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Posted · Can I add a new material to the printer? Already did so in Cura

I have the Ultimaker S5 and I'm using a filament called Polycast from Polymaker.


There is a plug-in for Cura that adds this filament to the software. I set up the print in Cura to use Polycast in the AA core and PVA in BB.


When I go to the S5 though, when I load the filament, it gets stuck on the "Detecting filament" step. It just spins and does nothing. Should I just select something random at this point? I tried PLA and when I go to print the file, it says there's a conflict and "This print job is prepared for a different printer configuration."


So is there a way to add the Polycast to the actual S5? or does this not matter?


It looks like PolyCast is PVB (PolyVinyl Butyral) and there is no option for this when selecting the filament type on the S5.

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    Posted · Can I add a new material to the printer? Already did so in Cura

    PVB and PLA have similar printing temps and that's the most important thing.  If it were me I would just select PLA and override (print anyway).  Unless you have the material station, it usually doesn't matter if you use the wrong material profile as long as you get the temps right (hot end and bed).  The material station does a kind of cold pull and that temperature is different from the printing temperature and is important to get just right.


    In fact I've been very unhappy at the fan settings in most profiles.  Either my S5 is different than others or someone isn't doing any testing of fan speeds and are just guessing.  Because they are guessing wrong for my printer.


    I believe the S5, when it preheats for active leveling - picks appropriate temperatures for the cores and bed based on the material.  This is why I say PLA and PVB are close enough and it should be okay to lie to the printer about what material you loaded in this case.  Other than the preheat and the cooldown phase, I don't think the printer does anything important depending on the material - everything else should come from the gcode created by Cura based on the correct material in your case.

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