Touted as one of the top consumer 3D printers out there we decided its was time to review it for ourselves.
I’ve been using the Ultimaker 2 for quite some time now and is a good printer to have around the home or shop. Once it is all dialed in it can prove to be a fairly reliable printer and is also quite aesthetically pleasing. It uses a bowden tube type extrusion method which in most cases works great for common use just don’t try to print any flexible type filaments such as TPU/TPE.
The Ultimaker 2 can operate as a stand alone printer as it has an SD reader and a display screen to operate the printer itself independent from a computer. Great Illumination build in with LEDs and a slight translucent housing shows off very well as a piece of furniture. It can also be networked quite easily with a Raspberry Pi which is also an excellent method of operation though I just use an SD card and free up a Pi for some other use. The ease of use and the convenient features makes this printer good for home use where the whole family can use or a nice addition to a studio. This printer does print very well with high quality results, maybe even better then some higher end printers.
This printer is well refined and made with good quality components however there are some flaws, at-least in mine. When I received this printer the belts were quite loose and after several prints did skip the odd time, ruining some prints. This is very bothersome and time consuming to have to address. Furthermore the plastic parts on the top of part of the extruder cracked only after a couple weeks of use. I believe this was due to too high of extrusion force with 2.85mm filament but was easily fixed with some crazy-glue. Finally I think the quality assurance is a little lacking as one side of the printer has a slight curvature to it and the control wheel doesn’t rotate smoothly as it rubs on the housing. Perhaps they were in a rush and skimped on the inspection phase or just overlooked it. Granted I am picky when it comes to such things but this is not a cheap printer and should not have such issues for a top tier consumer printer. Unfortunately it comes standard with 2.85mm filament which limits your choice of filament suppliers and I feel it is an inferior sized filament anyway (see article). Fortunately it can be converted to use 1.75mm which can work quite well once a little tweaking is done.
All in all the Ultimaker 2 is a nice printer and I predominantly hear good things from others working in the industry. Perhaps I got a rushed model or a bit of lemon but the issues were fixable with some tinkering. I could have sent it back I’m sure but receiving the printer took long enough let alone sending it back and awaiting another one. I might still be waiting!
They are still a fairly new company and with each generation they improve from the last. That being said the company behind [easyazon_link cart=”n” popups=”n” identifier=”B01AVF6EN0″ locale=”US” tag=”3dpri0ca-20″]Ultimaker 2[/easyazon_link] has a few newer printers out now so I hope these issues are resolved in these newer generation models.