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Printing with Ultimaker 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
Printing with Ultimaker
Before using an Ultimaker, please sign in and ask for assistance at the front desk.
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your STL file in Cura software (
1 Open
Make sure the printer model is set to “Ultimaker 2”
2 Refrain from applying blue tape to the build plate since it is a heated bed
3 Rotate your objects to minimize overhanging ledges. Make sure the object remains on the bed
4 Save to Disk -> Export .gcode (refer to “Export Settings” for guidance)
5 Copy the file to your SD Card (any size)
6 Power on Ultimaker (switch on the rear) and insert card into card slot
7 Change
Remove old filament
*Access the material change menu by going to Material -> Change
*Wait for print head to heat up
*Ultimaker will automatically start turning the feeder wheel (through which the filament will rewind
completely. If the filament doesn’t come out of the feeder you can pull it out by hand.
Load new filament
*Make sure the old spool of filament is removed from the spool holder and the new one is placed
*Cut a clean tip on the end of the new filament.
*Take the end of the new filament and insert it into the bottom of the material feeder. Push it
until the filament is grabbed by the “knurled wheel” (this may require some force). Oncethe knurled
wheel has grabbed the filament, it will slowly feed up the guide tube. Wait for the filament to reach
the first black guide tube clip and then press the button to continue.
*The Ultimaker will automatically load the filament through to the print head.
*Filament should begin to extrude through the nozzle.
Build Plate
8 Level
Ask a staff member to demonstrate BEFORE attempting yourself.
Maintenance -> Build Plate -> Continue
*Roughly level the build plate by rotating the button at the front of the Ultimaker until there is
approximately 1mm distance between the nozzle and the build plate (make sure the nozzle is close
to the build plate but not touching it). Press “continue”.
*Perform the same adjustment for the front, left, and right side by turning the build plate screws.
Turning the build plate screws to the left raises the build plate closer to the nozzle. To fine-tune
the build plate calibration get a regular sheet of A4 paper. Slide the sheet between the nozzle
and build plate at each test point, adjusting the build plate screws until you feel slight friction when moving
the piece of paper. After each adjustment, press “continue”. When complete, press “done”.
9 Print your file by selecting “Print” from the main menu. Select your file using the scroll wheel,
then pushing in the wheel to run.
your print to see that the first few layers print well. Most print failures happen
10 Watch
in the beginning of the print.
your part from the platform
11 Remove
Clean up after yourself. Leave area nicer than you found it!
12 Report - If you notice any problems, report them to staff and record on your sign-in sheet
Recommended Settings
Export Guide:
Save to Disk -> .gcode
Export for Ultimaker 2
Material: PLA & ABS plastic 2.85 mm
Resolution: The three presets are a trade-off between quality and speed
Raft & Support:
Brim : lays a single-layer-thick flat area around model for better attachment
to build platform. It is easy to cut off after printing and is the recommended option.
Raft : lays a crosshatch down below model for better attachment to build platform.
Support : Generates one shell thick scaffolding under your overhangs (can add
a significant amount of time to your print, but crucial for overhanging ledges
of 45 degrees or more).
Default Advanced Options:
Low Setting
Infill: TBD based on model
Shell Thickness: .8mm
Layer Height: 0.20mm
Standard Setting
Infill: TBD based on model
Shell Thickness: .8mm
Layer Height: 0.10mm
Build Volume: 9.1” X 8.9” X 8.1”
(23cm L X 22.5cm W X 20.5cm)
Layer Resolution: Up to 20 micron (.001mm)
Advanced Setting
Infill: TBD based on model
Shell Thickness: .8mm
Layer Height: 0.06mm
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