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I have been printing using Cura and a Sindoh 3DWOX 200A printer. There are times when my models print perfectly EXCEPT for the base. Cura specifies a base and proper support but its missing the "Bottom" of my print. Is there a way other than using the rotate tool to specify a surface that is to be on the bed plate..?



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A few things here.

If you design your own models, I am suspecting you do not as no software is mentioned, but if you do you then should be able within your design software to set it up so that the base orientation always matches what Cura sees as the base orientation. 


No, I am pretty certain there is no way in Cura to select a surface and say that is the base - you will need to use the rotate tool. In my experience that is normally rotating on one axis by 90 or 180degrees. I have had models (downloaded) that were twisted on two axes by something considerably less than 90 degrees and that have taken some time to get oriented correctly.


Select your model and click on the move tool, top icon on the leftmost edge, the Z axis should be showing 0 i.e. the model is sitting on the bed. If not set to zero.


If you are struggling to get the base of your model absolutely horizontal in Cura's 3D space then one way to fix that is to sink the model into Cura's bed so that the base of your model is completely sitting on the Cura bed or inserted into it - setting the z-axis to -0.5 may well be enough. Sure the part of your model inserted into the base will not be printed but that may not matter to you.

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