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Recently purchased a Ultimaker 2+ Extended. What do I need to know about initial setup? Calibration/Tightening....etc.

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I am happy to say today I have purchased a Ultimaker 2 + extended. I just wanted to know if there is any calibration/ maintenance I should perform before doing my first test run. Any suggestions? I have seen issues with loose pulleys and such. Is there anything else that I should look to address?

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Hi @Thx4Playn88,

Welcome to the forum and congratulations with your Ultimaker 2 Extended+!

Did you get a new one, refurbished or second hand?

If it is a brand new machine, I would suggest to carefully read the quick start guide, follow the tips on how to level your bed and that would be it.

In the beginning, stick with the default profiles in Cura and use 0.4mm nozzle.

When you are a little bit more familiar with the machine, you can start changing some settings in Cura if you want to change resolutions, speed, or other things.

Then you can change nozzle sizes, I would recommend to first go bigger and later go for the 0.25mm nozzle. Usually a smaller nozzle is trickier than a bigger nozzle.

For adhesion with PLA, 60ºC bed should be enough. I usually add a thin layer of glue stick but that is not mandatory.

Good luck, and I'm curious to see your first prints! :)

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Thankyou SandervG and LePaul. I have purchased a Ultimaker 2+ Extended used with less than 150 hours print time on it. I am really looking forward to receiving and making 3D prints with your printer. I will follow the initial startup guide. I do want to ask are there any modifications I can make to the ultimaker regarding a dual extruder as well as a possible usb connection to process the g code and print.

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It is also intended for firmware updates, not the 3D printing itself.

For that, there is an SD slot in the front of the Ultimaker.

Besides a visual inspection, analyzing your print would also give you a lot of information. You can print an Ultimaker robot or a Benchy model . If something does not look right, it gives you information that something is not calibrated well, and often also what you should fix.

If you have any further questions, feel free to ask! :)

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Does the cura software include options to create supports where designs need them. Particularly in gaps and to hold up hanging structures with angles? I do have insight software as well as the makerbot software. I do understand the ultimaker is open source and would be compatible with such programs? Is that correct? I am recieving my ultimaker 2+ extended machine tomorrow. I already have designed parts I intend to share with you all. I am currently on my last test run using anothers makerbot replicator+. I should be able to start producing with my ultimaker shortly. Excited. Thank You for your help.

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