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Posted · Challenge: How to print this with PLA supports in Cura (UM 3)

Hi UM community,

I'm trying to get the settings right for printing this with PLA so the supports can be easily removed: http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:250645

Unfortunately, I'm having lots of trouble getting them right so the print is stable, has a good looking lower section, AND has supports that aren't fused to the print.

If anyone can print this out with Cura PLA supports, and tell me how to do it I would be very appreciative.

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    Posted · Challenge: How to print this with PLA supports in Cura (UM 3)

    Hi @Tiger91, thank you for your post.

    I see in the title you own an Ultimaker 3. You can also add this information to your profile, so it is mentioned underneath your name.

    Is there a reason why you would not want to print this with PVA supports?

    If you insist on using PLA supports where your build materials is also PLA, I would suggest to use default print profiles for PLA. Install print core AA in slot 2, and make sure your Cura set up is identical.

    Based upon a standard profile, you could try these changes and see how they influence your support and the remaining surface:

    Support line width: 0.28mm

    Support pattern: Zigzag

    Support overhang angle: 60º

    Support line distance: 1mm

    Support Z distance 0.2mm

    Support distance priority: Z overrides X/Y

    Support horizontal expansion 0.5mm

    Do not enable support interface.

    Hopefully this works!

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    Posted · Challenge: How to print this with PLA supports in Cura (UM 3)

    Hi @Tiger91, thank you for your post.

    I see in the title you own an Ultimaker 3. You can also add this information to your profile, so it is mentioned underneath your name.

    Is there a reason why you would not want to print this with PVA supports?

    If you insist on using PLA supports where your build materials is also PLA, I would suggest to use default print profiles for PLA. Install print core AA in slot 2, and make sure your Cura set up is identical.

    Based upon a standard profile, you could try these changes and see how they influence your support and the remaining surface:

    Support line width: 0.28mm

    Support pattern: Zigzag

    Support overhang angle: 60º

    Support line distance: 1mm

    Support Z distance 0.2mm

    Support distance priority: Z overrides X/Y

    Support horizontal expansion 0.5mm

    Do not enable support interface.

    Hopefully this works!

     

    Hi - I've tried your advice and the results are far superior to what I was getting (though not 100% consistent).

    I prefer using PLA supports for most prints as it allows me to not only print much faster, but use two colors/materials at the same time.

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    Posted · Challenge: How to print this with PLA supports in Cura (UM 3)

    Cool, do you have some photo's to show the difference?

     

    I'll upload some :)

    Is there a way of directly putting up pics from the desktop?

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    Posted · Challenge: How to print this with PLA supports in Cura (UM 3)

    Yes. While writing your post - when you are ready to insert a picture, click the 2nd icon from the right within the post editor (image gallery) - immediately go to the second tab in the image gallery and then drag and drop a picture onto it (it doesn't say you can do this but it works).

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