The Zortrax M200 and the Ultimaker 2+ are very often rated as the top 3d printers of 2017. Both belong to the prosumer category, which means that they are suited to professional designers and small businesses. Nevertheless, there’s nothing against their use in home workshops, even by amateurs. Despite occupying similar positions in the ranking, both printers can be characterised by different features. This article is intended to emphasize them and help in choosing the right printer for specific needs.
What are the parameters of the M200?
The Zortrax M200 has been featured in numerous 3d-printer guides. It is a well-known Polish brand which is successful all over the world. The M200 printer can definitely be featured in the Plug ‘n’ Play category. You can enjoy printing no more than half an hour after opening the box. Its automated platform leveling couldn’t make the calibration process easier. The build volume of M200 (200mm x 200mm x 180mm) affords enough space for most standard models. The perforated build platform also deserves credit for mitigating the material’s tendency to warp, even without using any external glues or tapes. Therefore, any material can be chosen for printing. The minimum layer height of the M200 is 90 microns, which should be enough, even for professional solutions. The build quality of Zortrax is worth mentioning as well. Its solid aluminum case, with the availability of closing sides, makes the construction stable and minimizes exterior negative effects. On the other hand, the M200 printer is not open-source, unlike many other 3d printers. Any modifications are very limited, and only one slicer can be used. However, Zortrax recently gave us an opportunity to change some more parameters in their software, making it a little bit easier to experiment with different filaments. To conclude, the M200 is a very reliable printer, offering high quality and ease of use.
The core features of the Ultimaker 2+
The Ultimaker 2+ is the younger brother of the very popular and appreciated Ultimaker 2. The new model was upgraded based on feedback from the market. A very-good printer was made even better. The Ultimaker 2+ features a solid case with an open front and semi-translucent sides. The fan system was optimized, making the cooling and airflow very efficient. The temperature sensors and heating system were also improved. Thus, the Ultimaker has no problems with any type of filament. The build volume of 223mm x 223mm x 305mm is sufficient enough for pretty much all purposes. One of the best features of the Ultimaker 2+ is the minimum layer height of 20 microns. Therefore, it provides the possibility to effect really precise printings. Going further, it is worth mentioning that the Ultimaker is open-source, as it comes with both hardware and software. There is no limitation on modifying our device and the use of any slicer you want, which makes it possible to control every parameter of the printing process. Consequently, the Ultimaker 2+ gives us top quality, still leaving the scope for advanced users to personalize and upgrade their devices.
Which should you choose?
To sum up, both the described 3d printers would be a great choice, and totally worth the money spent. However, to make it a bit easier, you should pay more attention to the Zortrax M200 if you are a rather non-technical person and want a pure Plug ‘n’ Play device for your home or business (e.g. artist’s studio). On the other hand, if you have some background in 3d printing and want to make some modifications to the 3d-printing process, you should consider investing in the Ultimaker 2+. Therefore, both printers are the top shelf choice for individual recipients. Every single hobbyist would be very happy with Zortrax, those more advanced with 3d printing should appreciate Ultimaker as well. However, when it comes to professional applications of 3d printers, M200 seems to be leading the way. When buying several printers for the industry, reliability of Zortrax makes a huge difference, because every second of production’s stoppage equals wasted money. The infallibility and convenient maintenance make Zortrax trustworthy and tip the scales in its favor for industrial customers. Nevertheless, these are only basic suggestions, and every potential buyer should analyse his needs and specifications of both printers.