A Maker Faire wouldn’t be complete without the debut of a new machine or model, and the big announcement at World Maker Faire New York this year was the launch of the Ultimaker 2. While from a squint it appears somewhat similar to the original model (which had been continually refined within the same “classic” lasercut plywood case since 2011), a number of major refinements and improvements from slicing software to toolhead to the addition of a heated build platform made this an exciting moment indeed for the large and devoted community that embraces this proudly open source printer.
And the feeling, apparently, is mutual — with some commitments from Ultimaker back to its community:
At Ultimaker we see the community as the soul of our company. With the release of the Ultimaker 2 we won’t be turning our backs to the Ultimaker original community. You can still count on our support and we will create upgrades. In 2014 the creation of these upgrades will go through our new online open source platform called Ultilab. It works like an open Research & Development department. Here you can participate and work closely with the Ultimaker-crew. The Ultimaker 3D printers will be the bridge between Ultimaker and you. At the Ultilab it’s possible to buy experimental parts and upgrades or even things that are still in a concept stage. What is created in Ultilab will be refined and if possible sold on the Ultimaker webshop.
Our other creation is an online open source platform called Youmagine. Youmagine isn’t Ultimaker branded and reaches far beyond our own community. We want everybody to be able to create together. The core is 3D printing, but it serves as a bulletin board for everyone to start projects and collaborations. Use your own creativity or find exciting models.