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  1. Anders Olsson

    Ultimaker Cura Prefix

    The current prefix that new Cura adds has never been of any use for me, I simply don't move gcodes between machines. What I normally do though is adding the nozzle size (if not 0.4) and adding the plastic type if not PLA. I would write "600um_ABS_Ultimakerrobot" for a 0.6 mm ABS print.
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    Cura stability - the argument for an LTS release cycle

    That question was probably not ment for me, but just the past few days I had two persons basically asking me what is wrong with the Cura development lately, because of various bugs that leads to odd behavior and stability issues in recent Cura versions. Personally I have had to roll back to using Ultimaker 2 machines and Cura 15.04 several times lately because all those excessive travels in later versions of Cura ruins the surface quality of objects that I want a nice surface on. When it comes to Cura features, even experienced users who I talk to are unaware of what are suitable settings for printing a vase or what ironing is for example. Just a simple function where the user identifies the object from a list and Cura then applies a few suitable settings (like 0% infill, solid bottom and spiralize for a vase, or slow outer shell speed and a minimum of infill for a sculpture) would be nice in my opinion because: - It would make it much easier to explain for others how to get good printing quality for certain objects. - The Cura-team could stop trying to find "one size fits all" settings for the printing variables. Just have a general setting with works decent and then tweak the parameters for certain types of objects instead.
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    Cura stability - the argument for an LTS release cycle

    In my opinion there are two main issues with Cura currently: - There are way too many releases and while there are bug fixes in each of them, there also seems to pop up new bugs in every release. I would prefer much fewer releases with a minimum of new bugs, more testing before releasing and more focus on removing bugs so that we get to a reasonably bug free version. - While many of the new features in these frequent releases are very nice and useful the interface of Cura is currently too complex. So the majority of the users will never take advantage of things like Ironing or Spiralize, even though it would improve their prints, simply because they are not aware of the functions or how/when to use them. Until someone invents a simple way of finding these functions, like a menu where people select the type of object being printed and Cura applies suitable functions for that type of printing (like a one click "Vase mode" for example), it makes little sense to continue adding new features like these. Time would be better spent in fixing essential bugs then, since it will improve the experience for all users.
  4. If you want to design your own syringe extruder you can make one which consists of very few parts if you base it on linear stepper motor. We made the one for out delta printer in the picture using this motor: https://www.elfa.se/en/linear-stepper-motor-moons-16hy7001-11/p/15446018?queryFromSuggest=true You could probably attach such extruder to the existing print head using the print head screws.
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    Trouble with colored ABS from Neofil3D

    Well, the properties of ABS filaments vary quite a lot and the Ultimaker "ABS" is even a blend of ABS, PC and PET, supposedly to make it easier to print. For a pure ABS on the UM2+ I would use the following settings/tricks: - Print temperature 255-260 C - Bed temperature 95-100 C - Fans off (unless the model is really tiny). - Properly cleaned glass plate with two tin layers of Tesa Easy Stick glue. - Some sort of front cover for the printer if the model takes more than a few hours to print. That said, I have found some really cheap Chinese ABS to be almost unprintable while other more expensive ABS can print fine already at 235 C, so it can vary quite a bit..
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    GeckoTek magnetic build plate

    As long as the surface of the build plate is at the right level, the automatic leveling should in theory work with any material. Here is a printable tool to set the correct distance: https://www.youmagine.com/designs/um3-buildplate-distance-tool That said, the automatic leveling measures the (changes in) capacitance between the print head sensor and the build plate and a metal build plate is likely to generate a much larger capacitance than the original glass plate. Even though it should theoretically still detect when capacitance no longer changes because the nozzle hit the build plate it is possible that a metal surface simply creates out of range capacitance readings.
  7. Carbon fiber filaments certainly do damage the knurled wheel on the Ultimaker machines, I have photos somewhere but I can not locate them right now. Anyway you will see wear already after a kilo and after 2 kilos you are likely to start getting feeding problems if the spring is on the default 50% setting, 4 kilos and it will be really worn. A hardened bondtech type feeder wheel lasts more like 20 kg or so before it needs to be replaced.
  8. I don't know where they get it from, but most toothed washers should do the job in your case. Just check that the sensor/heater are properly fixed after tightening the screw. Things are a bit different when you mass produce machines, extra safety margins are always helpful there.
  9. Ultimaker-blocks also has the toothed washer but they use another type with improved design compared to the ones used on the initial (and 3DSolex) blocks. It looks roughly like this: You need some sort of toothed washer there for the sensor/heater to stay safely in place! The screw is a stainless countersunk M3x16 mm. Ultimaker/3DSolex uses a Philips drive, but I actually prefer to use a hex head screw I used on the initial batch.
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    general forum feedback

