Jump to content

Does Cura have a continuous Z mode?


entomophile

Recommended Posts

Posted · Does Cura have a continuous Z mode?

I have seen other programs that have a function that continuously lowers the build plate as a build progresses, thereby eliminating the seam lines where the build plate lowers. For example, when printing a cylinder the print head just goes round and round without any pause for each layer. Any way to get this type of printing in Cura?

 

  • Link to post
    Share on other sites

    Posted · Does Cura have a continuous Z mode?

    "Spiralize the outer contour" in the expert settings.

    Do note that if you have your shell thickness set to 0.8mm for example cura will try to create a single wall 0.8mm thick with the 0.4mm nozzle. In other words, it will over extrude heavily to accomplish this. It can work, but you need to slooow down. So it's better to set it to 0.4mm to match your nozzle.

     

  • Link to post
    Share on other sites

    Posted · Does Cura have a continuous Z mode?

    also very usefull for printing vases and stuff, using larger nozzles is making it even more usefull;

    few more links;

    http://umforum.ultimaker.com/index.php?/topic/8479-spiralize-overhang-test-xt-on-08-nozzle/

    http://umforum.ultimaker.com/index.php?/topic/7488-trick-cura-to-change-print-path/?p=70210

     

  • Link to post
    Share on other sites

    Posted · Does Cura have a continuous Z mode?

    There are no Z seam lines created by Cura because the Z movement happens on an inner layer. Howerver there *are* lines where the movement goes from the inner shell to the outer shell. You can make this almost invisible if you print very slow such as 20mm/sec and it's pretty hard to see even at 35mm/sec. But the only way to eliminate it 100% is with spiralize which ONLY works for cup shaped objects - objects that have a very thin wall and no top yet *do* have a bottom. This is an extremely limited number of objects but includes cups, vases, pencil holders. It does *not* include things like coffee mugs which have handles. Or pretty much anything not cup shaped.

     

  • Link to post
    Share on other sites

    Posted · Does Cura have a continuous Z mode?

    Thanks again. Looks like the spiralize setting works. I did a quick test with some single wall cylinders. Standard print is on the left, spiralized print is on the right.

    standard print (L) vs. spiralize setting ®

     

  • Link to post
    Share on other sites

    Create an account or sign in to comment

    You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

    Create an account

    Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!

    Register a new account

    Sign in

    Already have an account? Sign in here.

    Sign In Now
    • Our picks

      • Introducing the UltiMaker Factor 4
        We are happy to announce the next evolution in the UltiMaker 3D printer lineup: the UltiMaker Factor 4 industrial-grade 3D printer, designed to take manufacturing to new levels of efficiency and reliability. Factor 4 is an end-to-end 3D printing solution for light industrial applications
          • Like
        • 3 replies
      • UltiMaker Cura 5.7 stable released
        Cura 5.7 is here and it brings a handy new workflow improvement when using Thingiverse and Cura together, as well as additional capabilities for Method series printers, and a powerful way of sharing print settings using new printer-agnostic project files! Read on to find out about all of these improvements and more. 
         
          • Like
        • 26 replies
    ×
    ×
    • Create New...