Quinly for Ultimaker S5

Last Updated Dec 7, 2021

Thank you for being a Quinly for Ultimaker S5 beta tester. Quinly for Ultimaker S5 is an automated print management system that works day and night, evenings and weekends, so you don’t have to. Quinly can run a well-calibrated, properly maintained 3D printer continuously until it runs out of filament.

Quinly automation is enabled by the VAAPR™ print bed which is the first surface for 3D printers offering variable adhesion - high first-layer adhesion when hot, and no first-layer adhesion when it’s cold. 

DO NOT USE adhesives, solvents, scrapers. DO NOT remove parts from a hot bed. These actions will damage the VAAPR print bed and Quinly will not work properly.

Follow this manual carefully and Quinly will save you hundreds of hours scheduling jobs, uploading files, running prints, and removing parts. Quinly’s purpose is to make your life easier by saving you hours of scraping, taping, flexing, removing parts, scheduling jobs, and generally having to babysit your printer. 

So please, set Quinly up for success - read this manual, follow the instructions carefully, and if you have any questions, contact us at support@3DQue.com or post them in our community Discord channel (https://discord.gg/JN9EDP8). 

WARNING: 3D printers have heated elements that pose a fire risk. Follow all manufacturers instructions and safety measures which may include not leaving the printer unattended without appropriate safety features in place. Incorrect firmware or slicing settings for your printer configuration may pose a hazard. If you are unsure, please contact 3DQue through the community Discord channel or support@3DQue.com

1.0 Hardware Assembly

  1. Turn off the Ultimaker and unplug it.
  2. Unclip the long white plastic cover in the back-left of the enclosure and set it aside.
  1. Unscrew the thin, white metal strip from underneath the camera and set it aside along with the screws.
  1. Tilt the Ultimaker onto its side and unscrew the bottom plate and set it aside along with the screws.
  2. On the power supply, partially unscrew the 2 unused screw terminals.
  3. Unpack the electronics. Notice the red/black wire. The other ends are crimped for a power connection.
  4. Attach the control board to the bottom of the Ultimaker in the location shown below:

  1. Attach the black wire to V- and the red wire to V+. Double-check this connection before moving on. Getting this step wrong will destroy the Quinly electronics when the Ultimaker is turned on. 
  1. Notice the diagram below. Thread the Wiper stepper cable through the opening in the corner near the yellow base of the power supply. 
  1. Thread the stepper cable labeled "Doors" through the opening diagonally across from the yellow base (below the camera).

  1. Unplug the highlighted USB cable from the Ultimaker board and tuck it away as shown by the yellow arrow. Then plug the Black USB cable connected to the Quinly control board as shown by the red arrow.

  1. Flip the Ultimaker back to the upright position. 
  2. Plug in the Ultimaker and turn it on.
  3. Raise the bed fully.
  4. Find the baseplate with the stepper+leadscrew assembly and place it inside the Ultimaker. The stepper motor should be in the back-left position.
  1.  Route the endstop wire into the hole in the back.
  1. Plug in the wiper stepper motor (you should see the cable you threaded through earlier)

  1. Tuck the wires into the hole on the back and push the baseplate to the right side.


  1. Lower the second baseplate down by gently pressing down on the right-side stepper motor. There is a compliant mechanism built into the baseplates which will deform slightly, providing pressure as everything snaps into place.
(Make sure the door-side stepper wire doesn’t get pinched)

  1. Plug in the door-opening stepper motor: 
  1. Make sure the wiper arm is upright, and that the baseplates are snug and flush with each other.
  2. Hold the Ultimaker bed with one hand, and turn the printer off. The bed should begin to lower down. Guide the bed down manually all the way until the Z endstop clicks. If everything is assembled correctly, the bed-levelling wheels should fit inside the 2 circular cutouts in the front baseplate. In the future, you can use the “lower bed” button confidently.
  3. Flip the Ultimaker back onto its side.
  4. Route the endstop wire as shown:
  1. Plug in the endstop in the open space on the control board:
  1. Control board + wiring should look like this:
  1. Add zip ties to manage wires: 
  1. Wiring should look like this:
  1. Install bottom cover onto Ultimaker and flip it back upright.
  2. Done!

2.0 Door Assembly

  1. Remove the doors from the Ultimaker and set them aside. Keep the screws for the next step.
  2. Install our acrylic doors onto the Ultimaker
  1. Make sure the doors are aligned, and that they open and close properly without overlapping. You may need to lift the doors slightly while tightening the hinge screws.
  2. Lift the linkage arms onto the two 3D-printed sliders connected to the belt. There is a single empty screw sticking up on both parts.
  1. Done!

