When a 3rd party material that does not contain an NFC chip is loaded into the Material Station, an exclamation mark will be displayed in the corresponding bay within the configuration menu.
Tap the ‘!’ to view a list with available generic materials. Select your material type to start printing.
The user can then manually select the type of material that has been loaded from the materials list. The configuration menu will then display a generic material type, e.g. generic PLA, loaded.
Note: Generic material print jobs sent to an Ultimaker S5 can only be printed if the user manually selects a generic material type within the configuration menu of the Ultimaker S5.
The Material Station requires two extra parameters to successfully print a material. These are the prime and deprime parameters, which affect the loading and unloading of the material from the Material Station to the Ultimaker S5 printhead. Because it is necessary to have the prime and deprime values within the material profile, it is not possible to begin a print by overriding the Ultimaker S5 configuration.
Tip: When printing non-NFC tagged materials, use the generic material workflow described above. The Material Station operates under first in first out. When multiple generic materials of the same type are loaded, the Material Station will use the generic material that was loaded in first. A specific generic material (e.g. a certain color) can be assigned by unloading all generic materials and reloading them into the Material Station in the order they need to be utilized.
Converting to generic profile
To print generic material print jobs with Ultimaker materials, the user can still convert the NFC detected material to generic using the interface.
- Click the loaded NFC material to open the material configuration menu
- Click ‘Select type’ to open the list of available generic material profiles
- Select the generic material of the same filament type
- The Material Station will now treat it as a generic material