Ultimaker has launched a new 3D printer model promising faster production of items with greater accuracy. The firm has also unveiled YouMagine, a collaborative online community for 3D printing sponsored by Ultimaker.
Available to purchase now from Ultimaker's website, the Ultimaker 2 supersedes the original Ultimaker model and has been redesigned to create one of the highest-performing 3D printers available on the market, the firm said.
Cura, the open source software that drives the printer, has the ability to pre-process 3D files 60 times faster than many other slicing engines, which can take up to an hour, according to Ultimaker founder Erik de Bruijn.
"Our machine is so fast that the engine finishes processing before you have the opportunity to press print," he said.
Ultimaker says the new model has a print speed of 3-30cm per second, and is able to create objects of up to 23x22.5x20.5cm in size. The device itself is not much larger at 34x36x39cm.
At the same time, Ultimaker also announced YouMagine, an online 3D printing community intended to let users download files, and also build on each other's work, share designs and collaborate on projects.
"Ultimaker is seeding YouMagine with open-source design apps so that users can customise the tools without any programming experience. It is our aim to create a brand new 3D printing experience that doesn't require any specialist skills," said de Bruijn.
The Ultimaker 2 costs £1,600, making it a more costly model than the Velleman K8200 printer now on sale in the UK at retailer Maplin, which costs £699.
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