Ultimaker 3 is here and other Printed Solid News for October


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Schedule a free printer selection consultation

In light of the big news in the title of this email, Printed Solid will be offering a new service to help users select the 3D Printer that best fits their needs. I’ve long felt that buying a 3D Printer is like navigating a mine field and we get more mines with each passing week.  In general, the higher the price of the machine the better the performance should be, but with some brands, the exact opposite is true.  I spend a huge amount of time each week keeping up on user opinions of the different printer options available.  

I have set up a service to schedule free phone or in store consultations with me to discuss this topic and how to best fit your needs.  You can book time here.  
  

If you’ve been following our social media over the past week, you’ve seen the teasers of the new Ultimaker 3.  I’ve had the good fortune of having one of these machines in my hands for the past several weeks and have enjoyed watching all the speculation on what they may be about.  I’m usually a pretty open person.  Having the UM3 in my hands early has been amazing, but I’ve been eagerly awaiting the time to share.

Starting today, you can come by our store to check it out in person.  Come in anytime or join fellow enthusiasts at a meetup on Thursday, October 20th at 6:30.  

NOTE we will have a very limited supply of these at launch. Once they sell out, we will accept preorders via phone or in store. Set up an appointment here.  We will also accept preorders at our launch reception meetup on 10-20.  

Rather than regurgitating marketing talk, I’ll give you my take on what makes this new machine exceptional.

  • At last, reliable printing of dissolvable support material has come to the desktop.  The Ultimaker 3 brings several innovations that allow users to print dissolvable PVA support on a desktop machine.  Dual self leveling heads where the second head shifts position when not in use, cradling support algorithms in Cura, PVA forumulation optimized for printability, Dual extrusion combined with auto leveling of each printhead, and a specially designed removable print core for dissolvable support material.  
  • Printing from USB card, phone app, or wifi.  No need for a wired connection to your computer or keeping track of all of your SD cards.  
  • Firmware updates directly from the printer.  Running multiple machines that need to be updated to the latest firmware?  As long as you’re connected over wifi, you can simply navigate to the screen and press the update button.  
  • The special print core I mentioned?  It is a true quick change toolhead.  Remove the filament, then simply press a tab and pull it out.  Then slide a new one in in its place.  Not a single tool required.  Then, the printer recognizes the head that is installed and prompts you if it does not go with the material being printed.
  • NFC tagged filament spools for material recognition.  STOP, don’t freak out here.  I hate chipped filament as much as any good 3D Printing community member.  This is different.  The Ultimaker maintains the open material system that has made the 2+ so successful, but a feature has been added to help less experienced users know that the material in the printer matches the profile they have sliced to.  So, if you accidentally install a spool of CPE when you meant to print with Nylon, the printer will tell you, but you are totally free to ignore that waning.  

The Ultimaker 3 and Ultimaker 3 Extended will be available in approximately the same sizes as the Ultimaker 2+ and Ultimaker 2+ Extended.  The price at launch is $3495 and $4295 for the 3 and 3 Extended. 

So, what does all this mean for the Ultimaker 2+ line?  These printers will continue to be produced and may still be the optimal choice for very many users.  Personally, if I were setting up a printer farm, I would probably purchase several Ultimaker 2+ for every Ultimaker 3.  This would give me the ability to use the advanced capabilities of the 3 on the parts that really need it while using the 2+ for the rest.

NEW PRODUCT ANNOUNCEMENT

Don’t let that scowly face fool you.  Oreo loves the sorting hat, printed in Proto-Pasta Matte Fiber Re PLA.  

Proto-Pasta has launched some awesome materials since their initial kickstarter brought us Carbon Fiber PLA.  Matte Fiber PLA is their newest offering.  This material was developed to be a visually pleasing option for users looking for the clean surface finish you get with wood fiber filament, but perhaps a bit easier to print and in some cool colors.  It is available in white, red, black, and blue in both 1.75mm and 2.85mm.  In addition, it is made with their High Temperature PLA as a base resin, so it can be annealed to be more temperature tolerant.  

Give this a try with coupon code mattestarter for a 10% discount for the rest of the month.

