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.
It's so simple and so complicated. The block has properties and the model has properties. An "Infill Mesh" will interact with a model and change certain things, and as a "Cutting Mesh" the same block will interact with the real model in a different way.
Here is a little Cutting Mesh in the bigger model. The cutter is set to single wall, If you look closely you will see that the small block does indeed have a single wall but the portion of the real model that it has cut still has it's 3 walls - they go around the little block. A problem is that the little block will leave scars on the exterior of the model as it is "cutting" the model and so what it is really doing is leaving a pocket in the model. So that pocket has 4 walls - 3 of the regular model and one wall from the cutting mesh.
It's the scar on the exterior that I don't like.
I'm a firm believer that the slicer should be excellent at slicing the model I give it. If I want the model to be different, I give it a different model. Cura is an excellent slicer, but it will never replace a CAD program. My advice therefore is to alter your model so that area only has a single wall, or you will need to live with some of vagaries of trying to modify a model in a slicing app. It can be done...but it's complicated.
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