Jump to content
Ultimaker Community of 3D Printing Experts

Cura support for Silhouette Alta 3D printer


Recommended Posts

Posted · Cura support for Silhouette Alta 3D printer
2 hours ago, Joffrey said:

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

 

 

 

 

Agree.

 

I'd recommend to repeat leveling in the Alta-software and then give it another try.

 

In case this doesn't solve the problem - does the filament feed properly, or may the nozzle be partially blocked? Which filament do you use (type, brand)?

  • Link to post
    Share on other sites
    • 1 month later...
    • Replies 89
    • Created
    • Last Reply

    Top Posters In This Topic

    Top Posters In This Topic

    Popular Posts

    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 ?

    Posted Images

    Posted · Cura support for Silhouette Alta 3D printer

    Hello Everyone. 

     

           I just signed up but I am not new here by any stretch of the imagination. 

     

    I finally feel like I have something worth while to contribute to this ongoing discussion concerning the silhouette Alta / Alta +

     I have both an Alta and an Alta +_

    I have spent hours well weeks even working out everything there is to know about this machine.  (that Silhouette wont tell you and neither will the actual maker of this machine..)

     

    First.   this is a repackaged Colido d1315 from Print-Rite. 

     

    They are the only retail outlet on the web (that I am aware of) Beside silhouette who is always sold out.  (by the way the filament is Colido filament as well )where you can get parts for the Silhouette Alta /Alta +  Such as a new print head, circuit board.  etc.

     

    Also the silhouette alta + was released amazingly at the same exact time as the D1315 + 

     

    I have rewritten the Calibration Code for the Alta So that you do not have to use the Silhouette 3D Software.

    And the borrowed the Colido code for filament change  so that you can use any slicer that lets you send gcode or uses scripts

    (I may write a couple of Cura Scripts but I haven't decided yet)

     

    I have also re-written the Start Code for the Alta So that you don't Fall Asleep just waiting for it to finish the prime tower and the the smudge/smear prior to print.   Also for anyone else who has experience that cracking/grinding/ popping sound just after the prime tower I have gotten rid of that.\

     

    and for anyone curious as to whether or not i am pushing the alta outside of its design specs.

    Here is MY hard coded print-rite written and embedded settings

     

    echo:Stored settings retrieved
    echo:Steps per unit:
    echo:  M92 X100.00 Y100.00 Z100.00 E97.90
    echo:Maximum feedrates (mm/s):
    echo:  M203 X200.00 Y200.00 Z200.00 E43.00
    echo:Maximum Acceleration (mm/s2):
    echo:  M201 X9000 Y9000 Z9000 E9000
    echo:Acceleration: S=acceleration, T=retract acceleration
    echo:  M204 S3000.00 T3000.00
    echo:Advanced variables: S=Min feedrate (mm/s), T=Min travel feedrate (mm/s), B=minimum segment time (ms), X=maximum XY jerk (mm/s),  Z=maximum Z jerk (mm/s),  E=maximum E jerk (mm/s)
    echo:  M205 S0.00 T0.00 B20000 X20.00 Z20.00 E20.00
    echo:Home offset (mm):
    echo:  M206 X0.00 Y0.00 Z0.00
    echo:PID settings:
    echo:   M301 P24.00 I0.40 D20.00

     

    FYI this printer is capable of producing high quality dimensionally accurate prints at more than twice the speed that silhouette eludes to in the limited literature that they provide.

