Updated Ultimaker Print Core CC Expands Opportunities for Industrial Applications
Hardened Steel Nozzle Supports High-Strength Materials and New 0.4mm Nozzle Allows for Greater Detail and Enhanced Surface Finish
Ultimaker, the global leader in professional 3D printing, today launched its new print core CC with a wear-resistant hardened steel nozzle for its S-line 3D printers. This allows for more print capabilities with high-strength composite materials such as carbon fibers, metals, glass, and ceramics. The print core is available in new 0.4mm and updated 0.6mm sizes, replacing the print core CC Red 0.6mm. The 0.4mm-version is well-suited for composite applications with detailed features, thinner lines and a smooth surface finish, while the wider 0.6mm results in a faster print.
The wear-resistant print core CC is highly suitable for innovative applications that require extra stiffness and rigidity. These include, for example, functional prototypes or manufacturing tools. Furthermore, the hardened steel nozzle and titanium heat break extend the durability of the print core CC. In addition to benefiting from this updated design of our 0.6mm nozzle print core CC, users can now also explore more intricate designs and innovations with the 0.4mm nozzle. As the latter is a third smaller in diameter, users can print parts that require higher visual quality and accuracy, which is key for metal FFF 3D printing.
Change-makers can truly develop and innovate in a way that suits their needs. The print core CC gives users the flexibility to print with more than 60 composite materials in the Ultimaker ecosystem. Furthermore, the nozzles can easily be swapped without using tools and the print core immediately appears in Ultimaker Cura. Users can then select the right print settings, ensuring maximum uptime of Ultimakers' 3D printers. This open approach to innovation is the cornerstone of Ultimaker’s philosophy, illustrated by the company’s recent platform launch, which aims to further seamlessly integrate hardware add-ons, materials, software and other services.
What impressed us with the new print core CC was the quality of the prints – even after 1.600 print hours. We use composite materials from DSM and Covestro and get first time right results with high dimensional accuracy, and a smooth surface finish. The reliability and longevity of the print core, and the seamless integration of third-party material print profiles available in the ecosystem, enable us to print industrial parts swiftly and effectively.
The new print core CC has been a workhorse for us here at Jabil. Our PA 4035 CF filament, which is a PA 12 with 35% carbon fiber by weight, is quite abrasive, so having a highly wear-resistant nozzle is a must. We were excited to learn about the new print core CC 0.4mm offering, which gives us the flexibility to print finer feature detail than the 0.6mm nozzle, while maintaining the same reliability and durability we’ve come to appreciate.
The new print core CC 0.4mm, enables us to improve print quality with composite filaments. The print core CC 0.6mm is also a good choice to print composite parts with good industrial quality. The high accuracy in printing CF or GF filled parts with the print core CC 0.4mm is as good as unfilled printed parts and we did not need to adjust speed or other parameters. We printed with our Ensinger TECAFIL PA6 GF30 and there were no blobs, clogging effects or any other issue that influences the printing process or the quality of the part. Overall the print core CC works very well and as it should.
Our customers need to innovate freely; Ultimaker continues to offer new solutions to address their biggest challenges. The updated print core CC will allow innovators to print more detailed –and robust designs with high-strength materials with greater reliability. This opens the door for more industrial use-cases for 3D printing, increasing the value this proven technology brings to manufacturers globally.
Since 2011, Ultimaker has built an open and easy-to-use solution of 3D printers, software and materials that enable professional designers and engineers to innovate every day. Today, Ultimaker is the market leader in desktop 3D printing. From offices in the Netherlands, New York, Boston, and Singapore – plus production facilities in Europa and the US – its global team of over 400 employees work together to accelerate the world’s transition to digital distribution and local manufacturing.