What are the Ultimaker 3D Printers?
In the 3D Workshop the are four Ultimaker 3D Printers for student use.
Ultimaker is a brand of 3D Printer which uses a technique known as Fused Deposition Modelling (FDM) or Fused Filament Fabrication (FFF). This technique uses a string of thermoplastic material (filament) which is pushed through a heated nozzle. The printer lays down melted material at a precise location, which then cools and solidifies, building the print layer-by-layer.
In order to print you will need an 3D model in the .stl file format. Free models are available online, Thingiverse is a particularly good source. It is also possible to scan existing object. 3D modelling support is available at The Digital Space. Once you have your .stl you will need to run in through a program called Cura. This a a free software. See our cura guides for set up and use.
Here are some videos links of the Ultmaker printers in action: