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How do I get Cura to print a test strip before starting the actual print?


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Posted · How do I get Cura to print a test strip before starting the actual print?

Many slicing softwares, including cura type a, include a test strip before starting the actual print, which is really nice because it ensures material is coming out right away. Is there a way to enable that with the software?

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    Posted · How do I get Cura to print a test strip before starting the actual print?

    Hi and Welcome,

    I don't know what version you are referring to but if you print a skirt (you can find this under platform adhesion in Cura 2.xx) then it will print one or more lines outside of the actual model, i guess this can be considered as a test strip and ensures that the print head is actually spitting out filament.

    Usually the print head is priming enough but this depends on your printer and start.gcode

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    Posted · How do I get Cura to print a test strip before starting the actual print?

    If you print 4 or 5 "skirt" lines around the object, this also allows you to verify and if necessary fine-tune the distance between nozzle and print bed (at least on UM2 printers, I don't know if this still applies to UM3).

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    Posted (edited) · How do I get Cura to print a test strip before starting the actual print?

    Well im a few years late but I know this is the solution to the original problem and hope it helps someone. Once Cura starts up fallow the below tabs is that doesn't make sense I attached a photo too.

     

    ONCE YOUR IN CURA

     Preferences > Configure CuraSettings > Build Plate Adhesion > Extruder Prime X Position OR Extruder Prime Y Position, you can also turn the blob at the end off or on as well in that same area. 😃

    cura prime.PNG

    Edited by jeremyfiller1986
    Typo
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