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  1. Hi everyone,

    I bought 2.85mm PLA filament (Brazilian brand), and after printing for hours, everything is going well, but I noticed that during printing the nozzle was printing in the air, far from the piece and no filament extruding. Immediately I stopped printing, I tried to do the normal filament removal procedure, but the filament got stuck. I also tried the printer's Move function, but still the filament got stuck. So I opened Feeder and the filament was "choking" inside. I removed the filament and I did the complete feeder cleaning and also printer maintenance.

    As you can see in the picture, I cut this filament, and you can see that there is a problem with Feeder Tension.
    Currently, in Ultimaker 2+ Extended, Feeder tension is exactly in the middle and I had never changed.
    But for this filament I would need to change the feeder tension.
    In the same photo, keeping the same tension in the middle and leveling the table, I did a first layer calibration test and then I tried to print a small bust, and as you can see it's completely horrible.
    I would like to know from you what would be the ideal tension for this filament, the marker is in the middle of the feeder.
    So I have to put the mark up or down to fix this problem?
    Would it be clockwise to loosen the tension (raising the marker a little)? If so, how much would I need to loosen?

    Thank you for your help.

  2. Hi everyone,
    Could someone please help me with Ultimaker 2+ Extended settings?

    I installed Prusa Slicer 2.1.0 and IdeaMaker 3.4.2 on the computer.

    I don't know specific settings related to Ultimaker 2+ Extended so I can correctly fill in and configure the required fields within both Slicers Prusa Slicer and IdeaMaker.

    In the attached images you can see what I was able to fill in, but probably something must be wrong.
    I tried printing using PrusaSlicer with these settings at the image settings, and I had problems.

    Please, anyone who has or understands the settings of Ultimaker 2+ Extended and knows the correct settings to use within Prusa Slicer 2.1.0 and IdeaMaker 3.4.2 could kindly inform me, so it would not only help me but also would help other people too who would like to have this information.

    Thank you so much for your attention and help.




  3. Since I'm not an advanced user, and the flavor of Ultimaker 2+ is Ultimaker 2, so start Gcode is not shown, so I don't have access to the line of code that extrudes the filament.
    While turning off filament extrusion would help solve the problem, this could create another by not extruding some material before printing.
    Using Skirt could also be a solution to help alleviate the problem of the print area getting a mess. But that wouldn't solve Nozzle's problem being completely dirty and clogged or some other kind of problem and causing the first layer of printing to be affected.
    Fortunately I am well leveled. Soon I will have to level again when I clean the glass.

    The initial behavior of Ultimaker 2+ Extended during the initial printing process changed completely after I installed Cura4.3.
    In Cura4.2.1 the initial printing process on Ultimaker 2+ was normal, with no problems whatsoever.
    It may have been some new code or function from Cura4.3, I don't know ... but if anyone is experiencing the same problem using Cura4.3 with Ultimaker 2+ please talk.

    I know Firmware wasn't the cause of this, at least with me.
    I updated the firmware when I installed Cura4.2.1, so it can only be something in Cura4.3.

  4. I did the firmware update on September 5th. But after I removed ultimakerCura 4.2.1 and I installed ultimakerCura 4.3 is that I had the same behavior as yours.
    Everything you described in your post happened to me, nozzle extrudes a large amount of filament at the edge and quickly nozzle dives into that extruded filament, then nozzle drags some or all of this filament into the print area.
    Because I used Brim, it helps me to have a certain barrier, but the nozzle when it goes over makes a noise and the next inner lines of that point get bad. If I didn't use Brim, surely my first layer would be in serious trouble.
    When this problem happened to me, I froze, and quickly I was trying to pull this extruded filament mess off the table, the problem is that it hardens very quickly with the heated table, so some residue passed with Nozzle and I couldn't do anything. Fortunately, the impression has not been compromised.
    Because I've been through this experience, and I don't know how to fix it, so for me to work it out, every time I make a new impression, just as Nozzle is starting to extrude filament at the beginning of the print, I have a tweezers i try to prevent the extruded filament from curving and sticking in the nozzle, i try to make the extruded filament come out straight and with a piece of paper in the other hand i try to hold all the extruded filament and i pull as much of it as possible extruded filament until Nozzle moves into the print area without dragging extruded filament. But for that you have to be very fast, if you are not fast, a lot of mess will happen in the printing area.

    I believe this problem is not related to Firmware, but to the newer version of ultimakerCura 4.3.


