Ultimaker 3 Extended
Once again Ultimaker finds itself at the top of our prosumer category with the Ultimaker 3 Extended, coming joint first with an overall rating of 9.2. Released in October 2016, the Ultimaker 3 Extended (UM3 Extended) gives users an extra 10cm build height over the Ultimaker 3 but offers the same functionality.
The UM3 Extended uses swappable “print cores” optimised for build or soluble support materials. This frees up the ability to print geometries that are not possible to print on single extrusion printers that use build material for support. The UM3 Extended also boasts a unique lift switch which raises the second nozzle when not in use so that it does not interfere with the print. Combine this with the auto-bed leveling, the UM3 Extended is a very reliable printer capable of running print after print with little to no maintenance. When maintenance is required, the Ultimaker guides and customer support, not to mention the huge Ultimaker community gets users printing again as soon as possible.
Using Ultimakers’ free Cura software users can slice models using optimised material profiles and send them to print wirelessly over wifi. After which users can watch their print live from the cura software using the UM3 Extended in-built camera.
As always with the Ultimaker printers, the UM3 Extended package comes in at a high cost of $4,295. Despite this, as with the Ultimaker 2+, 100% of Ultimaker 3 Extended reviewers said that they would recommend their 3D printer to somebody else – beginners through to experts.
In conclusion, Ultimaker has completely overhauled the printer since the Ultimaker 2+ with the UM3 offering auto-bed leveling, dual extrusion with soluble support, Wifi connectivity and more. As one user puts it “If you desire to design, click & print with ease, the Ultimaker 3 is for you.”