Ultimaker – a box full of fun

Hello fellow friends,

today I have some time and I’ll try to write about my UM experience.
So you could ask, what’s an Ultimaker?

In my opinion it’s one of the greatest things that has arised from the open source community. A 3D printer.
If you want to read more about the history of the community I advice you to read this. Without the initial development of the RepRap community this would not have been possible. In this spirit: “Thanks you sooooo much, all of you are awesome”.

So here’s my short history with 3D printers.
I got to know these things about 2 to 3 years ago when the first people wrote about the development.
At this time I did plan to build one on my own. This thought was rejected by myself after I read about, what parts are needed and how this whole thing can be assembled.
I didn’t believed that I can do it without spending months of research for the parts, assembling and tuning. So for the next 3 years I almost forgot about this great technology.

 

When 2011 was running out I first read about the MakerBot community and got a first view a thingverse.
I was blown away about the scope and wide range of great things that other people already created.
2 weeks of surfing across hundreds of sites, comparing different models and checking my budget my decision was clear. I ‘ll buy an Ultimaker. So I placed the order on 12th of december and after the order was processed through a payment provider the great waiting started 🙂
Estimated shipping time is 4-6 weeks. On the 31st of january the mail that made my day arrived.
Subject: ‘Order Update’, Content: ‘Preparing shipment’
On 3rd feburary the package was delivered. Unfortunately I wasn’t at home so I had to call the service and arrange a new delivery date. Tomorrow will be the day!

So the day came and I was so happy when the door bell rang.

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