    I hope that in the next version of ultimakerCura this problem has been resolved.

  5. Hi,
    For Ultimaker 2+ Extended, I installed the latest version of ultimakerCura 4.3 and I saw something weird about Machine Settings, specifically PrintHead Settings.

    In the picture you can see that the left image is UltimakerCura 4.2.1 and the values for Xmin and Ymin are positive numbers respectively 44mm and 34mm.
    In the right image is the version of ultimakerCura 4.3 and the values for Xmin and Ymin are negative numbers respectively -44mm and -34mm.
    I didn't change any values, just did a fresh install of Cura4.3, deleting the previous version 4.21, but keeping my settings.

    I don't know if these negative numbers in Xmin and Ymin will cause problems ...

    Would this be a mistake in the new version of Cura4.3 or some fix to make things work better?
    Could someone help me with this?
    What do I do?
    Do I keep positive or negative values for Xmin and Ymin?
    Remembering that it is for Ultimaker 2+ Extended.


  6. 11 hours ago, johnse said:

    I don't have a UM2 of any kind. I have a UM3 and a Monoprice Maker Ultimate. The latter I modified with a Flexion extruder for printing Shore 60A TPU.

    Sorry, I thought you also had Ultimaker 2+. Thank you very much for your orientation and indication of the 1.75mm kit! I will get more information about this kit!


    If anyone has used this kit on Ultimaker 2+, please share if everything is working out or if you had any problems.

  7. 21 minutes ago, tinkergnome said:

    I'm not sure what exactly the question is...

    Newer printer models from Ultimaker or in general?


    UM3 and S5 are using gcode flavor "Griffin", it is very unlikely that this will be back-ported to older machines.

    But the differences to "Marlin" are marginal (a special header section and one or two custom gcodes).

    My recommendation is to use a recent Cura version with "Marlin" for UM2. Do you have concerns?

    @tinkergnome thank you to answer me...

    I was referring to the Ultimakers printers (because I have the Ultimaker 2+ extended).

    All Ultimaker printers are already configured in a way that works perfectly as soon as you turn on the printer. The latest Ultimaker printers, as you said, are already configured with another Flavor and ready to use without the user having to think about GCodes.
    So I thought it might have something similar for 3d printers like my Ultimaker 2+ Extended.

    Because of my need to constantly change the specific settings in ultimaker Cura for my detailed statues-oriented projects. I have realized that I need to switch Flavor to Marlin so that I will have access to temperature settings and other specific functions that are hidden when I use Flavor Ultimaker 2.

    I am using the ultimaker Cura 4.2.1 (most current version).

    Sorry for my insecurity, but the only thing I would like, as I am inexperienced, is to be able to switch the Ultimaker 2+ extended Flavor to Marlin and have no problem.
    I confess to you that I have no knowledge of GCode. So my fear of inserting any Marlin Start and End GCode.
    Does Marlin's GCode Start and End work perfectly for Ultimaker 2+ Extended? Or do I have to make any changes to the codes? If you can guide me better I would appreciate it very much. 

    Thank you so much

  8. 8 minutes ago, Smithy said:

    Don't do it without physically changing the hotend, melted filament will not only come out of the nozzle, but also come out on the upper part of the nozzle and hotend, resulting in a mess of plastic.

    So I will not do that.
    The support from which I purchased the printer told me that I could use 1.75mm filaments just by tightening the Feeder tension until I felt that Feeder would pick up the filament without problems.

    They showed me a picture of a person tightening the Feeder screw.

    Process similar to the link I put in the previous post.
    They didn't tell me about the serious problems you just told me.

    @SmithyThank you so much for letting me know.

  9.  @johnse I confused myself a while ago. For lack of experience, I thought 2.85mm filaments and 3.00mm filaments were the same thing. I thought people referred to 2.85mm or 3.00mm as if they were the same thing, just a way of expressing themselves.
    But of course after much research, I realized that the filaments were completely different.

    Last week I was able to buy from 2.85mm filaments and I ordered a 1.75mm filament sample. That way, I'll try to test the ultimaker 2+ extended without physically changing anything on the printer.
    I'm not sure it will work, otherwise we would have already found someone who had positive results using 1.75mm filaments on ultimaker 2+.
    The little I researched, I saw people succeeding in making physical changes to ultimkaer 2+ to succeed, just as you did. I was surprised that your changes didn't work out and that they gave you problems. Which made me very sad because I need to do something about it.

