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

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):

  • Paul Osborn (Rob Voisey, 2015-07-30)
  • Julius Schmidt (Rob Voisey, 2015-07-30)
  • Peter Knight (Rob Voisey, 2015-07-30)
  • Adam Mulligan (Rob Voisey, 2015-07-30)
  • Charlotte Harvey (Rob Voisey, 2015-07-30)
  • Alex Gee (Rob Voisey, 2015-07-30)
  • Albert Santos (Rob Voisey, 2015-07-30)
  • Zizwani Mhango (Rob Voisey, 2015-07-30)
  • Christie Nel (Rob Voisey, 2015-07-30)
  • Robert Karpinski (Rob Voisey, 2015-07-30)

Training Cheatsheet - Conversion Course

Members already trained on and familiar with the Makerbot 2X can attend this short conversion course to be signed off to use the Ultimaker 2 3D printer. Up to 10 people can be accommodated on each course, which lasts 20 to 30 minutes.

1. Physical Differences from the 2X

  • Glass build plate, no kapton tape
  • Single extruder
  • Push feed

2. General

  • Use the correct filament (2.85mm, NOT 3mm or 1.75mm)
  • New filament storage system

3. About CPE filament

  • Do not use CPE without checking with an owner

4. Printing

  • Fence / Brim / Raft
  • OK to leave printer unattended after the first few layers
  • Camera will be added soon for remote monitoring
  • Use only plastic implements for part removal, take care not to melt them on the hot end

5. Cura Software

  • Import and place
  • Simple mode
  • Brief overview of advanced mode
  • Temperature set on printer not slicer
  • Exporting to SD card

6. Unload / Load filament

  • How to feed (slow first, then fast)
  • Select correct material in menu
  • Changing temperature and speed parameters from printer

7. Filament pricing

  • 5p per gram for PLA and ABS, to be kept under review
  • Include wastage!

8. Status of the old 3D Printers