It turned out that the CURA version I was running didn’t tell me there was a newer one available, even though I’ve used the update checker. Regardless, version 2.6.1 solves the problem of floating support structure I was facing. Many additions and improvements happened since revision 2.3.1, and the test print went well as well as the support structure dissolution.
A few learning: 1) I will be able to print the design as planned without having to manually add support structures. 2) It will take some serious time to print the final model first, and then clean it even using the water-soluble PVA material. 3) The same model, with almost equivalent slicer settings, yields noticeably different print qualities, with a disadvantage to the newer version.
But I take the latter problem vs. my initial issue at any time. Now that the floating support problem is solved, it is time to start working on the battery holder. Stay tuned.
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Could you be a little more specific as to where these are located please? I have Cura 2.6.1 but am still having issues with supports.
Also, are you using an SD card to move your saved file to the printer? If so, are you having issues when you plug the SD back into your computer? Cura 2.6 and 2.6.1 don’t seem to recognize the card as a save spot.
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Frank Faubert sure, with pleasure. Could you please tell me what you are referring to when you write these? At this point I must guess, but after you tell me more, I will do a better job. So, I think that you may not have configured/added the PVA material into your printer configuration in CURA, where it should be associated to one of your extruders. Of course, you need a printer with two extruders and able to handle PVA – I assume you do. So please tell me more so I can help as much as I can.
Regarding your SD card question, no, I am using wired Ethernet. I never used my UM3’s Wi-Fi interface. However I just tried to save an STL (you need to slice first) to a removable Drive (drop down menu on the bottom right of the CURA UI), and it worked OK. Did you check that your OS recognizes the card first (and that it is formatted)? This is required for CURA to see it.
Hope it helps, let’s see if I can do better once you gave me few precision. Once it works well, it is a great feature. I’ve just printed this: https://plus.google.com/+JamelTayeb/posts/NroaVpNCRwa. So I hope you will be able to do so as well.
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Ah. No I have an Anet A8 with a single extruder.
I was hoping there was something I missed in Cura 2.6.1 regarding
supports. I’m new to Cura and 3-d printing in general. Back to Google and
Youtube to find out about supports and how to manually add them.
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Frank Faubert did you try to select the same extruder for the model and the support in CURA? I did that for quick tests, and it worked OK. Of course the support was printed in the same material (PLA), but it was very easy to remove.
Now, when I was contemplating the task to add manually my own support, I was planning to use the CURA generated one – using the print material for the support material, as mentioned above – and reverse engineer the way the SW generates them. They have a distinctive pattern, like a corrugated sheet. the part I am missing is the junction between the model and the support. Which is pretty loose – so you can pull it off with minimal effort.
Hope it helps, and welcome to 3D printing!!
Frank Faubert Like in this setting. It should work for you as well.
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