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  1. Howdy y'all. ? I run the Texas A&M University College of Architecture MakerPlace (it's a mouthful... we just call it the MakerPlace) and we bought six Ultimaker S5s to further expand our printing capabilities here. Now we have eighteen UM3s, six S5s, two Fusion3 F400-Ss and three FormLabs Form 2s. There are also two industrial-type machines that I do not directly manage but often have to talk to students/customers about: Stratasys Eden and a 3D Systems Projet 460 Plus. We're (the MakerPlace) quite new still and the purpose of the space seems to change week by week. When first I started here, the MakerPlace had a FlashForge Dreamer, a MakerBot Replicator 5th Gen, a MakerBot Replicator 2 and a Cube Trio. Half of them were down at any given point and when it was time for finals, we had students wait up to 3 weeks to get their 3D prints because of how backed up we were. Right now, we serve the students of our college and the main way people outside the college hears about us is through word of mouth. We also have a few other services that any maker space should such as vinyl cutting, tool rental and tons of table space to work. In the future, I hope we will have more specialized tools in the space like an Inventables Carvey or similar. The college has two other spaces that encompass the rest of what students need to make projects: the Woodshop and the FabLab (AKA the Ranch). The Woodshop is a large space with hand tools and power tools galore with 7 laser cutters while the Ranch has the huge tools like a new HAAS CNC machining tool, 2 full size CNC routers, CNC plasma cutting, a CNC water jet and a small warehouse that faculty members rent for XL projects. Now back to 3D printing... In the Fall of 2017 we printed around 50kg and Spring 2018 we printed closer to 80kg. We mostly print in PLA or PLA blends with the occasional co-polyester or composite blend in there. We get a lot of our filament from a supplier down the street from us, Essentium Materials. They've been a fantastic partner to work with! We use an in-house built queue (the "Dashboard") and 3DPrinterOS internally to manage the 18 UM3s and we're waiting for the S5s to be integrated into their software. Students bring us their STL files that they modeled in Revit, Rhino (most popular), or SketchUp. Then we do a little consultation to make sure their 3D print will come out like they want it and then we queue them up. Most of the time, models fit on the UM3. But last semester (spring 2018) we found that we had a line out the (virtual) door for prints on the Fusion3 printers. Next thing I knew, the S5 was announced and I knew we'd be expanding this summer, so I pitched it. The addition of the six Ultimaker S5 3D printers not only gives us more printers to run more jobs on, but we also have an increased capacity for larger jobs that would normally have to queue for the Fusion3. We've had the S5s for around 3 weeks now and they've certainly impressed me. Here's some thoughts about a few things... "What's in the box": The packaging for the S5s was pretty nice, but I think the UM3 did it better with zip tying the linear rods together to prevent shifting that happened to two of the S5s I recieved. I had to realign linear rods on my last two machines which turns out is not that difficult but I still had to do it. The Aluminum plate is not included yet which is fine by me as we primarily print in PLA that only needs some purple glue stick on glass to print well. The Tough PLA that comes with the printer is really easy to print with and comes off the bed nicely. I printed several large things (around 18 hour prints) with no supports to begin testing how well it does for long prints and the material looks great. And it also comes with a 750g spool of PVA. I prefer the 350g spools as we live in central Texas and currently the humidity inside is 47%. (PVA (and PLA for that matter) does not like high-humidity environments.) It regularly goes above 50% and it's just lovely. ? On that note, I store filament in dry-boxes with a bunch of loose silica beads in the bottom which gets down below 15% RH. I don't know specifically how low it goes as the sensors I got on Amazon only go down to 15%! Ha. I also have a PrintDry system which I use to dry out filament that's left out for a few days. Print quality: I have seen and expect these to print very similarly to the UM3 on every front and every combination of materials (PLA/PVA/Breakaway/etc). We typically print at 0.2mm layers for speed but go down to 0.1mm layers as needed by the models. The Form2s print at 0.1mm regularly and go down to 0.025mm as needed. About 50% of the architectural models we print are massings printed at 0.2mm layers and around 80mm/s that the students print in white PLA and sometimes go sand/finish in their studios. We have had a small number of failed prints on the S5 so far, several of which were because of the bug in 5.0.13 firmware that caused some false-positives in the flow sensor. I have not had any clogged nozzles yet nor "spaghetti" parts. I do not consider these printers to be "fast" by any means. The