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Printing a test water bottle - Surface comparison

Surface comparison between uPrint SE and Ultimaker 2 Extended+

Ok, so now it's time to look at the surface of each print.

The first pic shows the prints right after they were finished.

The bottle on the left (the white one) came from the uPrint, and the one on the right (silver) from the Ultimaker.

As you can see they both have support material that needs to be removed. In the Ultimaker's case, it is just the brim at the bottom of the part that needs to be removed, whereas the uPrint model has an entire casing on the exterior that needs to be removed. Normally one would toss the uPrint model into the chemical bath to dissolve he support material, however in this case all I needed to do was peel off the outer support casing to reveal the model.

Next we have an image revealing both of the printed parts minus their support material. As you can see there is a lot more support material for the uPrint part. BUT it would seem that it is there for a very good reason. The surface finish of the uPrint part is far better then the Ultimaker.

Now, it is a bit difficult to read the surface of the uPrint part, but if you look closely at the top of both parts we can see that the uPrint is a much better representation of the 3D model. There are no holes (such as the ones we can see in the Ulitmaker print) Also on the Ultimaker print there are many points were the surface on the side of the bottle is slightly compromised.

CONCLUSION - 

Ultimaker

Pros: cheaper and faster and not as much support material to deal with (depending on the complexity of the print)

Cons: not as high quality of surface finish (especially on small parts such as this test water bottle)

 

uPrint

Pros: superior surface finish, even on small parts

cons: more expensive and takes longer. Plus there is more support material to deal with.

 

For general purpose 3D printing, I would say the Ultimaker is the better choice.

 

 

CONCLUSION - 

Ultimaker

Pros: cheaper and faster and not as much support material to deal with (depending on the complexity of the print)

Cons: not as high quality of surface finish (especially on small parts such as this test water bottle)

uPrint

Pros: superior surface finish, even on small parts

cons: more expensive and takes longer. Plus there is more support material to deal with.

For general purpose 3D printing, I would say the Ultimaker is the better choice.

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