Apr 23, 2018 | By David

This year’s Hannover Messe trade show saw the unveiling of the latest product from one of the desktop 3D printing world’s biggest names, Ultimaker. The company is expanding its portfolio of professional desktop FDM machines with the Ultimaker S5, a new 3D printer that will be available to order from May 15. A larger build volume, and improved reliability compared to the Ultimaker 3 3D printer are just two of the important new features of this exciting machine, which should offer small-scale manufacturers and design workshops the future of 3D printing technology, optimized to fit into their existing workflows.

The Ultimaker S5 boasts a fully integrated hardware, software, and materials configuration, as well as optimal settings alignment. It has been developed by Ultimaker to meet the specific needs of professional users, optimized to produce functional prototypes as well as manufacturing tools and even end-use parts. The new build volume of 330 x 240 x 300 mm will give users a higher level of design freedom in terms of the size of parts they want to build, as well as the option to print multiple parts on the same plate.

The Ultimaker S5’s new bed levelling functionality is another feature that the company has put a lot of work into, to ensure print quality starting from the ideal first layer of a print, as well as perfect adhesion. The machine is capable of probing a huge number of points on the build plate, in order to create a detailed height map of the surface. Using this data, it then automatically compensates for any surface deviations, in real time. This leads to the printing of a perfect, ultra-flat first layer.

Cutting down on time and effort through automatic, real-time monitoring of a print job isn’t just limited to the first layer. The Ultimaker S5’s print head also has a built-in filament flow sensor, which can intelligently detect when material stops moving or is nearing an end. This automatic warning for when a spool runs out will prevent lost prints, saving a potentially huge amount of time and money. A smart spool holder is also capable of adjusting the printer’s settings according to which Ultimaker filament is being loaded into the machine.

Ultimaker’s new machine features swappable print cores, which allows tool-free maintenance and will maximize the time that the 3D printer can be online for. Like the Ultimaker 3 and most other desktop 3D printers, the Ultimaker S5 has a touchscreen display that gives real-time data about the print job, but this has been significantly overhauled this time around. It has a much more intuitive interface, similar to a smartphone, and even offers a 3D preview of the current print job.

Alongside the S5, Ultimaker is also releasing a new FDM material, Ultimaker Tough PLA. This filament offers improved stiffness and surface finish compared to regular PLA. The new Ultimaker App will also be available for iOS or Android. This allows remote monitoring of a print job, and gives notifications when it is ready or when the 3D printer needs special attention or maintenance.

The Ultimaker S5 3D printer is priced at €5,495 (excl. VAT).

(source: Ultimaker) 

Ultimaker S5 Specifications:

  • Build volume - XYZ: 330 mm (13 in) x 240 (9.4 in)  x 300 mm (11.8 in) (left or right nozzle, or dual extrusion)
  • Filament diameter: 2.85 mm (0.11in)
  • Layer resolution: (0.25 mm nozzle): 150 - 60 micron, (0.4 mm nozzle): 200 - 20 micron, (0.8 mm nozzle): 600 - 20 micron
  • XYZ accuracy: 6.9, 6.9, 2.5 micron
  • Build speed: <24 mm3 /s (0.0014 cubic in)
  • Nozzle diameter: 0.25 mm (0.01 in), 0.4 mm (0.015 in), 0.8 mm (0.03in)
  • Nozzle temperature: 180 - 280 °C
  • Nozzle heat up time:  <2 minutes
  • Build plate heat up time: <4 minutes, (from 20 to 60 °C)
  • Physical Dimensions: 495mm (19.4 in) x 457 (18 in) x 520 mm (20.5 in)

 

 

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