They are absolutely amazed at how they can design and create an object and then watch it print out before their eyes exactly as they planned it. It offers them endless possibilities that extend across the curriculum and we are very excited to be able to give them the opportunity to use technology that is only just becoming more widely available in industry.
The Ulitmaker 2 has been a huge success within the school, not only benefitting learners work but it has acted as a point of interest and source of motivation for many of our learners. They are left in awe when they see their designs being produced seemingly out of thin air. The Ultimaker 2 is a very compact, reliable and durable piece of equipment and has allowed the Design and Technology department to be a part of the exciting new era of 3D printing. Staff and learners have found the equipment very easy to access, developing quality outcomes.
My department was aware of the technology but prior to receiving the piece of equipment there was a belief that the equipment was gimmicky. However, it was quickly apparent that the Ultimaker allowed learners to manufacture quality outcomes of their individual designs. It has allowed designs to evolve freely, where previously they may have been restricted by the school facilities. The printer is bridging the gap between education and industrial practice, with incredible results!
Mr L Griffiths
The Ultimaker 2 is a useful piece of equipment and very easy to understand and access. I think the 3D printer has helped my learning and my coursework because it has allowed me to be more creative with my work and it lets me make designs that I would otherwise be unable to make, or would be very difficult to make. I like having the 3D printer in school because it has benefitted my learning and allowed me to make better work than I would have made if I wasn’t able to use a 3D printer.
SR – Student
The Ultimaker 2 is an ideal product for anything used in an educational place because its simple use, high quality results and the high amount of detail it produces. The school benefits massively from having the machine because not only does it boost the school’s reputation in terms of facilities but it also gives the students a more in depth view of the design industry. It has benefited me as a student when it came to producing something for the practice make task for my GCSE product design and gave an insight to the equipment I could use in any future study or carers pathways. When designing and making my coursework the Ultimaker 2 allowed me to create parts a lot faster compared to if I had used more traditional methods. This allowed me to have more time to add detail to other parts of the course, it also benefited me because I could produce high quality of work which was required and learn more about a genuine manufacturing process required for industry.
TH – Student
Ultimaker has played a vital role at Fab Lab London with their 3D printers forming an integral part in all of our education workshops with makers of all ages. The printers are reliable, safe and very easy to maintain, making easy for us to put the printers into KS2, KS3 classrooms for children to experiment with. Cura, the software to drive the printers is simple to use and free too.
The Lab boasts 8 Ultimaker printers including the Ultimaker Original, Ultimaker 2, Extended and the Ultimaker 2Go – which is used on all of our public event as part of the Fab Bike project.
Combined with the other digital fabrication facilities in the Lab the 3D printers provide endless possibilities for future designers, engineers, artists, scientists and inventors.
The pupils have really enjoyed using the 3d printer. They have been using it in year 10 and 11 as an Enterprise lesson, learning to cost out materials and then making items to sell for profit in aid of their Prom.
In some of the younger classes they have just been amazed, watching the printer, not a word spoken for ages, mesmerised.
All in all, the whole experience for our pupils has been fantastic, there is so much more that we could explore.
Thank you so much for the fantastic opportunity, I myself have learned so much and I am amazed at the scope these machines offer.
Since the arrival of the Ultimaker Original we in PDE (Product Design Engineering) have found it incredibly useful as a studio resource. As a cohort we have been able to go from 2d concept to 3d physical model within a few hours. This rapid prototyping has allowed us as designers to refine our ideas much faster and improve our concepts through an iterative design process.
The Ultimaker has improved our work flow significantly and many of us plan to implement 3D printing within our professional careers as product design engineers.
As an Artist being able to manufacture items from home just completely set my work free. Items I would otherwise have had to cast or make in wood which would have taken days suddenly became much quicker to produce. Using the Ultimaker allowed me to achieve accurate results In a much shorter time and this innovative new way of working helped me to achieve my 1st Class Honours Degree in Fine Art.
Alice is available for advice and workshops in the Surrey and North London area. Please contact Michelle at Ultimaker GB with enquiries.
Our Journey working on the Ultimaker 3D Printing Systems Range has been a rewarding and skill enhancing experience. The community support is so multilayered, solutions for most issues are usually just an article or a video clip away.