     

     

    A couple of hints:

     

    UNLESS YOU KNOW ATMEGA2560 /ARDUINO/ FTDI  in system programming DO NOT Flash you Marlin Firmware.  At least until I or someone else figures out a work around I REALLY want auto bed leveling....      Print Rite took marlin OPENSOURCE changed/complicated the flashing procedure removed some commands and didn't add a bootloader to their system and called it their "in house developed specialized os.  its just dumbed down marlin 1.0

     

    if using their filament

    THESE FIRST TWO THEY NEVER TELL YOU ANYWHERE BUT IF YOU WERE TO FRESH LOAD THEIR 3D SOFTWARE YOU MIGHT NOTICE

     

     

    210 C temp

    115% extrusion Rate

    it has a .4mm nozzle   but you should be laying down .45mm to .6mm lines and .35 for things like supports 

    and I usually run .08 to .16mm layer height

    Speed regular prints 45-60

    Detail prints 35-45

    Travel 70-80

    jerk 20

    acceleration   3000 to 8000mm  sq/s

     

    maximum dimensional extrusion 12

     

    YES because of the enclosed frame YOU CAN USE A BIG OLE 120mm PC Cooling fan straight off of the main board Labeled fan connection and the software will control it. Cura included (honestly it works better than the alta + built on rinky dink filament fan which blows but not in the way it should,

     

    And it is configured to use an sd card in fact the firmware still searches for it at load (i think that's how they flash firmware)

     

    That's for starters

     

    I am attaching

    all the g-code files I referenced

     

    Index of uploaded Files.

    Start an End G-Code  -- Revised for speed and accuracy put these in your cura settings

    Complete Calibration routine --  each tower individually,  or all towers plus center

    load/unload filament Captured from the Colido Software  matches silhouettes exactly.

    Complete Capture of Silhouette Alta Reset routine  

     

    if this is received well and people are interested, i Have Cura Print profiles , Slic3r config, Repetier Host config and a few others as well for the Silhouette Alta/Alta+

     

     

    Later all

    MD

     

    Silhouette AltaGcode Files REVISED.zip

  • Link to post
    Share on other sites
    • 3 weeks later...
    Posted · Cura support for Silhouette Alta 3D printer
    On 6/27/2018 at 8:17 AM, Joffrey said:

    Hi all,

     

    I want to use Cura with the Silhouette Alta 3D printer (https://www.silhouetteamerica.com/shop/machines/alta). Silhouette is already a major player in the small low cost cutter market and is now with the Alta also entering the market for 3D printing.

     

    Cura can see the printer and the machine seems to work fine with the default 'custom printer' settings. There is however a sequence at the beginning of the printjob where the head moves to a small waste location and pushes some filament through the nozzle before it actually starts printing. This results in a better start of the print with better adhesion to the build plate.

     

    I would like Cura to also make this behavior before the print but I do not have the necessary G-code. is there some way to intercept the command as it is being sent to the printer?

     

  • Link to post
    Share on other sites
    Posted · Cura support for Silhouette Alta 3D printer

    Hi.

    I need a great help, I need to know that the number or the code that has the diode that is next to the connector of the temperature sensor, is that orange color that says ec5. Above that diode some number appears, I beg you can give it to me. Since I have infinitely appreciate

    • Like 1
    Link to post
    Share on other sites
    Posted · Cura support for Silhouette Alta 3D printer

    I need a great help, I need to know that the number or the code that has the diode that is next to the connector of the temperature sensor, is that orange color that says ec5. Above that diode some number appears, I beg you can give it to me. Since I have infinitely appreciate

    IMG_20200701_155301.jpg

  • Link to post
    Share on other sites
    Posted · Cura support for Silhouette Alta 3D printer

    Hey everyone, I'm thankful for this thread as it really gave me new hopes for my Silhouette Alta 3D Printer. I am trying to connect the printer to Cura by adding the printer under the "Custom FFF" option and I have followed the machine settings contributed by the people here. However, I have a small little issue....I am unable to key in a "20" and "10" for the X and Y min. respectively. Nothing shows up when I try to type positive numbers.  It would only allow me to enter either 0 or a negative number. Am I doing something wrong? 

     

    Thanks in advance!

     

    Cura.JPG

    • Like 1
    Link to post
    Share on other sites
    Posted · Cura support for Silhouette Alta 3D printer
    On 1/10/2019 at 7:22 PM, jenny8008 said:

    So, here we are again.

