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Use custom Materials on Material-Station with Ultimaker S5

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Posted · Use custom Materials on Material-Station with Ultimaker S5

Hi all! while the material station is great, the S5 firmware 5.4.27.20191212 is seriously flawed to not allow selection of the color for a 3rd party material that doesnt have the NFC based color info. Not even the official partner material that is available on Ultimaker marketplace like FormFutura ApolloX can be used out-of-the box with material-station due to this lack of color selection problem.

 

The Problem: firmware does not show color variants of materials, despite providing a unique GUID

   <name>
      <brand>FormFutura</brand>
      <material>ApolloX</material>
      <color>black</color>
      <label>ApolloX BLACK</label>
    </name>
    <GUID>c99377f5-fbb4-4c3b-8f91-7a1d2c32e44f</GUID>

 

   <name>
      <brand>FormFutura</brand>
      <material>ApolloX</material>
      <color>red</color>
      <label>ApolloX RED</label>
    </name>
    <GUID>1403a419-2a22-4d6c-ad80-3ea3252d2496</GUID>

 

so the above leads in the S5 printer display to only showing one line of "ApolloX black" and the red AppolloX cannot be selected. But selection is mandatory to allow assigning same materials with different colors to different bays of the material station.

 

The Workaround: postfix material with color information

 

   <name>
      <brand>FormFutura</brand>
      <material>ApolloX BLACK</material>
      <color>black</color>
      <label>ApolloX BLACK</label>
    </name>
    <GUID>c99377f5-fbb4-4c3b-8f91-7a1d2c32e44f</GUID>

 

    <name>
      <brand>FormFutura</brand>
      <material>ApolloX RED</material>
      <color>red</color>
      <label>ApolloX RED</label>
    </name>
    <GUID>1403a419-2a22-4d6c-ad80-3ea3252d2496</GUID>

 

while this this workaround at least allows to use the material-station with by hand edited materials (curas 4.4.1 duplicate function leaves a mess, truncates data, ...) it provides suboptimal material management. But this reveals another annoying item, that the color is not shown duplicated!! 

 

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The Request: display color variants for same material types with unique guids

so if for multiple materials <material> is the same, but <color> and <guid> are unique, then display the color variants in the S5 display so it can be assigned to the material stations bay.

 

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Thanks,

FG

 

p.s. i have my material profiles up here https://github.com/flyinggorilla/ultimaker-s5 

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