Ultimaker 2 3D Printer

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Owner/Loaner: Hive13
Hive13 Asset Tag: HV0126
Make/Model: Ultimaker 2+ (Modified) (google)
Arrival Date: 11/21/2015
Does it work?: No
Certification Needed?: No
Contact: FabLab Area Warden
Floorplan: 1A


Read through this page in its entirety before operating the Ultimaker.

If this is your first time encountering an Ultimaker then I am excited for you. You're going to have a lot of fun! You should probably start by reading through Ultimaker's page for getting started with an Ultimaker.

Before you print

While our Ultimaker is compatible with several softwares, we suggest using Ultimaker Cura. When setting up Ultimaker Cura, select your printer as an Ultimaker 2 with no upgrades.

Fun things to print can be found on youmagine and thingiverse.

If you are going to use the computer next to the 3D printers, then please ensure that the correct profile is selected for the Ultimaker. Here's how to check:

  • Check in the top left Cura. It should look like this:
  • If it doesn't look like the above, click the drop down, then click Ultimaker 2:
  • The software should transition to look like this (notice the Ultimaker 2 on the back plate):

Operating Instructions

What do I do if I screw something up?

If your print fails, abort it on the Ultimaker and then follow the build removal directions. If you're not sure why it failed ask on Slack and/or the mailing list.

If the nozzle clogs follow Ultimaker's directions for clearing the clog. If you're uncomfortable interpreting these directions or performing them ask for help on Slack and/or the mailing list. Do not use any other method for unclogging the nozzle. If none of Ultimaker's directions for cleaning the nozzle work please inform the wardens by emailing broken@hive13.org. We will replace the nozzle.

Build Removal

Remove the glass print bed from the machine before attempting to remove prints from the print bed. Allowing the print bed to cool completely should make removing prints easier. If they are still difficult to remove then use the largest pair of channel locks you can find and grip the print firmly. A simple twist should pop it off in one piece. You can also try heating the build plate from the back side with a heat gun. If you're going to scrape on the glass with a glass scraper always scrape away from you. Prints tend to come off suddenly and with little warning. If you don't follow these instructions your print will become exponentially more expensive, as it will involve a trip to the emergency room and stitches.

Material Compatibility

Ultimaker sells their own filament. We recommend you use Ultimaker material, as Cura has profiles for these materials and they should print reliably. You can purchase it from Printed Solid.

The Ultimaker 2 and Cura allow the use of almost any commercially available 3D printing filament with a nominal diameter of 2.85 mm. This is sometimes called 3 mm filament. If you use material from other manufacturers you will need to ensure the proper parameters are in Cura before printing. Printed Solid sells quality filament from Ultimaker, colorFabb, taulman3D, Proto-Pasta, and NinjaFlex. Filastruder sells filament from E3D including Edge, a high quality, easy to print CPE. Filastruder also sells taulman3D.


Special Thanks

Hive13 would like to thank Lorin Parker, the University of Cincinnati Cognition Action Perception Lab and the Shroff Foundation. The Ultimaker 2 was purchased with a Shroff Foundation grant and was used between 2014 and 2016 for community education. It has since been donated by Lorin Parker.