Jump to content
Ultimaker Community of 3D Printing Experts

Can one monitor layer numbers as one prints (UM3)? - involving PVA printing on PLA


Recommended Posts

Posted · Can one monitor layer numbers as one prints (UM3)? - involving PVA printing on PLA

There are two distinct issues in this posting:

 

I've got a 24 hour print coming up, with a tricky interior structure, which will twice require PVA to be deposited on PLA. In Cura's layer view, I can see the layers when this PVA-on-PLA action will take place, and I would like to be there to monitor these two stages particularly closely.

 

Is there a way with a UM3 to keep a check on what line number one has got to? I realise I could get the print to pause at the relevant levels.

 

Alternatively, can I monitor the height of the printed structure in mm?

 

Am I right in assuming that PVA does not always deposit reliably on a PLA base? If this is true, what precautions can I take?

 

 

  • Link to post
    Share on other sites

    Posted · Can one monitor layer numbers as one prints (UM3)? - involving PVA printing on PLA

    Sorry no idea but an alternative method is as follows.

    Note your estimated print time.

    You know which layer you want to check first so calculate the height of that layer from your layer height.

    Go to the move icon and sink your model into the bed by entering     -calculated height of layer.

    Re-slice and you will have a new, shorter print time.

    Subtract that from the original print time and that is the time it will take to print the first part of you model up to the layer you want to check (give or take a bit of time either way)

    Repeat for the 2nd layer you want to check

  • Link to post
    Share on other sites

    Posted · Can one monitor layer numbers as one prints (UM3)? - involving PVA printing on PLA

    Thanks to you both. I understand about pause-at-height, but all I wanted to do was schedule my time so that I could observe these transition points as the printing went through them. Without knowing what layer the printer has got to, I may find myself taking on confllicting tasks around the time the printer is due to pause.

     

    @Y: that idea of estimating the print times sounds manageable. Knowing that a key point is likely to come, say, around 2 hours 10 minutes into a print, would satisfy my needs on this occasion.

     

    Incidentally, PVA on PLA worked fine on this occasion.

  • Link to post
    Share on other sites

    Create an account or sign in to comment

    You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

    Create an account

    Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!

    Register a new account

    Sign in

    Already have an account? Sign in here.

    Sign In Now
     Share

    • Our picks

      • New here? Get ahead with a free onboarding course
        Hi,
         
        Often getting started is the most difficult part of any process. A good start sets you up for success and saves you time and energy that could be spent elsewhere. That is why we have a onboarding course ready for
        Ultimaker S5 Pro Bundle, Ultimaker S5, Ultimaker S3 Ultimaker 2+ Connect.   
        They're ready for you on the Ultimaker Academy platform. All you need to do to gain access is to register your product to gain free access. 
        Ready? Register your product here in just 60 seconds.
          • Like
        • 8 replies
    ×
    ×
    • Create New...