Ultimaker and Bose business case study – Rapid prototyping and product testing

We needed a way to quickly churn out more parts for prototyping. Our Ultimaker machines easily handled printing half a dozen in different colors, which allowed everyone on the team to test the headphones for design, function, and usability.”
Joe Titlow, Head of Sales and Marketing, BOSEbuild

at a glance:

Company : BOSEbuild, a division of Bose Corporation

Industry: Consumer goods

Challenge: BOSEbuild needed a quicker, more cost-efficient way to design and redesign parts for their BOSEbuild headphones, which averaged $35 per part to outsource and required three days to complete.

Solution: After incorporating Ultimaker into their workflow, BOSEbuild reduced their prototyping costs to a mere $1-$2 per part at just a few hours of 3D printing, leaving ample room for product testing.


• Rapid iterations for acoustics tuning
• Wearability for immediate feedback
• Product testing across departments
• Savings from in-house 3D printing

BOSEbuild, a division of Bose Corporation – Introduction

Within the emerging business division of Bose, the BOSEbuild team of engineers, operations, finance, and marketing professionals works to create highquality products that provide invaluable experiences for children. These products allow children to explore the science behind speakers and headphones, with build-it-yourself kits that educate young minds about the speed of sound and how to maintain healthy hearing. As the BOSEbuild team set out to design their BOSEbuild Headphones, they quickly realized that the yokes, which attached to the ear cups, were a vital part of early product testing and required multiple iterations.

After initially using the Bose prototyping service to create the yoke, the BOSEbuild team saw a need for multiple yokes that would enable product testing across multiple departments. The solution of 3D printing not only saved them about $30 per part, but it also cut down on waiting time. Instead of waiting three days, the BOSEbuild team had a new yoke in three hours. With Ultimaker on hand, they could create essential prototyped parts quickly and efficiently for testing by the acoustics team, the app team, and the firmware team, expediting early development and design processes.


Although they initially used the Bose prototyping service to create their master part, the BOSEbuild team realized they would need more than one yoke to more efficiently test their product. They needed a way to create headphones that looked and felt like the desired end product, with full functionality to work with other parts


With the addition of two Ultimaker 3D printers, they were able to create yokes that were flexible enough to survive testing by the app team, firmware team, and acoustics team. With the time saved by incorporating Ultimaker into their workflow, the BOSEbuild team could focus on results while creating the best products possible.


According to Joe Titlow, Head of Sales and Marketing at BOSEbuild, “We needed a way to quickly churn out more parts for prototyping. Our Ultimaker machines easily handled printing half a dozen in different colors, which allowed everyone on the team to test the headphones for design, function, and usability.”

 In-house Ultimaker 3D printersOutsourcing
Costs per iteration$1-2$30-$40
Time per iteration3 hours3 days

About Ultimaker

Ultimaker has been in operation since 2011, and over the years has grown to become a market-leader; creating powerful, professional, and accessible desktop 3D printers with offices in the Netherlands, New York, and Boston, plus production facilities in Europe and the US. Ultimaker’s team of over 300 employees continually strives to offer the highest-quality 3D printers, software, and materials on the market to accelerate the world’s transition to local digital manufacturing

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The Ultimaker 2+ Connect has arrived!

Ultimaker launched their latest 3d printer to the market today – The Ultimaker 2+ Connect

The Ultimaker 2+ Connect is designed to be your reliable first step into the Ultimaker world of easy, remote 3D printing.

Featuring networking capabilities and a new touchscreen, the latest addition to the Ultimaker 3D printing portfolio will enable you to create a seamless 3D printing workflow that’s perfect for small enterprises and educators.

Hit the ground printing

Thousands of designers and educators love Ultimaker technology because it just keeps working – day and night, year after year. Since 2015, over 6 million prints have been prepared for its predecessor, the Ultimaker 2+. The Ultimaker 2+ Connect improves on that workhorse legacy.