    These are my Cura-Settings for the Alta:

    image.thumb.png.31f081243f9db0f48d95e84313cb4758.png

     

    image.thumb.png.2f9ce6673fcdbbc1ceea693832300b96.png

     

    The Start-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

     

    And the End-Gcode:

    G92 E0

    G1 E-40.00000 F2000

    G91

    G90

    G92 E0

    G1 E-1.00000 F2400

    M104 S0

    G28

    I ve tried to configure like you sugest, but my Printhead Setting dont accept + values  (only -20 for x min and -10 for Ymin ).

    any help?

  • Link to post
    Share on other sites
    Posted · Cura support for Silhouette Alta 3D printer
    On 7/22/2020 at 9:59 AM, GreatGatsby said:

    Hey everyone, I'm thankful for this thread as it really gave me new hopes for my Silhouette Alta 3D Printer. I am trying to connect the printer to Cura by adding the printer under the "Custom FFF" option and I have followed the machine settings contributed by the people here. However, I have a small little issue....I am unable to key in a "20" and "10" for the X and Y min. respectively. Nothing shows up when I try to type positive numbers.  It would only allow me to enter either 0 or a negative number. Am I doing something wrong? 

     

    Thanks in advance!

     

    Cura.JPG

    same issue here

  • Link to post
    Share on other sites
    Posted · Cura support for Silhouette Alta 3D printer
    On 9/13/2018 at 10:19 AM, Aria said:

    Hi, for silhouette ALta, I might have some info on it :

    1.Alta software uses Cura engine (not your average cura host, just the slicer...I think)

    2.Proprietary motherboard, easy to buy on print-rite (I opened my board, it says Delta main board, for print rite V.1.7)

    ,I don't really care about warranty, I built 3D printers, easy to swap with 32bit boards with better firmware, instead of what alta use (marlin v.1.0.0? that is old) it says sourced from jcrocholl mini kossel, but might not be true. 

    3.Print head is special though, it heats up pretty quick, goes up to 250C with repetier host (not recommended), buy new one from print rite (silhouette outsourced Alta or what??!?).

    4.Still trying to break the firmware (it's open source in the first place, should be on the marlin git for print-rite board), no harm done there (it's fuselocked with mode3, only HVP could erase...u know how that goes....right?).

    5.Extruder is useless for TPE flex filaments, works ok on PETG (I'm PLA bored), flex like filament prints good enough (unbranded, wider filament spool) but I use RepHost and slic3r. PETG prints at 235-240C, Flex like prints at 210-215C.

    6.Attach fan, but don't expect it to run (firmware???) yes there is A FAN pinout (+/-) near the ISP connections, also there's a bed pinout but no power connection (either way, Alta psu only goes 5amps?) the print-rite board code is LSD194x-D1315 (delta 1315) sold by brand name CoLiDo 3D printer (I assume this board could sub the original board on Alta), maybe it's also locked to prevent tampering with eeprom/firmware.

    7.Just use a damn PEI sheet on top your plexiglass buildplate (cheap nowadays) rather than the supplied masking tape.

    8.Proprietary filament bull...use other filament (it's a hot glue gun...on NC axis...it melts anything) besides the thermal runaway protections is enabled, so if anything goes wrong, just buy a new hotend (or build one).

    9.Again...the absence of filament fan really limits what you could build with pla, it's better with petg, air print tpe/tpu flex, tweaking speed won't do much, it's just...no fan....(pun intended). with that small build plate, and enclosed build chamber, you shouldn't worry about print warping/not sticking to bed, use PEI sheet! (cheaper on the long run, trust me).

     

    There's' more...but I'm ranting allready.P_20180904_113946.thumb.jpg.e3c788ce0b0e6deeb365d1a8e8d9486a.jpg1647041461_LSD194X-d1315(1).thumb.jpg.24e400134fe18b1b216f7a98a8c96caf.jpg

     

    What a great post! I will follow it. 

