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UltiMaker launches Factor 4 industrial-grade 3D printer

With support for engineering materials, direct drive dual extrusion, onboard print quality reporting, temperature-controlled build volume, and other innovative features

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UltiMaker, a leading 3D printer manufacturer, has released the UltiMaker Factor 4 industrial-grade 3D printer – an end-to-end 3D printing solution for light industrial applications. The UltiMaker Factor 4 3D printer is engineered for the development and production of process-critical tools and components. With support for engineering materials, direct drive dual extrusion, onboard print quality reporting, temperature-controlled build volume, and other innovative features, it delivers high levels of predictability and minimal variance.

Built on over a decade of dedication to openness and accessibility, the machine will support one of the widest material portfolios on the market for a variety of applications, including end-use parts, functional prototyping, manufacturing tools, and small batch manufacturing of auxiliary components and spares.

UltiMaker launches Factor 4 industrial-grade 3D printer with support for engineering materials, direct drive dual extrusion, and much more. Factor 4 offers a temperature-controlled build volume of 330 x 240 x 300mm and uniform bed heating. Designed for manufacturing and industrial sectors, it launches with a new high-temperature print core that allows engineers to print up to 340°C – enabling a broader range of high-performance, temperature-resistant, and durable materials, such as the new high-temperature composite UltiMaker PPS CF. The machine efficiently uses the heated bed and actively controlled chamber airflow to manage the build volume temperature up to 70°C, for optimal material-specific processing conditions and consistent part quality.

Thoroughly tested to achieve over 95% print completion success and dimensional accuracy within ± 0.2 mm or ± 0.2% of the feature nominal length, Factor 4 is designed to deliver consistent results across multiple machines – optimal for producing validated parts for distributed manufacturing. The printer’s versatility, reliability, and ease of use make it ideal for industries looking to optimize their production workflows and accelerate development. The latest print profiles for Factor 4, available on Cura 5.7.1, enable engineering materials, such as PET-CF and Nylon, to be printed with productivity levels similar to Tough PLA and PETG – effectively doubling print speed when compared to the UltiMaker S series.

“Our commitment to customers goes beyond providing just a 3D printer; we offer a full 3D printing ecosystem, including hardware, software, materials, training, and support,” said Michiel Alting von Geusau, CEO of UltiMaker. “With our comprehensive support, we help customers navigate through the complexities of 3D printing and identify opportunities. There is untapped potential in the light industrial market, and we believe that Factor 4 will enable customers to further explore the application possibilities in this space. With its efficiency and versatility, Factor 4 promises a quick return on investment, allowing businesses to capitalize on the benefits of 3D printing.”

UltiMaker launches Factor 4 industrial-grade 3D printer with support for engineering materials, direct drive dual extrusion, and much more.

Key features of UltiMaker Factor 4:

Industrial-grade performance: Constructed from robust steel, aluminum, and glass, Factor 4 is built for the factory floor. The printer features a triple-insulated build volume, closed-loop and direct-drive dual extrusion, automatic inductive bed leveling, and a PEI-coated flexible build plate – ensuring consistent production output, even on complex and challenging designs. These features combined with the all-new H-bridge gantry and a rigid all-metal frame allow for high-speed movement and accuracy.

Automatic material handling and storage: The integrated, low moisture material handling system allows engineers to reliably manage their print jobs. The material station is climate-controlled, with humidity levels kept below 15%, and holds up to six spools of filaments in their prime condition. It features an automatic material change capability, which seamlessly switches between spools, eliminating downtime and ensuring uninterrupted printing, for those printing a single part that may require several days or multiple spools.

UltiMaker launches Factor 4 industrial-grade 3D printer with support for engineering materials, direct drive dual extrusion, and much more.

Expanded material diversity: The new printer expands the range of high-performance, industrial-grade materials – enabling the production of structural integrity verified parts, from flexible materials to high-temperature composites, such as the UltiMaker PPS CF. UltiMaker PPS CF is a semi-crystalline thermoplastic material, reinforced with carbon fiber. The material has a temperature resistance greater than 230°C and is flame retardant. It provides a high-performing alternative to steel or aluminum for less-demanding parts, enabling users to unlock new industrial applications.

Seamless workflow integration: The UltiMaker Cura 5.7.1 release has new print profiles for Factor 4 – customized and fine-tuned for optimal print quality and performance. With automatic recognition of UltiMaker materials and print cores in Cura, Factor 4 offers a smooth 3D printing experience. The printer is also compatible with other major CAD software.

Powerful onboard print process reporting: The machine has a 7” capacitive touch screen and a suite of sensors in the print head, build volume, and an automated material loading system that monitors real-time data on printer and material performance and delivers in-depth reporting after every print job – ensuring easy part validation and quality control.

Modular system for simplified maintenance: The printer offers a modular design that allows for easy repairs and maintenance – minimizing downtime and maximizing productivity.

“With Factor 4, we are introducing a reliable industrial-grade solution that provides a solid long-term investment,” said Andrea Gasperini, Product Manager of B2B Solutions at UltiMaker. “Our focus remains on releasing products that can meet current needs and adapt and improve over time. Factor 4 delivers the reliability that UltiMaker products are known for, while also being able to seamlessly integrate alongside other industrial machinery and production processes.”

Materials available for the Factor 4 include UltiMaker PPS CF and other UltiMaker-branded materials, such as PLA, Tough PLA, nylon, PETG, PET CF, and PVA, as well as validated materials from BASF Forward AM, Kimya, Polymaker, LEHVOSS, Jabil, and more suppliers. Factor 4 is compatible with materials on the UltiMaker Marketplace, with 250 pre-tuned print profiles. It supports 2.85mm filament.

The printer is equipped with an integrated HEPA filter and a large red stop button – ensuring safer 3D printing anywhere in factory or office environments.

The Factor 4 is expected to begin shipping in May 2024.

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