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.
The two cores won't mechanically ever be at the same height. And if you were to do this the heads would have to be within about 0.05mm at the same height. Not 0.5mm, not 0.1mm but 0.05mm would be about the maximum you could print with different heights.
The piece of metal in the base of the print head is different for the left and right core. There is just no way to adjust one core vertically (to that kind of precision) without affecting the other core. There just isn't a way the hardware can do this even with some simple modifications.
And then you would have a software problem as for the S5 you have the T0 command (tool zero) and T1 command (switch to tool 1). When you issue those it swaps "tools" (cores). There is no way to tell both extruders to move at the same time without modifying the firmware. After a T0 command, moving the extruder only moves the left extruder. After a T1 command, using gcodes to move the extruder only moves the right extruder.
Instead, to speed things up, consider getting some smaller, cheaper printers to supplement your S5. Smaller printers tend to print with more precision. I have 3 um2go printers that cost much less than half the cost of a single S5 (although I modified them to have the olsson block and the heated bed).
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