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Posted · FF Creator Pro/Max 2 profiles

Hey,

 

Are there any plans or existing working profiles for the Creator 2 (Not the original one!) for Cura? I can only find one and it isn't very good.

 

Also, why don't ultimaker offer a profile within Cura? I've read before that it's because Flashforge printers can't read gcode and use another format, but I can literally drag a gcode file onto the SD card and it prints from it, so is there another reason?

 

I got it working on the Adventurer 3 and it's all I use now, would love to ditch Flashprint for the creator 2 as well!

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    Posted · FF Creator Pro/Max 2 profiles

    Ultimaker builds and sells 3D printers.  Directly supporting another manufacturer would be dumb.  If FlashForge was to submit a printer definition to Ultimaker it might be considered for inclusion in Cura (over 300 printer models are) but whether they can read Gcode or not doesn't really come into it.  It's a FlashForge thing.  Some manufacturers absolutely want you to use their proprietary software and make it very difficult to move away from it.

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    Posted (edited) · FF Creator Pro/Max 2 profiles

    Alright, sorry if my question was dumb. 

     

    I installed Cura, saw hundreds of printers except the one I wanted and asked why - I had no idea all of those printer profiles were supplied by the manufacturers (It doesn't say). 

     

    Thanks for the warm welcome.

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    Posted · FF Creator Pro/Max 2 profiles
    5 minutes ago, DoctorDawg said:

    I installed Cura, saw hundreds of printers except the one I wanted and asked why - I had no idea all of those printer profiles were supplied by the manufacturers (It doesn't say). 

     

    Most of the profiles are not provided by manufacturers either. The only profiles that Ultimaker provides (and maintains) are the ones for Ultimaker printers. The rest are either contributed by people that have the printer and want to make it easier to get up and running for other people or directly by the manufacturers themselves.

    So the reason that we didn't add it is because we simply don't have the resources (or the desire to spend them on this) to test / check / maintain third party printer profiles. We would have to double (and probably even more!) the team size to do this and buy a new warehouse to just store all the printers so we could test it. So we rely on the amazing volunteers (and in some cases other companies) that have added / test the profiles that we have now for third party profiles.

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    Posted · FF Creator Pro/Max 2 profiles

    I have a FlashForge Creator Pro from back in the day and I got it to work on Cura in version 4.8.  It took a little googling but someone put together the profiles for it and made it easily downloadable.  There's youtube videos on adding the resources to the Cura back-end and it's pretty simple.  

     

    Here's the github with the downloadable profiles: https://github.com/eugr/Flashforge-for-Cura (If you don't trust links, just google "flashforge creator pro cura profile" and the subreddit should come up)

     

    THE PROBLEM IS!! now that I've installed Cura 4.11, the drag and drop method of installing these profiles for the FlashForge Creator Pro no longer work and I am forced to use the FlashPrint program which is extremely limited in it's functionality.  

     

    Is this something Cura can fix?  The profiles exist and are available for free, I just need the ability to import them to the Cura software.

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