Originally founded in 2011, the Dutch 3D printer manufacturer Ultimaker has solidified itself as a pioneer in the open source 3D printing community. With a highly praised range of professional-grade 3D printers and one of the most popular 3D printing slicers in Cura, there’s no doubt that Ultimaker is one of the most influential players in the desktop 3D printing market.
In 2016, the company released the Ultimaker 3, a groundbreaking dual extrusion 3D printer that many still consider to be the best that money can buy. During the manufacturing technology trade show Hannover Messe 2018, Ultimaker unveiled the new Ultimaker S5 3D printer, a bigger and better version of the beloved Ultimaker 3.
The most compelling feature of the Ultimaker S5 is the 330 x 240 x 300 mm build volume, which is quite sizable compared to the 215 x 215 x 200 mm print area of the Ultimaker 3. The new 3D printer also includes dual extrusion capabilities, as well as an improved feeder system with a filament flow sensor that automatically pauses prints when filament runs out.
Not only does the Ultimaker S5 boast a generous build volume, it’s also been engineered to make the 3D printing process as reliable, efficient, and intuitive as possible. Using swappable print cores, the Ultimaker S5 is extremely versatile and effortless to use and maintain. Whether you’re seeking to print with speed or ultra-fine detail, the different nozzle sizes will allow you to achieve your prototyping and production goals.
The Ultimaker S5 will utilize two interchangeable build plates; a glass bed for general use and an ultra-flat anodized aluminum bed for advanced engineering materials, such as ABS and PC. Each build plate easily clips into place on top of an extra-stiff cast aluminum heated platform. According to Ultimaker, this new ultra-flat anodized aluminum bed will be released in Fall 2018. Ultimaker has also integrated a full-color touchscreen display onto the front of the printer, allowing even the most novice user to seamlessly swipe through and adjust various settings.
“The time needed to configure this new 3D printer is lower than ever, which allows users to fully focus on the creation of functional prototypes, larger objects and other designs and models that require full geometrical design freedom capabilities. Combined with our continuously updated software and our global sales and service network, we have made local digital manufacturing a reality,” says Jos Burger, CEO of Ultimaker.
With a Bowden extrusion system, the print head of the Ultimaker S5 is ultra-light, making the printing process exceptionally fast. The extruder is designed with a tight filament path that makes it easier to print with flexible materials like TPU. An extra-hard coating is added to prevent long-term wear on the tool steel feeder gear. Ultimaker has also redesigned the silicone nozzle cover for more consistent airflow and efficient material throughput.
The new built-in filament flow sensor is able to detect when material stops moving or the spool is running low, prompting the Ultimaker S5 to automatically pause and alert the user.
In addition to the announcement of the Ultimaker S5 3D printer, the company has also pulled back the curtain to reveal its new Ultimaker Tough PLA and Ultimaker App.
Ultimaker Tough PLA is a technical material that is optimized for larger-scale prints, particularly functional prototypes, as well as tooling and manufacturing aids. Compared to Ultimaker ABS, the advanced PLA offers similar impact strength and even higher stiffness. This new material prevents warping and delamination, and is also less brittle than standard PLA.
The 3D printer manufacturer has also announced the new Ultimaker App, allowing users to remotely monitor and stay update on their printing progress. This mobile phone and tablet app will notify Ultimaker users when their print job is ready or when the 3D printer requires special attention of maintenance.
The Ultimaker App allows users stay updated on the print’s progress from a phone or tablet where ever they are. The freely available Ultimaker App notifies users when a print job is ready or when a printer needs special attention or maintenance. The Ultimaker App will be available on May 15th for Android and iOS, and is compatible with both the Ultimaker S5 and Ultimaker 3.
“The development of the Ultimaker S5, in combination with the new material solutions and the Ultimaker App, sets a new standard for smart and accessible professional 3D printing,” says Burger. “Our commitment to building a complete 3D printing solution, from hardware to software and materials, offers our growing professional user base an increasingly integrated, automated and reliable print process with a very high succession rate.”
Both the Ultimaker S5 3D printer and Ultimaker Tough PLA will be released on May 15, 2018, available through the company’s network of global partners. In fact, purchasers of the Ultimaker S5 will get a 750g spool of the new Tough PLA with the 3D printer. The Ultimaker App will also be unfurled on May 15 on both Android and iOS platforms. You can learn more about the new products on Ultimaker’s website.
There are a ton of new features integrated into the Ultimaker S5 3D printer, and there also appears to be a plethora of accessories to enhance the professional 3D printing process. If you purchase the Ultimaker S5, here’s what will come alongside the 3D printer:
The Ultimaker S5 3D printer is currently available for pre-order through a handful of resellers, such as Matterhackers. According to Ultimaker, the new machine is currently available through the company’s global partner network.
Priced at $5,995, the Ultimaker S5 is an expensive, yet extremely versatile and high-performance 3D printer designed for professionals and small-to-medium businesses.
You can order the Ultimaker S5 from Matterhackers below:
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