Equipment/3D Printer/UM2Training

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Equipment / UM2 / Training

Ultimaker 2 3D Printer Training

This page documents the process for being trained on the Ultimaker 2 Printer, and the list of members who have completed that training.


Training takes place in three main steps:

  • Group Training of 1-4 members, going through the equipment and how to use it (~1hr)
  • Individual Training Task, where an individual member is set a task to complete to prove and improve understanding (~20min each)
  • Recommended project oversight, where more experienced users oversee the projects being undertaken when cutting (first 2-3 projects)

A shorter conversion training session is available for members who were previously signed off to use the Makerbot 2X printer. These sessions last around 20 minutes and do not include individual sessions.


For discussing and arranging slots, please use the mailing list. New training sessions will be announced on the Meetup group.


  • You can only be trained if you have RSVP'd to a Meetup session

Training Cheatsheet - Full Course

Group Session

1. Ask what each member hopes to get out of the 3D printer.

2. Explain how 3D printing works

3. Safety

  • Burn hazard – nozzle and build plate
  • Unit may move unexpectedly
  • Avoid prolonged exposure to ABS fumes

4. Damage to machine

  • Fragile build plate
  • Jammed filament

5. General

  • Use the correct filament (2.85mm)
  • Filament storage and feed system
  • Switch off when finished
  • Leave levelling to the owners but report any problems

6. PLA vs ABS

  • How to tell the difference
  • Different temperature
  • PLA Biodegradable
  • See the Wiki for tips on printing with ABS and cleaning after

7. Software / workflow

  • Importing
  • Positioning on bed
  • Supports
  • Setting quality / speed trade off
  • Advanced options
  • Exporting to SD card
  • Wiki for tips on Cura

8. Unload / load

  • Check filament for damadge, cut filament at an angle (see Wiki for problems when loading)
  • Attaching spool. Ensure correct direction and not tangled
  • Feeding (slow then fast)
  • Beware of wrapping round axle
  • Setting material in menu
  • Adjusting parameters, e.g. ABS plate temperature

9. Printing

  • Preheating
  • Fence printing
  • Keep an eye on progress, locally or with camera
  • If leaving unattended, put a post-it (or badger) with your contact details
  • Use only plastic implements for part removal

10. Other stuff

  • Demonstrate atomic method of cleaning the nozzle to prevent feed jams
  • Strength characteristics – orientation is important
  • Paying

Individual Training Task


  • Should demonstrate import, setup, position and run
  • Choose a part that takes about 10 mins to print (preloaded on PC)


  • Set individual to work, don't prompt but do answer questions (or pose if needed)
  • Talk through design once done, question/check things etc
  • Proceed to printing (watch carefully all steps)

Assuming all ok:

  • Get them to read the health and safety notes about operation and materials
  • Highlight the wiki for more information and owners email address on poster
  • Add to the trained member list

Project Oversight

For next 2-3 projects, recommend member will find another more experienced trained user to support them (second pair of eyes)

Record Training On Wiki

Please write your name clearly below

  • The trainer will add you to the Trained Users page on the Wiki but can't do that if they are unable to read your name.
  • Please remember to check the Wiki for tips and updates on using the Ultimaker.

Date of training:

Trained Users

The following members of Makespace are trained and qualified to use the 3D Printer (note, they are not qualified to train others however):

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