UltiMaker gives new printer a high-temp print core

June 11, 2024
The Factor 4 can print process-critical tools and components.

Factor 4 The sturdy construction of this UltiMaker 3D printer makes it rugged enough for life on the factory floor, with a rigid all-metal frame and an all-new H-bridge gantry. The printer offers a triple-insulated build volume, closed-loop and direct-drive dual extrusion, automatic inductive bed leveling, and a polyetherimide-coated flexible build plate. Its integrated materials-handling system keeps up to six filament spools below 15 percent humidity, and can automatically switch between spools for uninterrupted printing. UltiMaker engineered the Factor 4 for the development and production of process-critical tools and components.

What’s new? A high-temperature print core that reaches up to 644 degrees Fahrenheit. This broadens the range of high-performance materials the Factor 4 can print with – for example, UltiMaker PPS CF, a durable, temperature-resistant carbon-fiber-reinforced material that serves as an alternative to steel or aluminum for less-demanding parts. Factor 4 supports one of the widest material portfolios on the market for applications including the production of end-use parts, functional prototypes, manufacturing tools and small batches.

Benefits The production of consistent parts with minimal variance. UltiMaker said the Factor 4 has been tested to achieve greater than 95 percent print-completion success and dimensional accuracy within plus or minus 0.2 mm, or plus or minus 0.2 percent of the nominal length. This accuracy makes it ideal for producing validated parts. A suite of sensors monitors real-time data and delivers in-depth reporting, ensuring easy part validation and quality control. According to the company, the printer can provide a quick return on investment.

Ultimaker North America, New York, 347-334-6800, www.ultimaker.com

Vital Statistics

Build volume

13 inches by 9.4 inches by 11.8 inches

Print core temperature

Up to 644 degrees Fahrenheit

Humidity level

Below 15 percent


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David Tillett | Associate Editor

Associate Editor David Tillett writes and edits for Plastics Machinery & Manufacturing, Plastics Recycling and The Journal of Blow Molding. He covers new products, industry news, patents and consumer and business equipment. He has more than 20 years of experience in daily newspaper, online and magazine journalism.