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Industry3D printing
Founded2011; 7 years ago (2011)
FounderMartijn Elserman
Erik de Bruijn
Siert Wijnia
Products3D printers and filaments

Ultimaker is a 3D printer manufacturing company based in the Netherlands, with offices and assembly line in the US.[1] They make FFF 3D printers, develop 3D printing software, and sell branded 3D printing materials.[2] Their product line includes the Ultimaker S5, Ultimaker 3 series, Ultimaker 2+ series and Ultimaker Original+. These products are used by industries such as automotive, architecture, healthcare, education, and small scale manufacturing.


Ultimaker BV is a Dutch 3D printer company that was founded in 2011 by Martijn Elserman, Erik de Bruijn, and Siert Wijnia.[3] Ultimaker started selling their products in May 2011. The company's foundation was laid at ProtoSpace Utrecht where Wijnia organized two workshops to build the RepRap Darwin 3D printer. Two Beta-workshops were organized at ProtoSpace Utrecht starting in September and December 2010, each consisting of 10 Monday evenings. Erik de Bruijn and Martijn Elserman assisted at those workshops. Frustration from their inability to get the Darwin design to work led to the inspiration to create their own design. Instead of sticking to the RepRap principle that their printer should be able to print its own parts, they designed their printer to be built mostly of laser cut plywood parts, that could be produced orders of magnitude faster than printed parts at the time. Their first prototypes bore the name "Ultimaker protobox" but newer prototypes were just titled "Ultimaker". In March 2011, Ultimaker ltd. released their first complete product, the "Ultimaker" (renamed in 2013 to "Ultimaker Original") under a Creative Commons BY-NC license. The Ultimaker Original was distributed as a Do It Yourself kit that hobbyists and technicians assembled themselves. It could print files up to 21 x 21 x 20.5 cm at a maximum resolution of 20 microns. Users started sharing their experiences and joining a fast-growing community.[4]

Company Mission[edit]

Manufacturing and model-making workflows can be inefficient and complicated. By building an open and integrated solution of 3D printers, software, and materials Ultimaker helps professionals innovate every day. By making 3D printing accessible, the company wants to accelerate the world's transition to local digital manufacturing.

Company Milestones[edit]

2013 - The Ultimaker 2 was released. The target market was home-users, schools, and libraries, small businesses, and industrial designers who used 3D printing for rapid prototyping and production.[5]

2015 - In 2015 Ultimaker's revenue doubled, with 35% of new customers coming from the North American market.[6]

2017 - Ultimaker's U.S. presence grew to include a network of 37 re-sellers.[7] In the E.U., Bosch and Ultimaker announced that Bosch would equip their worldwide offices with Ultimaker printers.[8]

2018 - Partners with material manufacturers DSM, BASF, DuPont Transportation & Advanced Polymers, Owens Corning, Mitsubishi, Henkel, Kuraray, Solvay and Clariant to create material profiles for printing high-level engineering plastics and composites.[9] Opens facility in Singapore to service Asia, Pacific and China markets and expands manufacturing presence to three continents.[10][11]


Their first software ran under a modified version of Replicator-G. They changed this later to Cura because more and more users started using this software in favor of Replicator-G, which was originally produced with Makerbot in mind.[12] When the lead developer for Cura started working for Ultimaker, Ultimaker Cura became the lead software product for Ultimaker.[13] Cura rapidly became a favorite of 3D printing enthusiasts. A YouMagine Survey found that 58% of users surveyed used Cura, compared to 23% that used Slic3r.[14] On September 26, 2017 the company announced that Cura had achieved one million users. This announcement was made at the TCT show.[15][16]


Unlike the RepRap project, Ultimaker is not focused on the end-goal of self-replication. Ultimaker printers are designed to make high quality prints easy and hassle free. Ultimaker sells the Ultimaker Original family as a DIY kit and the Ultimaker 2 and 3 family as pre-assembled machines. One of the distinctive properties of Ultimaker printers is that vertical movement is accomplished by moving the print platform, not the nozzle.

