With the technology revolution, there are dozens of brands who provide the best 3D printers with affordable prices. Such situations create a confusion for you to choose the most relevant product for your use. You can Make 3D printer using Raspberry Pi too. So, I have decided to pick the two top most 3D printers available in the market today and reviewed and compared them here to make the picking task easy for you. One among the two 3D printers is the Ultimaker 2 and the second is the Makerbot Replicator 2. Check both the 3D printers below.
The first review
The Makerbot has been in the business since 2009 and when the Replicator 2 was introduced in 2012, it became popular among worldwide users in no time. It also has won the awards of ‘Product of the Year” and “Editor’s Choice: Best 3D Printer” in the magazine named ‘Popular Mechanics’. It has a larger build area than the Ultimaker 2. It prints with PLA filament and has an acrylic print bed without heat.
The Ultimaker 2 is also an award winning 3D printer which has won the award of “Best in Shot-Out Award 2015” in Make magazine. It has a number of favorable reviews due to its fast, easily manageable, quite an operation, and good looks. It has a build area with LED lights which helps you to watch it in action.
- The Ultimaker 2 has a heated print bed and combo fans, while Makerbot Replicator 2 has a unheated acrylic print bed.
- The Ultimaker 2 has a high precision, and smoother surface on most of the 3D prints, while the Replicator 2 has a large build area for lengthy prints.
- The Ultimaker 2 can use several types of filament while Makerbot Replicator 2 can print in ABS only.
- The Replicator 2 can load files from SD card or USB port both, while the Ultimaker 2 can use only an SD card for Raspberry Pi to load files.
- The Ultimaker 2 has a cube-shaped build area while Replicator 2 has a rectangular shaped build area.
Most of the features of both the 3D printers are quite similar, but the main difference is in the resolution and build volume. The Ultimaker 2’s cube-shaped build area makes it perfect for small prints at the same time maintaining the precision. The Replicator 2 has a lower precision which makes it better for prototyping and faster printing.
For the use in classrooms and shops, the Replicator 2 is a good choice due to its larger build area which helps users to see the inner workings and use it as a public machine. If you are buying a 3D printer for personal use, then you should go for the Ultimaker 2 due to its small form factor and material flexibility.
Ultimaker 2 vs Makerbot replicator 2 Comparision
|Ultimaker 2||Makerbot Replicator 2|
|Dimension||223 x 223 x 205mm||246 x 152 x 155mm|
|Speed||30 – 300 mm/s||—|
|Table Space||357 x 342 x 388mm||490 x 320 x 531mm|
|Build Platform||Heated||Heated, anodised aluminum|
|Connects with||SD card only||SD card, USB|
|Filaments||PLA, ABS, U-PET||ABS only|
|Best for||Personal use||Shops, Classrooms, offices|
If you ask which is a better choice to buy? Then I will say, ummm, it’s difficult to tell. Both of the 3D printers are flexible and come with some unique and advanced features. But, as I have to make a verdict, I will say for a single user at home or office, the Ultimaker 2 is a better choice for the price it has and if you want a 3D printer for Classroom or public use in shops, then the Replicator 2 is the best option to go for. Both 3D printers are wonderful pieces of the technology and are invaluable for every team and user.