The Advanced 3D Printing Kit contains several parts and add-ons to make your Ultimaker 2+ or Ultimaker 2 Extended+ even more reliable. We mainly recommend this kit in combination with industrial filaments, although other materials will also benefit from it.
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The Advanced 3D Printing Kit for the Ultimaker 3 contains the following items:
The front enclosure is very effective when printing with materials that are prone to warping and delaminating. This front enclosure keeps the warmth from the heated bed inside the printer and protects the print from external influences, consequently creating a stable environment with a constant temperature of 45ºC.
Because of this, the printed material will cool down slower and the temperature is more equal throughout the print. This leads to lower shrinkage and a decreased chance of warping and delamination.
You can find instructions on how to install the front enclosure here.
Many of the industrial materials print at higher temperatures. This could decrease the lifespan of the TFM coupler. There are two new couplers included in the Advanced 3D Printing Kit, to minimize your Ultimaker’s down time when the TFM couplers are due for a replacement. Instructions on how to replace it can be found here.
The Advanced 3D Printing Kit can be used in combination with all Ultimaker filaments, although the benefits are greater for some materials than for others. See the table below for an overview of the compatibility and advice:
The use of the front enclosure is strongly advised for most filaments that print at higher temperatures and which are likely to have problems with layer bonding. Because the front enclosure controls the temperature inside the printer, it prevents delamination and improves the surface quality of the prints.
For the other materials (PLA, CPE, Nylon and TPU 95A) the front enclosure is not necessary, but can be used optionally. The use of the front enclosure will not negatively impact print quality and may even lead to more reliable print results.
The adhesion sheets are (highly) recommended for CPE+, PC and PP. These materials require a bed temperature of 110 ºC, but despite this high temperature may still have problems with adhesion to the build plate.
For most other materials the sheets are optional as they replace the use of the glue stick. Only for TPU 95A we advise against printing on the adhesion sheet; this material simply sticks too well to the sheet and removing the print from the platform is extremely difficult.
|Material||Front enclosure||Adhesion sheet|
|PC||Highly recommended||Highly recommended|
|TPU 95A||Optional||Not advised|