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Ultimaker's latest 3D printers let you swap the nozzles

The Ultimaker2+ and 2 Extended+ get improved surface quality via a new cooling system.

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The Ultimaker 2 became a popular 3D printer after it was launched in 2013, thanks to a combination of high-resolution output, sharp looks and decent pricing. The fact that it outputs larger-than-average objects for its size also makes it attractive for industry prototyping, schools and medical use. The company just launched a pair of successors, the Ultimaker2+ and the Ultimaker2 Extended+ for extra large model output. Company CEO Jos Burger said it tapped "countless collaborations and insightful feedback" from customers while redesigning the model.

Gallery: Ultimaker 2+ and 2 Extended+ | 11 Photos

The principal new feature is interchangeable nozzles that can be changed in seconds, helpful for maintenance or if you build models using different materials or resolutions. Other improvements include a more powerful geared feeder that's less likely to skip and improved print-head cooling. The latter update improves model surface quality, since additive materials are less likely to shift during production. Both models are now available with the same pricing as the previous models: the Ultimaker2+ runs $2,499 while the Ultimaker2 Extended+ will set you back $3,030.

Gallery: Hands-on with Ultimaker's new 3D printers | 6 Photos

Andrew Tarantola and Edgar Alvarez contributed to this report.

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