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Posted · UM3 material override required every time



I am wondering why I keep needing to override the material setting. 

on the UM3 I install ABS.  I then set up Cura  slicing with ABS Orange.  I then print over network but I have to go to the online monitor in order to override the material.  when I click on the override it states I need to change the material setting on the printer from ABS to ABS Orange.????? There is no ABS Orange option when loading material so how can I???

this is not using custom material profiles this is using the Ultimaker Profiles. 

Any chance this can be looked at as it's annoying as F. and a major disconnect between Slicer development and Firmware development. 


Many thanks 


Rebekah Anderson

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Posted (edited) · UM3 material override required every time

Use the generic ABS profile in Cura and you are fine.

If you choose the UM ABS Orange profile in Cura, the printer wants an ABS orange spool too, but for whatever reason it cannot detect it. So maybe your NFC is not working or the spool you have, has no NFC chip. Third option, NFC is working, spool has NFC chip but will also not detected because the serial number is not correctly added to the firmware. I have a black NFC UM spool which is not detected.


As a general rule, if you have to select the material on the printer manually, use the generic profiles Cura. If your material is autodetected by the printer, then use the UM profiles. There is no difference between generic profiles and UM profiles, so don't worry.

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Posted · UM3 material override required every time

I understand Rebekah problem, and I've the same:

60% of my filaments are not Ultimaker/NFC enabled, so there's mostly ALWAYS an override to be done... really annoying.

Using generic materials means you cannot use specific and "colored" non-Ultimaker materials, something that is useful for:

1. looking at correct colored parts, especially in dual extrusion

2. my materials database is detailed with specific printing options, cost, etc.


In the end:

--> I need using specific non-ultimaker materials

--> It would be nice having a Cura option (easy to select) to override automatically.


Might you please consider implementing this feature?

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Posted · UM3 material override required every time

As long as you keep the "Material Type" i.e set to "PLA" then this material profile should be accepted as generic material. So when you load the 3rd party material, select PLA at the printer. In Cura add custom profiles for your materials but keep the material type field set to PLA or whatever. It is maybe easier to choose the generic material profile, then click duplicate and then modify the profile to your needs, but again, keep the material type field as is. 


The magic behind that (I hope Um hasn't changed it in the past) is that with the material type field the printer thinks that your custom profile is still a generic PLA (which works internally with GUIDs).


Give it a try, it was working in the past and I think it is still working.

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