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 if you have found answers for your questions but here's a response ;-)
As far as I know, the documentation can be found on the Netfabb wiki,
. It's not up to date as we speak and no up to date 4.9 manual is available.
I used the Florian's introduction to Netfabb to get myself underway. It is available on the Ultimaker wiki,
http://wiki.ultimaker.com/NetFabb_Setup ... troduction
This information is also not up-to-date as we speak.
IMPORTANT things you should know:
Don't calibrate things yourself. Paul and Florian already did this resulting in the print profiles
Match material with build style. i.e. select PLA - Standard material setting with Standard, HOLLOW for example.
Never print rafts!
Start without printing support structures. It takes some experience
Get you platform level (pretty hard to do this correctly though! Spend some love with the platform and it will help getting nice first layers)
I feel pretty happy with the results with Netfabb and particularly with printing Netfabb gcode through RepG26 and Marlin Build 2 firmware. I'm testing newer firmware (Erik's build) and the Netfabb connection today. It turns out to work properly so far. Main problem I have is an unstable temperature causing my prints to stop. This is probably sensor related (loose wire somewhere so I'll need to replace it) AND NOT Ultimaker connection, firmware of software related. The no firmware or software able to compensate for a bad sensor ;-)
To make other people happy and improving their print results with Netfabb I thought of making a video on my settings and the things I've done to get some nice prints. I hope to do that tommorrow but it takes a lot of time...
If you just want to get the Ultimaker going and printing nice stuff, my advice would be (as of 20 april 2012)
Firmware: Marlin build 2 (available through Replicator G)
Software for sending gcode: Replicator G 26 (for either Windows and Mac)
Software for slicing: Netfabb Studio 4.9 ( for either Windows and Mac)
These things may change within a few days though. I would NOT recommend to go with the latest firmwares yet and the latest Replicator G version seems to be fine but you might encounter a few bugs.
Please notice it's just an advice! If you can get your machine to work with other firmwares and gcode senders please feel free to add it here!
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