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Posted · Cura support for Silhouette Alta 3D printer
4 hours ago, CU_Ninjaneer said:

Mikeyfromindy, are you talking about Cura or Silhouette3D?  If Silhouette 3D, do you know if your graphics card supports OpenGL 1.2?  That's the only GPU requirement I see in their documentation.  If Cura, you need a GPU that supports OpenGL 2.0 or better according to Cura's documentation.

 

FYI, I had a 2009 Dell laptop that was pretty state of the art at the time when I bought it (pretty expensive), and it just barely met the minimum specs for Silhouette 3D.  It would run the software, but it couldn't really keep up, and I never completed a print on it because  the software would crash.  I had to use something newer with more power.

I was talking about the silhouette alta. I do have a older laptop but it runs some pretty intense programs like fuson 360 and others. I tried to find out if my card support open gl but I can't find that information. I have a intel HD Graphics card 8.15.10.2900. I have a small tablet that runs the same card but a little newer and it will run the program fine.

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    Important: You have to remove the M104 and M109 commands from the Start-Gcode. These set the temperature of the nozzle and override the settings you've made! (Cura writes the custom temperature before

    Go to buildplate adhesion and make sure "enable prime blob" is checked.

    Well, that is odd. I am not sure what to do then.....Sorry ?

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    Posted · Cura support for Silhouette Alta 3D printer
    On 7/13/2018 at 4:10 PM, YiZZo said:

    Ok, I uninstalled the device and let it auto install the drivers. Now it shows up as "Connected." Going to try out your settings now.

    What version of cura auto detects the alta printer?

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    Posted · Cura support for Silhouette Alta 3D printer

    I am sorry I think I posted my question in the wrong place. I just was wondering what version of cura auto detects the alta printer and if it don't how do you set it up for cura to run the printer?

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    Posted (edited) · Cura support for Silhouette Alta 3D printer

    I finally got cura to work with the alta printer. The one problem I have is when it does it's priming it moves to the back of the build plate and back to the front. It is not doing like the silhouette program. I have went over the gcode several times and it looks the same that is posted here. Is there a fix for this ? (Thanks) It does prime the nozzle but then it moves like I posted.

    Edited by Mikeyfromindy
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    Posted · Cura support for Silhouette Alta 3D printer

    G28 ; home all axes
    G90
    G1 Z5 F1200
    G1 X0.000 Y-70.00 F2000.000
    G1 Z0.000 F2000.000
    G92 E0
    G1 E50.00000 F100;
    G92 E0
    G1 Z0.400 F6000.000
    G1 X-37.984 Y-51.711 F6000.000
    G1 E5.99500 F4800.00000
    G1 X-36.594 Y-52.712 E6.79005 F540.000
    G1 X-33.376 Y-54.825 E7.18850
    G1 X-31.774 Y-55.781 E7.22241
    G1 X-28.512 Y57.540 E7.58616
    G1 X-26.697 Y-58.422 E7.98434
    G1 X-23.446 Y-59.829 E8.04019
    G1 X-21.413 Y-60.609 E8.78005
    G1 X-18.195 Y-61.684 E8.85674
    G1 X-15.980 Y-62.321 E9.57605
    G1 X-12.811 Y-63.085 E9.67501
    G1 X-10.390 Y-63.561 E10.08386
    G1 X-7.329 Y-64.025 E10.37218
    G1 X-4.725 Y-64.307 E10.49464
    G1 X-1.780 Y-64.497 E10.76990
    G1 X-0.510 Y-64.558 E10.90328
    G1 X2.780 Y-64.497  E11.16826
    G1 X4.725 Y-64.307 E11.31256
    G1 X7.329 Y-64.025 E11.56583
    G1 X10.390 Y-63.561 E11.72151
    G1 X12.811 Y-63.085 E11.96409
    G92 E0

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    Posted · Cura support for Silhouette Alta 3D printer

    G92 E0
    G1 E-40.00000 F2000
    G91
    G90
    G92 E0
    G1 E-1.00000 F2400
    M104 S0
    G28

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    Posted · Cura support for Silhouette Alta 3D printer

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    Posted · Cura support for Silhouette Alta 3D printer

    Here are my settings as well.  I believe they are the same as what jenny8008 posted earlier in the thread, but please let me know if you spot anything wrong.  Thanks for the help.