    Importing 2.85m filaments is a solution, the problem is the delay in getting the filaments, and the high taxes when they get here in the country. But if I have no other option, the way is to always import 1.85mm filaments anyway. Or find another way ... I do not know.

    I also wish you success.
    And please, if you know anything about making the Ultimaker 2 + accept 1.75mm filaments, be sure to share things here.

    I will report my experiences with my tests here.

  10. 8 hours ago, ClausJ said:

    I recently wanted to do this on my 2 extended+, bought a kit from 3dsolex. He also makes compatible nozzles. Several problems, the filament would not pass through the new bowden tube, it’s a thin tube inside a larger one and the thin tube would curl up. I tried to order other bowden tubes but could not find a working solution. Next problem was the feeder, it would not grab the filament. There are some plastic walls inside the feeder that prevents the wheels from touching the filament. I broke off those walls and could get it to feed. However because of the bowden tube problem I finally gave it up. Waste of time and money.

    I'm so sorry this happened to you. 😞

    I was thinking of doing the same things you did. In one of my searches, I went to the 3dsolex website, just where you bought your kit.

    Before I physically made any changes to ultimaker 2+ extended, I thought about testing the Feeder tensioning technique the same way that this person did. 

    For me it's a case of utmost importance and need to make Ultimaker 2+ Extended use 1.75mm filaments. Because here I only find 1.75mm filaments. And importing 2.85mm filaments would be very bad for me.

    Perhaps the Ultimaker manufacturer could create a specific solution or kit for users who need to use 1.75mm filaments. And if users wanted to return to using 2.85mm filaments again, this return could be accomplished easily and smoothly. (The ultimaker would give users a chance to work with both 2.85mm and 1.75mm filaments.)

    I realize this suggestion of this possible 1.75mm filament kit would be a successful sales suggestion. But I know it would be very difficult for them to create and manufacture.

  11. Hi @tinkergnome Thank you so much for clarifying questions that I consider very important for understanding things here.


    7 hours ago, tinkergnome said:

    It was a pretty smart idea back then but the concept is a bit outdated, because slicing software is much more advanced nowadays (feature wise). There's a reason why Ultimaker itself doesn't use it anymore on more recent printer models.

    You're absolutely right. At that time there were not so many specific and advanced settings within Slicer. It was certainly a clever idea at the time. Simplifying the user's life.

    I have a question for you.
    These days, for users of Ultimaker 2+ or 3d printers using Ultimaker 2 (Ultigcode) flavor, there would be a possibility of not using it anymore. And can it go the same way or shape as the latest 3d printer models?
    I say this because Slicers' technology is increasingly advanced and feature specific. I think it would be interesting for the user to be able to choose whether to stay in the Ultimaker 2 flavor or the Flavor that is used in the latest 3d printer models. Please correct me if I said something wrong as I am not an advanced user.
    What do you think? 
    Would it be possible?


    7 hours ago, tinkergnome said:

    No, why do expect a problem? Besides the fact that Cura can be used to send firmware binaries to the printer, those two things are pretty unrelated to each other.

    I thought the firmware would be directly associated with Flavor being used on the machine. Just doubt of a person who does not understand much. How great to know that the two things are unrelated and separate.


    7 hours ago, tinkergnome said:

    BTW: if you start "Marlin" gcode files from the sd-card, the printer will show an "override settings..." message. That's fine,

    Thanks for the tip, if I saw this "override settings" message I would think I had done something wrong and I would panic! Thank you so much for explaining this to me.


    Thank you very much 🙂

  12. 1) Would there be a problem if in ultimaker Cura, I add a new printer (ultimaker 2+ extended) with Flavor Marlin separately and I leave the other configuration of Flavor Ultimaker 2?

    2) If I have no problem with this kind of setting I made, I would like to know if there would be any problems regarding future firmware updates?
    I know it's the same Ultimaker 2+ extended 3d printer, so I guess I wouldn't have any problems, just choose any of the printers and upgrade normally on ultimaker Cura... but I'd just like to confirm that I wouldn't have no kind of conflict.

    Thank you

  13. Hi @tinkergnome  Thanks for sharing your knowledge and clarifying some things.


    31 minutes ago, tinkergnome said:

    With gcode flavor "Ultimaker 2" there's only one printing temperature that is used for all layers. ("initial" and "final" are only relevant for multi extrusion projects and don't matter anyway).

