Ultimaker has made a name for itself since launching their eponymous Original 3D printer in 2011. Considered by many to be one of the most solid, all-around 3D printers on the market, the Ultimaker 2+ is our highest rated printer in the Prosumer category this year with a rating of 9.1. The Dutch headquartered company has also recently launched the Ultimaker 3.
Back with its white box design, the Ultimaker 2+ features a well-lit open front and semi-translucent sides similar, if not identical, to its predecessor, the Ultimaker 2. The Ultimaker 2+ improves upon the 2 and comes equipped with a new PT100 printhead, an upgraded heater cartridge and the ability to use different nozzle sizes. As a result, it can achieve a build speed volume of up to 24mm³/s with the 0.8mm nozzle.
The fan system is optimized as well, which makes for improved cooling and airflow. Ultimaker has also retained the modular nature of the printer, offering Ultimaker 2 owners an extruder upgrade to convert their Ultimaker 2 into an Ultimaker 2+.
Ultimaker is lauded by the community for implementing these upgrades based on feedback from owners of the previous model, with one reviewer saying “Superior build quality, precision engineering and a great support team, not to mention huge community are only some of the things that make the Ultimaker series of printers amazing! With community feedback taken seriously, the upgrade from Ultimaker 2 to 2+ basically fixed every known issue with the range so far, and with the upgrade also available as a kit for UM2 owners, this is simply perfection in customer service”.
Of course, a 3D printing ecosystem like the one offered by Ultimaker doesn't come cheap; $2,499 to be exact. Despite this price tag, a truly impressive 100% (!) of Ultimaker 2+ reviewers said that they would recommend their 3D printer to somebody else – beginners through experts.