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Industry 3D printing
Founded 2011
Founder Martijn Elserman, Erik de Bruijn and Siert Wijnia
Headquarters Geldermalsen, Netherlands
Products Ultimaker Original, Ultimaker Original+, Ultimaker 2, Ultimaker 2+, Ultimaker 2 Go, Ultimaker 2 Extended, Ultimaker 2 Extended+, Ultimaker 3, Ultimaker 3 Extended
Website www.ultimaker.com

Ultimaker is a 3D printer manufacturer. Their product line includes the Ultimaker 3 family, Ultimaker 2 family and the Ultimaker Original. The company started out as an open-source printer company.


Ultimaker BV is a Dutch 3D printer company which was founded in 2011 by Martijn Elserman, Erik de Bruijn, and Siert Wijnia.[1] Ultimaker started selling their products in May 2011. The company's foundation was laid at ProtoSpace Utrecht where Siert Wijnia organised two workshops to build the RepRap Darwin 3D printer. 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 lasercut 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". Two Beta-workshops were organised at ProtoSpace Utrecht starting in September and December 2010, each consisting of 10 Monday evenings. 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.

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.[2] When the lead developer for Cura started working for Ultimaker, Cura became the lead software product for Ultimaker.[3] 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.[4] </ref> On September 26, 2017 the company announced that Cura had achieved one million users. This announcement was made at the TCT show. [5] [6]


Contrary to the RepRap project founded By Adrian Bowyer, Ultimaker is not focused on an end-goal of self-replication. Their product is designed to make high quality prints. Ultimaker sells the Ultimaker Original family as a DIY kit and the Ultimaker 2 and 3 family only pre-assembled. One of the distinctive properties of Ultimaker printers is that vertical movement is accomplished by moving the print platform, not the nozzle.

Ultimaker's 3D printers currently print using acrylonitrile butadiene styrene (ABS), polylactic acid (PLA), Copolyester (CPE), Nylon, Polycarbonate, Thermoplastic polyurethane (TPU 95A) and water soluble PVA. Ultimaker's printers also can print with other thermoplastics such as Acrylic glass (PMMA), but this may be more difficult.

Ultimaker Original[edit]

Ultimaker 3D Printer

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.[7]

Ultimaker 2[edit]

Ultimaker 2 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".[8][9]

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.[10] 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[11] 2015.

Ultimaker 2 Extended[edit]

Released date April 2015.[10] Awarded 1st place in the Best Large Format category in MAKE Magazine's Digital Fabrication Shootout[11] 2015. Rated as a top 5 3D printer by 3DForged.com.[12] 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. Thanks to a simple but accurate lever mechanism the second extruder is raised and lowered based on its activity status. Among the new features are:

  • auto bed levelling
  • print core quick-change mechanism
  • wi-fi connection
  • live camera monitoring
  • dual, lifting print core system
  • designed to print water-soluble support structures


Variant Ultimaker Original Ultimaker 2 Ultimaker 2 Go Ultimaker 2 Extended Ultimaker 3 Ultimaker 3 Extended
Release date March 2011 September 2013 April 2015 April 2015 October 2016 October 2016
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
Dual extrusion build volume  ? 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
Print speed 30 mm - 300 mm/s
Travel speed 30 mm - 350 mm/s
Filament diameter 2.85 mm recommended
Nozzle diameter 0.4 mm swappable 0.4 mm swappable
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
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
Printer technology Fused Filament Fabrication (FFF)
Software Cura (supplied)

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "About Ultimaker - Ultimaker". Ultimaker.com. Retrieved 22 March 2017. 
  2. ^ "ReplicatorG is a simple, open source 3D printing program - ReplicatorG". Replicat.org. Retrieved 22 March 2017. 
  3. ^ "Cura 3D Printing Slicing Software - Ultimaker". Ultimaker.com. Retrieved 22 March 2017. 
  4. ^ Halterman, T.E. "YouMagine Survey Reveals 3D Printing Expert Wish List". 3D Print.com. Retrieved 12/14/17.  Check date values in: |access-date= (help)
  5. ^ https://www.tctmagazine.com/tct-events/tct-show-uk/ultimaker-software-strategy-3d-printing/
  6. ^ Griffiths, Laura. "Ultimaker Unveils New 3D Printing Strategy". TCT Magazine. Retrieved 12/14/17.  Check date values in: |access-date= (help)
  7. ^ magazine, Make (2012). MAKE : ultimate guide to 3D printing (MAKE special issue ed.). Sebastopol, CALIF: O'Reilly Media. ISBN 978-1449357375. 
  8. ^ http://makezine.com/magazine/guide-to-3d-printing-2014/3d-printer-overview-how-they-compare/
  9. ^ "Ultimaker komt met nieuwe 3d-printer". Tweakers (in Dutch). Retrieved 12 October 2015. 
  10. ^ a b "Ultimaker is proud to reveal the Ultimaker 2 Go and Ultimaker 2 Extended at CES Las Vegas | Ultimaker". Ultimaker.com. Retrieved 2015-11-05. 
  11. ^ a b "The Winners from Make:'s Digital Fabrication Shootout | Make:". Make: DIY Projects, How-Tos, Electronics, Crafts and Ideas for Makers. 4 November 2015. Retrieved 5 November 2015. 
  12. ^ "The Best 3D Printers for 2016 | 3D Forged". 3D Forged. Retrieved 2016-02-17.