     

  • Link to post
    Share on other sites
    Posted · Cura support for Silhouette Alta 3D printer
    On 6/16/2020 at 10:22 AM, tdpspt said:

    Hello Everyone. 

     

           I just signed up but I am not new here by any stretch of the imagination. 

     

    I finally feel like I have something worth while to contribute to this ongoing discussion concerning the silhouette Alta / Alta +

     I have both an Alta and an Alta +_

    I have spent hours well weeks even working out everything there is to know about this machine.  (that Silhouette wont tell you and neither will the actual maker of this machine..)

     

    First.   this is a repackaged Colido d1315 from Print-Rite. 

     

    They are the only retail outlet on the web (that I am aware of) Beside silhouette who is always sold out.  (by the way the filament is Colido filament as well )where you can get parts for the Silhouette Alta /Alta +  Such as a new print head, circuit board.  etc.

     

    Also the silhouette alta + was released amazingly at the same exact time as the D1315 + 

     

    I have rewritten the Calibration Code for the Alta So that you do not have to use the Silhouette 3D Software.

    And the borrowed the Colido code for filament change  so that you can use any slicer that lets you send gcode or uses scripts

    (I may write a couple of Cura Scripts but I haven't decided yet)

     

    I have also re-written the Start Code for the Alta So that you don't Fall Asleep just waiting for it to finish the prime tower and the the smudge/smear prior to print.   Also for anyone else who has experience that cracking/grinding/ popping sound just after the prime tower I have gotten rid of that.\

     

    and for anyone curious as to whether or not i am pushing the alta outside of its design specs.

    Here is MY hard coded print-rite written and embedded settings

     

    echo:Stored settings retrieved
    echo:Steps per unit:
    echo:  M92 X100.00 Y100.00 Z100.00 E97.90
    echo:Maximum feedrates (mm/s):
    echo:  M203 X200.00 Y200.00 Z200.00 E43.00
    echo:Maximum Acceleration (mm/s2):
    echo:  M201 X9000 Y9000 Z9000 E9000
    echo:Acceleration: S=acceleration, T=retract acceleration
    echo:  M204 S3000.00 T3000.00
    echo:Advanced variables: S=Min feedrate (mm/s), T=Min travel feedrate (mm/s), B=minimum segment time (ms), X=maximum XY jerk (mm/s),  Z=maximum Z jerk (mm/s),  E=maximum E jerk (mm/s)
    echo:  M205 S0.00 T0.00 B20000 X20.00 Z20.00 E20.00
    echo:Home offset (mm):
    echo:  M206 X0.00 Y0.00 Z0.00
    echo:PID settings:
    echo:   M301 P24.00 I0.40 D20.00

     

    FYI this printer is capable of producing high quality dimensionally accurate prints at more than twice the speed that silhouette eludes to in the limited literature that they provide.

     

     

    A couple of hints:

     

    UNLESS YOU KNOW ATMEGA2560 /ARDUINO/ FTDI  in system programming DO NOT Flash you Marlin Firmware.  At least until I or someone else figures out a work around I REALLY want auto bed leveling....      Print Rite took marlin OPENSOURCE changed/complicated the flashing procedure removed some commands and didn't add a bootloader to their system and called it their "in house developed specialized os.  its just dumbed down marlin 1.0

     

    if using their filament

    THESE FIRST TWO THEY NEVER TELL YOU ANYWHERE BUT IF YOU WERE TO FRESH LOAD THEIR 3D SOFTWARE YOU MIGHT NOTICE

     

     

    210 C temp

    115% extrusion Rate

    it has a .4mm nozzle   but you should be laying down .45mm to .6mm lines and .35 for things like supports 

    and I usually run .08 to .16mm layer height

    Speed regular prints 45-60

    Detail prints 35-45

    Travel 70-80

    jerk 20

    acceleration   3000 to 8000mm  sq/s

     

    maximum dimensional extrusion 12

     

    YES because of the enclosed frame YOU CAN USE A BIG OLE 120mm PC Cooling fan straight off of the main board Labeled fan connection and the software will control it. Cura included (honestly it works better than the alta + built on rinky dink filament fan which blows but not in the way it should,

     

    And it is configured to use an sd card in fact the firmware still searches for it at load (i think that's how they flash firmware)

     

    That's for starters

     

    I am attaching

    all the g-code files I referenced

     

    Index of uploaded Files.

