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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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Heatbed control with Pronterface

I'm having trouble getting my MendelMax 2's heatbed not to heat up when I want to print without it. I don't get how multiple sources of control relate to each other (same with extrusion temperatures, ...
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Are there any software packages that can open and edit 3MF?

I am trying to find programs that can import and export 3MF file formats. I know that Cura 15.10 beta can open 3MF formats, but I am looking for a program that open, edit and save 3MF files. I am very ...
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Is Arduino Due a worth buy as controller electronics for deltabots?

Over the times I hear people saying delta inverse kinematics push atmega2560 to limits. I see in my local supplier Arduino Due and RAMPS-FD is the cheapest 32bit alternatives. But there's not much ...
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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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How to remove white marks from PLA

When you cut or break a PLA model (for example to remove support) it often leaves an ugly while mark where the removed piece was connected. Sanding also tend to leave dull white scratches on the ...
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Why won't makerbot accept an STL file from Blender?

Our library system just put a 3D printer in one of the branches. I have used SketchUp on the library computers for a number of years just to do artsy things. Suddenly, I have the opportunity to ...
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Scalable 3D Printer

Is there a definitive scalable 3D printer? I've seen examples of Chinese companies printing entire houses, and I'm curious as to printers / filaments that are intended (or at least able) be scaled ...
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How are delta movements calculated?

On a Cartesian printer movements are really simple. If we assume the printer has 100 steps/mm on each axis, then a move of 10mm on a axis is just 1000 Steps on that axis. Movements that are not ...
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Practical concerns smoothing PLA print with chloroform vapours

One way to give PLA prints a smooth finish is treatment with chloroform vapours (or other solvents, as mentioned in this answer). This method is even featured on Ultimaker website. I would like to try ...
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Real life stepper speed

I am wondering about the speed that my steppers should achieve in regular operation and what the determining factors are, from theoretical hardware facts/limits to software limitations that can ...
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What and how much does coloring in the filament affect in the print?

Are there general rules on how much a colored filament vs. vanilla filament affects the print results, what is affected and how those values should be changed in the slicer to achieve more similar ...
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What types of pigments can be used when making your own filaments?

There are many types of pigments made for paint, food, fabric, cosmetic and finally plastic pigments. I guess we need pigments made for plastic, or at least pigments which won't decompose, burn or ...
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Repeatedly Clogged Printrbot Simple Extruder

I have a Printrbot Simple Metal. The extruder is getting clogged all the time. I went through the process demonstrated here multiple times already. Heatting the extruder and pushing different tools ...
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Hictop 3d printer upgrades?

Where can I go to upgrade this printer? It's a hictop prusa i3 3d printer. Where do you buy heated beds suitable for ABS and PLA? Also, what kind of extruder do you guys think I should buy? This is ...
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Have you used the Retouch3D? What are pros and cons of it? [closed]

I teach in a high school that has a MakerBot printer. I was looking at the Retouch3D tool. I'd like to know some pros/cons from people who have used it themselves. Would you say it is worth getting ...
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What is the MightyBoard 1280 IO used for?

While I've worked on fixing my voltage regulator on my MightyBoard, I've noticed an extra set of pins available labeled Atmega 1280 IO. I've tried finding documentation on what these pin can be used ...
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Using an Arduino Mega with burnt voltage regulator

Due to a not-given compatibility with Makerbot mechanical endstop wiring (and carelessness on my side) I ended up burning the voltage regulator on my Arduino Mega 2560. Now, powering the Arduino ...
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Are the Makerbot 5th generation's initial issues resolved

I am considering buying a 3D printer for work (scientific research). On paper, the Makerbot 5th generation seems to be the best option, because the price is right for my budget, and also because I'm ...
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What is the cheapest 3D printer that you can get right now? [closed]

What is the cheapest (desktop) 3D printer that you can get right now? Is there a current price list (with different vendors)?
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What kind of filter do I need for the enclosure of a 3d printer? [duplicate]

I've heard alot about the need for ventilation when using 3D Printers lately. Is there any special sort of filter that would prevent the toxic gases from leaking out of the printer while it's ...
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How to make your own 3D printer? [closed]

I am wondering if I can get some electronic and mechanical layout of the machine. Is it possible to make 3D printer components with 3D printer?
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Is it possible to use an aftermarket controller on a MakerBot?

I've got a dead MakerBot Replicator Dual and I'm not really interested in fixing it with about half the parts being proprietary, discontinued, and therefore very expensive. So, I'm wondering if it's ...
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How small can I expect FDM 3d printers to print?

I was wondering if this printer(daVinci 1.0) had the ability to print very small objects, like insects, coins, or small nuts. (About the size of 1 -2 cubic centimeters) Here is a link to the printer ...
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How to create a web-based PHP that can print to multiple printer(when idle) using silent printing

The print job connect to the database. When there is an idle printer, the print job directly goes to it. It need to connect with print server too. How do i start? Can someone help me... Thank you.
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Gnarly filament: just one of those things, or grounds for complaint?

everyone. I'm a relative newcomer to 3D printing, so I don't know what constitutes an unacceptably bad spool of filament. About 1/6 of the way into a roll of PETG (and maybe 4 hours into a 6-hour ...
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What is the best length of the melting zone in the hotend?