Ultimaker Original[edit]

Ultimaker 3D printers
Ultimaker 3D Printers

Ultimaker Original is a predecessor of Ultimaker 2 and was released a few months after the company was founded. Ultimaker Original can be modified to the user preference. In 2012, the Ultimaker Original was awarded Fastest and Most Accurate 3D printer available by MAKE Magazine.[17]

Ultimaker 2[edit]

Ultimaker 3D printer printing an object
Ultimaker 3D printer printing an object

Ultimaker 2 is the successor to the Ultimaker Original and was released in September 2013. MAKE magazine classified the Ultimaker 2 as the "best open-architecture 3D printer of 2014" and named it runner-up in the category "Prosumer FFF".[18][19]

Ultimaker 2 Go[edit]

The Ultimaker 2 Go is a compact and portable design that comes with a travel case for easy transportation. Released date April 2015.[20] This printer along with the Ultimaker 2 Extended are the newest additions to the Ultimaker family of printers. Awarded 2nd place in the Most Portable category in MAKE Magazine's Digital Fabrication Shootout[21] 2015.

Ultimaker 2 Extended[edit]

Released date April 2015.[20] Awarded 1st place in the Best Large Format category in MAKE Magazine's Digital Fabrication Shootout[21] 2015. Rated as a top 5 3D printer by 3DForged.com.[22] Otherwise similar to normal Ultimaker 2 except for its 10cm higher build volume and somewhat larger frame.

Ultimaker 3 and Ultimaker 3 Extended[edit]

The Ultimaker 3 was released on 18 October 2016 and introduced professional dual extrusion 3D printing for the desktop.[23] It was named the best 3D printer for 2017 by All3DP.[24]

Ultimaker S5[edit]

The Ultimaker S5 was introduced in April 2018. It increased the build area of the X axis while maintaining the build area of the Z axis and introduced a feeder system that pauses when material runs out and resumes when new material is loaded.[25] This is the only model made by Ultimaker that is certified by Materialise for FDA-approved medical applications. [26]

Ultimaker Materials[edit]

Ultimaker 3D printers currently print using either company branded filaments made from polypropylene (PP), polyvinyl acetate (PVA), acrylonitrile butadiene styrene (ABS), polylactic acid (PLA), Tough PLA,[25] Copolyester (CPE), Nylon, Polycarbonate, Thermoplastic polyurethane (TPU 95A) and water-soluble PVA or third-party compatible materials. This includes certain composite materials.[27] A breakaway material was developed and released in 2017 to support multi-extrusion printing and reduce post-processing time.[28]

Ultimaker Print Core CC Red 0.6[edit]

In September 2018, Ultimaker launched the new print core CC Red 0.6, to enable simple printing of composite materials. The print core, developed in collaboration with Anders Olsson, features a precision-machined 0.6 mm diameter nozzle with a specially customized geometry. With a wear-resistant ruby cone at its tip, this print core ensures reliable 3D printing with composite materials. Also included in the packaging are four spare Ultimaker S5 nozzle covers, for long-term use.


Variant Ultimaker Original Ultimaker 2 Ultimaker 2 Go Ultimaker 2 Extended Ultimaker 3 Ultimaker 3 Extended Ultimaker S5
Release date March 2011 September 2013 April 2015 April 2015 October 2016 October 2016 April 2018
Build volume 21 cm × 21 cm × 20.5 cm 22.3 cm × 22.3 cm × 20.5 cm 12 cm × 12 cm × 11.5 cm 22.3 cm × 22.3 cm × 30.5 cm 21.5 cm x 21.5 cm x 20.0 cm 21.5 cm x 21.5 cm x 30.0 cm 33 cm x 24 cm x 30 cm
Dual extrusion build volume not supported Not supported 19.7 cm x 21.5 cm x 20.0 cm 19.7 cm x 21.5 cm x 30.0 cm
Layer resolution up to 20 microns 0.25 mm nozzle 150 - 60 micron

0.4 mm nozzle 200 - 20 micron

0.8 mm nozzle 600 - 20 micron

Print speed 30 mm - 300 mm/s 24 cubic mm/s
Travel speed 30 mm - 350 mm/s
Filament diameter 2.85 mm recommended 2.85 mm
Nozzle diameter 0.4 mm swappable 0.25 mm, 0.4 mm, 0.8 mm
Operating nozzle temperature 180°C - 260°C 180°C - 280°C
Operating heated bed temperature - 50°C – 100°C - 50°C - 100°C 20°C - 100°C 20°C - 140°C
Frame Dimensions 35.7 cm × 34.2 cm × 38.8 cm 35.7 cm × 34.2 cm × 38.8 cm 25.8 cm × 25.0 cm × 28.75 cm 49.3 cm × 34.2 cm × 68.8 cm 34.2 cm x 38.0 cm x 38.9 cm 34.2 cm x 38.0 cm x 48.9 cm 49.5 cm x 45.7 cm x 52 cm
Printer technology Fused Filament Fabrication (FFF)
Software Cura (supplied)


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