Based in China with an office in the United States, Tiertime is a leader in the manufacture of compact, user-friendly desktop 3D printers. The company’s UP 3D printer line has been well-loved by consumers, with its UP mini 2 introduced at the beginning of 2016 and made globally available later that year. Tiertime is a company that is continually improving its products, and a few months ago at the RAPID + TCT show, it unveiled the new and improved version of the UP mini 2: the UP mini 2 ES.

Now Tiertime has announced that the UP mini 2 ES is available for purchase in both the United States and Europe. Like the original UP mini 2, the ES is a compact, easy-to-use 3D printer with WiFi. It features HEPA filtration and an enclosure that not only protects the user from fumes, but prevents ABS and other high-temperature materials from warping. It’s also compatible with a wide range of third-party materials and retains the user-friendly features such as automatic nozzle-height detection with software-assisted calibration that users enjoyed with the original.

The UP mini 2 ES has plenty of new features to set it apart from its predecessor, however. These include an enhanced touchscreen with onboard Linux operating system, capable of receiving and implementing updates as they become available. Pre-sliced print jobs can be saved as TASK files, a new format that includes details such as layer height, print quality and infill. The first major update to the Linux operating system will allow a second USB port to read TASK files from a USB memory stick, allowing the printer to operate without direct computer control.

Another new update is the Tiertime Print Queue, which is accessible from both UP Studio and the printer’s touchscreen. This new user interface controls a series of print jobs assigned to the printer by authorized users. Finally, there is an Ethernet port for wired LAN connectivity.

“The Tiertime factory will continue production of the original mini 2. The ES is not a replacement, but rather an advancement, offering abilities not found in the previous model,” said Joseph Guo, International Sales and Marketing Director, Tiertime Corporation. “It is designed to expand the Mini 2 user base beyond education and economically-minded single users while remaining the perfect choice in its traditional arena.”

The UP mini 2 was described by California’s Teacher of the Year as “the 3D printer that should be in every classroom in America,” reinforcing its popularity as an education-centric 3D printer. The UP mini 2 ES is an excellent classroom 3D printer as well, but its new features make it well-suited to other environments as well. Its hard-wired Ethernet port and impending computer-free operability give it extra security, and the Tiertime Print Queue will do well in an office setting, allowing multiple users to easily manage print jobs.

“The ES is about flexibility. We intend to give users the freedom to print where they want, with the material they require, while ensuring they don’t miss out on continued product development,” said Guo. “As a professional asset, it can be placed in an office or classroom with a dozen workers or students feeding the queue via Wi-Fi or Ethernet, maximizing productivity.”

The UP mini 2 ES is priced at $699, while the original mini 2 remains priced at $599.

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[Images: Tiertime]

 

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