Fusion3's default speed in Simplify3D is 100mm/s and I turned up the speed in Cura for the S5 to 70-80mm/s both at 0.2mm layers and turn up the temperature +10-15C. It makes a big difference. I haven't tested how fast they could print if I turned both speed and temp. up a lot, though. The students need consistency and I found that changing a few things in the "Fast" profile and basically renaming it "Super Fast" cuts off a lot of time and some material usage. Saves money and material! Features: Better bed leveling means the nozzles touch about 12 points on the build plate to get a better "picture" of the levelness of the beds. It does take a lot longer than the UM3. I have not had to manually level them yet, but I also didn't level the UM3s when I got them for several weeks. I anticipate the same for these guys. Filament flow detection and the new feeder mech. is super awesome so far. It's saved several prints from the end of spools. It's so easy to insert material into the new feeder compared to the UM3! No more hurt fingers due to super-strong springs! Just lift the little lever and slide the filament in. Love it. The Touchscreen and new menus are beautiful. It's like using a smartphone. The new menus have pictures of actions to take during, for example, changing filament and that's fantastic. Also I love the "Printer tasks" alert. But... we didn't necessarily buy these for any of these features. One of the main reasons we bought them is to keep our process as close to the same to save on time and effort. It is a lot more effort to switch to Simplify3D when we need to print something on the Fusion3 and change materials on it etc etc than to change machines in Cura. Sure we could easily set up Cura to run the Fusion3s but then each student worker will have to make sure we're using the same version of Cura with the same start/stop gcode, and other similar settings to ensure the jobs getting done consistently. It's much easier to not do that and have the "Simplify3D computer" to slice models for the Fusion3s. Irks... I've had a few strange things happen that were easily solved. Linear rods not aligned when 2/6 printers were delivered. This was solved by contacting support and them sending me a link to Ultimaker NA Support's articles (thanks @fbrc8-erin!). I used a set of calipers to align the rods with the frame. Firmware update bug. The 5.0.19 firmware update just happened and 3/6 of the printers hung on the update process. It had the screen that said "installing update" but stayed there for hours. I was told that this happens sometimes due to a bug and after about 10 minutes of being on that screen to turn off the printer and turn it back on then do the update again. I can confirm this worked and we're all good. Banding on the Z axis. This is probably due to the location of the printers and the materials being used, but I'm still going to mention it. We printed some really tall buildings with 0% infill and no top layers to save on material when I noticed how much the layer lines were showing. It's probably due to vibrations in the structure and I'm going to add some foam padding underneath the printers to solve this. Also, white PLA is really bad at showing these lines and that's what we mainly print in! Whew. That said, please let me know if you have questions about the MakerPlace or the Ultimaker S5 or something else in the post or anything that I missed. ?️
  2. I am printing a fairly basic part in Nylon, and the final dimensions are very inaccurate in X and Y directions. For outer dimensions, the part is 0.3mm too big in X Y, for inner dimensions (hole in the XY plane) it is 0.7mm(!). When compensating with negative "horizontal expansion", the inner hole cuts into the wall in layer view at -0.35, so I have to compensate this in the CAD file... this is not a viable long-term solution! Does anyone know if there is a way to fix this in Cura? Also, the default UM material profiles in Cura generally seem to be rather unrefined and crude, judging from my experience - see the recent thread on CPE issues. When paying this amount of money for a machine, I expect much more, honestly - especially when seeing what quality for example a Prusa i3 for nearly 1/10 the price is capable of. If Ultimaker is serious about gaining industrial customers in the long term (and who else, apart from wealthy hobbyists, will pay ~6500€ for a FDM printer?), they really have to offer a solution that works without endless tinkering. On the positive side, at least in Z direction the accuracy is good so far.
  3. My goal was to print a part in nylon with a TPU overmolding. It seems like there's no way to set this up in Cura. When I open a STL file that has two bodies, they are not recognized as such and there's no way to assign an extruder to a body independently of the other. If I open two STL files, their position in space relative to one another is not respected. I can move one body to try to get it near where I want (after I discovered the option to disable "Automatically drop models to the build plate") but it's not precise, especially with Cura's display and perspective view.
  4. FALSF

