RS adds to 3D printer offering with desktop “Ultimaker 2”

November 18, 2014 // By Graham Prophet
RS Components has augmented its rapid-prototyping product portfolio with a 3D printer that aims to severe the needs of a wide range of users including engineers involved in rapid-prototyping and product concept development

The Ultimaker 2 3D printer, RS says, was recently voted Best Consumer Product 2014 at the London 3D Print Show Global Awards. This printer employs fused filament fabrication (FFF) technology and targets electronics and mechanical engineers involved in design, prototyping and research and development, as well as enthusiasts and students.

The latest version of the Ultimaker 3D printer now adds a heated bed, which smooths the print output, allows for ABS material printing and also prevents warping. Claiming the highest speed and accuracy possible on any desktop 3D printer available today, the printer offers a print speed of up to 300 mm/sec and a layer resolution of only 20 microns or 0.02 mm. In addition, it is available in a compact design with frame dimensions of 357 x 342 x 388 mm (not including filament spool), offering an overall build volume of 230 x 225 x 205 mm.

Other specifications include a nozzle diameter of 0.4 mm, with the capability to handle a recommended filament diameter of 2.85 mm. Operating temperatures of the print nozzle and heated bed are +180 – 260°C and +50 – 100°C, respectively.

Approximate usage cost, provided by the manufacturer Ultimaker, is €0.05 per cubic centimetre, combining both material and power cost. The use of FFF technology also allows the choice of a wide range of material filaments including PLA and ABS.

The printer also comes with a standalone SD-card for 3D-model file upload and Ultimaker's Cura open-source software, which essentially slices a 3D-model into the requisite layers in preparation for printing.

The Ultimaker 2 from RS Components is priced at £1575.00 (UK Pounds, or equivalent).

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