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.
Support Blockers can be configured to do different things in different ways. One would be to affect the infill where the support blocker overlaps the model. When configured to do different stuff they are referred to as Mesh Modifiers.
With any model on the build plate click on the Support blocker button on the left (a tooltip pops up when you hover over a button). Place it anywhere in the model and then select the top "move" tool. You can drag the cube around. Select the Scale tool you can make the cube bigger or smaller or directly type in the size you want. When you de-select the Uniform Scaling box you can make it different sizes per axis. Select the Per Model settings button and then "modify settings for overlaps". Then you can select the changes you want to make by selecting different things like Infill Density, number of walls, whatever.
The piece that is square to the world is a calibration cube I stretched out. The piece at an angle is a Support Blocker configured to be a Mesh Modifier and as an Infill Mesh. The calibration cube has Grid infill at 10%. The Mesh Modifier has gyroid infill at 20%.
Here I changed the Mesh Modifier to Cutting Mesh. You can see it has a different effect.
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