Ultimaker's newest model, the Ultimaker2 was launched at the New York Maker Faire in late September 2013, and began shipping towards the end of October. I was lucky enough to be part of Ultimaker's team for the launch weekend, so I got to spend a couple of days watching it print as I talked with the crowds of folks that surrounded Ultimaker's stands. My initial impressions were very favorable - it's a visually stunning printer, that looks amazing with the built-in white LED lighting, and it prints very quietly and cleanly. The new direct drive extruder system seems to offer very precise extrusion control; in particular, retraction seems to work especially well. That first weekend I was seeing some great results printing parts such as Emmett's Gear Bearing and Barspin's Printable Wrench which require good retraction control to ensure that the various moving parts do not get stuck together. I was excited as I waited for my printer to be delivered, so I could put it through its paces.