Jump to content
Ultimaker Community of 3D Printing Experts
danzen

Ultimaker owners from Australia?

Recommended Posts

Hi,

I'm very interested in getting an Ultimaker, but I'm a bit put off by the fact that I may get charged import duty and tax for getting one sent to me In Australia.

I've done some research and it seems anything over AUD 1000 will incur these extra charges. After some rough calculations, it seems I'll have to fork out at least another AUD 300++ to clear customs.

The Ultimaker is dear enough as it is (but still awesome!) and I really don't want to pay anymore than I have to since I could use that money to buy more printing materials.

I'm desperately hoping that I had misunderstood something and that I don't actually have to pay all these additional costs. Can someone from Australia who owns an Ultimaker clarify this?

Thanks!

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Yes, you'll have to pay the customs cost. No way around it. Unless the Ultimaker guys start setting components so that you can arrange to laser cut the body yourself. That *might* bring the cost down, but probably not enough.

I think import duty was around $250-300.

Basically it's shipped by DHL (or it was in my case), they do the customs paperwork for you, then give you a call when it arrives in Australia and customs payment is due.

You can pay via CC over the phone and it gets released that day (which means you'll probably be getting it the next day if you're in a capital city, not sure about regional areas).

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Even if they did offer the kit in two sub 1000 kits wouldn't you shipping twice? So pay an extra 200 in shipping on a pair of kits you hope they will offer, or, 250 for duties and get it the regular way, all in one box. Not a big difference to me.

You could try to build it yourself and source the parts but that is pretty difficult to do from scratch.

-b

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Your are absolutely right.

But I was thinking of getting some sort of kit with all the electronics, motors, bearings, etc, and then I'll cut the frame myself.

Probably do a bit of customizing while I'm at it.

Though having said that, as of now I'm not entirely sure how much the cost saving is. This partial kit is currently non-existent hence I have no way of estimating the total cost.

I'm in no hurry but I have a feeling I'll probably just get the full kit in a few weeks time anyways.

Thanks for your input, appreciate it.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Maybe you can mail them to ask if they would sell you a kit without the lasercut parts and PLA. Which both are the largest bits in the kit. Removing those should save a lot on shipping, and might save enough to get below the 1000 AUD. But they are quite busy shipping full kits, so they might not do it.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Hi Guys,

Thought I should add my experience importing the Ultimaker kit into Australia to this thread. (as of May 2012)

The Ultimaker kit attracted GST as expected. But there is also a 5% customs duty owing :x , so the total for GST, duty and "Aust. Govt. Charges" was $346.

I queried this and it looks like the customs ruling is that the 3d printer kits attract 5% duty at the moment.

The kit is well worth it, but I was surprised by the $80 of duty, and $55 govt. charges.

Anyway, happy 3d printing!

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Hello guys, I want to see if the ultimaker is capable of printing out a certain stl file.

Im located in NZ and will reimburse the person for the print and postage. Anyone keen to do this?

 

Im in NZ also, if you like, you could email me the stl file and i can certainly see if it will be a posable print?

 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Hiya skippys!

This is a shoutout to any Ultimaker 2 owners in the Sydney region - I'm saving up to buy this amazing printer later in the year but am just testing the waters to see if there's anyone else out there around Sydney?? I'd love to learn more about the machine and your experiences with it

 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

For the benefit of any Aussies planning on importing an Ultimaker 2, the current cost of import duty, taxes, and fees on the printer stands around AU$500. Probably a bit more actually, since my printer came through before the Australian dollar started it's recent nosedive (my fees came to AU$486 on 1 August 2014).

In any case, definitely budget for getting hit with some extra charges if you import the printer. Perhaps one day Ultimaker will set up Australian-based production and distribution facilities to help mitigate those extra fees, similar to what recently happened in the U.S.?

 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Good day fellow Aussies!

We're happy to inform you that Imaginables.com.au is the official Australian distributor of Ultimaker here down under. So you can check out our website at imaginables.com.au

Our ultimaker printer prices listed on the website includes taxes, gst, and 12 Months warranty.

As we currently operating from Victoria, We're also working to secure some local resellers at other respective states so you will be able to save on shipping cost. So please bear with us.

But for now, we can ship your Ultimaker printer anyway within Australia.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Hi guys. A2K Technologies are the largest Australian reseller of the Ultimaker with demo units in Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne. Please contact me if you are interested in buying an Australian delivered machine with a full 12 months parts warranty. jason.hampton-taylor@a2ktechnologies.com.au

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

Announcements

  • Our picks

    • Architect Design Contest | Vehicles.
      We're open for entries! - Design and submit your 3D designs of architectural entourage - vehicles - for a chance to win a large filament pack. Presenting an idea, an architectural design or something as big as an urban project isn't easy. A scaled model can really help to get your idea across.
        • Like
      • 26 replies
    • What The DfAM?
      I'm Steve Cox, an experienced engineer familiar with 3D printing. I wanted to share some DfAM guidelines with this community to help and make stronger parts.
      I'm also an Autodesk Certified Instructor for Fusion 360, so many of the images in ...
        • Thanks
        • Like
      • 23 replies
×

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!