    Tipps: Glatte Oberfläche

    Guten Abend zusammen! Mich interessiert wie eure Umsetzungen einer möglichst glatten und damit ästhetischen Oberfläche mit Tough PLA aussieht? Bei mir ist auf dem UMS5 die Seite, die auf dem Heizbett liegt immer perfekt glatt (ist ja auch nachvollziehbar) aber insbesondere an den äußeren Seiten lassen sich quasi die einzelnen Schichten zählen. 1. Gibt es neben dem Ironing (was soweit ich weiß nur für die Topschicht funktioniert) noch weitere CURA-Funktionen, die zu einer glatten Oberfläche führen? 2. Welche "Nachbehandlungen" a la 1000er Nassschleifpapier 😉 könnt ihr empfehlen? Ich freue mich über jeden Tipp und eure Erfahrungen ☺️ Beste Grüße, FALSF
  5. Hi there, I would like to print the scale model of a building we're constructing. It's a theater building, the "tower" would fit in an Ultimaker S 5 if Scaled to 1/50. There is something specific to it, the Brics are not planar, but placed in a "Chevron" Bric Pattern. Now modeling is easy, but then I still need to apply the colors... I Applied paint to the face of a solid in a Revit family object. I did not code the material, as in reality the Brics have the same material, the color is enamel being applied to only one face. The brics would measure +/- 2 by 4 millimeter, i Guess this is no problem as a resolution. But the colors........, I guess its width has to be the smallest resolution to print a color. How much micron would this be? The coulored face is then 1 mm high. I am looking forward to any help. I can export to .stl from Revit, but I would like to test the complete procedure now, before I build up the parametric model of the complete building, -Can this be done? -Can you do this? -Can we test 3 of 4 layers of brics? -We will need three colours. -At the end you have to print 165.000 of them. I am looking forward to your feedback. Kind regards, Willem
  6. Bonjour, Nous avons récemment fait l’acquisition d’une ultimaker S5 et nous rencontrons un problème. En effet lors de l’impression d’une pièce en PLA avec deux trous, lorsque la buse se déplace d’un trou à l’autre, elle dépose de la matière sur les supports qui se trouvent entre les 2 trous et frotte sur cette matière à chaque passage. Avez-vous une solution pour supprimer ce phénomène ? Type de filament et paramètre température : Tough PLA black – 210°C
  7. cloakfiend

