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Hi from UK!!

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Hello all - my name is Ifti and Im from the Uk - just outside of London.

I currently have a YouTube channel that seems to be doing quite well (I won't post the link here as Im not quite familiar with the forum rules just yet etc), and I want to start creating bits and pieces in 3D as Ive always been a bit of a 'gadget guy' at heart and love creating things.

Ive been checking out the Replicator 2X and the Ultimator2, and feel the Ultimator is the more superior of the two machines.

Im completely new to 3D printing, and my main fear at the moment is the actual software side. Im not sure on 3D software - I would like to get to the stage where I can make my own 3D designs etc, but am not sure on which software to use.

I know Ultimakor comes with Cura, but unsure on whether this is a printing interface or whether you actually create 3D designs in Cura, or whether you can use something like Google Sketch to make a 3D design and then import that into Cura etc?

Nevertheless still some research to do!

Ultimately, I aim to spend this winter looking into 3D programs, messing about with one and learning it so I can create basic items etc, and will look into purchasing the actual printer when Im confident.

I would like a dual extrusion kit as well - I know thats a bit much for a beginner at this point, but I want to buy something that will last, and that I can grow into, rather then outgrow and have to re-purchase!

Anyway, thats enough babbling from me!!

See you around the forums!

 

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I am surprised you made it to the forum.

ultimakor.com or Ultimator don't lead me anywhere ;)

You can use google sketch up yes, almost any type of software, as long as you can export STL or OBJ.

If you want the Ultimaker Original I would recommend to not buy the dual extrusion yet.

Get familiar with the Ultimaker first, upgrade it later.

Since it is an upgrade pack, it doesn't matter if you buy it now or later.

If you want to buy the Ultimaker 2, Dual Extrusion will be released in 2014 as an upgrade pack.

Or pre-build, depends on what you want and when you place the order :)

 

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I am surprised you made it to the forum.

ultimakor.com or Ultimator don't lead me anywhere ;)

You can use google sketch up yes, almost any type of software, as long as you can export STL or OBJ.

If you want the Ultimaker Original I would recommend to not buy the dual extrusion yet.

Get familiar with the Ultimaker first, upgrade it later.

Since it is an upgrade pack, it doesn't matter if you buy it now or later.

If you want to buy the Ultimaker 2, Dual Extrusion will be released in 2014 as an upgrade pack.

Or pre-build, depends on what you want and when you place the order :)

 

lol - I came across Ultimaker during one of those YouTube browsing sessions where you browse for one thing and suddenly end up a while later at something completely different! lol

Nevertheless, since then Ive been hooked on the idea!

I found this forum by searching for 'Ultimaker Forum' in Google - I think this was the top result ;)

I'm waiting to see what the dual extrusion in the Ultimaker 2 is like before I decide on an actual unit. Until then I'm just casually gaining knowledge by reading around and watching videos etc (not many on YouTube surprisingly) and tutorials. I'm also looking into 3D modelling software that I could learn over the winter before I decide which unit to purchase.

iMakr in the UK isn't too far away from me either - so I'll be popping in there whenever I get some free time to have a browse around!

Would you suggest Google Sketch is a good place to start??

I work in an educational environment so may pop into the Tech dept and see if they use any 3D modelling software - although it'll be Windows based (Im primarily MAC at home).

 

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There is quite a bit on the Ultimaker on You tube - mainly un-boxing and when people get riled, but have a look at Peter Lehnér channel as he has done quite a bit.

3D is a matter of preference - sketchup is used by lots of people, but you are better at googling "3d design software" to get the full range of stuff. You can also start with 123Ddesign. Lots of people love blender but it takes a bit of learning. Mostly you find that people use several packages each of which does different things right.

Cura is a slicer/printer communication software - so you need a 3D file - actually a "STL" file to be more precise.

IMHO - don't wait around for dual - you may well be playing around/learning for over a year or two before you even think you need it.

I had a looooong shopping list when I started (heated build plate (for ABS), dual head etc and dropped them to just dive in and get to know what was what (I have a UM classic) and even though I have been printing every day for the 4 months I have had my printer, with lots of different types of filament and designig most things from scratch, I have not yet even scratched the surface of what a non hbp and PLA can do!

By that time, I think I will be ready for a second printer (maybe a UM 3 :))

Pop into Imaker - I hear they have most stuff on display, though that can be confusing!

James

 

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