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Tech Breakdown: Ultimaker S5 3D Printer Evaluation

Tech Breakdown: Ultimaker S5 3D Printer Evaluation


The Execs at MatterHackers break down and assessment all the brand new and improved tech within the first 3d printer from Ultimaker of their new ‘S’ line of merchandise.

Up to date on October 18, 2022


Chris Morgan

The Ultimaker S5 3D printer is the biggest, dual-extruder mannequin obtainable from Ultimaker. Launched in June 2018, the S5 is the primary within the new ‘S’ line of Ultimaker 3D printers, and it boasts a ton of recent and improved options to assist any enterprise obtain wonderful, skilled prints time after time.


  • New 4.7” Touchscreen
  • Twin Extrusion
  • Absolutely Computerized Mattress Leveling
  • Filament Spool Identification
  • Filament RunOut Sensor
  • Construct Plate Digicam
  • Swappable Print Cores
  • WiFi Enabled
  • Giant Construct Quantity (330x240x300mm)
  • Outer Dimensions (457x520x495mm)
  • Weight 20.6 kg
  • Swappable Construct Plate Surfaces (coming Fall 2018)


Some of the seen enhancements that comes with the brand new S5 is the 4.7” touchscreen interface. It really works precisely like a telephone touchscreen – one thing that everybody could be very aware of – and is a particular enchancment over the spin-wheels and LCD screens from earlier fashions.

The graphics are extraordinarily crisp and clear. The choices on all menus are simple to learn, and the tutorials are extremely simple to observe, as they arrive with photos for the person to reference on each step. Altering filament, altering print cores, leveling the mattress – every thing you have to do with this 3D printer is printed in very simple to observe tutorials. Anybody may simply step up and shortly have a brand new print up and working on the S5; the interface takes the educational curve down fairly a number of notches.

The Brand New 4.7

The Model New 4.7″ Touchscreen on the S5


Just like the Ultimaker 3 earlier than it, the Ultimaker S5 makes use of a Print Core system; as a substitute of eradicating nozzles, you swap out all the hotend, nozzle, heater block, warmth sink, and electronics and swap in one other unit. There are a number of several types of Print Cores with completely different inside geometries of fabric capabilities, just like the AA core for construct supplies, the BB core solely for PVA, and the CC core for composite and abrasive filaments. And slightly than having the 2 print cores mounted stage with one another, the Ultimaker S5 makes use of a lever to elevate and decrease the second print core to stop oozing and smearing of supplies in a twin extruded print job. They’re additionally able to printing nearly any materials, because the print heads can warmth to 280°C, which supplies the person choices for twin materials prints utilizing nylon, PLA, ABS, TPU, PVA and extra.

Altering filament can also be simpler, because of the discharge lever on the extruder; you not have to carry a button down with one hand to vary the filament with the opposite. Now you might have two free arms to vary filament. The Filament RunOut Sensor additionally ensures that for those who run out of filament throughout a print you’ll be able to come again and resume the print proper the place it left off after putting in further filament – no extra misplaced prints!

The twin geared feeder can also be optimized for composite supplies, which is ideal for engineering purposes. The XYZ decision has additionally been barely improved to six.9, 6.9, and a couple of.5 microns resulting from upgrades on the gantry with thicker rods, and a slight gear discount to make it rather more inflexible and exact.

Absolutely Computerized and Adaptive Mattress Leveling

The capacitive, lively mattress leveling course of is similar and nonetheless ensures an ideal first layer each time. With the bigger mattress, there are further factors of contact that the S5 measures to make sure higher accuracy for the construct plate general, making certain even bigger prints shall be exact and correct.

Construct Quantity

The bigger construct quantity of the S5 permits for extra choices in each single and twin extrusion prints. After you have accomplished the prototyping and testing of single components, there’s rather more room to iterate that greatest mannequin in a number of components. The entrance ‘barn-doors’ on the S5 additionally assist management the airflow contained in the chamber, permitting simple, steady printing of ABS and different temperature delicate supplies.

Sensible Spool Detection

If you’re utilizing Ultimaker filament, the S5 will mechanically detect the filament and modify temperature settings accordingly. If not, the S5 is open to accepting any filament kind from any producer within the 2.85mm diameter. In line with the Ultimaker web site, the S5 is optimized for the next supplies:

Construct Digicam and WiFi

The built-in digital camera may also help you monitor your prints remotely if you have to begin a print job and go elsewhere. With the Ultimaker app, you can begin and cease prints, get filament runout notifications, and join further printers for workflow optimization. All of this knowledge is communicated wirelessly by way of WiFi by means of your community. You may as well transmit and obtain knowledge from the printer on to your laptop – no hardline USB connection is required when you’ve got a wi-fi community.

The Built-In Camera

The Constructed-In Digicam

Swappable Print Cores

The S5 comes with two 0.4mm AA cores, and one 0.4mm BB core. The S5 mechanically detects which print cores are presently put in, and the touchscreen interface walks you thru the steps of switching them out or putting in a second core when the necessity arises. It takes just some minutes, and swapping cores doesn’t contain any instruments – it’s all carried out by hand, shortly and simply. Further nozzles and print cores can be found in sizes from 0.25mm to 0.8mm.

Layer decision is superb even with a regular 0.4mm nozzle. Ultimaker studies a decision of 20 microns with a 0.4mm nozzle, and our assessments got here extraordinarily near matching that mark.

Swappable Construct Plate Surfaces

On the time of launch, the S5 was shipped with the ever present heated glass construct plate. However beginning within the fall of 2018, Ultimaker shall be transport an extra heated aluminum construct plate to present S5 homeowners, and it is going to be included with all new S5 shipments afterward. They’re additionally engaged on providing further surfaces sooner or later, for extra print mattress choices.

As the primary within the line of Ultimaker’s new ‘S’ collection of 3D printers, the S5 stands out as a fantastic new addition to an already well-known and dependable producer. From the extraordinarily easy-to-use touchscreen to easy swappable print cores, simple filament choice, loading and altering, to the enormous construct quantity and talent to community and monitor remotely, the S5 is an superior machine for any workflow.

Please Be aware: The Aluminum Construct Plate is presently in growth and presently, Ultimaker doesn’t have an anticipated ship date. MatterHackers will replace all product data because it turns into obtainable. We admire your persistence!



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