In 2015, Ultimaker loaned Blackpool Makerspace a 3D printer to use during the Craft Council sponsored Make:Shift:Do event.
In 2016, Ultimaker again loaned Blackpool Makerspace a 3D printer. This time, it was an Ultimaker 2. The Ultimaker 2 was used at the 2016 Make:Shift:Do event to make parts for a CNC router the Makerspace is building. Here is a picture of the Ultimaker 2 in action, with a completed part in the foreground.
Pictures from the Make:Shift:Do event, and more parts being printed here:-https://blackpoolmakerspace.wordpress.com/2016/10/29/make-shift-do-2016/
Ultimaker is a Dutch based 3D printer company founded in 2011 by Martijn Elserman, Erik de Bruijn, and Siert Wijnia.
The company’s founders started as a participants of the open-source RepRap project. Here is a picture from the FabLab ProtoSpace hosted RepRap 3D printer workshop.
Ultimaker started selling products in 2011. The first 3d printer developed by Ultimaker was the protobox Ultimaker. After several months of development, Ultimaker released a new model as a kit, (now known as the Ultimaker Original) under a Creative Commons BY-NC license.
In 2013, Ultimaker original won an award for most accurate and fastest3D printer from MAKE magazine.
Ultimaker used the knowledge and experience gained from development of the Ultimaker Original, and in September 2013 released the Ultimaker 2. In 2014, Ultimaker officially launched products in North America.
In 2015, Ultimaker 2 Go and Ultimaker 2 extended were released at CES, a global consumer electronics and consumer technology trade show.
In 2016, Ultimaker 3 and Ultimaker 3 extended were revealed at a New York City keynote.
This is a link to a Lancashire Telegraph article from 2014, about the Chorley based Ultimaker(UK) who were kind enough to loan Blackpool Makerspace the two printers mentioned earlier: http://www.lancashiretelegraph.co.uk/news/business/11049446.East_Lancashire_3D_printing_business_set_for_expansion/
Contact details for Ultimaker in the UK.
Railway House, Railway Rd, Chorley, Lancashire PR6 0HW. T:01257 276116 http://ultimaker.com
Link to Ultimaker ‘about’ page: https://ultimaker.com/en/about-ultimaker