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Hello,

 I have recently purchased a Maker Select 3D Printer v2. I have followed all the instructions and have bene able to do a test print with the files they gave me with no problem. I have started getting files to use and have a few questions. First off I am using a Mac and running Ultimaker Cura version 3.3.1, I guess my first question is how do I set up the software to make sure the print area of the bed is right? second I noticed there an option to monitor the printer as it prints. However the software does not detect my printer when connected with the USB cable. Any suggestions on how to configure that? Lastly, and please bear with me, I've noticed on the prints that are successful there is like a bed on bottom layer of material on it then the print on top of it. What is that layer called? Also if a file doesn't have that how would one use Cura to add that? 

I know its a lot of questions that are probably really easy but I have not been able to find answers. Thank you. 

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    Posted · New to all of this!

    See the Printers pane of the preferences, and press "Machine Settings". You can enter the bed dimensions there.

     

    If Cura does not detect your printer, there is not much you can do about it at this point.

     

    That layer is called a "brim". It helps making sure your print sticks to the bed. If you want to try printing without the brim, you can turn of the option to print it in Cura. See the Build Plate Adhesion option.

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    Posted · New to all of this!
    10 hours ago, ahoeben said:

    See the Printers pane of the preferences, and press "Machine Settings". You can enter the bed dimensions there.

     

    If Cura does not detect your printer, there is not much you can do about it at this point.

     

    That layer is called a "brim". It helps making sure your print sticks to the bed. If you want to try printing without the brim, you can turn of the option to print it in Cura. See the Build Plate Adhesion option.

     

     

    Thank you so much.

     

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    Posted · New to all of this!

    So I seem to be having issues with some files that Im trying to print. I have gone into the custom menu for Ultimaker Cura and added a Brim option to the 'Build Pate Adhesion type' however when ever I start to print it just starts to do the outline of the file and never builds that brim. Any ideas on how to correct this. 

     

    This issue happens with multiple files that I have found and it happens if I use a Mac to prepare the file to an SD card or a Windows machine. 

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    In the top right corner of the viewport, switch from Solid view to Layer view. Now check the difference between "Skirt", "Brim" and "Raft" adhesion types.

    The Layer view shows what will actually be printed (or it will, after you press "Prepare" in the lower right corner).

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