There are many hot end designs out thee and one difference is the length of the melting zone. The melting zone is that part of the hotend where the pushed in filament is heated up and therefore ...
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Autodesk Spark Print Manager Operating Systems?

What operating systems are available for running the Autodesk Spark Print Manager? (https://spark.autodesk.com/developers/reference/printer-manufacturers/integrate-your-printer/integrate-your-printer-...
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How to upload my works to Thingiverse without making my real name public

I want to upload some of my works to Thingiverse without making my real name public (displaying it on the profile page). I think it is OK to register my name to the site unless the make it public, ...
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Printing a CV joint

Fair warning: I am a complete novice in 3-D printing. This will, hopefully, be the first thing I've ever printed. I want to make a Constant Velocity Joint for a camera stabilizer I'm making. I've ...
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Dimension SST Printer Broken parts

My company has an old Dimension SST printer that is out of commission due to a few broken pieces. I have contacted the Stratsys folk and they won't do anything until we purchase a multi-thousand ...
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What is the benefit of using an ARM based electronics?

Most electronics use micro-controllers like an AVR, but I'm seeing ARM chips in new electronics. ARM chips are said to be more powerful, but in what areas related to 3D printing could this help? What ...
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Mushy small top layers?

I just added a fan to my printer because very small layers seem to come out very badly. For example, the 5mm PLA cube that's the top level of the test shape shown below. Watching closely, I can see ...
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Is there a G-code for waiting?

My printer has an auto-leveling feature that works by touching the build plate with the tip of the nozzle. I started using a BuildTak surface and BuildTak is damaged when you push a hot nozzle into ...
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How to improve face that are printed on support?

Is there anything I can do to improve the bottom side of surfaces that are printed on support? I always try to rotate the model so that surfaces that need to look nice are on the sides or top, and, ...
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What makes Pronterface wait for user?

I'm using Cura with the Pronterface UI to slice/print and sometimes printing just stops - always in the first layer - when it happens the printing screen shows "Waiting for user", when I press the ...
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What parameters affect cylinder regularity?

I'm printing cylindrical pins for a spool holder, but all my pins have irregularities on the external surface of the cylinders (see photo for partially printed pin with irregularities). It's hard to ...
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What is the benefit of the Arduino schield based electronics?

Some electronics come as a single PCB. They have CPU and everything on just one board. Other electronics are a shield for an Arduino. So these are always two boards. The Arduino and the other PCB. ...
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What air filtration options exist for enclosures?

Given the emissions that 3d printing gives off (ABS = styrene and other chemicals, PLA give some off, etc), what options are there to filter the air in the enclosure other than venting the air out of ...
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Why does my MKS Base not recognize my thermistors?

I recently upgraded my Geeetech Acrylic Prusa i3 with a MKS Base V1.4 and it would not recognize the thermistors (100K {type 1}) even though they worked fine with the Arduino Mega 2560 with the RAMPS ...
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How thin can my extrusion be from a 1.2mm extruder?

I always assumed that the smallest diameter that you could extrude was equal to the diameter of the extruder tip itself. Recently I heard that you can actually extrude a line that's as little as half ...
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Will I see a noticeable difference switching from a .4mm to a .3mm nozzle?

I currently print with a .4mm nozzle on my extruder, and my prints seem to come out fairly accurate; would I see much of a difference if I went to a .3mm? What are the pros and cons of larger and ...
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Ideal print bed: Glass or Aluminium?

Glass is always level, easy to clean, easy to work with. Aluminium allows for the addition of automatic bed leveling with an inductive sensor and distributes heat a little more evenly. When printing ...
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How to properly use Polyisocyanurate (PIR) foam with the heated bed?

From what I understand, it takes a really long time for the heated bed to heat up using an MK2a heated bed. I've heard some people suggest that using Polyisocyanurate (PIR) foam (insulation that ...
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What could be causing my y axis to slip?

Occasionally, while printing, my y axis will slip and the layer will, from that point forward, be shifted, ruining the print. What might be the causes of an axis slipping? I have tried cooling the ...
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Bed leveling method?

Is there a good method or tool to level the bed of 3D printers? I find myself making small adjustments a lot and it's mostly just trial-and-error. A normal bubble level is of limited help and trying ...
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Printing multiple materials with different properties on the same device

I have searched the internet and found various 3D printers with different advantages and materials which they can print - some even multi color. However, I cannot seem to find a printer that can ...
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Is it necessary to have both hot ends on a dual extruder printer at the same height?

I'm thinking of another extruder on my printer, and I'm curious about this one.... Is it necessary to have both hot ends on same height? Why yes / why not? (if there is not)
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How do people load filament, prime the printhead, flush out the old filament when changing colors when using a standalone 3D printer?

I am wondering how people that use standalone 3D printers (printers that have the ability to print autonomously from SD Card) feed in filament, prime the printhead and/or change filaments without a ...
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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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