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Ultimaker 3 Extended 3D printer

The Ultimaker 3 Extended is a dual extrusion 3D printer capable of generating high quality two colour 3D models from volume datasets.

Make/model Ultimaker 3 Extended 3D printer
Details Layer plastic deposition (LPD)-type 3D printer; Work field of 215 x 215 x 300mm; Printing resolution of 20-200 microns Z-suite software accepts .stl, .obj, .dxf and .3mf file types.
Facility Bioimaging Research Hub

The Ultimaker 3 Extended is a dual extrusion Fused Deposition Modelling (FDM) 3D printer capable of generating high quality 3D models from volume datasets. The printer can print a range of materials in two colours or one colour with a dissolvable support scaffold (PVA) thus allowing complex 3D models to be printed and also minimising the amount of finishing time required.

The printer is controlled by Cura software that facilitates easy conversion of the 3D printer files (.stl,. obj, .dae and .amf) into high resolution (20-200 microns) printed models (maximum volume of 215 x 215 x 300mm).

The printer is available to staff members wishing to 3D print bespoke pieces of scientific equipment, to generate 3D models to improve understanding of scientific concepts, i.e for science teaching, outreach and engagement.

Internal users can book the equipment using the shared Outlook calendar ‘BIOSI – Ultimaker 3 3D printer’.

Find out how to book equipment through Outlook.

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To comply with Cardiff University Health and Safety Policy, individuals must receive appropriate training before using the system and be aware of the risks involved in its use.

All users are expected to observe the following rules and regulations. If they fail to comply they will lose their access rights:

  • Food and drink are not permitted within the facility.
  • All waste material (including laboratory gloves) should be properly disposed of outside of the facility.
  • Coats and bags when left on the floor in a low light environment represent a tripping hazard. Either hang them on the internal door hooks or, better still, do not bring them into the imaging suites.
  • Do not use any equipment that you have not been properly trained for.  All users should familiarise themselves with the appropriate risk assessments for the procedures being undertaken.
  • All USB data storage devices must be virus checked before plugging them into any of our systems.
  • All systems should be correctly powered down at the end of your session and usage correctly logged in the database.

Get in touch

Dr Peter Watson

+44 (0)29 2087 9042


Sir Martin Evans Building
Museum Avenue
CF10 3AX

Opening hours

Monday - Friday, 0900-17:00