    ;START OF CUSTOM START GCODE
    G28 ; home all axes
    G90 ; use absolute positioning for the XYZ axes
    G1 Z5 F1200
    G1 X0.000 Y-70.00 F2000.000
    G1 Z0.000 F2000.000
    G92 E0; SET CURRENT EXTRUSION POSITION TO 0 (TARE)
    G1 E50.00000 F100;
    G92 E0
    G1 Z0.400 F6000.000
    G1 X-37.984 Y-51.711 F6000.000
    G1 E5.99500 F4800.00000
    G1 X-36.594 Y-52.712 E6.79005 F540.000
    G1 X-33.376 Y-54.825 E7.18850
    G1 X-31.774 Y-55.781 E7.22241
    G1 X-28.512 Y-57.540 E7.58616
    G1 X-26.697 Y-58.422 E7.98434
    G1 X-23.446 Y-59.829 E8.04019
    G1 X-21.413 Y-60.609 E8.78005
    G1 X-18.195 Y-61.684 E8.85674
    G1 X-15.980 Y-62.321 E9.57605
    G1 X-12.811 Y-63.085 E9.67501
    G1 X-10.390 Y-63.561 E10.08386
    G1 X-7.329 Y-64.025 E10.37218
    G1 X-4.725 Y-64.307 E10.49464
    G1 X-1.780 Y-64.497 E10.76990
    G1 X-0.510 Y-64.558 E10.90328
    G1 X2.780 Y-64.497 E11.16826
    G1 X4.725 Y-64.307 E11.31256
    G1 X7.329 Y-64.025 E11.56583
    G1 X10.390 Y-63.561 E11.72151
    G1 X12.811 Y-63.085 E11.96409
    G92 E0
    ; END OF CUSTOM START G-CODE
    ; BEGINNING OF CUSTOM END G-CODE
    G92 E0
    G1 E-40.00000 F2000
    G91
    G90
    G92 E0
    G1 E-1.00000 F2400
    M104 S0
    G28
    ; END OF CUSTOM END G-CODE

     

     

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    Posted · Cura support for Silhouette Alta 3D printer

    Mikeyfromindy, that "priming" is the only thing that I can get my printer to do so I can help with this. 😏  I compared your G-Code to mine, less the comments I had added, and I think I see the problem.

     

    On line 15, you are missing a negative sign on the Y coordinate.  That's why you see your printer move all the way to the back of the build plate.

     

    Also, I don't if this is a problem, but on line 27 you have an extra space between the Y coordinate and the Extruder coordinate.  This probably doesn't matter, but I'm not sure how sensitive those G-code commands are to extra spaces in their syntax.

     

    My compare utility also shows a difference on line 32, but for the life of me I can't figure out what it is.  It's not even a difference in invisibles as far as I can tell.

     

    Let us know if replacing that negative sign fixes it.

     

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    Posted · Cura support for Silhouette Alta 3D printer

    Thank'sI sure will and thank's for the info.

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    Posted · Cura support for Silhouette Alta 3D printer

    Thank you very much everything is working fine in cura now.

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    Posted · Cura support for Silhouette Alta 3D printer

    Mikeyfromindy, glad it's working for you now.  Wish I could get mine working.  I think I'll try posting a new thread to get more eyes on it.

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    Posted · Cura support for Silhouette Alta 3D printer

    Can anyone export the correct settings for import? 

     

    That would be awesome.

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    Posted · Cura support for Silhouette Alta 3D printer

    CU_Ninjaneer    I don't have a comparison program to check your settings but the only thing I see is that the line 2 and 6 have semi colons and mine don't. Here are my gcode.

     

    G28 ; home all axes

    G90

    G1 Z5 F1200

    G1 X0.000 Y-70.00 F2000.000

    G1 Z0.000 F2000.000

    G92 E0

    G1 E50.00000 F100;

    G92 E0

    G1 Z0.400 F6000.000

    G1 X-37.984 Y-51.711 F6000.000

    G1 E5.99500 F4800.00000

    G1 X-36.594 Y-52.712 E6.79005 F540.000

    G1 X-33.376 Y-54.825 E7.18850

    G1 X-31.774 Y-55.781 E7.22241

    G1 X-28.512 Y-57.540 E7.58616

    G1 X-26.697 Y-58.422 E7.98434

    G1 X-23.446 Y-59.829 E8.04019

    G1 X-21.413 Y-60.609 E8.78005

    G1 X-18.195 Y-61.684 E8.85674

    G1 X-15.980 Y-62.321 E9.57605

    G1 X-12.811 Y-63.085 E9.67501

    G1 X-10.390 Y-63.561 E10.08386

    G1 X-7.329 Y-64.025 E10.37218

    G1 X-4.725 Y-64.307 E10.49464

    G1 X-1.780 Y-64.497 E10.76990

    G1 X-0.510 Y-64.558 E10.90328

    G1 X2.780 Y-64.497 E11.16826

    G1 X4.725 Y-64.307 E11.31256

    G1 X7.329 Y-64.025 E11.56583

    G1 X10.390 Y-63.561 E11.72151

    G1 X12.811 Y-63.085 E11.96409

    G92 E0

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    Posted (edited) · Cura support for Silhouette Alta 3D printer

    Hey Guys,

     

    here there is a solution at every problem with CURA and Silhouette ALTA 3D

     

    http://www.alta3dandcura.altervista.org

    Edited by LucaD
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    Posted · Cura support for Silhouette Alta 3D printer

    LucaD, I checked out your website.  It seems you've figured out how to tweak the settings to get it to work, and you're on a Mac like me.  I'll bite.  I sent you a donation.  Let's get those files and give it a try.