The Ultimaker 2+ Connect adds intuitive operation and deeper software connectivity. It  features:

  • Network connectivity. At home or in the office, sending print jobs to the Ultimaker 2+ Connect is a breeze. Via Wi-Fi or Ethernet, cloud 3D printing allows remote file transfer with added security from anywhere in the world
  • Next-gen components. There’s nothing better than waking up to a successful print. Thanks to a stiffer build platform and rigorously tested material profiles, you can trust the Ultimaker 2+ Connect to print reliably overnight or over the weekend
  • A touchscreen. For every action, the 2.4” color touchscreen gives you intuitive control and step-bystep assistance. Changing material, adjusting the build plate, or checking your print status are just a tap away.
  • Wide material choice. Ultimaker offers the widest material choice on the market. With an open  filament system, you can always find the right material properties for your application – from  stunning aesthetics to flexibility
  • Easy setup. With a hardware installation that takes minutes, setting up the Ultimaker 2+ Connect is easy. It also features a more ergonomic feeder lever and improved assisted bed levelingstep-by-step assistance. Changing material, adjusting the build plate, or checking your print status are just a tap away

High uptime. low maintenance

A clean and updated design keeps maintenance to a minimum – just 20 minutes per month. These tasks can be performed easily, without the need for special tools.

You can also switch out swappable nozzles in less than 5 minutes for high uptime, choosing between 0.25 mm for detailed prints, 0.8 mm for fast drafts or 3D sketches, 0.6 mm, or 0.4 mm.

Cloud 3D printing built in

With the Ultimaker 2+ Connect, you can leverage the full power of Ultimaker’s digital workflow. You’ll enjoy the benefits of:

  • Ultimaker Digital Factory. Via Ultimaker Digital Factory, share the Ultimaker 2+ Connect with your co-workers to increase uptime. Then remotely monitor your print job to know when it’s complete
  • Ultimaker Marketplace. Ultimaker Marketplace lets you customize your slicing experience with plugins (including CAD integration) for a simpler 3D printing workflow
  • Ultimaker 3D Printing Academy. By registering your Ultimaker 2+ Connect, you’ll be eligible for a free onboarding course with the Ultimaker 3D Printing Academy, our e-learning platform that teaches the ins and outs of 3D printing

Upgrade your peace of mind

The optional Ultimaker 2+ Connect Air Manager gives you more confidence and setup flexibility. Designed to simply and effectively increase user safety, it removes up to 95% of ultrafine particles (UFPs) and shields users from hot and moving components.

The Ultimaker 2+ Connect Air Manager includes a single-speed fan to efficiently pull air through a large EPA filter. This gives you the flexibility to install multiple printers in more locations.

The Ultimaker 2+ Connect Air Manager also fully covers the Ultimaker 2+ Connect’s build chamber with a front enclosure for a more stable printing environment, preventing anyone from touching hot and moving components.

Who is the Ultimaker 2+ Connect for?

During development phases, 3D printing can provide up to a 20x capability enhancement to iterate on new ideas and products, giving small enterprises more freedom and flexibility to experiment. And by 3D printing prototypes with your choice of affordable materials, you’ll also be able to test your ideas for less. By. On average, Ultimaker customers achieve more than 80% cost savings compared to outsourcing.*

The Ultimaker 2+ Connect is also an ideal 3D printer to give higher education students access to additive technology, no matter their skill level. You can also easily install multiple machines to facilitate students’ projects – or to create a general access 3D printing lab.

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A beginners guide to Support Materials in 3D Printing

Did you get a chance to read this great introductory article on support materials provided by Ultimaker? If not don’t worry, you can find the full article here:

Why are support materials important?

With FFF (fused filament fabrication) 3D printing, objects are created in layers, from bottom to top. Melted filament passes through the 3D printer’s extruder and builds the printed item, layer by layer. Each new layer requires the layer underneath to support it.

Issues arise when a print design requires an overhang, or an element that’s suspended in mid-air. This is where support materials can help. They create a “prop,” on which the melted filament can be placed. The support material is removed once the print is complete, leaving the printed material intact and in the correct position.

This offers far greater design freedom, enabling the creation of complex geometries, with very few restrictions.

Common uses of support materials

Support materials enable you to create more complicated parts. Architects, for example, can 3D print bolder conceptual designs. Engineers and designers have complete freedom in their designs and are not subjected to the limitations of traditional manufacturing methods, such as milling or molding. Manufacturing aids (such as tools, jigs and fixtures) can be customized to specific tasks. Even complex models with separately moving parts can be printed in one go.

What else should you know?

Basic build material support. If you’re using a single extrusion 3D printer, you will need to create supports with the material your are printing your model in. This is because single extrusion printers can only print with one material at a time. This means your support will adhere well to the model. Prints are also less likely to fail, as there are no compatibility issues. However, it’s more difficult to remove the support material post-print, and the surface quality may be adversely affected.

