Ultimaker: the new standard for DIY 3D printers?

Large, quick, high-quality prints. What’s not to like?

Ultimaker kits only started shipping in May 2011, but it has already gained a loyal following. Most recently, a dozen or so local hobbyists brought their Ultimakers to the 3D Printing Event during Dutch Design Week just to show them off (images below).

And who can blame them? The Ultimaker has a large build area and produces high quality prints remarkably fast. If that’s not enough, it’s open source (due to the fact that it’s an offshoot of the RepRap family). The only downside seems to be the fact that it’s somewhat more expensive than its most similar competitor, the Makerbot Thing-O-Matic, at 1200 euros (~$1625 right now) compared to $1299.

On a side note, a helpful Thingiverse user, Steinbex, has uploaded Ponoko-ready lasercutting templates for the Ultimaker for anyone wanting to alter or customize the lasercut parts.

What do you, our loyal readers, think of this new entrant to the DIY 3D printing world? Is it the new king of the hill?

(The Yoda bust above was printed by Paul “Screal” Candler and the salt shaker below was printed by Taylor Alexander)

Via Dave Durant

One Response to “Ultimaker: the new standard for DIY 3D printers?”

  1. Robbie Says:

    Good looking results.

    FYI your Yoda image is 362kb and looks really massive in RSS readers. Can you consider resizing images in future.