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  1. I'm selling my Ultimaker 3 to make room for a bigger machine. It has been very reliable with exceptional print quality. The last photo is of an engine grille that I printed on this machine, to attest to the quality of its output (more about that project here). As can be seen from the pictures it didn't have a hard life. It was lubricated at all times and kept in a clean environment. It has no issues that I'm aware of except I could never get any of my Ultimakers to work properly on the wifi, including this one. It's most likely my wifi and not the printers. This UM3 comes with 2 x AA 0.4
  2. I tried the advice of @steve1423 and changed active levelling to "always" and performed a levelling procedure. It still pushed the nozzle into the glass afterwards on both machines, so clearly not a good result. HOWEVER with the setting on "always" the auto-levelling procedure (before the print starts) miraculously works. Which is probably what @steve1423 meant. It's almost as if the algorithm for on-demand active-levelling is broken but the "always" one (before a print) works. I still need to do further tests but after this change all my prints have a perfect first layer on both my UM3s. I'll
  3. @CarloK I have uploaded the log file. Before the active leveling the z-offset was perfect (manual leveling) but now after the active leveling the nozzle is pushing into the glass. Thanks for your help in advance, this is a huge issue to me.
  4. Smithy, I checked the distance between the base plate & heated bed is 14mm on both machines. I'm sure many other UM3s run fine, I'm not sure why mine never really recovered after the firmware update. I checked again, both are on the latest version. The glass plates are original and in good condition and clean. I initially though about speaking to the distributor but when I saw on this forum that so many people had the same problem after the firmware upgrade I decided to wait for a fix, which quickly came and solved some of the issues but in my case not all of them.
  5. The printers perform the auto-leveling procedure but when I try to print directly afterwards, the nozzles are right on top of the print bed preventing material from coming out. If I press slightly on the print bed while they try to print you can see the backed up material squirting out. It's not as bad as it was with the previous firmware where it pressed the nozzle so deep into the glass I thought it was going to break it (well documented problem on this forum) but that improved with the latest version which is also a few months old. I checked, there's no new update. So in summary, the p
  6. Probably the best feature of my two UM3 printers is auto bed leveling which enables me to swap print cores in and out and for that reason I have bought quite a collection of print cores over the last year or two. It worked like a charm and I was about to get another few UM3s but thank goodness I didn't. After that disastrous firmware upgrade a few months ago. I am now reduced to manual auto bed leveling which I manage OK with print core 1 but just never get quite right with print core 2 and by the way the process is designed for a double jointed contortionist. And why should I do it anyway? I
  7. @SandervG @kfsone I didn't read the whole thread, just saw the posts about firmware update and bed levelling and want to comment on that. I hope what I say is applicable. I have 2 x UM3 machines and they were on old firmware. I constantly swap print cores in and out and do auto levelling every time after such a swap and it works very well. A few days ago I updated both to 5.2. In both cases it first had to do an intermediate firmware update before it could get 5.2, I guess that's how old the firmware was. Immediately I had bed levelling issues on both. Both machines literally want to
  8. @kmanstudios sorry I didn't mean to be snippy and appreciate your interest. It's only the support in pic 1 and 2 that hangs in mid air. The support in pic 3 prints fine. @ahoeben sounds like the bug you refer to is causing this problem. If Ultimaker are working on a fix then I'll wait for it.
  9. My overhang is at 55 degrees and as I said the horizontal expansion has no effect on this, apart of course from making it thicker/narrower along with the rest of the support. These supports appear on what looks like a 10 degree overhang or even less. As for the support not touching, it is not a just graphical representation, it does not touch the part in real life also. As I said in my original post, the fact that it tries to print the support in mid air creates lots of loose extrusions all over my part.
  10. Why would Cura generate support where clearly it isn't needed? In the first two pictures it's a bit hard to see but support starts against an almost vertical wall (the side of a large hole) where it's not necessary at all, in fact it can't even be printed there because it never touches the part so I have all these loose extrusions sitting all over my part as it tries to print it in mid air. In the third picture it's quite evident that a tall support beam is generated for no reason at all. Again it's not even touching the part and only takes time & material to print. Support horiz
  11. As I was saying... That's how I started my day this morning.
  12. I have by the way uninstalled and reinstalled Cura multiple times in the past but something I do (and by the sound of it something only I do) creates havoc inside Cura. I use configurations pretty extensively since I print with a wide range of materials and print cores. There are still some bugs in the way Cura saves and restores configurations, and I know to work around them, but I have no way of working around this issue. When this happens it's game over every time.
