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Posted · Forcing Print to continue with different color filament of same type if filament runs out mid print

I am printing with Ultimaker S5 with material station.  I was using Orange ABS for a print when it ran out before the print completed.  The S5 asks for a new spool of Orange ABS to be loaded which I do not have.  

Is there a way to force the print to complete with another color of the same material?

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Posted · Forcing Print to continue with different color filament of same type if filament runs out mid print

Hello @ckelly, thank you for your post and welcome to the community! It is possible to continue with a different color, but it might not be as straight-forward as you might think. (although I also wouldn't call it complicated). 


The Material Station will always try to finish a print with a new spool of the same material and the same color, it will not just switch to a different color because you have sliced a model to be printed in (in your case) ABS Orange, and you might not be pleased to find out tomorrow that the upper half of your print is blue. Sometimes it might be fine, but most often it probably isn't. 


What you can do, if you have a spool of a different color ABS, is to either remove the NFC chip it has one (remove the cardboard insert from the side) and select in the interface that it is ABS Orange, or you could remove the NFC and insert the NFC from your ABS Orange and put that one instead, and the material station will read it as ABS Orange. 


Hope this helps, have a great day! 

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