    3D Print on Fabric test

    My first experiment with this that i saw on youtube somewhere. My friend asked me to give it a go and this is just some cloned beveled triangles arranged with enough room for flex of the thickness of the mosaic. Annoying to remove but not too bad. Easy to print. Worked first time.
  8. Hi All, The best add-on I ever bought for my UM2+ was a PEI-coated aluminum buildplate with a thickness of 5mm [1]. This buildplate completely replaces the original glass buildplate. As I mainly work with PLA, this buildplate just solved almost all my issues with warping or lose parts. On top, it gives me a quite equally locking finish on all sides of the printed parts. Now, I got my hands on an UMS5. After the original aluminum buildplate was canceled, I was wondering if I could just get the same PEI-coated aluminum buildplate for the S5. There is no UMS5 option in the drop-down menu on the website but it is possible to provide custom dimensions. So basically, I would just need the exact dimensions of the buildplate and the locations of the screw holes. Question A: Does anyone have these dimensions at hand? Besides the missing dimensions, I am also not sure if this would work out that easily with the UMS5. There must be a reason why the original aluminum buildplate was canceled. Also, the automated bed leveling could be an issue. The buildplate would be bigger than the one for the UM2+, so there might be some significant deformation due to the thermal conditions. Question B: What problems could be raised from replacing the original glass build plate? Another option could be PEI sheets but I don't have any experience with these so far... [1] https://clever3d.de/epages/7a4290fc-7c7f-46cc-9b99-eadef22228e2.sf/de_DE/?ObjectPath=/Shops/7a4290fc-7c7f-46cc-9b99-eadef22228e2/Products/c3d-DDP-PEI-natur/SubProducts/c3d-DDP-PEI-natur-0015
  9. Hallo zusammen, beim Slicen in CURA wird in einem meiner Modelle ab einer bestimmten Schicht das Supportmaterial (PVA) "in die Luft gedruckt". Ich habe den Druck nicht gestartet, weil ich ganz stark vermute, dass der Druck so nicht funktionieren wird. Mit welchen Einstellungen ließe sich hier das Supportmaterial druckfähig slicen (sozusagen mit Supportmaterial unter dem Supportmaterial)? Beste Grüße und vielen Dank für jeden Tipp, FALSF ☺️
  10. Hallo zusammen! Ich bin hier neu im Forum und hoffe, dass ihr mir bei einem Problem helfen könnt, zudem ich bis jetzt leider keine Lösung gefunden habe. Setup UM S5, 0,4 AA Core (PLA) 0,4 BB Core (PVA) Slicer: CURA 3.5.1 Problem Wenn ich einen Dual-Extrusion Druck mit PLA und PVA (original von Ultimaker mitgeliefert) durchführe, wird während des Extrudierens des PLAs langsam PVA weiter "gefördert". Es ist keine wirkliche Overextrusion oder Stringing - das PVA wird unaufgeschmolzen gefördert und bricht, wenn die Nozzle verfährt, regelmäßig am eigentlichen 3D-Druck ab. Hat jemand eine Idee zur Lösung des Problems? Vielen Dank für die Hilfe! FALSF
  11. Release: Teaser: Rumors, thoughts and comments are welcome!
  12. Guten Morgen liebe Community! Ich habe ein paar weitere Fragen und hoffe, dass ihr mir diesmal vielleicht den ein oder anderen Tipp aus eurer eigenen Erfahrung geben könnt.☺️ Und zwar habe ich derzeit das Problem, dass beim dem Druck von PVA im Randbereich diese "Krüsel" entstehen. Ist das normal? Lässt sich das durch gezielte Einstellungen irgendwie vermeiden? Besten Dank und Grüße! FALSF ☺️
  13. Hi Everyone, I tried using ninjaflex cheetah and filaflex 80 filament with the US5 for the past week. I am having trouble with it. I set the heat from 210-230 degrees; the filament extrudes when it’s not printing and prints when it’s switching to the core BB. I need some help. I worked with U2E+ with the same TPU with the TPU95 settings, it works! I have no idea why I having this problem with the US5? Any help to solve this problem will be great!
  14. Hello everybody, since the last print my S5 freezes if I press "Print removed" (.wait_cleanup) How can I reset the printer or solve this problem?
  15. Hi, I just bought a Ultimaker S5 and using Cura 3.6.0. After a job has finished, it is blocking other jobs that could be printed elsewhere on the glass plate. According to the API request "/api/v1/print_job/state", it is in "wait_cleanup" state. Is there a way to clear that state to send another job remotely without having to confirm the job on the Touch Screen ? Thanks, O.
  16. Steffen_BFC

    wrong circular pockets

    Hi, i have the following problem: When printing circular pockets, I get the "wrong tool compensation". That is, inner diameter - line width/2 (Ø40 - 0,2 = Ø39,8) & outer diameter - line width/2. (Ø40 + 0,2 = Ø40,2mm) So the Printcore drives on the centerline I use Cura 3.6 and an Ultimaker S5 with the latest firmware. Can someone help me, please? Thanks a lot BR Steffen
  17. Hello To my undestanding the Ultimaker is open source so i hope it is ok i ask this. I am trying to figure out how the interface to the print cores is done. I need to figure this out since i need to test a crazy idea i have. This idea includes having to control the temperature of the hotend. I have bought a spare BB 0.4 mm print core i need to control from a arduino or raspberry pi. I found the schematics for the print head here: https://github.com/Ultimaker/Ultimaker3/tree/master/PCB files I am not sure but if i am correct the answer is hidden somewhere here: https://github.com/Ultimaker/Ultimaker3/blob/master/PCB files/2118-G Cartridge PCB/Project Outputs for Cartridge PCB/Schematic Prints.PDF and here: https://github.com/Ultimaker/Ultimaker3/blob/master/PCB files/2012-K Print head PCB/Schematic and layout pdf/Schematic Prints_printhead_2012-K_01.PDF From the latter it looks like it is a standard i2c interface. I am looking at the top right corner where it says hotend 2. From the first - which i assume is the diagram for the print core - i guess the TP1 to TP4 correstponds to the P1 to P4 below in the diagram. 1) is the connection to the temperature sensor i assume 2) is a connection to ground 3) is the positive connection to the heat sensor and the positive connection to the heater 4) is the ??? This doesn't make sence. Is there two heaters or ??? is it possible to have the sda and scl on the same wire (3)? Can you help me?
  18. In the last months I tried several storage solutions for my the print cores, but either they didn't fit or it was not practical. Most storage solutions have the problem, that they are open and dust can easily get into the core which is not good at all. Some days ago I had an idea, to put my print cores in an Ikea Skadis container mounted on my pegboard. Inside this container, I designed a print core holder which is based on @ultiarjan version and holds 3 cores per container. Here are some pictures: The cores are now stored in a safe place, protected from dust and can be easily accessed. Ikea Skadis container: https://www.ikea.com/at/de/p/skadis-behaelter-mit-deckel-weiss-80335909/ @ultiarjan print core holder: https://www.youmagine.com/designs/core-case-for-ultimaker3-core-s And finally, the redesigned version which fits into the Skadis container: Skadis Print Core.stl
  19. My issue is is related to this issue but not identical and nothing posted to that thread has solved my problem. I have a new Ultimaker S5. Whenever I print a largish print, the S5 will pause the print occasionally because the filament flow sensor detected the filament is out when it is not out. If I continue printing sometimes it continues for a long time sometimes for a short time. If I swap out filament with the same roll it goes a bit longer usually. If I swap it out for a new roll it usually completes. I have noticed this happens more often when the filament is half empty. I am only using Ultimaker PLA filament. I have mostly used blue filament. I have tried to clean the sensor and have upgraded the firmware. I will do that all again today. I will also try different colors. I could turn off the flow sensor but that is one of the primary reasons I purchased the printer and it is an expensive printer and should work. Is this a known issue or does anyone have any suggestions? Thanks!
  20. Gabriele

