Aimed at prosumers angling to make the leap to fully professional 3D printing, the Ultimaker 3 makes all-around incremental improvements to an already successful brand. With a set of specs and features placing it squarely between top consumer desktop printers like the M200 and the top of the line semi-pro products, the Ultimaker 3 figures to make a splash in the markets as the makers who have driven the 3D printing mini boom mature and pursue more commercially viable endeavors.
The price of the new Ultimaker is right in line with what one would expect when examining the details of this machine, debuting in the mid $3K range upon release. The standard set of upgrades for next generation machines are all here: automatic bed leveling, the remote viewing camera, and a simplified UI to quickly set optimal print settings. There's even a "smart material detection" system that reacts to NFC chips on your filament spool, optimizing the print settings to best fit the chosen material. While such a system would be a ripe opportunity to force users to use Ultimaker materials, the team decided to allow their customers to keep on using any 3rd party filament they like with their new printer -- an uncharacteristically generous move for a bigger team like Ultimaker making the leap to professional products.
The Ultimaker 3 offers nothing more world-shattering than the same minimalism and reliability that has made Ultimaker a contender in desktop 3D printing for almost a decade, plus a few knick knacks and ever more reliability. For makers, the Ultimaker 3 is just affordable enough to be your big splurge this year, just professional enough to shop your wares around and show your community what 3D printing can do for them. The leap to true global prominence for 3D printing will come only as real, effective use cases develop. Some limits are inherent, such as those imposed by the materials one has at their disposal, but as this industry advances towards cleaner, better products, and continues to attract creative, talented individuals to use said products, 3D printing (and robotics in general) will continue to march into the forefront of the new, global, technological economy.
Finally, Ultimaker have added auto-levelling support to their new machine, making manual calibration a thing of the past.
Has two extruders that can hold different materials so you can produce more intricate prototypes...comes with WiFi and Ethernet support, in addition to a USB port.
There is a built-in webcam, which is connected to open-source software Cura and allows for remote monitoring of your print output.
Printing bed is built with actively leveling bed mechanism...It can use NFC technology to identify smart materials.
Fully integrated hardware, software and materials configuration, as well as full settings alignment, ensures both efficient workflow and precision in print results.