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.
Did the people who told you "M600" know what kind of printer you have? Different printer firmwares may need different commands. I think maybe Ultimaker printers use "M25" to pause. Here is a pretty damn good reference to gcodes. Search for M25 which supposedly works on all Marlin variants (which is like 99% of printers in the world). M600 is another pause meant specificially for filament change evidently. I'm not sure that it's supported on Ultimakers but it certainly seems to be supported on Prusas.
For "layer number" go into "PREVIEW" mode in cura and on the right side is a scroll thing - slide that up and down and it shows every layer number. The plugin might be 0 based layers or 1 based layers and cura is 1 based. So it might pause 1 layer earlier than you expect. This plugin is supposed to pause at the *start* of the layer.
Or you can insert gcodes by hand. Save the gcode file in cura. Then open it in a text editor like notepad (warning, some of these gcode files are quite large and take a good 20 seconds to open). Take a look at the gcode file - you can translate it with the link above. Search for "LAYER" and it tells you the layer number. You can insert any gcode you want wherever you want. Each gcode needs to be on a line by itself. Try adding a pause on the very first layer to see if it works as a test so you don't have to wait many minutes to know it will work. Or you can search for "Z" which is very rare in gcode files and you sill see the height in millimeters and you can decide where you want the pause that way.
Or you can look at the "E" value which is how much filament is used so far in millimeters and insert a pause for example 2 meters into the print. Note that "E" goes back to zero occasionally as some printers don't like if E gets too big.
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