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Posts posted by LePaul

  1. Thank you for your reply.


    I haven't tried Cura Connect.  I had a friend asking about software to do these things like the machine control panel in S3D, Pronterface, etc....he doesn't have those but he does have Cura.  I didn't know if Cura might have something tucked away in the various versions...or maybe it's on the Coming Soon list?  It's very handy to send commands to your printer, etc.


  2. Maybe this is a wish list item...but maybe it's buried in there....


    I was curious if there is a way to communicate with the printer, like a terminal window, jog commands, move bed up, down, manually control temps, etc in Cura ....or being developed?


    Usually when I am doing things like a PID Autotune...or whenever I need to enter in commands, I wind up using Pronterface, S3D's machine window or via Octoprint's terminal tab.




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  3. Okay well moving it down via the mouse isn't much fun.... but manually typing in 0.1 mm seemed to bring it down just enough to show the complete first layer.  


    Again...weird that I run into this so many times lately!  Cura does a much better job in regards to the Start/Stop line (z seam) and I really want to see how well it does with the Polyalchemy Elixir filament.  I'll give it a shot and let you know in 13 hours!



  4. This one is weird.


    I have had three recent prints where the first layer of the model wasn't placed flat on the bed.  All of these failures happened around layer 2 or 3 since the portions needed to support them on layer one were not printed.


    I even went so far as to have Cura "Lay Flat on Bed" and it still left a side missing




    Yet in Simplify 3D v4 this first layer shows the entire first layer going on.  (Support not checked on...just wanted to do a quick compare on the 1st layer)




    It's just really weird.  Never had this happen before on previous builds  (running the latest)



  5. I wanted to show off some of the nice prints I am getting with this stuff!   Polyalchemy Elixir is impressive!


    I'm using the stock PLA settings in Cura, the only change I am making is once the first layer is down, lowering the temperature to 205C, which seems to be the "sweet spot" for this filament.


    It's a little unsettling when your nozzle first starts to extrude this material.  When I loaded the filament, not much came out.  It was like a "worm" (or the kids might prefer the "booger" term).  I removed it, did an Atomic Pull on my Ultimaker 2+ just to make sure I didn't have a partial clog.  All three pulls came up clean!  I re-loaded it and loaded up a print.  


    Once the extruder starter to prime the nozzle, I used to tweezers to "pull" the plastic out some.  It doesn't leave that spaghetti pile I am used to with normal PLA filament.


    However when you see those layers going down, you know it's extruding just fine.


    I've been printing at 0.15 layer height and you hardly see the print lines.


    The color here is "Purple Rain" and it's very shiny....a bit hard to photograph!



    cat stretch.jpg


  6. One tip I’ve had luck  with...


    In Cura, go to your machine settings and set to Marlin.  Then in Cura you can see the speeds , retract distance and so on


    For my UM2+ I set the retract distance to 6.9 and matched things up from there.   


    Overall I find Cura does OK.  The latest Cura I did a print with had a few problems so I went and did it again in S3D. 

  7. I'm noticing something something "kind of" similar.  When I load a model and chose my settings, I see the "Ready to Slice" and "Slice" happen...but sometimes the Save to File stays greyed out.  If I select something else, say Add Support, that prompts Cura to Slice again and give me the blue Save to File.  


    It's done it to me three times today but when I try to repeat the issue with a new model, it goes back to working fine.  



  8. I awoke to an email from Matterhackers giving all the details.


    I really like what I am reading about this new printer so far.


    TMC 2130's will make it very quiet.  I'm re-fitting a Tevo Tornado with those, since I have a salmon-skin effect from the stock ones.


    The price is quite high, that's really surprised me.  I knew it would be above what the UM3 is, but...wow.


    I was hoping the print volume would exceed 300 mm along each axis...looks like it came up a little short on one side.  (Really?  Engineering couldn't push the design a CM or two? :)  )


    Mesh bed leveling should be really helpful.  I am also pleased to see some alternatives to glass for the print surface.  The magnetic, removable metal build plates such as the Prusa I3 Mk3 come to mind.


    And the touch screen...a nice touch (see what I did there?)


    I would love to get my hands on one and see what it can do...just like everyone else whose here!


  9. I'm always puzzled by a few posters who, over the years, scoff at the need for a larger builder volume.  'Break it down into smaller pieces' and other comments are just silly.  The competition has offered large volume printers for a year or two now.  From gCreate gmax models, the Raise3D N2 Plus to the incredibly inexpensive CR-10S/S4/S5 models.  


    The goal for a larger print volume for a new Ultimaker should be it's ability to align  quality components, better engineering and clever ingenuity to offer customers that flexibility. 


    I really think Ultimaker is late to the party on this endeavor but will be extremely interested to see what they offer.  


    If you don't print large objects, then fine.  But a lot of people do, so dismissing their needs strikes me as aloof.


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