    Start an End G-Code  -- Revised for speed and accuracy put these in your cura settings

    Complete Calibration routine --  each tower individually,  or all towers plus center

    load/unload filament Captured from the Colido Software  matches silhouettes exactly.

    Complete Capture of Silhouette Alta Reset routine  

     

    if this is received well and people are interested, i Have Cura Print profiles , Slic3r config, Repetier Host config and a few others as well for the Silhouette Alta/Alta+

     

     

    Later all

    MD

     

    Silhouette AltaGcode Files REVISED.zip 3.29 kB · 9 downloads

    Thank you for this post! What wall thickness are you using?

  • Link to post
    Share on other sites
    Posted · Cura support for Silhouette Alta 3D printer

    Re: 

    2 hours ago, BaldwiJ7 said:

    What wall thickness are you using?

     

    Really depends on what I am printing and how solid/stout it needs to be.

     

    But my general rule is a multiple of the print nozzle.  which is  .4mm    

     

    I use

    1.2mm / 1.6mm   for structures  and functional parts

     

    .4mm - .8mm. For figures and very fine detail models

     

    When I am using 100% infill on small functional items like an eyeglasses temple earpiece. I use the thicker wall settings simply to avoid/reduce blobbing / pimples  .

     

    Hope that helps

     

    MD

  • Link to post
    Share on other sites
    Posted · Cura support for Silhouette Alta 3D printer
    21 hours ago, tdpspt said:

    Re: 

     

    Really depends on what I am printing and how solid/stout it needs to be.

     

    But my general rule is a multiple of the print nozzle.  which is  .4mm    

     

    I use

    1.2mm / 1.6mm   for structures  and functional parts

     

    .4mm - .8mm. For figures and very fine detail models

     

    When I am using 100% infill on small functional items like an eyeglasses temple earpiece. I use the thicker wall settings simply to avoid/reduce blobbing / pimples  .

     

    Hope that helps

     

    MD

    Yea that helps. What are your retraction settings?

  • Link to post
    Share on other sites
    Posted · Cura support for Silhouette Alta 3D printer
    On 8/7/2020 at 9:17 AM, blimbou said:

    I ve tried to configure like you sugest, but my Printhead Setting dont accept + values  (only -20 for x min and -10 for Ymin ).

    any help?

    -20 and -10 are what I use and it works fine.

    Settings Cura Alta.jpg

  • Link to post
    Share on other sites
    Posted · Cura support for Silhouette Alta 3D printer

    I need a great help, I need to know that the number or the code that has the diode that is next to the connector of the temperature sensor, is that orange color that says ec5. Above that diode some number appears, I beg you can give it to me. Since I have infinitely appreciate . 

    my printer burned that electrical part and I need the code to replace

    colido.jpg

    • Like 1
    Link to post
    Share on other sites
    Posted · Cura support for Silhouette Alta 3D printer
    On 28/10/2020 at 23:42, chispaa1 said:

    Preciso de uma grande ajuda, preciso saber que o número ou o código que tem o diodo que fica próximo ao conector do sensor de temperatura, é aquela cor laranja que diz ec5. Acima desse diodo aparece algum número, eu imploro que você pode dar para mim. Desde que eu aprecio infinitamente. 

    minha impressora queimou aquela parte elétrica e preciso do código para substituir

    colido.jpg

    I had the same problem, I'm almost sure it is a capacitor, I removed it and the temperature returned to indicate, but it stopped rectifying the signal and the indication is faulty, can someone help? just check the number above that EC5 capacitor on the board.

  • 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

    ×
    ×
    • Create New...