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Posted · I could use some help

I was using cura to make ear savers for my work space, and i am trying to download things to print. I use files in gcode and stl, but when i try to import them to cura, it doesnt work and says it cant use the file. I looked it up and i saw that it is supposed to accept gcode and stl. I would really appreciate it if someone could help me out.  

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Posted · I could use some help

STL file is the model.  It's the description of the thing to print.  It's a format that slicers (like Cura) understand.  Most CAD programs have their own format as well which is more thorough (STL files don't include color for example).  After slicing, the output of Cura is a gcode file which printers know how to deal with.

 

gcode is the file ready to print on a particular printer.  If you have a gcode sliced for an Ultimaker2+ it will work on other UM2+ but won't work (most likely) on Ultimaker 3 or S5 or a Prusa printer for that mater.

 

Cura will however let you *open* gcode files so you can look at them.  But you can't do anything else - you can't then convert it to work on another brand printer - you can just look the file over visually.

 

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Posted · I could use some help

I try using stl files but i always get an error. can i use obj files and if so how can i not get an error when using stl? 

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Posted · I could use some help

What error?  I was going to say maybe you have too many triangles (millions) but an ear saver should only have a few hundred triangles.  Explain the error in detail please.  Maybe a screen shot?  Maybe upload the log file?

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Posted (edited) · I could use some help

It Gives this error

 

Invalid File

Cannot open files of the type of C:/Users/Owner/Downloads/Force+User+Baby+Yoda.zip

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Posted · I could use some help

Okay so zip files are files that store other files.  Like a directory folder.  So you need to first open up the zip file and take out the contents and put the contents into another folder.

 

It sounds like you are on a Windows machine.  So for example, double click the zip file will show you the contents - look around for all the STL files and then drag them somewhere (e.g. your desktop or a folder just for 3d printing STL files maybe).

 

Then drag the files from *there* to Cura to see them in 3D view and to slice them and so on.

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