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.
Yeah MCOR have been around for quite a long time, and seem to spend quite a bit of time, effort and money on marketing. When you get hands on with their prints though there kind of 'meh' in terms of surface quality. The colour is nice as far as it goes, but the sort of fluffy edges you get when the cutter head is going blunt or you've used cheaper or thicker paper make it blurry on faces not flat to the build.
The price point is quite high compared to a consumer level machine, around $40,000 ish last time I found a public figure, and consumable use is also high (glue, ink, cutter head - with the cutter being quite pricey and needing changing frequently).
If it where a consumer level machine (< $2000) then it'd be a very interesting solution - but as it is the cheaper Ob-jets are a better bet more most applications and are roughly comparable in price. If someone where to develop at that price point then I'd guess there would be alot of interest.
Probably the best thing about it in terms of running compared to FDM is the lack of fumes, low heat and its not to noisy (similar to a laser printer). The parts feel a bit like MDF that's been cnc routered, and they are pretty tough!
If you want to see one in the UK they show up at pretty much every trade event, TCT being the prime example.
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