Tech Breakdown: Ultimaker 2+ Connect 3D Printer Review
The 3D printer that laid the foundation for Ultimaker gets spruced up and modernized. Let's take a look at the Ultimaker 2+ Connect and what makes it so special.
After nearly five years of reliable 3D printing performance, it was time for the Ultimaker 2+ to get a proper tune up - introducing the Ultimaker 2+ Connect. This single extrusion 3D printer is the same Ultimaker 2+ we’ve all come to know and love with some exciting new features and upgrades to bring it to the level we’ve come to expect from other top of the line 3D printers from Ultimaker. From the new color touchscreen and easy-feed extruder lever to the network connectivity and Ultimaker Digital Factory, the Ultimaker 2+ Connect is designed to be a hassle-free, feature-rich 3D printer for users of all experience levels.
Let's break it down-
Modern Components for a Modern Workhorse
Thanks to developments made in the creation of the Ultimaker S3 and Ultimaker S5 dual extrusion 3D printers, the Ultimaker 2+ Connect single extrusion 3D printer features a full color 2.4” touchscreen for intuitive control and step-by-step assistance should you need it. Helpful wizards will guide you through changing filament, adjusting the build plate, or checking your 3D print’s progress. To aid in easy filament loading, the new extruder has a quick-release lever to disengage tension on the filament, allowing you to hand-feed filament right to the nozzle without having to maintain pressure on the extruder; load filament with one hand! The bed assembly has seen significant improvement with a much stiffer platform for stronger vibration resistance, which means better print quality. Many of the capabilities we’ve grown fond of in the Ultimaker 2+ remain with the Ultimaker 2+ Connect, like swappable nozzles with two 0.4mm nozzles included, one spare and one installed.
Network Connectivity for Over-the-Air 3D Printing
Utilizing the network connection features of the Ultimaker 2+ Connect is what really makes it shine. With newly integrated Wi-Fi and Ethernet capabilities, you can connect to the cloud for remote 3D printing from anywhere in the world with the Ultimaker Digital Factory. Utilize Ultimaker Cura to slice your 3D models using extensively tested Ultimaker material profiles, tweak over 400 advanced settings, and click “print via the cloud” to begin 3D printing; start 3D prints in the office or classroom from the comfort of your home and monitor your fleet of machines at a distance. Not finding a material profile for your favorite filament? Check out the Ultimaker Marketplace to customize your slicing experience and download third party profiles for some of your go-to filaments like MatterHackers NylonX or NylonG. By integrating network connectivity into your 3D printer farm with Ultimaker 3D printers, you will truly have a Digital Factory.
Set Up and Get Printing Fast
Unboxing and setup is a breeze with any Ultimaker 3D printer, and the 2+ Connect is no different. Each tool, accessory, and consumable included with the Ultimaker 2+ Connect will help you get started right away and ensure easy maintenance as you embark on your Ultimaker journey. The Quick Start Guide will provide detailed instructions on how to get up and running, or you can just power on your Ultimaker 2+ Connect to register your machine and watch a 30-minute onboarding course taught by Ultimaker experts about installation, Ultimaker Cura, and maintenance procedures.
Purify the Air
If you’re a power user looking for something more, look no further than the Ultimaker 2+ Connect Air Manager. With the Air Manager, you can keep a stable printing environment (a necessity for advanced 3D printing materials), filter 95% of ultrafine particles from the air, and prevent any curious hands from getting too close to hot elements. Installation and removal of the Air Manager is simple, easy, and can be done in minutes, allowing you to specialize your 3D printers as necessary for your ideal 3D printing experience.
The Ultimaker 2+ Connect is a fantastic addition to any 3D printing workspace, from classroom to the office print lab When you need a 3D print to be strong and beautiful, the Ultimaker 2+ Connect should be the first 3D printer on your short list. To learn more and to order yours today, check it out here.