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Posted · Veeeeery new to this - upload issues

Hello. I am very new to this (owned machine one week) and have a simple question:

On YouMagin. Go to an item (like Cymon's hinged treasure chest). I hit download and move that folder to my SDHC card (exact same model as came with the unit). When I put the card into the machine, it sees the hinged-treasure-chest folder, but when I select that it says no files are found. If I download just the STL file from the folder directly onto the drive, the machine still says no files found.

So it can see the folder but not the STL file, I guess. This feels like major user error. What am I doing wrong to be able to download from the site?

Thanks.

 

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Posted · Veeeeery new to this - upload issues

The printer doesn't understand what an STL file is, it only understands gcode files. The first type of file describes what a model looks like and the other tells the printer what to do in order to print it out. Before you can print a model from Youmagine (or wherever else you get it from) you need to "slice" it which prepares it for print. Instead of me repeating a bunch of information I would suggest you download the manual for "cura" (which is the software that performs this operation) here:

https://www.ultimaker.com/pages/support/manuals

 

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Posted · Veeeeery new to this - upload issues

Ah, perfect, thank you. I was under the impression that STL files had the slice instructions. Didn't realize there was another step. I was going to get to uploading Cura, but now that will be my next step. I appreciate this!

 

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