to load and work with 3D files.
In order to foster a community of makers around its 3D printers and software, Ultimaker developed the YouMagine.com
website where you can upload and share files and let others build on existing designs; it supports native files as well as .STL files.
The Ultimaker 2 will retail for $2,500.