CNET First Look
The Ultimaker 2 is a really good 3D printer that costs too muchCNET editor Dong Ngo reveals his future replica via the well-designed Ultimaker 2 3D printer and explains how we should all just take his word for the fact that the machine's just too expensive to be useful.
[MUSIC] Hi guys **** Ngo and this the Ultimaker2 3D printer now that's an impressive printer sculpture in there neat isn't it. Now this one is very compact printer in fact one of the most compact 3D printer I've ever seen yet it has the largest printing platform it can build a 3D object of up [MUSIC] To 9.1 inches, or 23 centimeter in dimension. That's one cool thing about it. Another cool thing is that it is pretty. [INAUDIBLE] With the light here. You can change the brightness. Also make it glow when a print job is done. Now, this dial button right here, and also the LCD screen, are all you needed. To operate the machine. Quite straight forward. Now the printer here used standard filament spool like this one right here. They come in different colors. You have to install one in the back of the printer, then load the strings through the tube here, to the print head. During the print job, the print head will melt the string, then extrude that on the platform underneath to form a 3D object. Now, with this printer here, there's one crucial step you have to do before you can start printing. And that's also the first not so cool thing about it, is calibration. Now this is a process where you make sure that the print platform is just one millimeter away from the nozzle on top. You can use dial here to adjust the height of the platform. And it seems very easy, but in reality it took me an hour to do that. The fact that the print plate here is made of glass, makes it that much harder to gauge the distance. Good thing I'm near sighted. By the way, the print plate here is removable, making it very easy for you to clean it. Now, the second uncool thing about this printer is the fact that you cannot print directly from a computer. Sewing. You first have to use a computer, use a software, work on a 3-D model file, then transfer that file to a SD card. And then print from the SD card. And the question is, what if your computer doesn't have SD card slot? Well, good luck. Now performance-wise the printer worked very well by testing with small object like this little robot right here. Or small pieces of Tetris. Or the sculpture. But when I moved to a larger object. You know, it'd take hours to print. It failed me almost every time. For example, take a look at this right here. What is this? Well, it's a bottom of a rocket ship. After four hours of printing, this just stopped right there. the second try, it created this, also after four hours of printing. Very frustrating. Well, my guess is maybe I couldn't do a good job of calibrating the platform. But then why did it print all of these okay? And seriously, if I couldn't do that, do you think you can? Well, if you do, there's one more hurdle before you can play with this printer. The price. It's very expensive at some $2500.00 in US or 1800.00 Euros in Europe. For that money I would hire a real sculptor. Actually I know some who will for free. Anyhow for more on this one here check out my full review at Cnet.com. Oh by the way this thing here actually the replica of how I look 100 years from now. So check [INAUDIBLE] to verify or do what you always do anyway. Take my word for it, and that's because I'm **** Ngo, and this has been the first look at the Ultimaker 2 3D printer. That should look exactly like me right now.