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Posted · What do I need to start

Hi to all – joined today and just about to take my first big adventure into all things 3D – so purchasing the UM2 is the obvious choice, correct – so besides the actual printer I am not completely 100% clear on what accessories or spares or other goodies I should include for as I make my purchase – am down here in Australia so thinking it’s probably easier to get most of the stuff I’ll need on the first buy - would like to start off on PLA then move to ABS as my skill level gets there and finally nylon to do stuff for my work – plus a bit of two colour eventually --------- so besides the unit what are you suggestions – thanks to all Paul

 

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    Posted · What do I need to start

    Hi Paul,

    I'd say the Ultimaker is pretty much self contained for printing. There is also a spool of filament included (Ultimate Blue). From experience here is the stuff (even minor parts) that I accumulated over time. Mind you, I have my printer for two months now, but I tinkered with another open source printer before:

     

    • Needle-nose pliers - very useful to hunt down small strands of filament and for "post processing" models
    • Digital caliper - very useful for calibration
    • Sewing machine oil - Useful for lubrication, although I don't know about the UM2 in this regard, however it was useful for the Ultimaker 1
    • M3 hex screw driver - It was included with the Ultimaker 1, I don't know about the UM2
    • Diamond files kit - Very useful for post processing. Link

    If you intend to paint your models you'll need stuff for that. Search the forums, there are plenty of people doing that.

    That's what I can think of for now.

    Oh one more thing. If you don't want to print off sdcard you could buy a Raspberry Pi and install OctoPrint on it. Then you'd have a standalone printing station where you only need to add (or queue) models for printing via a web interface. OctoPrint is found here.

     

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    Posted · What do I need to start

    Thanks most kindly Nicolinux - luckily I have most of that those items already but what I was really trying to work out was what other parts/spares are recommended to get when I place my order - thanks

     

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    Posted · What do I need to start

    Thanks most kindly Nicolinux - luckily I have most of that those items already but what I was really trying to work out was what other parts/spares are recommended to get when I place my order - thanks

     

    Gooday fellow Aussie

    It's a bit of an unknown with the UM2 as no one has owned one long enough to see if anything wears out. It appears they have improved a few of the parts which should make them more reliable. I would getting nothing extra or possibly a spare nozzle.

     

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    Posted · What do I need to start

    Fellow Aussie here - yes that was the thing that was confusing me - not enough history on it yet - anyway I'll probably order just the unit over the weekend and wait till I break something - plus did you buy local or import and I can't seem to find anyone local -------- also am down the road near Parramatta - bye

     

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    Posted · What do I need to start

    Currently all spare-parts up for sale in the shop are UM-Original parts. They won't fit in the UM2.

    For Australia I would recommend at looking for a local ABS/PLA/Nylon supplier. There is a huge list of suppliers here: http://reprap.org/wiki/Printing_Material_Suppliers

    General 3mm filament should work (which is actually 2.85mm), but we only guarantee our own PLA/ABS. There is a difference in quality from different suppliers, which is why I recommend staying away from chinees suppliers. (We once found small balls from ball-bearings in Chinese filament. Not to mention huge varying thickness)

    The UM2 comes with:

    * The awesome Machine, fully assembled.

    * A roll of blue tape (can be used, but not required. Can be used to print PLA without the heated bed on)

    * A glue stick (printing on glass with a glue-stick does wonders for both PLA and ABS). It's also cheap and easy to replace locally when used up.

    * The hex-screwdriver. It could be used to take apart almost the whole machine. But the only real use case is adjusting the feeder pressure.

    * A cardboard box (you know, to ship it all in) with a huge Ultimaker logo on it. So you will be happy even before you unpack it!

    * Single roll of PLA

    * An 2GB SD card

    * An invisible pink unicorn (it improves printing quality. Really!)

     

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    Posted · What do I need to start

    Currently all spare-parts up for sale in the shop are UM-Original parts. They won't fit in the UM2.

     

    Excellent and thank you - this is what I was getting confused on as I scrolled thru your on line store - it didn't make sense to me as I'm just starting out and know very little - now it's clear - good and thanks again

     

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    Posted · What do I need to start

    Hey Daid

    I am new to this forum and waiting for my Ultimaker². Could you explain the joke about the pink unicorn?

     

    * An invisible pink unicorn (it improves printing quality. Really!)

    I didn't get it! :-)

     

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    Posted · What do I need to start

    On the initial released photos of the UM2 there was an slot visible which is not part of the final machine, people where asking what the slot was for. And I joked that it was for feeding the invisible pink unicorn inside of the machine.

    (And the invisible pink unicorn is also: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Invisible_Pink_Unicorn )

    Disclaimer: Any remarks made by my about Unicorns or Ponies are about totally fictional. No ponies (nor unicorns) where harmed at Ultimaker.

     

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