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Hi!

I am thinking about buying my first 3D printer, I am trying to read as much info regarding the UMO+ and UM2. I am also trying to find reviews of the 3D Printer Builder dual feed but I am having difficulty looking.

Anyway, I am really looking for good quality prints, from what I have read, probably UM2 is better than UMO but not by much. Anybody have any ideas on how the 3D builder compares to the UM's?

Thank you

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3dhubs.com has the best printer comparison information. I strongly recommend them - it's pretty easy to find from their main web page - only one hover and one click. (start with "learn" menu).

dual extrusion only on the UMO. Not sure that UM2 is any better than UMO+. Both printers have had lots of advances - UM keeps improving both of them. To see the kind of quality you can get go to this thread and be prepared to be blown away:

Start with this page and go backwards - only looking at pictures until you see something you like:

https://ultimaker.com/en/community/view/1467-post-your-latest-print?page=336

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First thing to answer is if you need dual extrusion y/n.

If not an ultimaker is superb! Lightweight head and easy to maintain (you can repair it yourself if you how to use a screwdriver) and you have the support of this forum.

If you are not in a hurry ultimaker might someday also have dual extrusion. If you want dual extrusion now you can have a look at the BCN3D sigma. A Barcelona based open source printer.

whatever you do buy open source. .. the availability of all info you need and the ability too upgrade parts is something more important than you might realise.

And depending on where you are go visit a shop. In de Netherlands f.e. I like Makerpoint (arnhem is closed for me).

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Well, dual extrusion is not really that important, although the one in 3d builder catches my attention, my main consideration really is the quality and ease of use. I do agree that UM2 quality and reviews are really good, so supposedly the UMO+ should have the same quality or close to it.

For the 3D builder, there's only a handful of reviews on the 3dhubs and its hard to find pictures of sample prints, the primary reason I went to this forum and maybe somebody have both and can really compare the ultimaker and the 3D builder.

I am kind of leaning towards the UMO+ primarily because of the price difference (hope I will not be wrong).

Thanks!

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You could get an umo+ and change the pulleys to gt2 to close the gap to um2. Ofc um2 it's more 'solid' literally and makes less sound (because wood works like a guitar box). There's a lot of mods on umo that make the gap invisible. And my first umo+ I ordered preassembled but after 6months with it I could dismantle it without problems. Is really not hard at all. To fine tune it there are many many posts about it.

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@ dim3nsioneer : I am talking about this printer https://www.3dhubs.com/3d-printers/builder-dual-feed

sorry if i'm not being clear.

@neotko : so will this means that there are still a lot of hardwork before UMO+ can achieve UM2 quality?

@ lepaul : I thought UMO+ already comes with heated plate. Aside from that, what else are necessary to make the UMO+ quality better?

will I eventually spend as much so on upgrades that the price difference might be non-factor at all if I go with the UMO+ against the UM2?

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Umo+ comes with heated bed and also the same electronics of um2.

The improvements that you could add depends on how much you want/like to perfect the thinks. Ofc on um2 it focused to a more 'just print' machine but, for example, on um2 to be able to change nozzles you have to buy an 'Olsson block' that it's a different heater block designed by Anders Olsson on this forums.

On umo+ you can buy many other kind of nozzles (after market, e3d). Also you could just change the hotend to something different.

As I say. Quality like they are close to each other. Umo+ let's you fiddle with it more naturally. Also um2 can be modded since all ultimakers are open source.

If you want less throuble go um2. Umo+ for me has been just great.

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I'm gonna add my 2cents as well - absolutely love my UMO+. Upgrades I am doing/considering: add a 2nd fan (have got all the parts but need to make time to do it), buy exchangeable nozzles from E3D, upgrade belts to GT2 and in the distant future maybe try the E3D Hotend. But even as it is now it turns out great prints. I have quite a few friends with UM2s and I really don't think there's much of a difference (especially with 2nd fan on UMO+). I have to admit I also love the Builder you're talking about, especially because of the colour mixing hotend - this will be high on my list if I win the lottery or something tomorrow and get to extend my makespace. There's a great blog entry about it here: http://nicklievendag.com/big-builder-dual-feed-review-part-1/

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I would also say that unless the pretty looks of the UM2 is really really important to you, go for the UMO+...

potentially spend a fraction of the money you save on buying that over the UM2, to close the final gaps between the two...

Noise eg. is quickly solved with the SilentStepStick stepper drivers and maybe a new extuder, or a "silent mount" for the original one.

As mentioned before its a fairly trivial task to upgrade to GT2 belts and pulleys if you so desire (and think its worth it).

There are so many many mods and upgrades you can easily make once you have the printer, the possibilities are endless, and for sure you can get the same quality, if it isn't close enough already.

Alot of things can also be done to the looks of the printer if this matters to you and you don't like the "DIY burned wood" look... A simple paintjob eg., does wonders.

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@SandervG, Thanks! ... Its taken quite a while to get there :p

And yes, lots of mods (apart from the paint ;)

- Its an E3Dv6 hotend... 3mm. bowden version, mounted with this mount:

https://www.youmagine.com/designs/e3d-v6-hot-end-mount

- The sliderblocks are the reptar blocks by nhfoley:

https://www.youmagine.com/designs/reptar-xy-version-two

- The printer has a crossflow fan for print cooling

- Magnetic mounted acrylic sides that snap into place in the holes of the frame... No hinges or anything like that

- JasonHKs heatbed kit with a borosilicate glass plate on top

- LED lights from IKEA

- The whole thing is run with a RUMBA board and Silentstepstick drivers

- Powered by a 24V industrial PSU mounted under the printer

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I think its about the exact same kind of setup as @Foehnsturm... (his post was the inspiration) Though I have not yet come around to getting some "bends" on the corners to make good circulation (I have an acrylic tube that I plan to cut up in quarts for this)

Regarding the heatbed kit, I bought it back before the official kit was released...

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what I did is 'buy' an additional fan-pack, cut the wires, re-soldered them all together (black+black - red+red) (@foehnsturm is familiar with my amazing soldering skills) and printed an additional fan shroud.

Set fan-power down significantly. My first prints I literally blew the filament away from under the nozzle..

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Sander, can I just ask - did you literally just solder the four fan wires together (2 black + 2 Red) to one cable with two wires that goes into a single fan port or did you use two fan ports? I am about to do this mod and don't want to blow my board up :). I've got 2 x 24V fans.

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