In this stable release, Cura 5.3 achieves yet another huge leap forward in 3D printing thanks to material interlocking! As well as introducing an expanded recommended print settings menu and lots of print quality improvements. Not to mention, a whole bunch of new printer profiles for non-UltiMaker printers!
The UltiMaker S7 is built on the success of the UltiMaker S5 and its design decisions were heavily based on feedback from customers.
So what’s new?
The obvious change is the S7’s height. It now includes an integrated Air Manager. This filters the exhaust air of every print and also improves build temperature stability. To further enclose the build chamber the S7 only has one magnetically latched door.
The build stack has also been completely redesigned. A PEI-coated flexible steel build plate makes a big difference to productivity. Not only do you not need tools to pop a printed part off. But we also don’t recommend using or adhesion structures for UltiMaker materials (except PC, because...it’s PC). Along with that, 4 pins and 25 magnets make it easy to replace the flex plate perfectly – even with one hand.
The re-engineered print head has an inductive sensor which reduces noise when probing the build plate. This effectively makes it much harder to not achieve a perfect first layer, improving overall print success. We also reversed the front fan direction (fewer plastic hairs, less maintenance), made the print core door magnets stronger, and add a sensor that helps avoid flooding.
The UltiMaker S7 also includes quality of life improvements:
Reliable bed tilt compensation (no more thumbscrews) 2.4 and 5 GHz Wi-Fi A 1080p camera (mounted higher for a better view) Compatibility with 280+ Marketplace materials Compatibility with S5 project files (no reslicing needed) And a whole lot more
Curious to see the S7 in action?
We’re hosting a free tech demo on February 7.
It will be live and you can ask any questions to our CTO, Miguel Calvo.
Register here for the Webinar
Are you a fan of tree support, but dislike the removal process and the amount of filament it uses? Then we would like to invite you to try this special release of UltiMaker Cura. Brought to you by our special community contributor @thomasrahm
We generated a special version of Cura 5.2 called 5.3.0 Alpha + Xmas. The only changes we introduced compared to UltiMaker Cura 5.2.1 are those which are needed for the new supports. So keep in mind, this is not a sneak peek for Cura 5.3 (there are some really cool new features coming up) but a spotlight release highlighting this new version of tree supports.
I have a 2 Go and at the time went with a Titan extruder, Olsson Block, and a Print in Z build plate.
I strongly recommend going with SOME kind of upgraded extruder. The stock one is just not reliable in my experience, the Medusa one on the GR5 store looks great and is nice and low cost. 2 to 1 ratio is nice. The Titan gives you 3 to 1, but its not like you would REALLY need that. I have no Bondtech experience to speak of but I do know they offer lots of filament control and as someone earlier mentioned zero issues with their prints.
I will say that the Titan has had no problems once I got it set up properly for the filament. I assume the same of the Medusa since it's essentially a + Extruder clone.
Whatever extruder you do end up with you will need to go to the Tinkergnome firmware which is really easy to work with. You need to change the steps on the extruder so it will work properly.
As for Olsson block and V3 blocks. I run the Olsson and really like it. The V3 has multiple improvements to it, but I personally can't see them being a great bang for your buck.
Someone mentioned a 35W heater. I know that GR5 sells them and I really like heated beds on printers, but I will say from my experiences for the last two years printing on a Print in Z build plate almost daily it's been super reliable, parts stick very well (PLA) but I have never run anything but PLA on that machine. If with these upgrades you want to run other materials, you may consider a heated bed.
For what it's worth, I plan on picking up another 2 Go and doing the same modifications to it. Not only because then I have the same things to upkeep, but I know they work well. Also I have not yet done the TFM upgrade but that is next on my list of things to do.
Links to the other mentioned things were provided but here is the Print in Z plate if you are interested in taking a look at that too.
http://www.printinz.com/printinz-3d-printer-plates/Edited by Guest
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