Advanced 3D Printing Kit
Installing the Advanced 3D Printing Kit for the Ultimaker 3
Advanced 3D Printing Kit for the Ultimaker 3 is designed to ensure even a smoother, more reliable 3D experience, especially when printing with engineering materials. The items provided in the kit help minimize printer downtime and significantly increase print success rates.
The Advanced 3D Printing Kit for the Ultimaker 3 contains the following items:
- 1x Front enclosure
- 25x Adhesion sheet
- 1x Adhesive applicator
- 1x Glass plate
Front enclosure add-on
The front enclosure is very effective when using materials that are prone to warping or delaminating. It stops heat from escaping, creating a constant temperature of 45 ºC, while also protecting the print from external influences. The stable environment ensures that the printed material cools down more slowly and that the temperature is more evenly distributed throughout the print. This helps lower shrinkage and decreases the risk of warping and delamination.
You can find detailed instructions on how to install the front enclosure here.
The adhesion sheets improve build plate adhesion and can be used with most materials. They make a great alternative to a glue stick and are designed for multiple use. To create a flat printing surface, it’s important to ensure the sheet is applied correctly to prevent air bubbles. You can find instructions on how to apply the sheet here.
In addition to the above add-ons that increase reliability while printing, the Advanced 3D Printing Kit also features a glass plate. This extra glass plate means you no longer have to wait to remove the finished print from the Ultimaker 3 printer. Instead, you can quickly swap the glass plate for a new one, allowing you to directly start a new print, which minimizes downtime.
Take a look at the Ultimaker 3 manual for instructions on how to install the glass plate.
When to use the Advanced 3D Printing Kit for the Ultimaker 3
The Advanced 3D Printing Kit can be used in combination with all Ultimaker materials, although the benefits are greater for some materials than others. See the table below for a compatibility overview, and some general advice:
|Material||Front enclosure||Adhesion sheet|
|PC||Highly recommended||Highly recommended|
|TPU 95A||Optional||Not advised|
For the other materials (PLA, CPE, Nylon, and TPU 95A) the front enclosure is not necessary. However, the use of this add-on will not negatively impact print quality and may even lead to more reliable print results.The use of the front enclosure is strongly advised for most filaments that print at higher temperatures and that may have problems with layer bonding. The front enclosure controls the temperature inside the printer, which prevents delamination and improves the print surface quality.
The adhesion sheets are required for PP and (highly) recommended for CPE+ and PC. These materials require a high build plate temperature, but despite this high temperature, they may still have problems with build plate adhesion.
Adhesion sheets are optional for most of the other materials, as they replace the use of the glue stick. Please note, for TPU 95A, we advise against printing on the adhesion sheet, as this material sticks too well to it, making removal extremely difficult.
How to install the front enclosure
The front enclosure is one of the most effective methods of creating a stable printing environment inside your Ultimaker 3 printer. It will keep the warmth from the heated build plate inside the printer, resulting in a constant temperature of 45 °C.
To install the front enclosure, follow these steps:
- Hold the front enclosure in front of the Ultimaker 3 with the curved side facing down.
- Slide the bottom lip behind the front panel.
- Place the front enclosure flat against the Ultimaker 3, then gently push the top part down and towards the front panel, so it snaps into place.
To remove the front enclosure after printing, simply push on the top part and pull the front enclosure towards you.
How to use adhesion sheets
Using an adhesion sheet is one of the most effective methods of ensuring your 3D print adheres to the build plate, producing consistent high-quality results. Learn how to apply it correctly, prevent air bubbles, and ensure a smoother, flatter surface.
Applying the adhesion sheet
To apply the adhesion sheet to the glass plate, take the following steps:
- Remove the glass plate from the printer by opening the build plate clamps at the front of the build plate, then gently sliding the glass plate out of the printer.
- For the best results, wet the glass plate with water and (optionally) a small amount of (dishwashing) soap. Make sure that the glass plate’s warning sticker is facing upwards.
- Remove the back liner from the adhesion sheet.
- Slowly apply the adhesion sheet. Start in the middle and then lower the adhesion sheet onto the rest of the glass plate.
- To reduce the number of air bubbles, use the adhesive applicator to sweep the water outwards from underneath the sheet, starting at the center. Be careful not to tear the sheet.
Note: Air bubbles under the sheet can distort the first printed layer. If the bubbles can’t be removed, consider popping them with a needle.
- Once the sheet is applied, and is bubble-free and dry, place the glass plate back in the printer and secure with the build plate clamps. Heat the build plate to 100 ºC so the remaining water under the sheet can evaporate.
Removing the adhesion sheet
The adhesion sheet can be used multiple times, but once it has been damaged, you may need to replace it.
To remove the adhesion sheet from the glass plate, take the following steps:
- Remove the glass plate from the Ultimaker 3.
- Take one of the corners of the adhesion sheet and peel it approximately 3 cm from the glass plate surface.
- Hold the glass plate under a tap and let the water run under the adhesion sheet while slowly pulling the sheet off at a 90-degree angle. The sheet shouldn’t leave a sticky residue.
- Continue switching to a different corner of the adhesion sheet in order to pull it off completely.
- Remove any glue residue from the glass plate with a sponge and soap.