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Questions about the slicing program called Ultimaker Cura.

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In Cura, can I make my top and bottom layer be all perimiters?

I'm using Cura to slice my prints. I've noticed that when printing the bottom layer (and also the top layer, if it's flat), it first prints three walls, then fills in the middle by moving back and ...
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Why is it conventional to set line width > nozzle diameter?

I recently became curious about the Line Width setting in Cura and why one might change it if they aren't using different size nozzle. Since I've gotten my Ender 3, I've always kept the line width ...
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How to build CuraEngine?

I've been trying to build CuraEngine on Ubuntu following the Github instructions. The problem is that it lists some requirements: Clone the CuraEngine repository; Install Protobuf (see below); ...
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How to configure Cura to run the Z probe before heating

I'm using Cura as my slicing/printing software and I just started using the BuildTak printing surface. The BuildTak is damaged by pushing a hot nozzle into it and my printer's (Robo3D R1+) ...
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Danger in 3D printing over a lithium ion battery

So I bought a Lulzbot Mini a couple months ago and finally downloaded Ultimaker's version of Cura... Boy... have I been missing out... One feature Ultimaker Cura implemented that I've been looking ...
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Print only part (fraction) of a model

I've made a 9H-printing model tonight, and only a little part of it failed (because a support dropped off). I want to reprint only that little part. How can I do that in Cura? How can I tell Cura to ...
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Cura: set z-offset

I'm having a Prusa i3 derivative printer with a capacitive sensor for the z-axis. It switches a tiny bit before the nozzle hits the print bed and hence needs a z-offset to be configured. In Slic3r I ...
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Cura not allowing full print area to used

Cura does not seem let the full print area to be used. My printer is a Lulzbot Mini. The design illustrated below can be found here.
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Platform support up to a certain Z height in Ultimaker Cura/G-code

Ultimaker Cura offers a platform support type of “touching buildplate” which enables the printer to only make a raft for parts of the object that should be touching the build plate. It also offers “...
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Writing G-code : swiping at start of print

Ok, I did it, I ordered myself an Ender-3, a genuine 24V e3D hotend, inductive sensor and some better tubing/clamps to cope with the problem the CR10/Ender line has occasionally. But now I need to ...
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Seemingly random lines on the surface

I'm getting seemingly random lines scattered across the top surface of my prints: Printer: Anycubic i3 mega Slicer: Cura 3.2.1 Printer chosen in Cura: Prusa i3, Gcode flavor changed to RepRap Cura ...
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How to set the Z home offset

I have what I thought would be a simple question. I don't have an auto leveling probe, I do my leveling manually with 4 screws and a piece of paper (I measured the thickness to 0.1 mm). For the ...
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Trouble printing small thin pole

3D-printing newbie here. I have a Geeetech's Prusa i3 mk2 B. I'm trying to print this: https://www.thingiverse.com/thing:1358311 That's a mold, with 2 external parts and a core. The exterior prints ...
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Is there a way to save a multi part print if one fails?

I'm printing 6 separate parts in one go, after 4 hours of printing one part failed, but the other 5 are printing nicely. Is there a way to prevent the print from printing the failed part and continue ...
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Under extrusion with Cura 3.1

I upgraded from Cura 2.7 to 3.1.0 and I'm getting horrible under extrusion, I'm sure this is the software because I rolled back to 2.7 and everything is working fine again. My printing is a Robo3D R1+...
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Are self intersecting meshes dirty from a 3D printing perspective?

I have never much cared about self intersecting meshes when slicing with Cura. Geometry like the one below are often practical. I for instance add lots of rivets that self intersect with the base ...
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How to pause a print to insert something in a cavity using Ultimaker Cura?

I have a model that contains a cavity, into which I want to insert a piece of metal, so I can use a magnet to stick to the print. How can I introduce a pause into the G-code without manipulating it ...
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Extruder doesn't retract on inner wall lines thereby causing stringing

I am trying to stop the stringing that occurs on one of my prints, I have set it so that it retracts the filament which does stop it during the extrusion of the outer wall layer, however when it comes ...
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Monoprice Select IIIP Plus - Best speed settings and speeding up prints

How do I speed up prints for the Monoprice Select IIIP Plus printer? The manual shows [Cura] examples of: Print speed: 50mm/s Travel Speed: 80mm/s Bottom Layer Speed: 20mm/s Infill Speed: 50mm/s ...
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Missing top layers in Cura

I've just tried to make some small labels with embossed lettering. Base is 1.5 mm, with letters and a perimeter protruding by another 1 mm. After printing, I realised that Cura is not giving me a top ...
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Nozzle always "randomly" moves to 0 during print, then resumes

I recently bought an Anet A8 (https://pevly.com/anet-a8-3d-printer-review/). I've managed to get everything up and running, leveled the board, but am now running into a problem. At the start of the ...
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Skipping Y-steps, only when using Ultimaker Cura

In order to find out why my printer sometimes skips Y-steps (always in the same direction) only in Ultimaker Cura, I am digging into the G-code to understand the problem better. However, thousands of ...
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M3D Micro printer stops extruding but is not clogged

I have an M3D Micro 3D printer that printed fine for a couple of weeks and then was plagued with issues afterward. I've done the fixes from the forum to get proper heating and cooling of the nozzle (I'...
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Does Cura have an algorithm for any infill percentage or does it just have specific patterns?

Looking in the Cura interface, I can set any whole number 0-100 for the infill percentage. Does Cura have an algorithm to calculate a pattern for any of those possible values, or does it have a few ...
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Show generated support structures in Cura

In Cura, when you enable "Print support structure", is there a way to see what it will look like?
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How to edit Cura profile in Octoprint?

