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Posted · USB Stick print fail.

Hi All

 

I'm trying to get an Ultimaker3 to print from a USB stick, but I am having problems.

 

The printer asks for me to insert a USB Drive. But when I insert a drive I get the message Print and Return both highlighted.

All I can do is return to the home menu, and so cannot print. (See photos)

 

Am I doing something obviously wrong?

 

I'm using Cura OK, and my STL's work fine on other printers.

 

Thank you

Conrad

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Posted · USB Stick print fail.

Probably down to how it's formatted (should be FAT32) or an insufficient read/write speed. Are you able to try a different stick? There's a 16gb verbatim stick included in the UM3 box which works great.

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Posted · USB Stick print fail.

The memory stick I'm using is formatted exFAT 64gb. I've tried a different stick and has got the same results. Unfortunately I don't have the supplied 16gb verbatim stick.

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Posted · USB Stick print fail.

That exFAT is probably going to be the problem? I would suggest you buy a couple of thumbnail 8GB or 16GB sticks, and just leave them with the printer. I guess USB2 would be preferable over USB3? Theoretically it should make no difference, since USB3 is downward compatible, but you never know? And speed is obviously of no concern here. :-) They cost less than 10 euro/piece these days. A tiny little thumbnail stick doesn't stick out too far, so less risk of hitting and damaging it. Make sure they are FAT32.

 

I once tried reformatting a 64GB exFAT stick into FAT32 (for another purpose, not for 3D-printing), but that didn't work well. Had to reformat it back to exFAT.

 

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Posted · USB Stick print fail.

You also have the option to connect the printer to Wi-Fi, LAN, or Ultimaker Cloud to send jobs via the network, then there's no need for USB sticks! (As long as your network admin allows this).

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