* Note that the heated print bed is a huge plus. On un-heated beds, prints tend to peel up, so people use glue sticks, hair spray, or painter's tape to make them stick better. (Yes, a Star Trek technology meets a 1970's era second grade classroom. OMG.) With a heated bed, the hot plastic that the printer lays down cools more slowly, so it doesn't contract and curl up.
* fabrc8 has provided great support when I have had trouble (which you will with any 3D printer).
* All of the components can be easily purchased, so you can replace stuff if it breaks; not the case with the last printer I used.
* Ultimaker makes the slicing software Cura, so the machines work seamlessly with the software.
Be sure to update the firmware BEFORE you try to load filament for the first time. The update makes the filament load at a better speed.
This Ultimaker 2 is easy to set up, and it offers quality prints, ABS and PLA support as well as standalone and quiet operation. All of these factors make this a 3D printer that can ultimately be used easily by anyone.
+ Ready to use straight from the box.
+ SD card model loading.
+ Fantastic Cura software.
- Only designed to print PLA and ABS.
- Care needs to be taken that filament doesn't catch at the back.
- Not designed for tethered printing.