Using Cura for the first time
When you start Cura you will be greeted by the following wizard:
This wizard will guide you through your initial checkup and calibration of the printer.
After the wizard you get the following screen:
This is the main screen of Cura. Here you can choose which object or objects to print. And how you want them to be printed.
Doing your first print
Initially the first time you run Cura you will have the UltimakerRobot on the platform. You are able to immediately print this robot if you still have your printer connected with the USB cable. For this you need to press the “print” button, which is the 2nd black button on the top row. Pressing this button opens up the following screen:
This is the printer control interface. This screen provides you with information about the printing process. As well as the means to control your printer directly. For your first print, just hit the “print” button on this screen.
After hitting “print” you will notice that the printer starts to heat up.
The red line in the graph is the current temperature. When this temperature reaches the thin orange line, the printer will start printing.
|The printing head reaches temperatures over 200 degrees and causes serious burns when touched. Keep hands away from the bottom part of the printer head while printing.|
|During printing the machine needs to be attached with the USB cable so disconnecting the cable will stop the print.|
When the print is done the printer head will move to the front left corner and starts to cool down. This indicates that your print is done and it can be removed. The print is ready as soon as this happens and can be removed from the printer. The print itself is cooled down already can can be safely touched. The bottom of the printer head will still be hot, so be careful not to touch it when removing the print.
After printing you should close down the printer interface window, as this printing window has the robot loaded, and if you want to print something else, this window is still linked to the robot.
Printing other objects
To print something else, first select the robot on the platform and press [delete] on the keyboard, or right-mouse-button on the robot and select “delete” from the popup menu. The platform will be empty and you can load up something else. Press the top left button that says “load model”, from here you can select and file you want to print. Choose a file you have created yourself, or download a file from YouMagine, there are lots of interesting designs online that you can print.
The file that you have selected will show up on the platform. Depending on the size of the file you might see a progress bar under the print button. This progress bar is the preparation process. Each model that you want to print needs to be prepared by the software into a tool-path. This toolpath are the actual instructions for the machine. Depending on your model and quality level this can take seconds up to minutes. During the preparation process the print button is grayed out, as the preparation process needs to be completed before you can print.
Looking around the model
The following mouse actions are used to manipulate and view the 3D model:
|Select objects. Hold and move the mouse to drag object on the build platform.|
|Hold and move the mouse to rotate the viewpoint around the 3D model.|
|Hold and move the mouse to zoom|
|Use the scrollwheel to zoom|
|+ [Shift]||Hold and move the mouse to pan the 3D view|
Different view modes
Cura has different 3D view modes that you can select in the top right corner.
|Normal view displays the 3D model in a solid color with nothing special. This is the default view.|
|Overhang view displays the 3D model the same as normal mode, except for the parts that have a steep angle and will require support during printing. These parts are shown in red.|
|Transparent view shows the 3D model in a transparent fashion. This allows you to inspect the internals of the model as there might be captivities in the 3D model.|
|XRay view shows the 3D model in blue, except for holes or extra faces inside the 3D model. This view is extremely useful for inspecting models that do not print correctly. The red parts indicate errors in the 3D model that could cause the toolpath generator to do the wrong thing.|
|Layer view shows the actual toolpath that will be printed by the Ultimaker. Here you can inspect the result of the preperation process and how different settings will effect your print result.|