Jump to content

UMO+ Frame Materials

Recommended Posts

Posted · UMO+ Frame Materials

Hey there!


I've been hoping to laser cut a custom Ultimaker Original Plus frame with the dimensions of an UM2 Extended, but I'm having issues sourcing the right materials.  I'm in the US, and finding the right metric stuff is difficult.  I think I may be able to get away with 1/4" thickness instead of 6mm, but I can't seem to find anything that's the right quality.  The closest that I can find is some MDF, and I'd really prefer not to go down that route (moisture, not structurally great, etc).  I'd also like to avoid acrylic, though I am making the side panels in frosted acrylic to look somewhat like newer Ultimakers.


Here are the files that I'm basing this project on:



So far, I have checked Lowe's, Home Depot, ACE Hardware, various local laser cutters, laser suppliers online, Amazon, and Michaels.  None of these places have the right grade of birch plywood I'm after.  I emailed Ultimaker support, and they just linked me back to the Github page which only lists "Birch plywood" at 6mm thickness as the material.  Further digging has led me to find that this type of material is Baltic birch - that's about all I know.


I checked out a few more forum posts to see if anyone is in a similar situation as me, but didn't find them to be that helpful.  I did see that someone used "dibond aluminum" which could be an interesting choice.


So, long story short: Does anyone know of a US supplier of the material used to make the Ultimaker Original Plus frame?  If I have to import from overseas, that's not ideal, but possible.


P.S.:  I am also considering modifying the front panel of the Original Plus to use the UM2 screen.  No real reason, just for aesthetics and maybe quicker response time.  Thought I'd throw this in to see if anyone has suggestions.


Thank you so much!


Share this post

Link to post
Share on other sites

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!

Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.

Sign In Now

  • Our picks

    • Survey: Understanding your workflow
      Interact with future concepts and aim to collect your feedback and opinion. In particular, if this would/could be a welcome addition to your 3D printing workflow. Interested?
      • 0 replies
    • Coronavirus: Let's do our part
      Through this post I would like to further explain what we are doing, and what you could be doing. 
      Our efforts consist of 2 layers. First; connect medical institutions and hospitals to (local) 3D Printing hubs to help them print parts of which a 3D model already exists. And second, contribute to design the necessary part and then have it printed via a (local) 3D printing hub. Experts are available from within Ultimaker and from within our network of 3D printing experts.
        • Like
      • 53 replies
  • Create New...

Important Information

Welcome to the Ultimaker Community of 3D printing experts. Visit the following links to read more about our Terms of Use or our Privacy Policy. Thank you!