    Strange, this forum has always had like 5-10 times the loading time for me compared to other forum softwares. It does not matter what platform or Internet connection I use or which continent I am using it from, still way much slower than I demand for comfortable browsing. The speed has not changed lately for me, so appearance of the new (fast) forum should not be related
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    general forum feedback

    Wow, that is a bit scary. I doubt there are any serious issues with the design of the Olsson block, but it is certainly a strange coincidence.
  12. Anders Olsson

    general forum feedback

    As you might have noticed, I have sadly given up this forum long time ago. It is still, after almost ten months online, unacceptably slow to navigate compared to all other forum softwares and full of annoying bugs. I just can not take this kind of stupidity, that is why I am not active anymore. And I am seriously worried that the mentality that keeps this software alive might bring Ultimaker as a company down in the end. The whole idea if inventing the wheel again in this way is very difficult to understand for me. If the new forum had obvious advantages over all other common forum softwares it would be one thing, but I fail to see any advantages at all actually? As I mentioned in another post, the post counter is not working properly anymore, but I reckon that we still see about 40% of the posts that the old forum had last year at this time. Considering that Ultimaker probably sold a five digit number of printers or so since then, I would say the figures are alarming. This also brings up a very serious issue: Many people, including me, paid a lot extra to get the Ultimaker in favor of other brands just because of the (old) forum. The fact that Ultimaker ruined that means serious badwill for Ultimaker as a company. So why is Ultimaker not doing anything about this? Most likely because: 1. Too much money was spent on this project, so it simply can not fail (a bit like a certain fighter jet project). 2. Ultimaker is scattered as a company and the board is disconnected from the community section, not realizing the value of the community. 3. There are still enough users that whoever defends the forum can claim that it is just a temporary drop and that it will soon recover, that all questions has been answered, and such excuses. I would also say that the mentality that "we will never consider vbulletin" is very worrying. That goes against the open source community concept that Ultimaker used to stand for. I personally think it would be reasonable to let the community be part of selecting the forum software, as the community members largely works completely for free for Ultimaker when they post here. Forcing them to use software that does not work properly when they are trying to help other users for free is a very risky move in the long run. I am actually a bit surprised that no one has started an independent Ultimaker forum yet, I would have moved there immediately. So what can one do, apart from starting another forum? Well, the forums it its users, so I guess that if everyone just stopped using the forum until it runs on properly working software we could have it back on vbulletin in a few months..
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    Alternative nozzles

    Labern has the answer, these MIG-nozzles happen to fit the Olsson block, I could not resist testing them when I found them at the hardware store I would not recommend them to anyone though. There are other nozzles one could try, just scan the market for M6 threaded nozzles with at least 6 mm long threaded part. Haven't been very active since the forum change, partly because I have been very busy lately, but mostly due to forum related factors. Since Sander asks about me not being active at the forum: While I admire Sanders efforts and patience trying to promote this "forum", I simply had to realize that I am not compatible with the concept. When I have spare time, I end up spending that in other forums, writing PM to people, emailing and such. Not because I am less active in 3D-printing, I am more active then ever, but because of the software this forum runs on and because the change in the community that came with the forum upgrade. This thread is just one of the threads lately that clearly shows the problem. Most of the developer/inventor-community that existed on the old forum is gone and there are no new members in that category joining, sadly but not surprisingly. One would be a fool to blame anything else than the forum upgrade for that. The post counter mysteriously stopped working properly last time I posted something (which was related to the popularity of the forum) by the way. You might want to check that, Sander, it counts far less than true number of posts right now. And make sure Ultimaker RD does not loose the prototype nozzles this time, like they did with the first prototype of the Olsson block.. And tell them not to over-tighten them, they are prototypes and will break at 1 Nm, the last ones I made are stronger. I'll be back when the forum is upgraded to vbulletin
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    Sharing some exciting news: the Ultimaker 2+

    I totally agree. They've nearly wrecked their showpiece...their community....by mucking around with the forums. Either buy a platform like vBulletin and leave it alone! 8) Yeah, I was really hoping that taking the website offline meant we would get the old forum back, or at least a forum based on common forum software. That kind of "upgrade" would have made perfect sense together with the community-inspired upgrades on the UM2+ ! Getting the old community back is far more important to me than the UM2+ improvements actually. I would come back and give it a try if that happened for sure , although it might already be too late to recover the old community. December 2015 saw about 80 posts/day compared to about 170/day December 2014 as an example, and the trend is declining.
  15. The E3D nozzles have a chamfer on the lower side of the hex-part. The 3DSolex-nozzles never had that as far as I know, so that way you can separate them. Just finished sorting my nozzles. Have hundreds of them as you probably can imagine, lots of prototypes and other "difficult to identify stuff". Ended up with only one unknown Soon there might be more nozzle options for you, those will be easy to separate from the existing types of nozzles though..
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