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Posted · Dual head and support material?

Hi all,

I've just started using Cura for my own home brew robotic arm printer (thanks to Barnacules for pointing it out - https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC1MwJy1R0nGQkXxRD9p-zTQ )

It looks great but before I invest a lot of time learning it and setting it all up for my printer, wanted to check it could do something I need it to do:

I use a dual head setup with one head for a HIPS filament (for support material) and the other for ABS (for the main model).

So, my questions are:

1 - Can Cura produce files for a dual head machine?

2 - Can it produce that file so the supports run on one head and the model in another?

I expect (2) is a function of (1).

I know it's open source, but coding for OS X is like doing fine brain surgery wearing boxing gloves!

Cheers,

Dave

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Posted · Dual head and support material?

new cura does not have dual head support yet, and it will probably not be available before the end of this year, it would not surprise me if it would take even more time looking at all open issues and other more important missing stuff.

old cura (up to 15.4) has it, although the quality of supports is generally considered not to be the best. And you would spend time learning something that's basically obsolete.

If you need something now you could have a look at Simplify3D, It's not free and open... but it will do what you need and the quality of supports is very good.

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Posted · Dual head and support material?

The supports generated by the old cura are pretty good if you use lines. The grid support is horrible to remove.

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