  13. The problem is not backup (I'm making backups manually in any event). The problem is that I constantly get configuration errors and to make things worse, backup seems to also backup the problem, so if I reset Cura and lose everything, and then restore my last backup, the configuration error is also restored.
  14. This is getting a bit tiring now. I see this screen at least once a month, sometimes twice. Always when I have the least amount of time available to re-do EVERYTHING in cura. I always use the latest Cura, as I'm doing now. Always the latest stable firmware. New laptop, everything updated and working perfectly. Except Cura which has been giving me endless issues as has been reported on this forum at length, always relating to configurations and settings that go haywire. I've recently installed the Cura backup extension in the hope that, if this problem can't be fix
  15. I've had the same problem a few times in the last few days. My UM3 goes into a frenzy and keeps purging with no end in sight. The only way to stop it is to switch off the machine. In my case it also happened after an aborted print.
  16. @lfei and other Ultimaker people, there still seems to be a problem with the way Cura's saves/retrieves profiles. Not as bad as it used to be before 4.3.1 but it's still not working right. When you update a profile with current settings/overrides it saves most of the settings most of the time but it's not reliable as some settings may have changed randomly when that profile is loaded again. I still have to check them all the time because every now and again some value changes all by itself. Tonight I had to interrupt my normal routine and print a small part in PLA using the recommended se
  17. Why would Cura generate support in mid air? Not small bits either, I'm talking whole structures. My settings are at the bottom. I'm on Cura 3.4.1
  18. @DF-Werkzeugservice I think you are right. I have narrowed it down with 99.9% certainty to the printcore itself. I think it's partly blocked in a permanent way because I've cleaned it many times but the result always stays the same. Alternatively it may be a temperature issue whereby somehow the print core slowly cools down as it prints because of a temp sensor issue. Now that I use another print core things work fine. Maybe I can give breakaway another try since I always used this printcore for that, and from day 1 it was a bit of a disaster.
  19. I bought a UM3 extended about 9 months ago and my experience with it has been up and down. Some really great prints but more often than not, failed prints for no apparent reason. Anything longer than a 18 hour print seems to be a gamble on my machine. I attributed it to inexperience however my results have become worse since buying the printer, not better. I thought it's because I'm using non-UM materials (I use Formfutura mostly) so I got myself a few rolls of true blue Ultimaker ABS and printed with Cura recommended settings using a 0.4mm print core, not changing a single thing, hoping to se
  20. @lfei it does appear to be fixed now. If I notice anything funny I'll report it but so far so good!
  21. Nallath thanks for the response. I didn't change my build plate to elliptic. I guess it's one of the strange settings that appeared automatically with so many others. I'll check out the plugin. For now I'm uninstalling every trace of Cura and re-installing it again so that I can start fresh (again).
  22. To make it really simple to understand here is my problem in pictures. When I load Cura with profile "Apollo X + Breakaway 0.4" I see these incorrect numbers which come seemingly from nowhere: So I correct them: I then do this: And when I click the mouse left button my temperatures instantly revert back to this: How do I fix this? Exporting and re-importing profiles don't help. Only thing that worked last time was to delete my profiles and start from scratch, but that was only only a temporary fix.
  23. @nallath attached is a project file where this happens. Where on earth Cura gets the temperature settings for Breakaway I don't know especially after correcting it what feels like a million times by now. This is causing failed prints so I have to check all my settings every single time. Because Cura changes them with no rhyme or reason when I least expect it. In this instance the profile "Apollo + Breakaway 0.4" was perfect until sometime last night when it must have changed itself again. This morning I see I have a failed print and guess why. The breakaway temperature is too low. I'm una
  24. Don't know what caused it but after I restarted Cura the squares went away and I haven't seen them since.
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