Chris Aston, CAD/CAM Technician at The UCL Academy talks us through his experience with an Ultimaker 2.
We have very much enjoyed having an Ultimaker 2 in our department here at The UCL Academy. It took a little bit of time to get working well but it was much easier to use and troubleshoot than our existing 3D printers. We have enjoyed printing with the Ultimaker and are impressed with its overall quality, speed and ease of use compared to our older printers.
We have been formally teaching Autodesk Inventor (now partnered with Ultimaker) to all year groups, from year 7 to A-level. Even though this is a pretty recent development, ultimately it has meant we have ended up with some pretty cool things from the students which we have been able to produce using a range of CAM machines, including the Ultimaker 2. The Ultimaker 2 has been particularly exciting as students are able to really see their designs go from ideas, to digital models, to 3D objects they can test in their hands within a short amount of time. The large, well lit and open print bed has also made it easier for students to observe and understand how 3D printers such as the Ultimaker operate.
Setting up a print is straight forward but you still have the freedom to tune and change many settings.
A students casing design and 3D printed result.