FDM PRINTING

  • Ultimaker 2+, Ultimaker S5
  • PLA Plastic, white
  • Stepped/Layered surface finish
  • Workshop Category: W5
  • Workshop Risk Category: Blue: Bookable and paid for services

The Ultimaker creates tough, PLA plastic models “toothpaste style” by extruding and cooling heated plastic. Layer height depends on the nozzle installed (from 0.1mm to 0.6mm).

Start with an assessment of your design to ensure a successful outcome:

  • The 3D file has to be either .STL or .OBJ. Save .STL as 0.01 Binary
  • The object must be “water-tight”. No single faces without a thickness.
  • You are only paying for the material used: PLA 50p per M, PVA £1 per M 
  • Book a consultation/file drop-off appointment via the sign-up sheet on the office door

PLA supports must be removed manually. PVA supports can be dissolved in water. Most filaments can print at an angle up to 60° without any support structure

Operational Safety Rules:

  1. Upload you file to Cura (free Ultimaker slicing software), this will let you see how your object(s) looks in the build area and see how much and where support material is going to be placed
  2. Don’t touch or move the 3D printer when it’s printing
  3. Be aware that the nozzle and base plate get hot during the printing process and will take time to cool down
  4. Wear safety goggles when removing the support structure

Ultimaker 2+ operation guide 

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