    I understand that this was thinking of having several advantages and especially the ease for users who want to plug in Scard and print something with quality and without problems. That's great!
    But on the other hand, when you need a little more control over 3d printing this limitation or automation turns out to be a big wall for the user who would need to set something a little more elaborate than for example a single temperature for all layers.

    I have been trying to read and inform myself here in the forum to understand how things work and I realized that many users when exposing the settings that were made of their respective 3d prints, these people have easy control of the 3d prints because they do not have the restriction of Flavor Ultimaker 2.
    I think these users use another Flavor like Marlin.

    I will try to move Flavor to Marlin and see if I succeed. If I realize that things are not going well, I will return to Flavor Ultmaker 2.


    31 minutes ago, tinkergnome said:

    Unfortunately the UM2 firmware just ignores them. The usual Ultimaker design policy indicates that the user shall not be bothered with superfluous details. 🤷‍♂️

    So: no luck with the standard firmware...

    In my opinion knowing the current print layer is very important information.
    With this information, if the printing stops for some reason (it happened to me two days ago and I lost a job for many hours. I was printing at 0.04mm resolution) I could research how I would return to printing on that Layer that stopped 3D printing and restart the printing process on that Layer.
    And so would waste no time, filament and money.
    With all due respect, Ultimaker could revise this policy, as the current Print Layer information would not be a superfluous detail but very useful and very important information for the user. 🙂

  14. @Smithy You don't know how you are helping me with your answers! I really appreciate it! 🙂
    I will try the ones you posted! Thank you very much!

    I don't know if you could answer me, but I think it might have to do with Flavor.
    In the Extensions / Post Processing / Modify GCode menu there is a plugin called Display filename and Layer on LCD.

    I tried using this plugin on flavor Ultimaker 2, but it didn't work. The name I set and the layer on the Ultimaker 2+ LCD didn't appear. So, I opened GCode and I saw that there is code coming from this plugin:
    ; LAYER: 0
    M117 test layer 0

    But when I am printing on the LCD only appears the time and written:
    Time Left 0000 hours

    Does this have anything to do with Flavor too? So does flavor Ultimaker 2 not accept these increments in GCode?

    Would this plugin only work with Flavor Marlin?

  15. @Smithy Thanks for posting the code that appeared to you.
    Would this code work perfectly on Ultimaker2 +?

    1) If I change GCode Flavor from Ultimaker2 to Marlin, what would it be like regarding the Ultimaker 2+ Firmware update?
    Last week, I updated the Ultimaker 2+ firmware through ultimakerCura.
    If I switch to Marlin, can I continue to update the firmware normally through ultimakerCura or do I have to do something else?

    - Another question, switching to Marlin, do I have to immediately update the firmware again?

    2) Yesterday I did a little test with Ultimaker 2+ (using GCode Flavor Ultimaker2). This time, I created a new custom material manually by the printer. I inserted the S-Card and I started printing. So, I saw for the first time that Material settings made manually by me through the printer were used (Printing Temperature = 200C, Build Plate Temperature = 60C, Retraction Distance = 5.50mm and etc). So far so good, I understand that Flavor Ultimaker2 works that way.

    But what I would like to understand is how or what values Flavor Ultimaker2 sets for the following functions automatically:
    - Default Printing Temperature
    - Printing Temperature
    - Printing Temperature Initial Layer
    - Initial Printing Temperature
    - Final Printing Temperature
    - Build Plate Temperature Initial Layer
    So what are these values that Flavor Ultimaker 2 would define?

    3) Using Flavor Ultimaker 2, how would I define these specific temperature functions?

    4) Using Flavor Ultimaker 2, ... and for some other functions that are hidden? In this case, just with Marlin?

    I am still researching Start and End GCode for Marlin that works perfectly with Ultimaker 2+.
    If I find it, I will make it available to everyone here who is willing to do the same as me.


    Thank you very much

  16. 21 minutes ago, Smithy said:

    I have seen you asked similar questions already 2017, so you are not really a fresh beginner anymore 🙂 

    To be honest with you, since (2017) then I had kept the printer because there were so many particular problems in which I could not use the printer. Only 2 weeks ago I did open the printer and I started using the printer (as new. I know its crazy!). It may seem very strange after years, but things have unfortunately been that way with me.
    So you can be sure that I am a beginner, however I am trying to learn all I can by myself. I'm a beginner and sometimes I have such basic questions that I'm ashamed to ask. I really appreciate everything you've been telling me because it's really helping me so much. Thank you so much! 🙂
    I didn't even know that the ultimaker 2+ printer (in regards to the Material) should be manually set up on the printer, thanks to you, I can already configure things better here.


