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Can I print via USB to an Ultimaker?


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Posted (edited) · Can I print via USB to an Ultimaker?

I am a Printrbot user and love it.. Its been faultless for years and never caused me any trouble.

But I have been running a little 'business' and have made well over 1000 parts over the past 2 months, and am now worried that my little Printrbot may not survive, and frankly I would just like to invest some of the money I have made on a new printer.

I currently use the 'old' CURA version and print directly via USB and havnt' had a single problem in 2 years (even though its been suggested that USB printing is flawed).

As such my next printer must have this option... Am I right in thinking that the 'new' CURA versions do not support direct USB printing? This is the primary reason why I am still running the old CURA.

A logical choice of printer is an Ultimaker.. But what options do I have if I want USB printing.. Do any of the Ultimaker models allow this, and which version of CURA would I have to use to make this happen.

Thanks for any info you can give

Jon

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    Posted (edited) · Can I print via USB to an Ultimaker?

    Well, i do not get why you ever would want USB printing, but that is another topic...

    Both the Ultimaker original series and the Ultimaker 2 series does suppors USB printing just like any other printer running marlin just fine, it is just not officially endorsed since so many people have had trouble with USB printing (windows update ruining prints, unstable USB connections, etc.) and Ultimaker wants to provide a smooth user experience.

    The Ultimaker 3 does not support USB printing, but on the other hand, it supports network printing!

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    Posted · Can I print via USB to an Ultimaker?

    Well, i do not get why you ever would want USB printing, but that is another topic...

    Both the Ultimaker original series and the Ultimaker 2 series does suppors USB printing just like any other printer running marlin just fine, it is just not officially endorsed since so many people have had trouble with USB printing (windows update ruining prints, unstable USB connections, etc.) and Ultimaker wants to provide a smooth user experience.

     

    I couldn't imagine not being able to print directly from a PC.. I have used all of the 'old' versions of CURA on several PCs, and have never had a single problem with USB printing.. Infact, I have been amazed how stable it.. No matter what else I do on my PC, it never fails.. Infact, in recent weeks I have had a problem with Cura/Python where it freeze and yet it still finishes the print, even though the Print Window and Cura has frozen.

    I would just find the whole 'write to SD card, take it out and pop it into the printer' so unbelievably restrictive and frustrating.. I want to keep doing what I am which is to use the printer, like a printer and print from the PC.

    So I guess my next question is, if I bought an Ultimaker, what version of CURA would I have to use to keep using USB printing? Would I have to stick with the 'old' version like I have.. Or does the new version how have USB printing (Albeit unsupported)?

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    Posted · Can I print via USB to an Ultimaker?

    So I guess my next question is, if I bought an Ultimaker, what version of CURA would I have to use to keep using USB printing?

     

    Depends on the machine, if you get a Ultimaker3 use the latest version of Cura.

    I never had anything against printing via SD card, but since I have the Ultimaker3 i can really appreciate printing directly from PC, over the network.

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