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Posted (edited) · S5 Mods/Upgrades/Improvements

Hey S5 Community,

 

I would like to know what type of mods you have installed on your S5 printers. It would be interesting to see what type of mods are possible, available and also functional tested.

 

Greetings

Markus

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Except a few hooks on the sides to store some tools and a small box to keep the filament clips, I have nothing changed.

 

 

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Interesting topic.

 

My impression about the Ultimaker S5 (and Ultimaker printers in general) is that they are not meant to be modded in the way that cheaper printers like Prusa, Creality, Anycubic, etc., are. I see this as more of a negative thing than positive. I'm an electronics engineer, and would love to be able to improve on my (not yet in my hands) S5. But the price/warranty and overall enclosed design of the printer discourages users to mod it. Maybe some external attachments for filament handling, helpful tools, things like that, but I'm not sure how easy it would be to mod the electronics and mechanics.

 

Would love to hear about useful mods from S5 users out there.

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I did a ton of things to my Ultimaker Original but on my personal Ultimaker 2+ and my work Ultimaker S5's...I have left them alone.  Asides some SD card holders and a guide pulley for the filament path of my 2+, they are stock.

 

I'm printing some Core holders for the S5's I setup last week and perhaps have the students find some novel USB holders to print.

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On our S5 I add a "hook" to secure the print core facing cover to avoid it to open during printing (since the magnet are weak)

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11 minutes ago, Framar said:

On our S5 I add a "hook" to secure the print core facing cover to avoid it to open during printing (since the magnet are weak)

Opinions are mixed on this. I had also printed and mounted this part, but it only helps if the door opens first and is filled with filament afterwards. But there is also the theory that your part comes off the plate and then moves with the print head. The material then presses through the silicone from below into the print head and if there is still the clamp on it, the damage could be even greater.

 

I think both are possible causes, but it's hard to say which one will happen.

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I use filament spool holders hanging on both sides of the S5 as I find the spools at the back inconvenient (and don't care for the loss of filament recognition). For some materials, mainly PVA, I use a separate drybox to print from. 

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Posted (edited) · S5 Mods/Upgrades/Improvements

@ultiarjan:

 

Sorry for the off-topic question but...

 

Can you share some info about yout drybox? I'm also interested in printing with PVA (it was the reason I chose a dual-extruder printer), but the problem is that it quickly degrades when left in open air, even for a short period of time. I used the spool that came with my S5 to print a small test print (which printed beautifully), and then left it in a zip-sealed bag with silica gels inside it. I tried to use it again about a month later, and it had become so brittle it broke in may places inside the Bowden tube. Not sure if it can be saved...

 

I'd appreciate it if you could share any information about your drybox, and how it performs when used with PVA. Thanks.

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For such cases I can highly recommend a Polybox.

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3 hours ago, Smithy said:

For such cases I can highly recommend a Polybox.

Yep defo go with a Polybox, it’s what I use on mine.

 

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Posted · S5 Mods/Upgrades/Improvements
On 2/10/2020 at 10:29 AM, DrCeeVee said:

Interesting topic.

 

My impression about the Ultimaker S5 (and Ultimaker printers in general) is that they are not meant to be modded in the way that cheaper printers like Prusa, Creality, Anycubic, etc., are. I see this as more of a negative thing than positive. I'm an electronics engineer, and would love to be able to improve on my (not yet in my hands) S5. But the price/warranty and overall enclosed design of the printer discourages users to mod it. Maybe some external attachments for filament handling, helpful tools, things like that, but I'm not sure how easy it would be to mod the electronics and mechanics.

 

Would love to hear about useful mods from S5 users out there.

Be interested to know what you would like to change if you don't even have one? I haven't changed anything on my S5 and see no reason to as it does what I want. Unlike the Chinese POS I also have which I may change by throwing it in the garbage.

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22 hours ago, DrCeeVee said:

 

I'd appreciate it if you could share any information about your drybox, and how it performs when used with PVA. Thanks.

 

 

I just use a diy plastic box with diy spoolholder, filled with a large bag of silica gel, but considering the low price of the polybox just get that one... (probably get one myself someday..)  For me PVA keeps performing very good for many months.  Between jobs I store the fillament in printdry containers. I assume results will vary a lot depending on when you live in the world...

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Posted (edited) · S5 Mods/Upgrades/Improvements

I have done a few things on my S5 so far.

 

The first thing I did was to replace the UM glass plate with a spring steel print plate by Filafarm (for PLA, PETG, ASA, TPU...). The set came as 4 seperate parts: the spring steel, the print surface sheet, the magnetic sheet and a thinner glas plate. The magnetic sheet with an adhesive side is mounted on the thin glass plate and clamped in the S5 bed sheet metal tabs.  The thin glass plate broke in half a few weeks ago but Filafarm quickly send me a free replacement. They told me this has never happened before.

Nonetheless the trust in the glass plate was lost. That is why I have replaced the thin glass plate with a nice carbon plate and it looks like this at the moment:

 

 

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I have also replaced the bowden tubes after one year of usage with capricorn tubings. 

 

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I have also added a cheap thermometer to check the build volume temperature when I cover the printer for materials that are prone to warping.

 

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Last week I also changed the nozzle of my oldest print core to a microswiss nozzle. The procedure is a little bit tricky but replacing the nozzle is still way cheaper than buying a new core. 

 

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One of my sliding blocks is still broken/ worn down but I am still waiting for the machined replacements from China. For now I have simply swapped the sliding block from the y axis to the x axis. On the y axis it is not that critical if the rod is not clamped anymore. (for more infos visit the topic below)

Greetings
Markus

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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