3.0 Adhering the VAAPR Build Plate

  1. Clean your glass plate: Use an alcohol wipe, or dish soap+water to remove dirt and residue. Dispose of the wipes after to prevent accidental use on the VAAPR bed.


         (ONLY clean the VAAPR print bed with mild soap and water.)

  1. HEAT BUILD PLATE: Set bed temperature to 40℃.
  2. WASH HANDS: before installing the VAAPR print bed to avoid transfer of oils or residue.
  • Peel adhesive film back about 5cm or 2” 
  • Align two bed corners flush with the front clips and gently set in place.
  • Peel off the adhesive film paper backing.
  • Using one hand - press a small portion of the bottom edge of the bed into place on the build plate and flex it into a slight curve
  • While still flexing the bed, use a clean microfiber cloth to press out the air bubbles in a ‘V’ pattern, starting from the middle to the edges.
  • As you get to the top, reduce the flex and use the cloth to press out air bubbles to a corner while peeling the film
  • Once film is completely removed,  press across the bed vertically from top to bottom, working across to ensure an even application.
  1. Clean the VAAPR print bed with a soft wet cloth and a drop of mild dish soap. 


4.0 Electronics


  • The stepper motors are configured to stop moving if anything is blocking their motion, but they will attempt to start moving again after 2 seconds. If the motors continually stall, it might sound jarring, but no real damage is happening. Reset the controller and remove the obstruction.
  • To ensure no damage to the wiper arms, please make sure the wiper arm is upright before moving the Ultimaker bed up or down.

5.0 Software Installation

The following steps should provide all the necessary information to install Quinly on your ultimaker remotely.

Note: This is a beta version of the installation package. In the even that your software installation fails, please provide detailed logs to the 3DQue team for further investigation.

  1. Before you start the installation process, update your Ultimaker S5 to firmware version 6.5.2. If you already have this version of firmware, please repeat the installation process again prior to installing software.

    Please visit the Ultimaker site for instructions on how to update your firmware.
  2. Download the installation package here.
  3. Check to make sure the installation package you are provided contains the following files:
  • quinly-ultimaker.tar.gz
  • install-linux-mac.sh (Linux or Mac installation script)
  • install-windows.bat (Windows installation script)
  1. Connect your Ultimaker to wifi.
  2. Turn on Developer Mode on the Ultimaker. Go to section "Enable Developer Mode".
  3. Read and note down the IP address displayed on the LCD once in Developer Mode.
  4. Run the Installation script. Execute the script by double clicking on it, make sure the script is in the same directory as the other files you were provided.
  • If you're on Windows execute:
  • If you're on Linux or Mac:
    chmod +x ./install-linux-mac.sh
  1. Follow the installation script for any additional instructions. It will occasionally ask for access password which is ultimaker.
  2. Once the installation is complete, you can navigate to your browser, and input <ultimaker_ip>:8081.

Note: If you encounter an error while executing the installation script, ensure you have ssh and scp functions enabled on your device. You can check out these articles on how to enable your ssh and scp commands: Windows, Linux, Mac.

6.0 Calibration

The VAAPR bed releases parts more reliably when the Z offset is higher than you might be used to. To raise the Z offset, install the “Z offset plugin” from the Cura Marketplace and set the value to +0.1mm.

These instructions are for Quinly Beta testers only. In future versions, this setting will be adjustable through the Quinly interface.

  1. Within Cura, click “Marketplace”
  1. Click the Z offset plugin
  2. Click “Install”
  1. Restart Cura to apply the changes
  2. Show the custom slicing settings
  1. Search for Z offset
  1. Right click on “Z Offset” and choose “Keep this setting visible”
  1. Set Z offset to positive 0.1mm
  1. If your first layer is still too squished, or your parts aren’t releasing properly, try increasing Z offset in 0.05mm increments.

7.0 Managing your Wiper

You can find Wiper management tools under the Settings Tab on the Printer Overview Page.

Arm Control

Reset Wiper Arm button will go through the entire motion of reset procedure:

  1. Open doors
  2. Wipe Motion
  3. Close Doors

Bed Level

Depending on how the arm was installed onto your Ultimaker, you may have to adjust your bed level during your reset procedure to ensure a close wipe.

  1. Hit the Reset Wiper Button.
  2. Raise or lower your bed level accordingly to ensure there isn't too much or too little gap between the wiper arm and the bed.

Firmware Upload

Upload the latest version of the firmware file through this upload button to update your wiper firmware.