I have a Mac and downloaded Cura 2.4. What are the settings necessary to use for this printer? There are a lot more settings here than the software that came with the machine.
The Youtube video is definitely helpful.The printer settings are pretty straightforward, but the Profile settings give you enough options to get you in trouble if you don't know where to start. Here's what I've been using with Cura 2.4/2.5 when printing with some PLA that I bought from Monoprice when I got the printer:
Start with "Normal Quality" profile defaults
-Layer Height: 0.2 mm
-Initial Layer Height: 0.3 mm
-Top/Bottom Line Width: 0.4 mm
Printing Temperature: 210 C
Build Plate Temp: 60 C
Build Plate Temp Inital Layer: 60 C
Retraction Distance: 2 mm
Print Speed: 40 mm/s
Travel Speed 90 mm/s
For the speed setting, I've used 50 mm/s before, but the quality degrades a little bit and I get some random blobs here and there. The quality at 40 mm/s looks better to me, but depending on what you're printing you might not care. I initially tried 215 for the printer temp, but that seemed to be too drippy. I've noticed if the nozzle isn't good and clean when you start the print, it can tend to drag the drip across the print and then start to make a big mess.
I've also noticed that every 3-4 prints I need to fiddle with the bed leveling to get the nozzle at the right distance from the bed. This might have to do with the tension springs shifting laterally during the printing process. I'm going to print up some of those spring cups after I've finished printing up the Z brace bits later today.
I haven't tried ABS yet, but I'm also working on the Ikea Lack table enclosure that everyone seems to use.
Let us know if you find some settings that work well for you!
Thanks! We have a new Ikea here so I will see about the enclosure. The print speed and travel speed are good to know. I have everything else the same.
Check out this video...it really helped me out...he gives good settings but also explains what each setting means so you can start to understand what to tweak when things go wrong:
I don't know if they have a Mac version on there, too, but I found a version of Cura customized for the IIIP on the micro sd card when I got mine. It had all the settings pre-set. It's an older version of Cura, but it's got everything set specifically for our printer.
If you want the ini for the profile to see what all the settings are, let me know and I'll see if there's an easy way to get you the contents.
Thanks! I noticed the filament size was wrong too. I changed to 1.75mm and am adding the filament types I have on hand right now.
Of course man! I actually completely forgot about the filament size. I just found that out last night when my extruder kept trying to jam too much filament out at the beginning of the print causing it to skip the first few steps. Hopefully you'll be able to avoid that nightmare.
You'll want to pick "Prusa i3" for you machine but afterward go into machine settings and edit your build plate dimensions. The Prusa i3 has the z height set to 200mm but this printer actually has a z height of 180mm. Other than that, the settings should work for your printer just fine. You can always mess with build plate and hot end temperatures, but that's one of the things you'll want to wait on until you actually need it (ie. when things aren't printing correctly).
I used Cura's build in Prusa i3 settings, works fine for me.
Thanks.. Trying it now. Just downloaded Cura V2.5 for Mac.