Ginormous Ultimaker can print slightly smaller Ultimakers

[bwattendorf] showed off his Gigimaker, a huge version of a Ultimaker at the Maker Faire this weekend.

It’s got a print area 2.5 feet square and 3.5 feet high. Currently, the team is using the machine to print off parts for smaller desktop-sized 3D printers, but theoretically this printer could be used to print life-sized companion cubes or full sized [Nefertiti] busts.

If you’d like to build your own giant Ultimaker, grab a few sheets of plywood and grab the git repo for the Gigimaker.


  1. Andrew says:

    Can someone please build me a giant replicator please haha. I might build one the size of a small car garage if I get a free month! Great job Ultimaker guys!!!


    • daid303 says:

      The Ultimaker is faster, smaller, larger build volume and produces the same (or better) quality then the Replicator. Even before the first Replicator was released.
      There are 3 differences, dual extrusion (which has it’s own set of problems), the Replicator comes pre-assembled. And Makerbot has a huge marketing machine running right now. While the Ultimaker does little marketing. (This huge Ultimaker is not from Ultimaker company for example)

      Ultimaker is sponsoring the KamerMaker, which was featured on Hackaday, and is the largest Ultimaker yet. And that IS the size of a small car garage.

  2. Bob Thing says:

    Making a bigger one is not very hard. However it will take all week to print anything large at any decent resolution.

  3. Zee says:

    What software do they use to control it? The regular software has a bit of a problem with big sizes.

    • daid303 says:

      Not sure which software you mean. But on the KamerMaker project we have been using Cura 12.08 and the packaged PrintRun. Worked fine with 2×2 meter size. Slicing takes a while. But it does work.

  4. GWIII says:

    New that guy when he was dreaming about cheese powered lawn mowers! Great Job Bruce, now we just have to create one of these that can print a larger version of itself….

  5. Saw this in person. It has HORRIBLE shake problems and the print quality was the worse I have seen from a 3D printer.

    Scaling a 3D printer up in size without changing the fundamental structure didn’t really work out.

    • daid303 says:

      Indeed, I checked the UM+ at Ultimaker today, it’s a normal Ultimaker scaled up in the Z to 100mm. But the Z axes are not strong enough then and there is a lot of flex sideways in the platform because of that.

  6. bkubicek says:
  7. Hi! I’m Bender. This is my robot Bender, and this is my other robot Bender.

    AHAHAHAHAAH Like Larry, Darryl and Darryl.

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