In Cura, I can edit my .ini profile settings as needed, for example, when I change filament or models. It's annoying to have to edit the profile on another computer and update it on my Pi just to ...
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Settings for vase mode in CURA?

I keep hearing about vase mode, but I have some problem figuring out how to set it up in my slicer; I use CURA. So, I'd like to get some settings to do it in Ultimaker Cura, using PLA if the material ...
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Slicing problem - Slic3r prusa

I'm trying to slice this model: https://www.shapeways.com/product/VVNUVZ6JL/dread-warrior?optionId=66361748&li=user-profile I'm using a .4mm nozzle and .1mm layer height. When using slic3r some ...
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Wavy walls with Ultimaker Cura

I've printed a 2x2x2 cm test cube with Slic3r (left) and Ultimaker Cura (right) and my Prusa i3 derivative machine with tight belts. The print settings should be quite equal (0.15 mm layer ...
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Settings for CuraEngine

What is the proper way to give printer settings to CuraEngine? Is it possible to put all these settings into a file (like Json formatted)? ...
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Ender 3 severe under-extrusion

I've been using my Ender 3 for about four months now and it's been working wonderfully. The print quality is amazing and all the prints are very strong. Then about three weeks ago, my entire system ...
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Lines appearing during ironing

I'm new to 3D printing, but have been having relative success with the Ender 5 Pro and Cura. I'm making some coasters and using the ironing feature to smooth out the top layer. This is mostly working ...
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Tuning line width and flow compensation in Cura

I'm currently in the process of fine-tuning my cheap CTC i3 clone. I'm using Cura 3.1 for slicing. After calibrating the extruder steps, I wanted to optimize the line width and flow compensation ...
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Print came out like a wafer

I'm not sure how else to describe it. There's probably a name for this but I just don't know it. But the bottom few layers came out great, but the rest came out kind of like a triscuit. Below are pics ...
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Random lines are being printed?

I recently got a Creality Ender-3, and tried printing a few things for some tests. I’ve printed a cube and just printed a cylindrical tube today, and I notice each time, it adds this random line on ...
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Move print bed to front at the end of a print rather than the back

I have a Monoprice Maker Select Plus, currently using Ultimaker Cura 3.6.0 with the default settings for a Wanhao Duplicator i3 Plus. Right now when a print finishes, the bed retreats towards the back ...
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Adding additional extrusion to a raft (raft with a skirt?)

I started using rafts more often, to get better results with complex or fragile parts, but my Ender 3 consistently under-extrudes the initial outside line of the raft (for the first inch or two, where ...
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Writing G-code: Audible Alert at end of print

Often, the pre-generated G-code is enough for start and end. However, sometimes we want to have something different. In this case: how to generate an audible alert of something like 4 bleeps at the ...
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Are there many differences between Ultimaker Cura and FlashForge FlashPrint slicers?

I recently bought a 3D printer called Dreamer NX from FlashForge. The dealer told me to use FlashPrint software that belongs to the FlashForge printer manufacturer. But, many people advise me to use ...
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Why is my 3D printer over extruding when I have set the flow rate very low

Hello I am using Cura to slice my prints, and despite turning the flow rate to the minimum value of 5%, my prints are still hugely over extruding. I have calibrated the extruder stepper perfectly, ...
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Monoprice Select Mini V2 retraction/stringing problem

I have a Monoprice Select Mini V2 and I’ve recently been having issues with little strings that are thick and sturdy sticking off of models: I used Ultimaker Cura v3.4.1 to slice this model: Basic ...
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Anet A8 beginning layers not printing correctly

I have had an Anet A8 printer for about two months now and still have not gotten it to print good prints. At first, it would only print completely solid parts and every time I would try infill from ...
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Cura 2.4 missing "split object into parts"

I have an stl with multiple parts that I want to split up. Cura 15 had an option to "split object into parts" but I can't find that in cura 2.4. Did it get removed?
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Ender 3 Extruder First Layer Perfect But Then Starts Clicking Afterwards

All of a sudden I seem to be having a lot of issues with under extruding on my Ender 3. The bottom layer (of height 0.1 mm) prints perfectly fine. This is done at 15 mm/s speed. However, The ...
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Can't connect Cura to my Anet A8 on OSX 10.11.6

I finished the mount of my Anet A8, tested everything and apparently it was ok. I installed the driver that came with it, CH341SER_MAC, turned on the printer, ...
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Slic3r settings for flat slopes on top

I am having trouble printing a hollow object using Slic3r. On flat slopes on top, there are gaps that I cannot get fixed. The perimeters of successive layers just don't cover each other. Cura however ...
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Do Cura's self-crossing infill patterns account for excess material from self-crossing?

As far as I can tell, Cura's infill patterns which are self-crossing, such as triangles, don't do anything special to account for extruding material over the ...
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First layer eventually sticks to the hotend and tears

I am at my wits end with this problem. I start a print and the skirt goes down fine, then the outline of the parts go down fine (usually) and then when it goes to fill in the first layer, it will ...
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Getting bumps/warts on surface, Cura doesn't want to comb?

I have not been able to print smooth and round shapes using Cura 3.3.1 (or earlier) without bumps. I think they are seams? The filament is PLA. Combing is enabled, which I thought makes it so that ...
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Where is a reputable place to download Ultimaker Cura?

I noticed that my version of Ultimaker Cura was out of date, so I tried to go to their website and download a new version. For whatever reason, I could not get the download link to work properly in ...

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