Here you’ll find info on our newest printer, the Ultimaker 3 Extended. We purchased this printer in December 2016.
Here are some key specifications:
- Fused Filament Fabrication(FFF)/Fused Deposition Modeling (FDM) – filament is melted and extruded onto a build platform
- Material: Open platform, can print most available materials (PLA, ABS, Nylon, PETG, PVA, flexible)
- Dual Extruder: can print in two colors on same part or one color with dissolvable support material (PVA). Extruder temperature range is 180-280
- PVA support material is water soluable and will completely dissolve after soaking in water overnight.
- Heated Bed: improves adhesion for almost all materials, range is 20-100°C
- Build Volume: 8.5″ x 8.5″ x 11.8″, slightly smaller when using dual extrusion
- Minimum Layer Thickness: 20 to 200 microns per layer
- File Format: .stl or .obj
- Software: Cura (download here for free, select Ultimaker 3 Extended in settings)
- File transfer: Ethernet, wifi, or USB stick
I’m still getting this printer dialed in but so far it’s pretty amazing. This printer is more challenging to use than the Makerbot but it’s also much more capable. Like the Makerbot this printer is open to use by anyone at Reed (students, faculty, and staff).