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Ultimaker has announced and shown two new 3D printers at CES 2015, these are the compact Ultimaker 2 Go and the larger Ultimaker 2 Extended that will complement the already available mid-size Ultimaker 2 3D printer. It seems that the company is following what MakerBot did last year by introducing three different sizes of devices that would better cover the needs and requirements of different users. The two new devices will be available for pre-order starting March and should start shipping in April 2015, so you are still not able to order them now. The recommended end user price of the compact Ultimaker 2 Go is set at €1195 EURO or $1450 USD without VAT and the price of the larger Ultimaker 2 Extended is set at €2495 EURO or $3030 USD without VAT.

There are still no complete specifications of the two new 3D printers, but most likely they will have the same features like the original Ultimaker 2, but come with a more portable size and limited build space for the Go version and larger size and build volume for the Extended model. Unfortunately Ultimaker is still not releasing a dual-extruder model, though there is some work being done on an unofficial dual-extruder upgrade for the Ultimaker. No guarantees however that this upgrade will ever be released, so if you were hoping to see a dual extruder official upgrade or a new device with two extruders from Ultimaker you might be disappointed from the lack of such.

For more information about the complete Ultimaker 2 3D printer family…

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It seems that 3D Systems has acquired the 3D printer maker botObjects and plans to use that company’s technology for multi-color 3D printing by combining 5 different colored thermoplastic materials. The first full-color 3D printer by 3D Systems that uses FFF/FDM technology to extrude thermoplastic material will be the CubePro C and the device will apparently be on display on CES 2015. botObjects pioneered the first 3D desktop printer using PlasticJet Printing (PJP) that offers true full-color 3D printing, significantly expanding the palette of possibilities for what designers, artists and engineers create, from prototypes to products. botObjects also invented a proprietary 5-color CMYKW cartridge system, capable of mixing primary printing colors on the fly to generate vibrant color combinations and gradient transitions.

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The botObjects ProDesk3D will be folded into 3DS’s new CubePro C printer family and deliver a true full-color experience at a price of $4990 USD, so actually not way too affordable for home users. The new CubePro C should be capable of printing down to 25-microns layers at deposition speeds of up to 175 millimeters per second using durable PLA and ABS print materials with PVA support material. Until the company expands its manufacturing capacity, the CubePro C will be available in a limited release, with plans to expand distribution later in 2015 and currently there is no yet official release date set, but that will most likely follow soon.

CubePro C 3D Printer Key Features:
– Full-color, CMYKW Plastic Jet printing with color mixing and gradient color
– Cartridge system mixes colors on the fly
– Material choices include PLA, ABS and PVA soluble supports
– Build volume of 8.25 x 9.25 x 8.25 in. (210 x 235 x 210 mm)
– Compatible with Windows and Mac operating systems
– Layer thickness: 25 microns in HD mode, 100 microns in SD mode, 200 microns in Draft mode
– Print speeds up to three times faster than comparable printers
– Proprietary cartridge systems of individual or multipacks. Multipacks include the CMYKW base colors and PVA dissolvable supports
– Convenient setup with auto-leveling, auto-calibration and an automated print environment
– Simple USB connectivity
– Get the most of your investment with a cartridge recycling program and printer warranty
– Immediate limited release; global release later in 2015

It seems that while the basic specifications will remain the same, the CubePro C 3D printer will come with a lower build volume as compared to what the original design from botObjects promised. Also there is currently no price information about the special color cartridges with filament that the device uses coming form 3D Systems, but a full 6 cartridges with the colors plus a sixth PVA support one was priced at $135.95 USD, so we can expect a similar price. The CubePro C is definitely going to be an interesting option for people that want to have more affordable multi-color 3D printing using device that relies on common thermoplastic materials such as PLA and ABS.

For more information about the 3D Systems CubePro C Full-Color 3D Printer…

It seems that the 3Doodler 3D printing pen is getting a new improved 2.0 version very soon, the project is already on Kickstarter and the goal of $30000 USD has been reached in less than an hour. The 3D printing pen that started this new segment will be slimmer, lighter, quieter and even easier to use according to the information and it should be available as early as February for the first 100 early bird backers at just $50 USD. The other backers should get their 3Doodler 2.0 3D printing pens in April/May time-frame and we suppose that about that time the product will be also available on the official website for sale. Currently checking the official website we can see that the older version of 3Doodler is out of stock, though you can still find the 3D printing pen being sold on various other websites. According to the official information it seems that the original 3Doodler has already sold over 130000 units, so you can really call the product a very successful one thanks to being very affordable when you compare the price to an affordable 3D printer. The standard price of the new 3Doodler 2.0 pen without additional accessories should be $99 USD, so it is getting better and still remains affordable.

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The new 3Doodler 2.0 is 75% smaller than the original, making it similar in size to a marker pen, it is also lighter at just 50 grams or half the weight of the original and should come with a stronger and better looking anodized aluminum case instead of the plastic one used by the original. These things should make the new 3Doodler 2.0 3D printing pen easier and more convenient to use as well as more attractive looking. But it is not just the look and feel that has been improved, the functionality also promises nice improvements such as lower power usage, optimized and quieter cooling, better speed and performance and more. We are already looking forward to seeing the final 3Doodler 2.0 and trying it out, even though we are not that big fans of 3D printing pens, the new version 2.0 does make us want to try one. If you are interested in the new 3Doodler 2.0 and you want to be able to get one earlier you might want to become a backer of the Kickstarter campaign, though we expect that very soon the official website will also start taking orders for the new version of the 3D printing pen.

To visit the Kickstarter campaign page for the new 3Doodler 2.0 3D printing pen…

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