The Dutch Ultimaker BV was founded in 2011 in Geldermalsen and the foundation of the company was laid on ProtoSpace Utrecht, where the frustration of getting a 3D printer to work led to the idea of developing a 3D printer of their own. The company was one of the first companies that made 3D printing accessible for the consumer. Ultimaker started as an open source project.
Ultimaker has two headquarters in the Netherlands and the United States and now has more than 200 employees. In more than 50 countries the Ultimakers are being sold through resellers and the Ultimaker community counts more than 20,000 members.