September 24, 2019
Akin to the wildly successful launch of the Studio line of Ultimaker printers, the S3 is the little brother to the excellent large-format Ultimaker S5 3D printer. The Ultimaker S3 comes in the more compact footprint of the current Ultimaker 3, packed with all of the advanced features currently found in the S5.
If you're new to Ultimaker 3D printers, they are known to be the most reliable dual extrusion printers on the market. While there are dozens of decent single extrusion printers out there that vary wildly in price and quality, there are fewer choices when it comes to reliable dual extrusion system taking advantage of soluble supports. We have found it to be one of the best choices for engineers, designers, film production and higher education with the requirement of continuous printer up-time. Sitting at a fraction of the price for industrial machines with similar (or even more limited) capabilities. Ultimaker is truly the class standard for dual extrusion, reliability and ease.
What's new with the S3 compared to the Ultimaker 3? The S3 is packed with many key features and upgrades passed down from the S5. From a usability standpoint, you'll notice the following improvements:
These are just some of the many ways the S3 is improved over the already venerable UM3.
Here are the main considerations:
The S5 Pro Bundle is the answer to the industry's demand for 24/7 continuous printing while maintaining the ease of use using automation to suit the rigorous demands of the professional and enterprise customer. The S5 pro bundle includes two essential components building upon the success of the S5. The Air Manager, optimizing the airflow, and filtering UFPs and the Material handling station for automatic loading of materials and humidity control.
The Air Manager addresses two main issues printing in difficult materials
Highly recommend for labs and small environments that may not have adequate ventilation and adding an extra layer of safety requirements, the Air Manager is an easy, elegant solution to solving those issues stylishly and effectively.
Installation is drop-in, and locks into place on existing S5's. Purchase the Pro bundle together to save.
Material Handling Station
The S5 material handling station automates manual low-value actions in the 3D printing processes such as loading materials, changing reels when finished, and drying the materials with prolonged moisture exposure. This automated station frees up your engineers' time for more high-value tasks. In addition, it ensures a predictable and controllable environment for the materials so the output is more consistent and not dependent on environmental factors (such as relative humidity) for hygroscopic materials.
What does this mean for you?
From serious S5 users printing large scale models and engineers or design shops that try to run the printer 24/7. This station takes manual checks, humidity worries and filament run out out of the equation so you can spend more time filling up the print queue with designs an print jobs.
We recommend the Pro bundle and Material Station for users that:
We don't believe the Material Station is necessary if:
The Material Station comes with a 1-year manufacturers warranty and is available individually or as a savings bundle with the Air Manager.
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