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 think you would best contact the manufacturers directly, such as for T-glase (is that Eastman Kodak?).
Most of us have tried printing transparent parts, but with very limited success. Due to the inevitable entrapped air, both in-between the extruded sausages as in the center of the sausages, it is very difficult to get a better clarity than "frosted glass" or shattered glass. This is good enough to show a watermark, and let some light shine through. Suitable for model trains, and lenses for rear lights of bikes. But far from usefull for long real light guides and optical datacables. Another problem are surface defects due to layer lines, which act like lenses and which deform the light path. All these defects combined will probably play a much greater role in the disturbance of the ligth than the pure material characteristics. For good transparency, you will have to mould and cast, I think.
See these blocks (20mm x 10mm x 10mm), with a hollow watermark halfway inside, printed at different speeds (50mm/s and 10mm/s, top and bottom) and different layer heights (0.40; 0.30; 0.20; 0.10 and 0.06mm left to right). This material is waterclear PET (brand: ICE, from Trideus in Belgium), but yellowed due to printing too slow at the bottom, thus subjected to heat for too long.
In the second pic, one of the blocks is polished, to remove the outer defects.
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