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    Posted · Cura support for Silhouette Alta 3D printer
    Hello LucaD, I just sent you the donation. I am attentive to receive the files in arosolinfo@gmail.com or in ingelite@hotmail.com. Thank you so much
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    Posted · Cura support for Silhouette Alta 3D printer

    Hey all I was just wondering if anyone has found a place to get parts for the alta. The only place I found sells only the whole head assembly. I made a fan duct for it but I could improve it if I could buy some extra parts. Here is my duct work.IMG_0315.thumb.JPG.897bb92855ca6426be92c7ebeac84feb.JPG

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    Posted · Cura support for Silhouette Alta 3D printer

    Mikeyfrom indy, I don't have anything to offer you in regards your request, but I wanted to say nice job on the fan duct.  How did you power it?  Is it tied into the board so that you an control it with Cura, or is it just on all the time?

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    Posted (edited) · Cura support for Silhouette Alta 3D printer

    I thought I had cura figured out but I guess I don't. When it prints a circle it just jerks and sometime it stops.I have posted my gcode settings on here so if someone could help me it would be appreciated. 

     

    I used my new laptop and cura works fine now so disregard my post.

    Edited by Mikeyfromindy
    I found my problem.....Slow computer
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    Posted · Cura support for Silhouette Alta 3D printer
    On 6/9/2019 at 9:58 AM, Mikeyfromindy said:

    Hey all I was just wondering if anyone has found a place to get parts for the alta. The only place I found sells only the whole head assembly. I made a fan duct for it but I could improve it if I could buy some extra parts. Here is my duct work.IMG_0315.thumb.JPG.897bb92855ca6426be92c7ebeac84feb.JPG

     

    Silhouette actually sells some parts, including the print-head, on their website.

    Just a heads up though, Silhouette is going to release a new version of the Alta, the "Alta Plus", in September, and one of the additions is a part cooling fan. Other than that, and a housing color change, the printer appears to be completely identical to this one, so it may be possible to install new parts on the old printer. The article I read did mention something about the print head being easier to change, so maybe they will offer different nozzle sizes as well?

    Do you mind measuring the acrylic build plate? I am looking at PEI options, but I need to know how big it is.

    Also has anyone got octoprint working with this? I really dont like having to keep it tethered to a computer through the entire print.

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    Posted · Cura support for Silhouette Alta 3D printer

    Hello, 

     

    I configured Cura to print in ALTA but the print is not good, this is my configuration

     

    Start G-Code

    Quote

    G28 ; home all axes

    G90

    G1 Z5 F1200

    G1 X0.000 Y-70.00 F2000.000

    G1 Z0.000 F2000.000

    G92 E0

    G1 E50.00000 F100;

    G92 E0

    G1 Z0.400 F6000.000

    G1 X-37.984 Y-51.711 F6000.000

    G1 E5.99500 F4800.00000

    G1 X-36.594 Y-52.712 E6.79005 F540.000

    G1 X-33.376 Y-54.825 E7.18850

    G1 X-31.774 Y-55.781 E7.22241

    G1 X-28.512 Y-57.540 E7.58616

    G1 X-26.697 Y-58.422 E7.98434

    G1 X-23.446 Y-59.829 E8.04019

    G1 X-21.413 Y-60.609 E8.78005

    G1 X-18.195 Y-61.684 E8.85674

    G1 X-15.980 Y-62.321 E9.57605

    G1 X-12.811 Y-63.085 E9.67501

    G1 X-10.390 Y-63.561 E10.08386

    G1 X-7.329 Y-64.025 E10.37218

    G1 X-4.725 Y-64.307 E10.49464

    G1 X-1.780 Y-64.497 E10.76990

    G1 X-0.510 Y-64.558 E10.90328

    G1 X2.780 Y-64.497 E11.16826

    G1 X4.725 Y-64.307 E11.31256

    G1 X7.329 Y-64.025 E11.56583

    G1 X10.390 Y-63.561 E11.72151

    G1 X12.811 Y-63.085 E11.96409

    G92 E0

     

    End G-Code

    Quote

    G92 E0

    G1 E-40.00000 F2000

    G91

    G90

    G92 E0

    G1 E-1.00000 F2400

    M104 S0

    G28

     

    pueden ayudarme por favor?

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    Posted · Cura support for Silhouette Alta 3D printer

    Seems like your first layer is either severely underextruding or your bed was not leveled properly.

     

    with the Alta you can only level the bed with the Silhouette3D software. Does the machine print normally from that software?

     

     

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    Posted (edited) · Cura support for Silhouette Alta 3D printer
    No, the impression is translucent, the light passes through, with the ALTA software
    
    Edited by dboror
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