Finalist De Gouden Noot 2016 - Packaging for Ultimaker 2 Go
The Ultimaker 2 Go currently is one of the most powerful little printers around, great for makers on the go. The packaging concept lets the machine fully live up to its name. The core of the solution is an elegant, grey EPP box that plays two roles. First it protects the printer during transport from factory to user. After unboxing, it doubles as a lightweight, shock resistant carry-case, held together by durable nylon straps for lifting and transport. Once at its destination the printer is ready to use in no time: unlace the strap, lift off the upper part of the packaging and you are immediately face to face with this mighty mini printer. The case holds the printer without the need to separately remove the filament spool. Just take out the printer, plug and play. There’s more: small cavities in the packaging allow users to clip on their own 3D-printed parts, making their case personal.
The designers developed a sustainable packaging concept that has a twofold function, creating less waste. The functional design lets the machine fully live up to its name. The packaging is lightweight, shock resistant and made to last on the go. Once at its destination the printer is ready to use in no time. The carry-case even has built-in compartment for other 3D print necessities like tape, glue and basic spare parts. The little holes at packaging’s corners challenge users to clip on their own 3D-printed parts. These add-ons can be functional, such as wheels, handles and cup holders or just mere fun, making the case personal. This strikes beautifully with Ultimaker’s open source business model.