    21 minutes ago, Smithy said:

    4. Yes, but when loading the material into the printer you have to choose a material. But only for the load process, everything else , for the print job, comes from gcode.

    That's great!

    I'm seriously considering moving GCode Flavor to Marlin, but I still have to research a lot because I don't want to make mistakes. If I can't find anything, I'll keep Flavor Ultimaker2.
    If anyone knows more about Flavor Marlin for Ultimaker 2+ I would appreciate it very much. Because to me it seems more obvious and easy to use configuring everything through Cura.


    thank you for your patience... 🙂

  17.  @Smithy One strange thing that happened when I went to manually check on the Ultimaker 2+ printer was that not only the temperatures, but also the Retraction Distance and probably the Retraction Speed of the Material that I set in Manage Materials (flavor Ultimaker 2) were not used.
    Now, I know that I have to manually choose Materials on the Ultimaker 2+ printer (using Ultimaker 2 flavor).
    Of course there are advantages to this process, but on the other hand, it complicates a bit (especially for beginners) who think they are defining and having full control of the settings and not really. In my opinion, it would be much easier to define these functions in Cura and the user is sure that what he has defined will be used in GCode.

    To a person like me beginner, it seems that using Marlin is easier to use and understand.

    Please see if these steps would be correct if I used Marlin:
    1) In Cura, I would create and define Material within Manage Material of Cura. Choosing it.
    2) Still in Cura, if necessary, I would change some settings like initial temperature and others temperatures functions, retraction and other functions in Cura's Print Settings. (All of these functions I'm talking about are hidden because of Flavor Ultimaker 2).
    3) I would make Slice and I would save GCode on the S-Card.
    4) I would insert the S-Card into Ultimaker 2+ and I would have my file printed...
     Would I still have to manually choose the Material and only then have G-Code printed?

  18.  @Smithy Thank you! I already thank you very much for everything.

    Let me ask you something.
    Using Flavor Ultimaker2, When I create new material in Manage Material in ultimakerCura, I choose this material that I defined in Cura, and I do Slice saving in S-Card. How do I get the Ultimaker 2+ printer to see and use my material that I created and defined in Cura?

    I ask for a user who has Ultimaker 2+ and is using Flavor Marlin, please help me with Start and End GCodes ...


  19.  @Smithy Your explanation was fantastic. Thank you very much! Now, I am beginning to understand better how things work here.

    At the moment, I am only using PLA (
    but there are different manufacturers and types), but in the future I may use other materials.

    There are prints that are specific as decoration statues (characters, creatures, animals and etc) that you to get the best print quality you need to change initial temperatures of the first layers, distance retraction, speed retraction and other specific functions.

    I was not getting precise control with Flavor Ultimaker 2.

    I always saw other people with total control over their impressions.
    And it is only now that I understand that I have to first define Material PLA (some functions) in the printer, instead of defining all my functions in Manager Material and Print Settings to generate GCode and print what I had defined.

    There are two Flavors named Marlin. Marlin and Marlin (volumetric). Which one would I have to choose for Ultimaker 2+?

    If you could, would you please pass me the code Start G-Code and End G-Code so that it could work correctly on Ultmaker 2+? If I try to figure out Start and End GCodes on my own, I'm afraid of making a mistake and maybe breaking something.

    I really appreciate your help and attention.

  20.  @Smithy Thanks for answering me!

    So does it mean that when I create or duplicate an existing material in Manager Material, the function values will not be included in G-Code when I make Slice to save to S-Card?

    Does this mean that I will always have to manually configure the retraction distance, retraction speed, nozzle temperature, etc. on the Ultinaker 2+?
    All these settings, will I have to change quickly while in the Ultimaker display the Loading Bar is still loading before printing starts?

    That would be bad. I thought that what I did in Manage Material would automatically be passed to G-Code ....

    1- So it would be better to keep what I have and change manually in Ultimaker 2+?

    2- Or would I better switch to GCode Flavor Marlin?

    3- Or do I use the Printer Settings and Material Settings plugins on Cura's MarketPlace? The plugins seem to allow access to all functions, but I don't know if there would be any conflict with GCode Flavor Ultimaker2.

    What would be the best option to control Ultimaker 2+ Extended?

    I appreciate the patience ...

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