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Posted · Hello from London


Another new Ultimaker owner based in West London.

I spent a year looking, researching, learning and comparing printers and chose the Ultimaker.

I contacted a lot of printer manufacturer's and asked for samples (amazing how few would send any) and joined and read all the fora.

Ultimaker was not my tops for looks (but really output is more important) and I thought originally I wanted PLA (so heat bed etc) but think that Nylon will probably do, and am up for installing a heat bed if I need to.

But this forum and google groups convinced me to go for an ultimaker over other printers.

have had the machine for a week - have spent time calibrating and working through the Cura options and am happy that I can now more or less get what I want out of the nozzle :)

I am an architect and my current workflow is revit to 123D Design for an STL and then Cura for slicing!

Anyway, just a quick hello!



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    Posted · Hello from London

    Hi James, Welcome!

    I'm in West London myself (Twickenham area). What sort of architectural models are you printing? Have you seen laybrick filament yet? I've just printed a yoda bust with laybrick so far, but I'm super impressed with it and I think it would do great on architectural models.




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    Posted · Hello from London

    Hi Both,

    I am slightly dubious about the printer replacing my ability to do small maquettes, because of their size, complication and overhangs etc, but i am only a week into the process!

    Having sorted calibration and run a few filament types through it (I don't want to run before I can walk) I am more confident in my ability to get a good result - and the first project that I am using it for is to print out an artist's proposals for a new granite bench ...... I am proposing a change to the design to make it accessible for disabled people (one of my specialisms) and he is maintaining it's artistic integrity (which I also respect).

    So I have modelled his bench in Revit - life-size, popped it into 123D Design and scaled it to 1:20 and then printed it.

    I will be doing the same with my proposed alterations - and discussing it with him next week!

    Having played with settings and split it in half (it is 160mm long, but overhangs mean that I printed it in 2 halves upright to avoid overhangs and support) and then joining together and perhaps a small amount of sanding ......

    I will try laybrick now that I am more confident in my 'basic' printing knowledge.

    I am also looking at printing things for handing in a museum for people with partial vision - part of a research project.

    So many things to try and so little time!

    Will put up images as soon as I have them.



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