We were consistently able to solve every technical issue that we encountered using the extensive online support. Having such high levels of visible support, for any group of newly introduced complex products, is a fantastic achievement.
Your Tech and Media Teams should be commended!!
Graham Ogunleye, Maroof Faiz & Sudhi S. Kumar
We have used the Ultimaker 2 to showcase the application of 3D printing at Liverpool MakeFest and Showcasing the application of 3D printing at the North West Big Bang competition and won!… now taking our work to the National finals at the NEC in March.
We also used the Ultimaker 2 to complete the Engineering Education Scheme which led to being awarded the Gold Crest awards.
Our Ultimaker 2 machine has produced over a 170 different parts in the 4 months we have had it with an average running time of 18 hrs /day.
This meant the machine paid for itself within the first 3 weeks of operation. Fantastic return on investment.
We also tested and used all types of materials available and now have a database of our preferred materials and suppliers.
Having the Ultimaker around has had a huge beneficial effect on our ability to turn projects around quickly – particularly for fixture applications.
One of the most surprising outcomes was how easy it was to order / install and start producing parts – all in a matter of 2 days.
I have also now trained another 10 engineers how to use the Ultimaker ( 1 hour training session is all that is required ).
It is nearly as easy as to operate a normal paper printer and yes it’s in the office on a desk.
We are also very satisfied with the machines reliability and it’s easy to purchase spares and service the machine.
We all understand that 3D Printing as an industry is now starting to mature and that it is one of the core manufacturing processes of so many different industries.
It is therefore imperative that we give our youngsters every possible opportunity to engross themselves with this industry which covers so many disciplines from architecture, medicine, science, art, engineering and many more.
3D Printing allows for incredible “Free Thinking” of model designs and is the perfect platform for our school kids to hone their design and innovation skills.
The most exciting reality for me is that 3D Printing is not a restricted technology –it’s very much an open source environment with the concept of “Sharing “ at its core.
This allows for anybody from any age group of any industry to use it ! So, yes every child at school needs to be given the opportunity to have access to this technology.
“ Keep 3D printing and the future is in your hands ” – as we know the future are our kids – so better let them have the right toys to play with – an Ultimaker off course!
The Ultimaker 2 is a well-engineered, high quality product, visually cool looking and enhanced by the LED light strips which are both aesthetic and functional making it very easy to see what’s going on.
It uses standard/generic components so spares should be easy to source. The design is open source with a bill of materials and building plans published online and the structure is mostly CNC machined from flat sheet materials so easy to make/fit replacements and even make your own improvements.
Setup is quick and very straightforward, again using the online manual and clear messages on the built-in display.
Operation of the machine is simple using the single spin wheel control. This includes inserting the plastic filament and telling the Ultimaker 2 which material you are using. Tests were carried out using blue PLA and before printing any model the bed has a coating of glue applied using the supplied glue stick. Simple.
Cura slicing software
Cura software performs the essential function of slicing your 3D model into build payers. Cura is free and one of several programs that will perform this function for the Ultimaker 2. Cura is simple to download, install and configure and converting a 3D model using the Basic menu in Cura is simply a case of importing the STL file, orienting the part then then saving the the G code file to the SD card. The Basic menu also allows commonly used features like layers, shell thickness, fill and support to be altered and should cater for many models produced by school pupils.
The advanced menu in Cura gives access to all of the parameters for a build and will be used more as the user’s expertise develops and models demand customised build parameters.
Overall I have been very impressed by the Ultimaker 2 and will certainly be recommending it to the schools I work with.
Ultimaker has been key to our product development and portfolio expansion. Our Ultimaker 2 3D printers are the workhorse of our range of WW1 military minifig accessories and continue to play a vital role in our design developments.
The printers have been reliable, safe and simple to maintain, making it easy for us to experiment with new metallic filament material. Cura, the software to drive the printers is also simple to use. By using the Ultimaker system, designing new products for our Minifig Battlefields has been straightforward resulting in us being able to create and now offer our new range of Minifig Collectibles, where the detail and accurate reproduction of WW1 artillery pieces is essential as we expand our range of products.
The 3D printers continue to provide endless possibilities for us to create historically faithful replicas enabling us to engage and inspire school children as we work with them to tell their WW1 stories.
We have 2x Ultimaker 2 printers and 2 others. The Ultimaker printers are used a lot more than the others as they are just so easy to use