    XSTRAND GF30 PA6 Test Print

    Hi, I just received the new XSTRAND GF30 PA6 filament and the CC print core. I did a test print with official parameters, no modification at all and this is the result. It seems there are stringing problems especially with the support. Any idea on how to fix it? (P.S: I printed it using a Polybox with the filament at 22% humidity)
  21. My new S5 has developed a clicking sound (it didn't have it originally) during moves in the Y-axis. I has less then 100 hours of printing on it. It is fairly loud, looks to always occur in the same spot, and only in the Y but in either direction. It's hard to verify if it happens in more the one spot on the Y (is there a way to command moves for this printer?) Staring down belts and rods they all look to be moving smoothly and cleanly. There is no evidence of print quality loss that I can spot. But.... it can't be good. Ideas?
  22. Hi all 😃 I have not found anything in the forum, should there be a similar post, please tell the link... have big problems with the printed dimensions... Ultimaker 5s Pla Black Ultimaker normal standard settings: 0.15mm / 45mm/s (do not want to reduce the speed) Tested part: square 20x20mm and 10mm & circle 20mm and 10mm big corners: (square) should be 20mm, the middle part of the square is 20mm and if I measure the corners too, the dimensions are 20.2mm holes: (circle & square) should be 10mm, are 9.75mm (slicing tolerance & horizontal expansion doesn't work for this problem, because it changes also the external dimensions but they were ok except corners) regards, Liba
  23. ecco43


    Hallo allen zusammen, ich bin neu hier und fange an zu "laufen" mit dem UMS5 und habe gleich eine Frage. Bei mir ist im Cura Programm Standard mäßig printspeed mit 45 mm/s angegeben. Wo liegt ihr beim drucken mit der Geschwindigkeit? Bei Raise 3D drucke ich Minimum 60 mm. und was ist travel jerk?
  24. Capsaicin

    UM S5 WiFi Setup stuck

    Hi guys, I hope somebody can help with this really annoying problem. We're trying to hook up the UMS5 to our companys WiFi. When we follow the WiFi Setup instructions (connect to hotspot, insert country and name, enter network information of hidden network), the browser setup screen on the browser end up saying "setup complete, wait for UM to connect to WiFi network" but the UM never succeds to connect. The setup screen stays at the "connect to your Ultimakers hotspot and follow the instructions in your browser"- screen. Never moves forward from there. What we tried so far: - restart UM (with Ethernet enabled/disabled, with USB-Stick and without USB stick) - Setup from Laptop or Smartphone - different browsers on laptop The result was the same at every try. Firmware Version is: the latest one ( Ethernet connection works and network information are correct, connection to the network with other devices works. Glad for any help!
  25. I've been lucky enough to be involved with a quick turnaround request for printing some prototype Formula E parts for mounting cameras to the chassis. They needed them within 24h and I made it... Just. In fact I had to enlist the help of my CR-10S as well to get the job done. The S5 was printing TPLA and the CR-10 just regular PLA. These parts were actually strapped to a car and driven at 150mph! Everything was good and I think they are going with this design for the season so look out for it. I also made a video about it here if you are interested.

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