Ultimaker FDM Printer

  • W5
  • 3D Printer (Ultimaker 2+)
  • Blue Label


The Ultimaker creates tough, solid ABS/PLA plastic models “toothpaste style” by printing each layer with
a melted plastic. The machine reads G-Code and the outcome is a 3D printed plastic model. 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:

  1. The 3D file has to be either .STL or .3DM (Rhinoceros 3D).
  2. The object has to be “water-tight”. No single faces without a thickness.
  3. Minimum successfully printed thickness is 1 mm, but 2 mm is recommended.
  4. You are only paying for the material used.
  5. Maximum dimensions of model are 220 x 220 x 200 mm.
  6. Cura can generate a support structure, user then has to break away the support. However, most
    filaments can print at an angles up to 60° without any support structure.

Operational Safety Rules:

  1. Trying Cura (printing slicing software), which is free to download, helps you to understand how 3D
    printing works.
  2. If you wish to use the 3D printer consult one of the staff or the workshop manager. Discussion involves
    the 3D file and the price.
  3. Don’t touch or move the 3D printer when it’s printing.
  4. Be aware that the nozzle and base plate get hot during the printing proccess and will take time to cool


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