Jump to content
Ultimaker Community of 3D Printing Experts

Does Cura have a continuous Z mode?


entomophile
 Share

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
     Share

    • Our picks

      • New here? Get ahead with a free onboarding course
        Hi,
         
        Often getting started is the most difficult part of any process. A good start sets you up for success and saves you time and energy that could be spent elsewhere. That is why we have a onboarding course ready for
        Ultimaker S5 Pro Bundle, Ultimaker S5, Ultimaker S3 Ultimaker 2+ Connect.   
        They're ready for you on the Ultimaker Academy platform. All you need to do to gain access is to register your product to gain free access. 
        Ready? Register your product here in just 60 seconds.
          • Like
        • 8 replies
    ×
    ×
    • Create New...