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Managing GCode vs 3mf

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Posted · Managing GCode vs 3mf

Not about print qualtiy exactly, but ensuring prints are always what you thing they are...


I'm apparently turning into to nozzel swapper since I'm too cheap to buy 6 printers (0.2, 0.4, 0.6, 0.8, 2x1.0 would be ideal). Right now I push everything through octoprint which cura handels beautifully. The one thing that I keep doing is "losing" the nozzel size based gcode. Mostly because I'm using a file structure that is project based and all the gcode for a part lands in the same folder. Cura just uses an STL name for the file which overwrites the last gcode I put there. This isn't much of a problem as I still have the 3mf files and can just make the adjustments. This gets a bit annoying when I need to make more advanced "nozzle diamater" adjustments for temp, speed, but that's on me to manage the nozzle size profiles better (I think).


I was thinking that I need to adopt some type of naming/folder structure that has nozzel/material/etc included to help me manage the aparently larger number of variations I'm going to have for my parts. I'm pretty sure this is a "Jaysen is stupid" problem, but I would welcome some insight from more experianced people making "small scale production" runs. 


Thanks in advance.

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    Posted · Managing GCode vs 3mf

    I save my gcode files to my computer and then upload them to OctoPrint manually, so I save them with whatever filename I want.


    Something that might be a bit easier is a a plugin called Printjob Naming (you don't need to sign in if you just get it from the Marketplace inside Cura). Then you can just go to Extensions > Custom Printjob Naming > Set name options and include a {machine_nozzle_size} field in either the prefix or postfix.


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