Installing the Ultimaker 2

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After unboxing, take the accessories from the accessory box that was at the top of the foam packaging. This article guides you through all the steps necessary to correctly install the hardware accessories that come with the machine.

Spool holder

The first step of setting up your Ultimaker 2 or Ultimaker 2 Extended is attaching the spool holder at the back of the 3D printer. Insert the spool holder into the hole in the back panel of the printer and push it down until it snaps into place.


Glass plate

The glass plate is the print surface of your Ultimaker 2 (Extended).

To install the glass plate, open up the two build plate clamps at the front side of the build plate. Slide the glass plate onto the build plate until it fits into the clamps at the back. Close the clamps at the front to secure the glass plate.

Caution: The build plate clamps can be sharp. It is advised to use one of the hex wrenches for opening them.

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Power supply

The final step of the installation is connecting the power supply. First, make sure that the switch at the back of the Ultimaker 2 is in the Off position.

Connect your country-specific power cable to the adapter. 

Connect the plug to a wall socket. The power cable is connected to the socket at the back of the Ultimaker 2. Make sure that the flat side of the cable is facing up. Pull back the slider of the connector, insert it into the printer, and let go to secure the cable.

Caution: A mains socket with protective earth/ground terminal must be used. Make sure that the building installation has dedicated means of over-current and short-circuit protection.


All the hardware accessories are now installed. You can turn the Ultimaker 2 or Ultimaker 2 Extended on for the first time and proceed with the welcome setup. This includes leveling the build plate and loading material.

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