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Our graphic designers are against this feature. It's the usual fight between tweakers who want to see lots of details and the majority of users who want to have a simple to use machine. On the whish list is a feature to switch the display between those two layouts but this is not foreseen for the near future.

 

For the UM2(+) you can install the Tinkergnome firmware which does have this feature and lots more.

Another workaround is to use the Cura plugin to pause at a configurable layer height.

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I do agree that the above layout looks neat and it should be easy to implement. It's just not my call....

 

I think in another thread we also had this same discussion. Our User eXperience designers are against it because we don't fully understand why a user would be interested in this value. That sounds blunt, but they do have a point. Why do you want to see the layer number?

Most likely it is because there is some special feature in your design that you want to verify for being printed correctly? But, are you then going to sit in front of the printer to watch it happening? I know many people do sit in front of  their printer, it is nice to watch the movements, but it is not an efficient thing to do.

 

With all new available technologies we think we can come up with something smarter. Some of the ideas are: Marking the area of interest in Cura, triggering a (time lapse) video when that area is being printed. Send a message to the user (email, app, whatever). Remotely view the part being printed in the app and then take corrective actions through the app.

 

Internal discussions are still going on. For better results it would help when people post here why it is important for them to see the layer numbers.

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On 10/7/2018 at 11:13 PM, CarloK said:

Most likely it is because there is some special feature in your design that you want to verify for being printed correctly? But, are you then going to sit in front of the printer to watch it happening? I know many people do sit in front of  their printer, it is nice to watch the movements, but it is not an efficient thing to do.

 

That might indeed be a good reason. Using some postprocessing scripts or plugins which alter some parameters at a certain height might be another or an extension of the first one.

The more efficient user would of course not sit in front of the printer all the time but check from time to time. Therefore a layer number would give him/her an idea when might be a good time to have a peak again.

 

On 10/7/2018 at 11:13 PM, CarloK said:

Why do you want to see the layer number?

 

You could ask the same question for Cura. It's in there. Why not giving the user a simple tool to compare the physical outcome with the layer view in Cura?

 

On 10/7/2018 at 11:13 PM, CarloK said:

With all new available technologies we think we can come up with something smarter.

 

Personally I would prefer simple solutions which have a chance to be implemented in reasonable time rather than fancy stuff that is blocking development ressources for months or years while people out there use the printer with no improvement at all (aka KISS=keep it short and simple).

 

On 10/7/2018 at 11:13 PM, CarloK said:

Our User eXperience designers are against it because we don't fully understand why a user would be interested in this value.

 

I assume the meaning of the UX designer is not the only criterium for such changes but feedback is also included in such decisions?

 

Anyway, I have to admit that this might not be the most pressing issue in the S5 firmware. And sorry for the late reply.

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