Ultimaker is a company that develops 3d printers. Their product line includes the Ultimaker 2 and Ultimaker Original.


Ultimaker BV is a Dutch based 3d printer company which was founded in 2011 by Martijn Elserman, Erik de Bruijn, and Siert Wijnia. Ultimaker started selling their products in May 2011. The company's foundation was laid at ProtoSpace Utrecht where Siert Wijnia organised two workshops to built the then new Reprap Darwin, Erik de Bruin and Martijn Elserman assisted at those workshops. Frustration from their inability to get the Darwin design to work led to the inspiration to create their own design. Instead of sticking to the reprap principle that their printer should be able to print its own parts, they designed their printer to be built mostly of lasercut plywood parts, that could be produced orders of magnitude faster than printed parts at the time. Their first prototypes bore the name 'Ultimaker protobox' but newer prototypes were just titled 'Ultimaker'. 2 Beta-workshops were organised at ProtoSpace Utrecht starting in September and december 2010 each 10 monday evenings long. In march 2011 Ultimaking ltd. released their 3D printer as a kit only, then known as 'Ultimaker' (in 2013 renamed as Ultimaker Original) under a Creative Commons BY-NC license. Their first software ran under a modified version of "Replicator-G", however they changed this later to Cura due to the fact that more and more users started using this software in favor of Replicator-G, which was originally produced with Makerbot in mind. When the lead developer for Cura started working for Ultimaker, Cura became the lead software product for Ultimaker.


Contrary to the RepRap project founded By Adrian Bowyer, Ultimaker is not focused on an end-goal of self-replication. Their product is designed to make high quality prints. Ultimaker currently sells the Ultimaker Original as a DIY kit and the Ultimaker 2 pre-assembled. Ultimaker's 3d printer currently print using acrylonitrile butadiene styrene (ABS) and polylactic acid (PLA). Ultimaker's printer also can print with other thermoplastics such as Nylon, Acrylic (PMMA) but not recommended.

Ultimaker Original

Ultimaker Original is a predecessor of Ultimaker 2 and released a few month after the company is founded. Ultimaker Original can be modified to the user preference. The Ultimaker Original has been awarded as Fastest and Most Accurate 3D printer available by MAKE Magazine.


Layer resolution: up to 20 µm Build volume: 21 cm × 21 cm × 20.5 cm Print speed: 30–300 mm/s Travel speed: 30–350 mm/s Recommended filament diameter: 2.85 mm Nozzle diameter: 0.4 mm Print technology: Fused filament fabrication (FFF) Stand-alone SD-card printing (UltiController) Frame dimension X Y Z: 35.7 cm × 34.2 cm × 38.8 cm Operation nozzle temperature: 180-260 °C Software: Cura - Official Ultimaker Usage cost: ~ €0.05/cm3 (material and power)

Ultimaker 2

Ultimaker 2 is the successor of the Ultimaker Original and was released in September 2013. MAKE magazine classified the Ultimaker 2 the "best open-architecture 3D printer of 2014" and was the runner-up in the category "Prosumer FFF".

Specifications: Layer resolution: up to 20 µm Build volume: 23 cm × 22.5 cm × 20.5 cm Position precision X Y Z: 12.5 µm × 12.5 µm × 5 µm Print speed: 30–300 mm/s Travel speed: 30–350 mm/s Filament diameter: 2.85 mm Nozzle diameter: 0.4 mm Stand-alone SD-card printing WiFi printing ready (future upgradeable) Software: Cura - Official Ultimaker Print technology: Fused filament fabrication (FFF) Frame dimension X Y Z: 35.7 cm × 34.2 cm × 38.8 cm (no filament) Frame dimension X Y Z: 49.2 cm × 34.2 cm × 55.8 cm (with filament) Operation nozzle temperature: 180-260 °C Operation heated bed temperature: 50-100 °C AC input: 100-240 V/~4 A/50–60 Hz/221 watt max. Power requirements: 24 V DC @ 9.2 A