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 don't know your level of understanding regarding 3D printing so this is basic.
Cura installs on your computer. The current version is 4.13.1 and you can download it from HERE. After downloading - run the installation file.
After Cura installs it will start up and you will be asked to add your printer. There is no definition file for a "Winice M09" printer. After seeing a picture of it, I suggest you install the "Creality Ender 3 Pro". You will find it in Non-Networked printers and then Creality 3D. On the right side of the dialog is a textbox where you can change the name.
Next is a dialog where the machine size, gcode flavor, and some other things are defined. I suggest you set the X(width), and Y(depth) to 235 for both and the Z(height) to 260. Leave the "G-Code Flavor" as Marlin.
The "StartUp G-Code" contains the initial setup for the printer for any print. The "End G-Code" shuts the machine down after a print.
You load a model into Cura (often an STL file and I've attached a calibration cube below) and adjust the settings and then Cura will create a Gcode file. You save the gcode file to a memory card that will fit into the printer, and then tell the printer to print the file. The "firmware" in the printer reads the gcode instructions and moves the printer axes. The result is supposed to be a 3D print.
Some of those printers have a hard limit on the size of the memory card that they can read. I would suggest getting one that is 32gb or smaller to use with the printer. There may be a limit on the length of a file name as well. I suggest you limit the file name prefix to 16 characters.
Attached is a very simple Gcode file. Download it and then open it with a text editor and take a look. It is just some movement instructions with a slight heat up for the hot end and bed. The temperatures should show up on the LCD. If it doesn't work then there are issues that will need to be addressed. The layer cooling fan should turn on at 100%. If your printer does not have a heated bed then the gcode might hang (because it asks for the bed to heat up). There are no extrusions in the file. If the 3 axes motors work then the extruder should work.
There is a fella that goes by "CHEP" who has a set of YouTube videos he calls "Filament Fridays". I would suggest you peruse them. He is kind of Creality specific but much of the information can be applied to any printer.
Test_M09.gcode X-Y Ref Block.stlEdited by GregValiant
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