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.
That rib was the Z seam location for the lower part of that model. When it ran out of ribs to hide the Z seam at (higher on the print) it looks like the seam was much better. The pin was after a travel move.
Round objects can cause long combing moves and oozing with PETG is an issue. Settings like Coasting can make it worse. If you are NOT using Z-Hops then you might try the Post Processor "Retract Continue". Instead of retracting and then traveling the retraction takes place during the travel. I think the thought is that the pressure in the nozzle would be maintained longer instead of suffering from oozing. Playing with the Combing settings may get you different results as well. My thought here is that the nozzle is running dry at the beginning of an extrusion because material was lost during the travel and it's taking 3 or 4mm to get the pressure back up in the nozzle.
There is also a setting in Travel for "Retraction Extra Prime Amount". At .4 line width and .2 layer height 1mm of filament = 30.06mm of extrusion. Setting the Retraction Extra Prime to 0.1 would be about 3mm of extrusion. The downside is that it will do it everywhere and a print rarely needs it everywhere.Edited by GregValiant
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