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 usual problem is that the Z switch is adjusted to where the top of the old build surface was. You can move the Z switch up 3mm or you can build a shim 3mm thick so the gantry trips the switch at near the height of the new glass bed.
Here is my shim. It slips over that wheel bolt. When I want to go back to the magnetic bed I just take the shim off.
For the Auto-Home command "G28" there isn't really isn't any other option. The command sends the XYZ to their respective end stop switches. If your Z switch is too low, and the nozzle is over the bed after homing the X and Y then the Z will definitely crash the nozzle into the bed.
If you Auto-Home and the nozzle doesn't crash the bed then yes, there are gcode commands you can use. A G92 Z-3.0 right after G28 would tell the printer that the current Z location is -3.0. If the next line is G1 Z0 then the Z will move up to the level of the glass bed.
You could also adjust your Home Offsets to tell the printer where "0" is.
What you would be doing is creating a situation where the nozzle could crash hard into the glass bed. My suggestion is to move the switch up or if you can't do that for some reason then make something that will cause the switch to be tripped during Auto-Home. Then you can manually adjust the bed height to the new Auto-Home Z=0 location.
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