 

colorFabb Halloween Bundles

Want some cool Halloween color filament?  How about 3 spools of colorFabb bundled at a deep discount.  We’ve got Halloween bundles containing one spool each of colorFabb Translucent Orange, glowfill, and Standard Black for $88.99 in 1.75mm and 2.85mm

Matthew Gorton

Founder
printedsolid.com

 

Schedule a free printer selection consultation

In light of the big news in the title of this email, Printed Solid will be offering a new service to help users select the 3D Printer that best fits their needs. I’ve long felt that buying a 3D Printer is like navigating a mine field and we get more mines with each passing week.  In general, the higher the price of the machine the better the performance should be, but with some brands, the exact opposite is true.  I spend a huge amount of time each week keeping up on user opinions of the different printer options available.  

I have set up a service to schedule free phone or in store consultations with me to discuss this topic and how to best fit your needs.  You can book time here.  
  

If you’ve been following our social media over the past week, you’ve seen the teasers of the new Ultimaker 3.  I’ve had the good fortune of having one of these machines in my hands for the past several weeks and have enjoyed watching all the speculation on what they may be about.  I’m usually a pretty open person.  Having the UM3 in my hands early has been amazing, but I’ve been eagerly awaiting the time to share.

Starting today, you can come by our store to check it out in person.  Come in anytime or join fellow enthusiasts at a meetup on Thursday, October 20th at 6:30.  

NOTE we will have a very limited supply of these at launch. Once they sell out, we will accept preorders via phone or in store. Set up an appointment here.  We will also accept preorders at our launch reception meetup on 10-20.  

Rather than regurgitating marketing talk, I’ll give you my take on what makes this new machine exceptional.

  • At last, reliable printing of dissolvable support material has come to the desktop.  The Ultimaker 3 brings several innovations that allow users to print dissolvable PVA support on a desktop machine.  Dual self leveling heads where the second head shifts position when not in use, cradling support algorithms in Cura, PVA forumulation optimized for printability, Dual extrusion combined with auto leveling of each printhead, and a specially designed removable print core for dissolvable support material.  
  • Printing from USB card, phone app, or wifi.  No need for a wired connection to your computer or keeping track of all of your SD cards.  
  • Firmware updates directly from the printer.  Running multiple machines that need to be updated to the latest firmware?  As long as you’re connected over wifi, you can simply navigate to the screen and press the update button.  
  • The special print core I mentioned?  It is a true quick change toolhead.  Remove the filament, then simply press a tab and pull it out.  Then slide a new one in in its place.  Not a single tool required.  Then, the printer recognizes the head that is installed and prompts you if it does not go with the material being printed.
  • NFC tagged filament spools for material recognition.  STOP, don’t freak out here.  I hate chipped filament as much as any good 3D Printing community member.  This is different.  The Ultimaker maintains the open material system that has made the 2+ so successful, but a feature has been added to help less experienced users know that the material in the printer matches the profile they have sliced to.  So, if you accidentally install a spool of CPE when you meant to print with Nylon, the printer will tell you, but you are totally free to ignore that waning.  

The Ultimaker 3 and Ultimaker 3 Extended will be available in approximately the same sizes as the Ultimaker 2+ and Ultimaker 2+ Extended.  The price at launch is $3495 and $4295 for the 3 and 3 Extended. 

So, what does all this mean for the Ultimaker 2+ line?  These printers will continue to be produced and may still be the optimal choice for very many users.  Personally, if I were setting up a printer farm, I would probably purchase several Ultimaker 2+ for every Ultimaker 3.  This would give me the ability to use the advanced capabilities of the 3 on the parts that really need it while using the 2+ for the rest.

NEW PRODUCT ANNOUNCEMENT

Don’t let that scowly face fool you.  Oreo loves the sorting hat, printed in Proto-Pasta Matte Fiber Re PLA.  

Proto-Pasta has launched some awesome materials since their initial kickstarter brought us Carbon Fiber PLA.  Matte Fiber PLA is their newest offering.  This material was developed to be a visually pleasing option for users looking for the clean surface finish you get with wood fiber filament, but perhaps a bit easier to print and in some cool colors.  It is available in white, red, black, and blue in both 1.75mm and 2.85mm.  In addition, it is made with their High Temperature PLA as a base resin, so it can be annealed to be more temperature tolerant.  

Give this a try with coupon code mattestarter for a 10% discount for the rest of the month.

 

colorFabb Halloween Bundles

Want some cool Halloween color filament?  How about 3 spools of colorFabb bundled at a deep discount.  We’ve got Halloween bundles containing one spool each of colorFabb Translucent Orange, glowfill, and Standard Black for $88.99 in 1.75mm and 2.85mm

Matthew Gorton

Founder
printedsolid.com
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