Breakaway support material. Manually removable support materials, like Ultimaker Breakaway, tend to be used by those printing with dual extrusion 3D printers. They’re a different material to the filament used to create the printed model, easy to remove, and reduce impact on surface quality. However, when you’re working with these support materials, consider compatibility. Specific support materials adhere more effectively to some build materials than others.

A part printed with Ultimaker Breakaway support material

This table details which materials are compatible with our Breakaway support material:


✓ Officially supported ⓘ Experimental ✕ Not supported

Soluble support material. Soluble support materials are a popular option for dual extrusion 3D printing. These supports dissolve in water, which means they don’t adversely affect surface quality. They also offer exceptional design freedom. Soluble support material is the favored option for printing moving assemblies or precision end-use parts.

Support blockers. Sometimes, support material is added in holes that could be printed just as well without it. Surface quality is also less important on some parts of a model than others. In these instances, using the ‘support blockers’ function in Ultimaker Cura is highly effective.

Functionality testing. Always check that your supports can be reached, so they can be easily removed once the print is complete. For example, a section of support that’s stuck inside your model may limit its functionality.

PVA. PVA is the most commonly used soluble support material. It dissolves quickly in water after printing, and even works with highly complex structures. Be aware that PVA attracts moisture, so it’s important to store it properly when not in use.

Here’s a quick run-through of which materials are compatible to use with PVA:


✓ Officially supported ⓘ Experimental ✕ Not supported

Our support material partner

Some higher-engineered applications require a higher temperature or a different type of material that does not bond well with normal PVA. For these applications, Ultimaker works with Infinite Material Solutions, which offers Infinite AquaSys® 120 as a solution.

Infinite Material Solutions

Infinite Material Solutions Infinite AquaSys® 120 is easy to use, as it dissolves rapidly in tap water. It’s also stable up to a 120 °C build chamber temperature, which makes it suitable for engineering thermoplastics.

“PVA is an excellent option for providing support, but AquaSys® 120 offers certain advantages for specific applications. In head-to-head testing, AquaSys® 120 exhibited consistent model material compatibility and excellent dissolution rates,” Larry Doerr, Chief Operating Officer, AND Brandon Cernohous, R&D Supervisor/Production Operations at Infinite Material Solutions, said. “Specifically, AquaSys® 120 dissolved twice as fast as the PVA at room temperature, and up to six times faster at 80°C. And since it dissolves completely in only water – no chemicals required – AquaSys® 120 is also environmentally friendly.”

Infinite Aquasys® 120 is compatible with the following 3D printing materials:


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Ultimaker S5 Pro Bundle – what are the key features?

The Ultimaker S5 Pro Bundle (consists of the S5 3D Printer, the S5 Air Manager and the S5 Material Station) – is what Ultimaker call their most professional 3d printing solution to date.
In this post we are going to list the key features of the Pro Bundle and explain the key benefits of each along with some videos for you ti sit back and enjoy.
Key Features

1. Ease of installation and printing
– You can plug everything right in, load materials from the front and start printing
– No need to arrange office ventilation or space for material storage
– Automated print head cleaning in between each job
– Ejected filament always retracts with a clean, sharp tip for easy reloading without user intervention

2. Higher efficiency
– More materials means more efficient queuing of print jobs
– Humidity control will keep moisture-sensitive materials from deteriorating
– Automated switching of materials reduces operator time
– Loading materials takes only seconds

3. Better productivity
– During a print, any spool not in use can be replaced, ensuring it is ready for the next job
– With NFC material recognition, Ultimaker Connect knows which spools are loaded and will optimally manage your job queue, minimising downtime
– Each bay in the Ultimaker S5 Material Station has end-of-spool detection. This means you can trust that the material will be switched at exactly the right time

4. A safer work environment
– Providing a closed, inside-out airflow for the Ultimaker S5 3D printer. It filters up to 95% of all ultra-fine particles (UFPs) emitted during 3D printing.
– It creates a safe barrier around the build chamber
– Having the correct safety measures in place to protect you and your staff is essential. You can read a white paper from Ultimaker, written by the engineers and safety specialists who developed the Ultimaker S5 Air Manager, in the link below. This document takes a close look at ultrafine particles (UFPs), volatile organic compounds, and FFF 3D printing.

Hear what the R&D engineers responsible for making the Ultimaker S5 Pro Bundle think and get their behind-the-scenes perspective on this unique 3D printing solution in this interesting video below:

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