Apr. 7, 2015

About a year ago, desktop 3D printer manufacturer Ultimaker launched the "Ultimaker 2" 3D Printer Source Files as a contribution to the open source 3D printing movement. Keeping true to its commitment to open hardware, the company has finally been able to launch the Ultimaker Original+ and Ultimaker heated bed upgrade files today.

Working to foster a community collaboration of like-minded people to share ideas and inspire other users, Ultimaker is dedicated to improving its 3D printing technology to reflect what the customers really want. One of the key benefits of releasing the files is the new channel of communication with its users to help improve manuals as well as printer assembly and mechanics.

"Ultimaker is committed to sharing new designs, functions and updates with our customers to give them the freedom to 3D print to the best of their ability," says Siert Wijnia, CEO of Ultimaker. "Being open source enables Ultimaker to focus not only on what we think is important, but also allow our uses to grow and transform with us as we develop new technology."

The Ultimaker Original+ files can be downloaded here and you can get the heated bed upgrade files here.



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Jeff wrote at 4/16/2015 6:34:46 PM:

If I might be so bold as to suggest a few things: 1) When writing about potential legislation, and existing legislation, research what the existing laws actually say (what they prohibit and don’t prohibit). 2) Do not confuse something being “prohibited” with something not being made. As we can see from the war on drugs, just because something is illegal doesn’t stop people from making it. 3) When discussing potential prohibitions on manufacturing some item on a site devoted to experimenting with manufacturing, at least think how prohibitions might be enforced and how that might affect manufacturing. As to the current legalities, in the US firearms are legal to manufacture at home for personal use under federal law and most states laws. If you make one and then later want to transfer it (sell or give) you have to register the serial number with the federal government. The law requires that there be a certain quantity of x-ray detectable metal in a firearm. It has to be unable to be removed without preventing the firearm from working. The laws don’t prevent criminals from making undetectable functional guns. What prevents them is the fact that guns made with undetectable materials are seldom as functional as those made of traditional metal and never for as many shots. The “3D printed AR-15 Automatic Battle Rifle” pictured is a Semi Automatic (one shot per trigger pull) where only the portion that holds the trigger group was 3D printed. In the US, that one part, the receiver, is “legally” the firearm. However to function it needs the upper receiver, bolt, barrel and a host of other parts, most of which are steel or aluminum. Semi automatic rifles of this same design and caliber are sold all over the US and are currently (for the past 5 – 6 years) the most popularly selling rifle here – in 2012 Slate.com estimated there were 3.3 million of this model in civilian hands in the US. As for Fed-Ex and UPS, they refused to deliver a computerized milling machine sold by Defense Distributed because it was marketed as being able to make a part of a gun. That means hobbyists, many of whom read this publication, are prevented from buying it even though it can make anything within its build envelope. Imagine what that would do to the 3D printing hobby, if shipping companies start saying they won’t deliver printers to anyone who is not licensed. How a prohibition on 3D printed weapons would be enforced is guesswork. However, if t was attempted to be enforced upstream – actually preventing the printing of firearm components – it would destroy the 3D printing hobby industry. A gun, at its most basic, is a tube that’s closed at one end that will hold some pressure. Prevent printing that, or any other geometric shape with a hole in it or that could form a portion of a gun, and you eliminate 3D printing most anything. Enforcing the prohibition downstream, on the possession of a 3D printed firearm or firearm component, hampers the 3D printing industry. If the legality of two identical items depends on the method used for manufacture, then it’s a direct attack on 3D printing. As undetectable firearms are already illegal, I cannot see how the proposed legislation will be anything but an attack on the 3D printing industry or the hobby level of it.

Why does this pineapple have a pin wrote at 4/9/2015 12:20:24 PM:

LOL slip into the hands of dangerous people... Like the police, the military or other 3 letter services !!!

Richard Ortiz wrote at 4/8/2015 5:44:29 AM:

This is stupid. Home made guns have been possible for a long time, long before 3D printing came into being. Even undetectable guns have been made, though those who made such did so just out of curiosity—is it possible? One doesn’t even need fancy equipment to make a gun—I once saw plans for various guns, including an automatic submachine gun, made out of off-the-shelf parts found in hardware stores. The guy who made the plans, made working models from those plans just to show they work. Then we have the examples of mountain peoples making guns of all sorts. People who know machining and have access to machine tools, can make untraceable guns. They don’t need 3D printing. The case in Japan was not about 3D printing, rather that Japanese are not allowed to have guns (the young man thought he had made only non-working props, he didn’t realize that some of them can shoot). The genie is out of the bottle, Pandora’s box is opened, we can’t get rid of guns. Criminals will always have them. The basic designs are so simple that they can be made at home. And that is without 3D printing. All a law like what Steve Israel is pushing is to make it easier for criminals and out of control governments (both are often the same) to act out their criminality to oppress the common people.

Eric D. wrote at 4/7/2015 4:52:24 PM:

The California bill was thankfully not signed into law. One of the few areas where I'm happy about a decision made by our Governor Jerry Brown. Undetectable firearms are already against federal law. If you print a gun from plastic, you have to add metal so that it can be detected in metal detectors. There's really no reason to do anything, but the gun grabbers will try anyway.

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