Get started with Cura for 3D printing – Ultimaker: Cura Tutorial

Get started with Cura for 3D printing – Ultimaker: Cura Tutorial


In this video we’ll walk you through the basic steps
of preparing your model for 3D printing with Cura Start by opening a 3D model that’s been saved
using an STL, 3MF or OBJ format Just drag and drop the file into Cura
or click on Open File In Cura you can preview your model by zooming,
panning and rotating your view Select your model to adjust it to your liking With the rotate tool you can spin the model
along the X, Y and Z axes This model needs to be rotated to give it
an optimized orientation for 3D printing The scale tool allows you to resize your
model in multiple ways You can go straight for the maximum size. Or change its
size in millimeters as a percentage of the original model or use your mouse to scale your model up and down Next up are the printer and print settings
in the pane to the right The Ultimaker 2+ supports multiple nozzle sizes.
For this print we’re using PLA. In the profile menu you can choose profiles
ranging from Fast Print to Ulti Quality which lets you choose between more speed and
less detail, or more detail and less speed Normal Quality is a good profile for most models Infill relates to the internal structure of your print.
Using the light infill is plenty for most models If you want to go for even more strength, choose
the dense infill or completely solid option The Brim option prints a single-layer flat area
around your object to help with build plate adhesion Using the layer view you can see
the brim around your model If your print has large overhangs you’ll
need to generate support structure This will prevent the model from sagging
or printing in mid-air This model can be printed without
support structure, so we’ll leave it off If you’d like to create your own profiles, just use the
advanced mode to make and save personal profiles There are over 200 customizable settings to help
you achieve the best results for your models When done, select Save to Removable Drive which will
save your file to the SD card ready for your Ultimaker That’s it, you’re now ready to start 3D printing. These
are the basic steps to prepare your model with Cura!

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19 Comments

  1. Is the MAC version of Cura so different compared to the Windows version, or is there a new Cura coming out?

  2. Great video, will you guys be looking at doing an advance video's going though all the options of cura ?

  3. I like how much you expanded the software, but where are machine customization settings?? Where is start and end g-code? Are you trying to direct people to buying your printers only now?

  4. This new version is not an upgrade or a downgrade, its going from "working" to "what the hell is this" change.
    All printer configuration is predetermined and cannot be easily changed.
    Cannot add custom printer.
    Cannot edit header/footer code because its printer specific now.

  5. 한글화좀 해줘요.. 제발… 500만원돈까지 내고 구입해서 여기까지와서 이런거 검색해서 봐야겠음?

  6. Does anyone know if there is a way to duplicate the model in cura? I'm printing miniatures and I would prefer to not do one at a time

  7. I'm very new to this and I think I have my cura set up correctly for my Tevo Tornado. I pushed save to file on my sd card. Put the sd card in the Tevo and selected the file but nothing happens. I was able to print the spool holder preloaded on the card fine. so I know the printer works correctly. I looked and all of the factory files on the card are .gco and the one I loaded is .gcode. did I save it incorrectly? Any ideas?

  8. Great software but I just started on this,I am trying to add some things to my cura project but cant figure it out.Cant you relate any information that would be help full thanks

  9. So obviously im new to this… I downloaded Cura, still trying to figure what exactly it does… This video illustrates you can actually move the 3d model, according to the Cura i downloaded, thats a lie. Cura seems to be nothing usefull at all. Help? thanks.

  10. Major problem is dimensions. If I import 2 files, exactly the same, rotate one, the scale is incorrect, they will both say 170mm but actually, one is much larger than the other. Cura uses relative dimensions rather than exact dimensions – is there any way to fix this so I know exactly ahat size the print will be?

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